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  1. Friday, April 23, 2021:
    Tech Primer Day    Now available for public download is the 10-issue Uri Tech Primer, which I wrote at work to help explain what my company does and why it matters. If you've ever heard a phrase like "cloud" or "machine learning" and want an intro that's more interesting than a Wikipedia entry, this one's for you.   You can learn more and download the PDF (18 MB) on the  company blog . 
  2. Tuesday, February 24, 2015:
    BUriversity: Machine Code 101   Based on  readers' topic suggestions      How do we tell computers what to do?    The central processing unit, or CPU, is the brain of any computer. It understands a very basic set of atomic instructions like "add this value to that value" and speaks only in binary -- a neverending series of  0 s and  1 s. In the early days of computer programming, programmers quickly came to the realization that communicating with the CPU at this level was error-prone and migraine-inducing, like the job of a cop reporting on the high-speed pursuit of a criminal whose license plate is a random mix of capital Is and lowercase Ls.   To remedy this situation, progra...
  3. Tuesday, February 17, 2015:
    BUriversity: Class Cancelled    The MOOC lecture is cancelled today, because the snow is introducing static in the Internet tubes. Tune in next week for a class on binary machine code. Suggest future topics in the comments section! 
  4. Tuesday, February 10, 2015:
    BUriversity: Lights On 101   Based on  readers' topic suggestions      Why do many people refuse to drive with their lights on in the rain?    It's a phenomenon that most drivers have experienced at least once -- driving in moderate to heavy rain and coming up quickly on a driver whose bland-coloured car (often a Toyota) is nearly invisible against the backdrop of muted daylight and scattered raindrops. Since cloaking technology (and the hoverboard) is still at least eight months away from fruition  1  , there must be a more mundane reason behind these drivers' decision to place you at risk by making their car harder to spot.   In today's lecture, we will explore the social ...
  5. Tuesday, February 03, 2015:
    BUriversity: Course Topics   With the recent popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs), I thought it would be a good idea to jump on the bandwagon and do some teachin'. My university has no accreditation, although I did once pursue a Ph.D.   To get the course list going, give me a concept or topic that you simply can't wrap your head around, be it a real educational topic or just something about daily life. I will employ speed reading techniques and academic ninja skills to learn everything about that topic in less than an hour, and then provide a witty, pedagogically sound distillation of the topic in a single post for your consumption.   My courses will be absolutely free, although there will be an annual certification tr...

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