Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Infrastructure Projects On Tap for 2050. Chromebooks into Ubuntu Laptops. Ubuntu In Space. An Introduction to Google Wear. Linux Complainers. A True Linux Cloudbook. Spray-on Solar Getting Closer. A Jobless Future. The Last Article You Need to Read on Remote Work. Zorin for the Impulsive Distro Hopper.
Infrastructure Projects On Tap for 2050
Future infrastructure projects anticipated for life in 2050 including some you might not have imagined like tube transport, atmospheric water harvesters, micro colleges or space-based power stations.
Chromebooks into Ubuntu Laptops
Interesting read with some of the technical details on how CodeStarter is converting $199 Chromebooks into Ubuntu laptops for use as learning machines for kids.
Ubuntu In Space
Screenshots of Ubuntu on the International Space Station used for controlling a rover back on earth.
The article “When Linux Was Perfect Enough” describes people complaining about isolated font rendering and other nit-pick issues in Linux. The author describes her history with Linux over the last decade as the OS grew up trying to support hardware diversity and technology change. Those who embraced it early on dealt with the issues, yes, but they knew that the benefits of using Linux far outweighed any driver issues with parallel ports or certain modems. Now people bitch if a font doesn’t render correcting with certain video cards and it’s issues like that which prevent Linux from enjoying widespread adoption? Pleeease! Either you “get” Linux or you don’t. This is also a good read for the comments, most of which are from Linux Users who experienced the same OS maturation issues as the author.
A True Linux Cloudbook
I’ve mentioned before how much I would love to see True Linux in a Chromebook form factor. As Jack Wallen writes in Tech Republic, with the success of Chrome OS, this could be the time for Linux to take off. The cloudbook could very well be the thing that vaults Linux into the hands of the average user, without having to stake its claim on Chrome OS or Android. And with the Linux cloudbook in the hands of users, the door for the Ubuntu Phone will have been opened and ready to walk through. Convergence made possible and easy. The desktop, the cloudbook, the phone.
Spray-on Solar Getting Closer
I read about spray-on solar years ago and it’s great to see it getting closer to reality. Apparently the cells are at about 11% efficiency, where ideal performance is 19%. I didn’t consider spray-on solar’s potential impact on automobiles until reading this article. Scientists believe that their approach could scale up to the same manufacturing techniques used for spray painting vehicles. If that happens, it’s conceivable that your future car (and virtually any other device) could harvest the sun’s rays without the steep costs and awkward product designs that are frequently involved when you use old-fashioned solar panels.
A Jobless Future
Excellent LinkedIn article on the future of work and how technology may produce more jobs in new industries, but very few of those jobs will be for unskilled workers. In short, there won’t be anything for the majority of the population to do that machines won’t be able to do, like driving, for instance. There won’t be much work for human beings. Self-driving cars will be commercially available by the end of this decade and will eventually displace human drivers—just as automobiles displaced the horse and buggy—and will eliminate the jobs of taxi, bus, and truck drivers. Drones will take the jobs of postmen and delivery people. The debates of the next decade will be about whether we should allow human beings to drive at all on public roads. The salient point of the article, At best we have another 10 to 15 years in which there is a role for humans. The number of available jobs will actually increase in the U.S. and Europe before it decreases
The Last Article You Need to Read on Remote Work
This post titled “The Future of Work is Already Here” is the last article on Remote Work that you need to read. Working remotely doesn’t work for all companies, of course, but this article should make them consider it. Creating goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely are the five most important factors to consider. Investing the time to plan and write down your smart goals will do wonders for your output.
Zorin for the Impulsive Distro Hopper
Interesting Linux Read on how a long-time PC user went through a series of Linux OS’s before settling on Zorin 9. I don’t like the look of Zorin myself, but it’s so cool that we all can choose our own Linux Experience. Linux is the freedom to chose, after all.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Matt Tillett, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.