Adafruit Industries, Essential service and business: NYC – Executive Order 202.6 - Read more. Accepting essential orders - here's how.
0

Richard Feynman on “Computer Disease”

A quote from Feynman’s book “Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” about how programmers get distracted (“play”) while working on their computers. Thanks to dglenn for posting the quote.

“Well, Mr. Frankel, who started this program, began to suffer from the computer disease that anybody who works with computers now knows about.

It’s a very serious disease and it interferes completely with the work. The trouble with computers is you play with them. They are so wonderful. You have these switches — if it’s an even number you do this, if it’s an odd number you do that — and pretty soon you can do more and more elaborate things if you are clever enough, on one machine.

“After a while the whole system broke down. Frankel wasn’t paying any attention; he wasn’t supervising anybody. The system was going very, very slowly — while he was sitting in a room figuring out how to make one tabulator automatically print arc-tangent X, and then it would start and it would print columns and then bitsi, bitsi, bitsi, and calculate the arc-tangent automatically by integrating as it went along and make a whole table in one operation.

“Absolutely useless. We had tables of arc-tangents. But if you’ve ever worked with computers, you understand the disease — the delight in being able to see how much you can do. But he got the disease for the first time, the poor fellow who invented the thing.”

Read other interesting Adafruit blog posts on Richard Feynman.


Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.

Join 16,000+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7:30pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/

CircuitPython – The easiest way to program microcontrollers – CircuitPython.org


Maker Business — 1,000 True Fans, how creators can sustain themselves in the digital age

Wearables — Hobby knife on hand

Electronics — Diode Vf vs Voltage

Biohacking — Vitamin-C + Gelatin for Accelerated Recovery

Python for Microcontrollers — CircuitPython 5.1.0 Released and more! #Python #Adafruit #CircuitPython @circuitpython @micropython @ThePSF @Adafruit

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Together we’ll make it, Upcycled IoT Display, ESP32-S2 in the Wild and More!

Microsoft MakeCode — Resources for Students and Educators

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.