As a software engineer, Quozl often sees himself as part of one great
big system, in which he is a component subsystem, along with whatever
computer he is using.
Human Interrupt Request Lines
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But in a reactive role, where most of the time is spent responding to
one interrupt after another, one needs a way to service these human
interrupts. Most people seem to do it with telephone ringers, text
message alert tones, pagers, or popup windows. Focus stealing is
annoying. Lose of concentration more so.
Hence the TCP/IP Distributed LED Mimic Panel, consisting of an
array of eight LEDs driven from a parallel port that sits on the desk,
and a set of spare computers around the house with displays that show
a graphical version of the same panel.
(16 April 2008)