• Issue #14: Minimalism

    Issue #14: Minimalism

    Welcome to the fourteenth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Minimalism. In this edition, Graham argues that we do not need more computing power than that of a 25 dollar computer nowadays, and Adrian explains why "complex" is better than "complicated."

  • Issue #14: Minimalism

    Do I Need A Supercomputer?

    When Apple introduced their new line of Power Mac G4 computers in 1999, they famously made much of their classification as a supercomputer under the export controls legislation in the United States at the time. Processors (whether CPUs, GPUs, or application-specific circuitry like TPUs or the T2 security processor in modern Macs) have become both faster and more parallelized since then. Many of the chips in a modern smartphone are much more powerful than the Motorola PowerPC 7400 that Apple claimed was weapons-grade.

  • Issue #13: Programming Languages

    Issue #13: Programming Languages

    Welcome to the thirteenth issue of De Programmatica Ipsum, dedicated to the subject of Programming Languages. In this edition, the first of Volume 2 of this magazine, Adrian explains some major changes in the structure and flow of this magazine, Graham exhorts us to think about mother Earth when choosing a programming language, and Adrian dives into memory lane looking for his first lines of code.