This page is not so much under construction as under active neglect. Every once in a while I add something to it, but it's not often, and there are many things that could be added...
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: The view from software
Part 3: Benefits and challenges of NVRAM
Part 4: Java and non-volatility
Part 5: TBD
Somewhat tenuously related: Clonefiles (source code to be released).
Every CS person should read it. I don't expect anyone to agree with all of it (I certainly don't) but everybody should know about the subject matter and form their own opinion. Before doing that, however, you should ponder the following three questions posed by Joseph Weizenbaum in 1986 and answer them truthfully:
(In reverse chronological order)
Since August 1993 I have worked at Sun Labs which morphed into Oracle Labs in 2010. Look here for more details.
Before that I was a post-doctoral researcher and research fellow at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Manchester, where I worked on the Mushroom project, investigating hardware and software implementations of dynamic object-oriented languages. I also developed and taught industrial courses, in Smalltalk, C, UNIX, object-oriented methods and other topics for the PEVE Unit.
From 1984 to 1987 I studied for my Ph.D. in the Semantics of Object-Oriented Languages, also at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Manchester. Here's a list of my publications from that work.
From that era, here's a story I posted on USENET which has been extensively circulated (html version here).
My M.Sc., obtained in 1984, was about Implementing Smalltalk-80 on the ICL Perq.
You can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter (mwolczko) -- I'm no longer on FaceBook.
Video of the annular solar eclipse of May 20, 2012.
Here's an account of a trip to the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in 2008.
In 2004 I tried a little webcam imaging of the planets.
Here are some photos of Comet Hyakutake from 1996.
Other miscellaneos astrophotos will eventually appear here...
Here are the results of a USENET survey I conducted some time ago on which 35mm cameras are best suited to astrophotography.
Here are some aerial photos taken by Doug Simon, more by Bernard Horan, Ole Agesen and yet more by Bruce Badger.