I wasn't able to finish Winter's Tale at the time, many years ago, so I might revisit it. I do remember that I was impressed that Helprin's word processor was, exclusively, a Mont Blanc fountain pen.
I've not read that, but when I was in Oslo, Norway earlier this year I went to the Kon-Tiki Museum to see Thor Heyerdahl's raft and then to the Fram Museum next door wehere I saw the Fram - -the boat that was used by Roald Amundsen in his southern polar expedition from 1910 to 1912
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.