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, it gets him out of the house. The girl staring Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Life

Twenty Eight Stepford Wives

The only subject I really enjoyed in high school was biology. There was an earthy primal sense about it, an ancient rhythm of everything wild and yet to be explored. We set about our discovery of primates and dissection of rats with all the vigour our fifteen years could muster. Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago
Life

The Girl And The Cube

Although I am not proud of it, I got into university on the back of the Rubik’s Cube. I was sixteen when the cube hit the streets of my home town and for the first few months no one at school seemed to be able to solve it. In those 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 of the most interesting is inherent vulnerability. Enter the Fork 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 and DECnet but it wasn’t long before TCP/IP became the 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 days, I used to lift the hood and say “Whoa, 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 afford the computer so I would come into the shop 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 into memory. This chain of events starts small with testing Read more…

By Paul Birch, ago