Old is the new new

If you believe in conventional archeology’s explanation of how the pyramids were built, you’ll have to believe that 5,000 years ago, people with nothing but chisel and stones, were able to put down one 20,000 kilogram heavy stone, every 2.5 minutes, for 20 years, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The logistical and organisational miracle of such an achievement is hard to believe in for most for obvious reasons. It wasn’t before in the late 1800s, almost 5,000 years later, that humanity was able to create a building that was taller. I am talking about the Eiffel tower of course.

The above implies that the ancient Egyptians created an “assembly line” for constructing their pyramids, impossible to fathom and explain, even for modern science.

In the 1950s Lisp was invented. Lisp is a programming language for computers. Everybody that knows anything about it, perceives it as far superior to anything humanity has ever done with their computers ever since. 60+ years of innovation, from millions of our best minds, still today nobody have been able to even come close to its brilliance.

Was the architect behind Lisp, and the creators of the pyramids supernatural beings, with miracles at their fingertips …?

I can’t answer the above. However, I can testify towards that constantly chasing the “new thing” is probably not going to bring you far, unless you’re able to bring with you the teachings of history as you dive into the future. The reasons why I can confidently say such a thing, is because I too have done things impossible to fathom for other people. I have created a software development framework, which features many of the same “impossible to fathom traits” of the pyramids. However, instead of bragging, I will simply show you, such that you can see with your own eyes.

In March of 2017 I set out to prove how “old is the new new”, and I started creating Sephia Five. Sephia Five is a webmail client, with PGP cryptography support, and tons of other goodies. Below is a screenshot of it.

During these 6 months, I have also created Sulphur Five. Sulphur Five is a web based file sharing system, that allows you to securely share your files. Below is a screenshot of it.

In addition to these projects, I have also created Peeples, the user management module for Phosphorus Five.

I have also created Camphora Five. Which is a CRUD app generator for P5.

In addition, I am currently working with (unfinished) a publishing system for books, called Pay2Play.

Below is the AppStore I built in the same period, that allows to install apps on your server, without even having to restart the web server process. It features integrated PayPal payments, and automatic updates, in addition to securely download cryptographically signed zip files, to avoid man in the middle attacks, injecting malicious code on your server.

The Harvester is also something I have been working at. In addition to Hyperbuild, which is a build system for P5 apps. On top of this, I have also created a CSS Framework called Micro, and fixed lots of bugs and features in the core called Phosphorus Five. In this same period, I have taught myself to play the saxophone (watch the video below)

And I’ve spent dozens of days on the beach where I live. And …

I did it in 6 months!!

If we move a little bit backwards in time, I have singlehandedly created a programming language, a web operating system, an entire application suite, covering most of the basic enterprise needs for most companies, a CSS framework, an Ajax library, dozens of other satellite projects, such as a PGP/MIME wrapper library, I have written hundreds, if not thousands of blogs and articles, including some of the most read articles at MSDN Magazine.

Am I a miracle worker …?

Regardless of what I say, you’ll probably believe what you want to believe. However, I’d like to say it such that I have simply learned by history, and instead of constantly chasing “the new thing”, I have dissected the teachings of our past, and made sure I was able to learn from the brilliance of our “ancient technologies”. For instance, I like to compare Phosphorus Five to FoxPro. FoxPro is one of those ancient technologies in IT which most system developers today are laughing at, and making fun of, because it’s “not new”, and arguably built with “stone-age technology”. Well …

I build a pyramid, singlehandedly, in at best a couple of years, with my own two hands, without any help at all. How do you explain that …?

Facts are, don’t be so arrogant towards the past. The past holds many lessons for us, which if we’re able to incorporate into the future, might make our future just a little bit brighter and more beautiful. Phosphorus Five is built on “ancient technology”, it features ASP.NET WebForms for instance. It has no OOP, and hence arguably is inspired by programming languages more than 60 years old. It doesn’t incorporate any of the “new and hot stuff”, etc, etc, etc. Many of our industry titans takes a look at P5, and they laugh silently, since it’s “hopelessly outdated”, or at least built on “hopelessly dated technologies”. OK, let’s agree with those doing the laughing as a thought experiment, which of course leaves us with them having to explain the following.

I built a pyramid with stones and chisels, 10,000x faster than any living or dead man on the planet has been able to produce software. How do you explain that …?

Either you’re going to have to accept that I am a miracle worker, and that I have divine powers. Or you’re going to have to accept that there “is something brilliant” with Phosphorus Five


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