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For far too long CoSy has been singularly my personal tool for dealing with the Business of Life . ( I apologize that that business has burdened so much of this year that my progress and support of CoSy αs has been sporadic . But it is those court interactions with rooms full of people taking $250 % hr , which justify my assertion that the most valuable act in CoSy is tapping
Now with the USB CoSyStick , that space is already 4 dimensional ( n + 1 heads define an n dimensional space . Ergo , n heads are , the square root n better than 1 . ) And that is with only a few small groups of individuals yet knowing of its availability .
Current 4th.CoSy doesn't yet have the everyday functionality of even the original APL+PC.CoSy in the mid 1980's . That hypertext linked multiwindow environment was the the last time CoSy had multiple users . But those were very significant users .
The language , however , has evolved so that that functionality is a short distance away in terms of additional vocabulary . And those APL level definitions are building on a vocabulary of dynamic lists of lists ( simplified from Arthur Whtney's K years maintaining accounts in K.CoSy ) built in an open to the chip 0 cost base Forth .
The core of CoSy is what I've described as Captain Picard's log . It's an environment of simple text enhanced with keystrokes to do such things as insert calendar dates and time stamps . Currently there are remarkably few defined keystrokes :
The magic key is F6
And this in the language , transparently open down to the Intel
It is that simplicity of chronicling one's daily actions and
It is the dynamic lists-of-lists structure and the incomplete yet maturing APL and K informed vocabulary , the availability at my fingertips of which motivated my implementation of the most basic computations of planetary temperature make the environment a powerful Tool of Thought while also keeping your shopping lists or portfolios of notes and links on everyday tasks or serious business .
Are you an αlpha ?
The very first CoSySticks are now in α user=programmer hands and essential feedback has begun . Issues already discussed include dealing with false alarms by some virus programs to "waking up" the Linux and Apple OS versions of the Reva Forth 4th.CoSy is built in , to evaluating alternatives to the current IUP GUI interface .
If you are an αlpha and interested in joining the language community creating the future of a melding of two of the most powerful poles of computing language : APL and Forth . Get a CoSyStick . Membership in the CoSy-notes Yahoo mail group comes along with the purchase . Otherwise , questions , comments or code may be posted on the Disqus forms on most pages .
While a language community like 4th.CoSy has no value unless freely and openly available , even the business plan for the commercialization is open to discussion . Both on the instrumentation end where the APL level of concise expression of complex \/ combinatoric algorithms in chip specific Forths , or of greatest potential , migrating the essential kernel to a Forth running on a SmartPhone . Since the days of the Compaq suitcase above , CoSy has been focused on having your computing power with you .
But it all starts with purchase of a Stick .