Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 10:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
General Development "Computers are ubiquitous in modern life. They offer us portals to information and entertainment, and they handle the complex tasks needed to keep many facets of modern society running smoothly. Chances are, there is not a single person in Ars' readership whose day-to-day existence doesn't rely on computers in one manner or another. Despite this, very few people know how computers actually do the things that they do. How does one go from what is really nothing more than a collection - a very large collection, mind you - of switches to the things we see powering the modern world?"
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The magic of the 20th century
by AlephZero on Thu 27th Dec 2012 13:09 UTC
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I like sometimes to think that the "art" of programming resembles some kind of "magic", and us, the programmers, are those who (try to) master the ability of thinking in programming terms and "bend the reality" to what they desire.

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