Today many sites are running stories on the twentieth birthday of the IBM PC. Rather than rehash a story that has been rehashed a million times ever since Microsoft broke with IBM on OS/2, this site will remind folks that a few months back FORTRAN celebrated a reunion of sorts. As the Mac first appeared on the market, as Microsoft began to mushroom on the bizarre idea of selling operating systems as products, and as the IBM clones reduced computer hardware to a commodity, I was studying FORTRAN in university. So in my mind its all vaguely related.
Around the same time I found the FORTRAN piece, I found:
- A story about a tropical fungus that eats the aluminum right out of compact disks.
- And I found stories related to mechanical nanocomputers and electronic nanocomputers.