The newest IEEE Spectrum has a nice article on debugging a data anomaly with the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft. It is a short and interesting read – one of the key issues was the need to review many years of historical data retrieved from a variety of physical media formats.
One subject of interest to me is dead media. Plenty of others have written about the changes in how we consume and purchase music. I’ll simply link to some interesting read on the topic:
- A discussion of the death of the music album as an art form, and how Radiohead’s “Kid A” could be considered one of the last true albums
- The Beatles’ remasters as the last true CDs
- the resurgence of vinyl
- the last place where music cassette tapes are still in use
- a social history of the MP3
Lastly, when did redbox start offering used DVDs in their vending machines and has it had a noticeable impact on the used dvd market?
I note with some interest the recent release of some of the lunar module code in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
I’m fascinated by the constraints placed on computing resources in outer space environments, so I find this all quite interesting.
I’ll also take the opportunity to plug James Tomayko‘s book “Computers In Space: Journeys With NASA” – the content should be obvious from the title. I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Tomayko speak on this topic when he was on the ACM lecture circuit in the early 1990s and found his talk fascinating.