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I'm Nikolas Martens, freelancing Software Engineer, and this is my blog. I hope it contains something interesting for you. Enjoy the read!

On Principles

Sun 16 July 2017 in zells

In high school, I was oftentimes mocked for caring too much about principles. Saying things like "This is against my principles" or "I'm doing this out of principle" earns you quite bit of ridicule from fellow teenagers. And even today, I still get scoffed at when I'm one ...

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Flaccid Democracy

Sun 18 December 2016 in misc

I must confess I was never much interested in politics, and therefore very grateful when I found the Wahl-o-mat which freed me from having to read the party platforms myself. I always viewed non-politic civic participation as the more effective, certainly more efficient way for changing society and have been ...

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More than Machines

Thu 15 December 2016 in zells

My opinion is probably more than a bit biased, but to me computers are incredible. Almost magical even. Like daemons from another sphere, all it takes is the right spell, and it will do your bidding (and like with these daemons, you have to be very careful which exact words ...

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Code and Bicycles

Thu 08 December 2016 in zells

One of the most inspiring texts that I've ever read is Bret Victor's What can a technologist do about climate change. Before reading it, I was always a bit ashamed of not working directly on this most urgent and extensive problem of humanity. Instead of working on alternative ...

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A Unified Computing Model

Mon 28 November 2016 in zells

In 1963, while working at the Advanced Research Project Agency, J.C.R. Licklider wrote in his Memorandum to the Members and Affiliates of the Intergalatic Computer Network:

At this extreme, the problem is essentially the one discussed by science fiction writers: "how do you get communications started among totally ...

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