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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

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Semantic File Systems
David K. Gifford and Pierre Jouvelot and Mark A. Sheldon and James W. O'Toole, Jr., 1991 , (Paper URL)
Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Before there was Spotlight, before there were Placeless Documents, but not before the Cannon Cat, there were Semantic File Systems. This paper by Gifford et. al. outlines the basic approach: hide the file system from users behind a more or less transparent query interface and build the database for the query using various transducers to interpret files more or less intelligently. It's good stuff. It also shows how far we still have to come before our systems start to work as well as what was in the lab almost twenty years ago.

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