At Fast Forward Labs we’re thoughtful about the kind of work space we want to spend our time in. We decided that we preferred a shared large table instead of individual desks, to make it easier to collaborate and offer the flexibility to spread out when necessary, and to allow space for other people to drop in and work with us.
We also love to build things, and find an hour of working with our hands to be a welcome respite from hours of math, programming, reading, and writing, so we decided to build it ourselves!
Our table construction project was designed and led by Micha, and it came out beautifully. The photos here document the design and build process.
Programmer, hardware engineer and attorney Mary Allen Wilkes, pictured here programming a LINC computer at her parents’ Baltimore residence.
While Wilkes spent a brief four years at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, her contributions were immense: she played an instrumental role in the creation of LINC, the first viable small computer and progenitor of DEC’s PDP-8 line, programmed its operating system (the LINC Assembly Program or LAP) and developed the assembler-linker model used by modern compilers. In 1965, she designed and built a computer at home and is subsequently cited as the first owner of a “personal computer” by some computer history experts.