Thursday, August 26, 2010
Via reader Doug S.: some lucky computer science students in England are getting a chance to learn about how the guts of computers actually work. Most modern students don't get much opportunity to learn this, as they're generally working with high-level languages on modern operating systems – and all this stuff very effectively hides how computers actually work. This school, by deliberately putting students on quite old computer hardware (and quite incapable by today's standards), forces them to understand how the elemental bits of the computer work in order to get anything done...
has achieved first light; the image at right is one of its first. Congratulations to the team, and we're looking forward to much more great solar science!
The photo at right shows the rain squall coming through our valley (taken from Lyons Peak, looking north toward Lawson Valley). You can see that this was quite an isolated cell; everything was sunny around it.