Life

The Subway Car

I slowly begin to wake from my dream and take time, time to noticeĀ  The man in the business suit with glassy eyes and rosy cheeks at 9am. He needs that quick shot of vodka before he leaves for work, Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Code

Fork Bomb

For most of my working life I have dealt with system failure. To understand failure in systems we need to understand weakness, we tend to call most of these weaknesses vulnerabilities. All systems are vulnerable one way or another. One Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Code

Three-Way Handshake

I have always been fascinated with data communication. In the early days of the internet I devoted most of my time on the TCPIP standard, living and breathing the protocol. There were other standards around at the time, IPX/SPX, SNA Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Code

Under The Hood

I love looking under the hood. If I were a car mechanic the creases of my hands would be black with oil. I have a passion for operating systems, from supercomputers to nanobots, the weirder the better. In the early Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Code

Bin True

Once upon a time I fancied myself as a coder. In the early 80’s I spent hours in a local computer shop writing an ASCII program to make a bird fly across the screen of an Amstrad computer. I couldn’t Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Code

Migrate And Boot

The term “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”, which of course is completely impossible, first came into use around 1860. In computing, the ‘bootstrap’ is a chain of events that results in the core (kernel) of the operating system loading Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago