Looking Back, Deciphering a Mystery, and Connecting the Dots

Published on: April 05th, 2018

TECH Talk usually looks forward, and once in a while sideways, but today we take a look backwards at the history of the Web and answer questions like “what is Ajax?” or “when did the first iPhone come out?” Fans of the card game “Timeline” will have fun with this.

Looking backwards and forwards at the same time, we look at how humans are using AI in an effort to decipher a centuries-old manuscript that has so far defied all human efforts to figure it out. If you love mysteries, here’s a barn-burner for you!

Lastly, a subject near and dear to me: music. If you know many musicians, or many computer programmers, you may have noticed that there is often an overlap between the two. Music and programming (or music and math) have a lot in common, even if at first blush it doesn’t seem so.


Do you remember what the Web was like 20 years ago? Have you ever seen the very first video posted to YouTube?   Where did HTTP and JavaScript come from? For the answers to these and other questions on Web development over the past 20 years, click on the article below. Don’t forget to check out that very first YouTube video – what was it about?

Check out some web history here

See the very first YouTube video here!


Ken Mazaika, CTO and co-founder of The Firehose Project, on Quora, Huffington Post


It’s a Centuries-Old Mystery: De-Coding the Voynich Manuscript

“Cryptographers and linguistic experts have been puzzling over the Voynich manuscript ever since its discovery over 100 years ago. This confounding 240-page codex was written centuries ago in an indecipherable gibberish language that has remained untranslated despite extensive study. Researchers from the University of Alberta now claim to have made significant progress in understanding the manuscript with the aid of artificial intelligence.”

Read about the progress here

Wikipedia Entry


Ryan Whitwam, extremetech.com


Is there a connection between computer programming
and musical inclination?

There are many parallels between programming and musicianship – both are mathematical; uber-creative but built upon strong structure; require a tremendous amount of focus and discipline (in a good way); programmers and musicians alike need to always be looking forward and plotting their way to move ahead seemingly effortlessly. If you’ve ever wondered about the relationship between math or computer programming and music, I think you’ll find this article to be an interesting read.

Read one man’s answer to the question here


Bill Poucher, computer science professor at Baylor University and executive director of ACM-ICPC, on Quora.



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