Tales From The Dork Web

Steve Lord
The weird world of cyber, hax, privacy and Internet subcultures with a slice of retro.
Created 20 Jan 2020
  • Making Sense Of Sensory Illusions
    02 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 13 0
    What are sensory illusions and how do they work? How does online media use illusion to tell stories without you realising it? In this issue I’ll explore different types of illusion covering audio, vis...
  • Personal Computing On An Amiga In 2021
    05 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 10 0
    Solène created a week-long personal computing challenge around old computers. I chose to use an Amiga for the week. In this issue I write about my experience, and what modern computing lost when Commo...
  • Back To Mine: The Dork Mix Tape
    01 Jul 2021 • 20 min read • 10 0
    Do you remember when you last listened to music? I mean listening as a foreground, not background activity. I used to do this all the time. But not now. Why? In this issue I explore how the human musi...
  • Tools For A Solarpunk Future
    03 Jun 2021 • 10 min read • 6 0
    It’s been a few months since I published. I needed a break from writing and to recharge. I have some more issues to publish once a month. Think of this as Season 2 of Tales From The Dork Web. If someo...
  • The Outsiders
    28 Jan 2021 • 12 min read • 11 0
    In two days Tales From The Dork Web quietly celebrates it’s birthday. I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. In this issue I’m going to talk about outsider art, music an...
  • A Week With Plan 9
    14 Jan 2021 • 14 min read • 4 0
    I spent the first week of 2021 learning an OS called Plan 9 from Bell Labs. This is a fringe Operating System, long abandoned by it’s original authors. It's also responsible for a great deal of inspir...
  • More On Heirloom Computing
    31 Dec 2020 • 11 min read • 4 0
    This issue follows on from the last with more on heirloom computing in practice. If terms like ZX20 and Retro Zer0 mean nothing to you, you might want to read about the 100 Year Computer first. If you...
  • The 100 Year Computer
    17 Dec 2020 • 13 min read • 18 0
    We look back at older computers with rose tinted spectacles, but can we look forward with them? What might a computer with a 100 year lifespan look like, and how do we build it? In this issue I want y...
  • Everything But The Kitchen Sync
    03 Dec 2020 • 9 min read • 9 0
    In this issue of Tales From The Dork Web I’m going to share some more links with you around non-web networks you might like to visit, some Solarpunk developments you may have missed and share some of ...
  • Gopher, Gemini and The Smol Internet
    19 Nov 2020 • 7 min read • 14 0
    The World Wide Web is a broken system, populated with broken computers on broken networks, running broken software written by broken people. The web was supposed to bring us together. Vannevar Bush’s ...
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