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This is apparently my week off from posting and discussing open-source issues. Today, we report that Popular Mechanics has created an archive of their entire 137-year history and placed it online for free. (Thanks to Wired for the link)
Completely and utterly awesome. And (very) tangentially related to open source and embedded systems, as the gadgets shown in this venerable magazine are the forerunners of today’s technology. (How’s that for a justification?)
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Don Eigler’s startling success at being able to move individual atoms around at will. The IBM scientist eventually spelled out the letters I-B-M with 35 Xenon atoms. The process took 22 hours and presumably about a gallon of coffee.
So I proclaim this to be a Happy Very Tiny Things Day. Thanks, Don. You are one of the giants whose shoulders we stand on today, and will even more in the future.
Happy Birthday, Internet. I know how you feel.