Saturday, July 20, 2002

Giant Leap For Mankind
Today is the 33rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It is (barely) in my lifetime so it seems like a long time ago.

My grandfather who was born in 1900 always remarked that he had been born before the airplane and lived to see men walk on the moon. I wonder if I will ever see men back on the moon. Manned space flight is very limited. But we now depend on space like never before. I can't watch TV unless the DirectTV satellite is up there. And we all walk around yakking on cell phones like something out of Dick Tracy.

Apollo went to the moon with a 1 MHz CPU with 36K of memory. I'm typing this on an 800 Mhz CPU with 512 Mb of memory. That mission required some real programming. They couldn't afford to re-boot when the machine crashed.