Well, that's it! I successfully spent 2019 reading and blogging about each of the first 365 RFCs.
I have more posts to come, including some related research that didn't quite fit with the RFC-a-day format, and an interview with the brilliant outgoing RFC series editor, Heather Flanagan.
I had a minor revelation researching computer networking in the early 1970s:
the reason that the unique identifier for any internet service is called an ACCOUNT... is because it originally correlated directly to a BILLING ACCOUNT, like in an accounting system. Now that I see it, it seems blatantly obvious, but for an entire lifetime of internet usage I never thought about what "account" actually means (or meant).
Like this 1970 paper "The Nucleus of a Multiprogramming System"... I kind of want to just... *hug* it? It does such a good job of explaining what IS a process, what IS a peripheral, and ultimately what IS an operating system. In 11 pages!
Computer science papers from say 1955 to 1975 are so exciting to read. There's so much fundamental stuff that we have mostly been iterating on variations of for the last 40 years. These variations are of course important, but nothing beats the thrill of reading contemporary discovery/invention of the fundamentals.
This perfectly represents the Trump presidency.
he/him | never attribute to malice that which can be attributed to too many Flamin’ Hot Doritos. | 🇺🇸 | maintains legacy C++ for a living
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko