• Issue #30: Home Office

    Await! In Async We Trust

    In 1997 I moved back to Argentina to start a career in software engineering in a small web startup. They were in such a small office in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, that my boss told me to go to the phone company, and get a new phone line installed at home. Then she gave me a US Robotics 56K dial-up modem, got me a subscription to an Internet Service Provider, and I worked from home for the first few months. I would only go to the office on Monday mornings for regular coordination, and on other occassions randomly, usually during events. They paid for both the phone line and…

  • Issue #30: Home Office,  Library

    Gerald Weinberg

    Some books are like mirrors. By that I mean that reading them involves a great deal of looking at oneself, both for praise and loathing. Taking a look back in time, reflecting on all those times we thought we were right and we were wrong, bringing back memories of times long gone, some of them painful, most hopefully fun and joyful.

  • Issue #29: Internet Of Things

    Issue #29: Internet Of Things

    Welcome to the twenty-ninth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Internet of Things. In this edition, Graham tells his own personal IoT story filled with pain and irony; Adrian argues that the IoT industry is the next target for government regulation; and in the Library section, Graham talks about “Gödel, Escher, Bach” by Douglas Hofstadter and its relationship with code and computers.

  • Issue #29: Internet Of Things

    On The Need Of Regulation In The IoT Industry

    Reading this magazine is a political act. When choosing between Pravda or the Financial Times; Fox News or PBS; Daring Fireball or Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, a reader should know what those publications stand for. Every newspaper, every magazine, every blog, every podcast has a point of view, a flag, a position, to be defended and to be upheld. Paraphrasing the words of the "Think Different" campaign, one can disagree with them, vilify them, but one must be sure that each of these publications tries hard not to be ignored. Choosing whichever option is, simply put, a political act.