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TempleOS - Wikipedia
"TempleOS (formerly SparrowOS or LoseThos in development) is a biblical themed lightweight operating system created over the span of a decade by programmer Terry A. Davis. The software is a x86-64 bit, multi-tasking, multi-cored, public domain, open source, ring-0-only, single address space, non-networked, PC operating system for recreational programming.[1] The operating system was designed to be the Third Temple according to Davis and uses an interface similar to a mixture of DOS and Turbo C. Davis describes the operating system as a modern x86_64 Commodore 64 with C in place of BASIC.


Davis was born December 1969 and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia since the mid-1990s.[weasel words] Development for TempleOS began in 2003 after Davis suffered from a series of manic episodes that left him briefly hospitalized for mental health issues.[2][3]

Davis is a former atheist who believes that he can "talk with God" and that God told him the operating system he built was God's official temple. According to Davis TempleOS is of 'Divine' intellect due to the inspired nature of the code. According to Davis, God said to create the operating system with 640x480, 16 colors display and a single audio voice. The operating system was coded in a programming language, developed by Davis in C/C++ called "HolyC". The OS runs a file system called "Red Sea".[4]"
operatingsystems  via:ablaze  sparrowos  templeos  os  bible  terrydavis  religion 
july 2016 by robertogreco
How to turn your sluggish old Mac or PC into a faster Chromebook | The Verge
"Earlier today we published a story about Neverware [ ], a New York City startup that is helping schools refurbish old Windows PCs and Macs that had been abandoned as unusable, converting them into "Chromebooks" students can actually work on. Neverware charges schools a licensing fee for every machine it enables this way, but it also offers the software for free to individual users. And starting today, you can set up most computers to dual boot into their original operating system or Chrome, meaning you don't have to get rid of anything on your machine to give it a spin as a Chrome-capable laptop.

Now these aren't technically "Chromebooks" because that name is a trademark reserved for the laptops created by Google and its hardware partners. A Google representative suggested we call them Chrome laptops, or Chromium laptops. I'm partial to Chromiumbook myself. In any case, you'll find that the experience is mostly indistinguishable from Chrome, and that all the Google apps and services you expect work without a hitch.

I have been using a six-year-old Dell Latitude laptop running Neverware's CloudReady software for a few weeks. In Chrome it boots in under 30 seconds and runs fast enough for me to use it as my only computer at work. In Windows, well, not so much. As we noted in our feature, an irony of the cloud computing era is that a lot of older machines discarded as obsolete actually have far more horsepower, in terms of pure hardware, than the latest Chromebooks coming to market.

Older machines will probably still have problems Neverware can't fix — my Lenovo's battery, for example, leaves a lot to be desired — but if you have some spare hardware lying around that no longer works, Neverware's software is an interesting and easy way to try and resurrect it as a netbook that you can get some real value out of. The download is available here. [ ]"

[See also: “Neverware turns your tired laptop into a speedy Chromebook” ]

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[See also: "What's the dopest old laptop to install Chrome OS on?: Free your mind of time and space" ]

[See also: "Wanna convert your old computer into a 'Chromebook'? Read this first" ]
neverware  2016  reuse  technology  onlinetoolkit  cloudready  chromebooks  os  operatingsystems 
february 2016 by robertogreco
Only crash « Snarkmarket [Might be a handy metaphor for the learning by failing approach to learning, testing the limits of our abilities, crashing, then restarting.]
"Some­times you run across an idea so counter-intuitive and brain-bending that you imme­di­ately want to splice it into every domain you can think of. Sort of like try­ing a novel chem­i­cal com­pound against a bunch of can­cers: does it work here? How about here? Or here?

That’s how I feel about crash-only soft­ware...The only way to stop it is by crash­ing it. The nor­mal shut­down process is the crash...

Maybe there are bio­log­i­cal sys­tems that already fol­low this prac­tice, at least loosely. I’m think­ing of seeds that are acti­vated by the heat of a for­est fire. It’s like: “Oh no! Worst-case sce­nario! Fiery apoc­a­lypse! … Exactly what we were designed for.” And I’m think­ing of bears hibernating—a sort of con­trolled sys­tem crash every winter.

What else could we apply crash-only think­ing to? "
design  ideas  operatingsystem  crash  crashes  crashing  snarkmarket  robinsloan  failure  reset  unstablesystems  instabiity  operatingsystems  metaphors  metaphorsforlearning  learningbyfailing  instability  crashonly 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Fraser Speirs - Blog - Future Shock: "What you're seeing in the industry's reaction to the iPad is nothing less than future shock."
"I'm often saddened by the infantilising effect of high technology on adults. From being in control of their world, they're thrust back to a childish, mediaeval world in which gremlins appear to torment them & disappear at will & against which magic, spells & the local witch doctor are their only refuges.
design  technology  culture  future  software  iphone  ipad  computers  interaction  futureshock  interface  usability  apple  computing  ux  ui  ipod  2010  operatingsystems  fraserspeirs  edtech  teaching  learning  intuition  simplicity  complexity 
january 2010 by robertogreco

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