HN itself has it about right - minimalistic and easy to read.
> However, most studies have shown that dark characters on a light background are superior to light characters on a dark background (when the refresh rate is fairly high). For example, Bauer and Cavonius (1980) found that participants were 26% more accurate in reading text when they read it with dark characters on a light background. Reference: Bauer, D., & Cavonius, C., R. (1980). Improving the legibility of visual display units through contrast reversal. In E. Grandjean, E. Vigliani (Eds.), Ergonomic Aspects of Visual Display Terminals (pp. 137-142). London: Taylor & Francis
To me, dark-on-light becomes increasingly hard to read as I grow older. So much so that I have disabled CSS in my browser entirely.
> People with astigmatism (aproximately 50% of the population) find it harder to read white text on black than black text on white. Part of this has to do with light levels: with a bright display (white background) the iris closes a bit more, decreasing the effect of the "deformed" lens; with a dark display (black background) the iris opens to receive more light and the deformation of the lens creates a much fuzzier focus at the eye.
> Jason Harrison – Post Doctoral Fellow, Imager Lab Manager – Sensory Perception and Interaction Research Group, University of British Columbia
Borrowed from this answer in stackoverflow: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/15142/whic...
Is there a reason to downclock your CPU when running benchmarks? Is is trying to reduce the effect of memory stalls?
More seriously: I cannot afford to buy new hardware on a regular basis and heat is what kills hardware. That, and 750MHz is plenty for everything I do.
But then we figured out how to make software slow (all good and appropriate abstractions, I’m sure) and I find myself wishing for faster CPUs again.
I’ve often wondered if it is just that I’ve gotten impatient or if performance has actually not perceptionally improved much over the years.
This is why I like to visit the Living Computer Museum here in Seattle once in a while. It turns out that even very old systems feel snappy at some tasks even by today’s standards.
UI and interactive features are generally fast, but there’s no getting around the slowness of say rendering a fractal.
Kudos to you for this work and a fun and interesting website. It reminds me of the recent “This Old Lisp” posting.
"Old computers did it better!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wDtxYeJdzg
But for most people, they don't really have a computation problem, they have a communication/information problem, and I think computers could be made more effective in solving it.
Scheme 9 is small, super-portable (it only requires a C89 compiler, no libraries, no language extensions), and quite easy to grok if you are into studying the internals.
Edit: typos. This is what you get for replying right after your afternoon nap. :)
From the website: "The book might eventually get an update, if circumstances permit."