Category: Tutorials

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What Is Linguistics: An Introduction

Linguistics is a deep field, and not necessarily an always well documented.  I’m looking forward to delving into further details of the study of linguistics particularly as it pertains to artificial language construction and artificial intelligence.  I hope this article was helpful in maybe clearing up or helping focus what linguistics means today, and that you found it useful.

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HTTP Explained: The HyperText Transfer Protocol, Part 1

We’ve covered the basic concepts of HTTP and the types of information that it deals with. We dealt with the parts of an HTTP request on a high level, all the different request types, and some of the other basic features and ideas of the HTTP (protocol).

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Japanese Hiragana “T” and “D” Syllables

These are the first videos I’ve made in this manner, and we made these in a public place (Starbucks, shocker) so the sound is wonky. But, here is the video explaining the cards, and the “T” and “D” sounds of Japanese. Please pardon my pronunciation, I’m completely self-taught and so I probably do it a bit wrong.

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Anatomy of a URI (What is a URL, URN, etc.?)

With URIs we can reference and locate just about everything we need to on the internet, from books, videos, sites, and games. Without URIs we’d still be stuck in specific clunky ways to access specific things using specific clients and methods, instructions which I followed in many a book before URIs became a big thing. Now, it’s simple: http://wunk.me/

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Japanese Hiragana “S” and “Z” Syllables

These are the first videos I’ve made in this manner, and we made these in a public place (Starbucks, shocker) so the sound is wonky. But, here is the video explaining the cards, and the “S” and “Z” sounds of Japanese. Please pardon my pronunciation, I’m completely self-taught and so I probably do it a bit wrong.

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Japanese Hiragana “Vowels” (Pure) Sounds

The Japanese writing system is split into three parts. Two of these are syllabaries, and the last is a collection of symbols. Japanese doesn’t have an ‘alphabet’ so to speak, as it does a ‘syllabary’, or symbols associated with monosyllabic phonemes. There are two sets of symbols associated with these sounds, one called Hiragana which is used for native words, and one called Katakana which is used for borrowed words or emphasis.

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Doing Stuff With Computers

The primary processor is the user, who is directing the computer and its activities, but the primary computational device is called the CPU (central processing unit) and is a chip on the motherboard of the computer.

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Setting Up A Local GitHub Hosted PHP Project on OS X

It’s not too hard to set up a basic command line PHP coding environment using github, composer, and phpunit.  This tutorial covered how to set up the development environment if you’re using php purely from the command line.  This tutorial did not cover *AMP installations.

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Remembering Things With Computers

So we’ve learned about binary and boolean operations along with logic gates. None of these, particularly logic gates, can do the second most important thing necessary for computation.

That is the ability to remember.

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The Code of Gray

Have you ever heard of anything called a gray code? If you aren’t a programmer or a computer enthusiast (or for that matter an electrical engineer), then probably not. It kind of sounds like a movie doesn’t it?

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Octal Arithmetic

For now, this should have you calculating octal ’til the cows come home. This is an important skill when calculating addresses in memory.

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Hexadecimal Arithmetic

For now, this should have you calculating hexadecimal ’til the cows come home. This is an important skill when calculating addresses in memory. Memory locations are often referred to in hexadecimal in order to shorten their length.

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Binary Math

As you can see binary arithmetic calculations are easy-peesy. I mean you only have to digits to worry about: 1 and 0. I remember learning my multiplication tables and 7 was the hardest for me to remember. I was never good at 7 until I was an adult. But, as a kid, I thought I had to know it all now… I couldn’t imagine myself as an adult.

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Binary Negative Space

The four most popular methods for encoding (representing) negative binary numbers are known as “sign and magnitude”, “ones’ complement”, “two’s complement”, and “Excess-K”. There are alternative methods as well that aren’t as popular such as negative binary where the number base itself is actually negative (being negative 2).

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Magic Hexadecimal and High Octane Octal

That’s all there is to hexadecimal and octal. As you can see, hopefully, it’s not too complicated and is quite a bit like binary. Hexadecimal and octal were introduced to me when I was editing data files in a text editor that displayed the hexadecimal values of each byte as well. It was a pretty useful program.

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Algebraic Tron

We’ve discussed how binary representations are fed into a processor which takes that input and goes through a series of steps depending on that input to create an output, but how do we actually make that happen? To do so you would choose a programming language, or create your own, dependent on the desired level of control over the machine.

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The Computer Tongue

We’ve discussed how binary representations are fed into a processor which takes that input and goes through a series of steps depending on that input to create an output, but how do we actually make that happen? To do so you would choose a programming language, or create your own, dependent on the desired level of control over the machine.

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The Wonderful World Of Binary

I remember learning about binary when I was just an elementary student from a How Stuff Works book. I must have checked out that book five times, re-reading the same material. I was fascinated with it, but pretty soon I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, my reading material was limited for several years before I could advance to higher topics.

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What Is A Computer?

This question is technically very broad. Computers have existed ever since the first abacus was invented. A computer is anything that helps you compute, or perform mathematics. This definition has been vastly expanded in recent decades due to technological advances. At the core of it all though, the definition is the same.

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Computer, This Is User

The computer itself (the object you plug everything else into) is the core of the whole construction. Without this part, you wouldn’t have a computer set-up at all. It is the piece you plug everything into because it processes and manages everything else.