Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Just Enough Ubuntu. On Windows Not Being Unix. Bright Solar Energy Futures. Where Have All of the IT Jobs Gone. Regarding the Tech Worker Shortage. Recycler View for ListView Experts. 21 New Android 5.0 Features. .NET or a Pure Penguin. Grep is Good. Android Application Login, Part 1.
Just Enough Ubuntu
There’s a lot of excitement over Snappy Ubuntu Core, Canonical’s new image-based Ubuntu remix for cloud and server ecosystems. The article lists the commands for giving Snappy a spin on your Linux OS.
On Windows Not Being Unix
We don’t often link to a tweet, but this Jeff Atwood tweet inspired a long and mostly interesting response thread. The tweet itself was, “Windows not being Unix is increasingly a liability in my world.”
Bright Solar Energy Futures
Interesting statistics on the solar industry and prospects for future exponential growth in this Motley Fool teaser article. What’s incredible is that industry analysts are expecting the solar industry to grow 10x over the next 20 years as solar energy competes with conventional electricity on price. That’s probably conservative given the exponential growth we could see if demand for solar energy picks up…Remember, enough solar energy hits the earth every hour to power every electrical device, every car, everything that takes energy for an entire year. If companies can cost effectively harness that energy the potential is there for exponential growth.
Where Have All of the IT Jobs Gone
Regarding the Tech Worker Shortage
The second Hacker News discussion link today, this one opening with “I don’t agree that there really is a tech worker shortage.” I speculate that the reasons for the perceived – and ONLY perceived – shortage is that it’s far more difficult for employers and potential employees to find each other. Another problem is that us engineers are expected to have real-world, paid experience in whatever technology the hiring company uses, regardless how new the technology might be.
Recycler View for ListView Experts
Bill Phillips of Big Nerd Ranch writes an excellent overview of the Android RecyclerView and how it compares and improves on the ListView.
21 New Android 5.0 Features
Good CNET slideshow with photos and descriptions of new Android 5.0 features. I plan on using many of them.
.NET or a Pure Penguin
The post “To .NET or not to .NET, That is the Question” is a well written deliberation in the mind of a seasoned developer on whether or not he should return to Microsoft .NET for future projects given its recent moves into Open Source. Lots of good nuggets in the 50+ comments. As for me, a long-time .NET Guy until seeing the Linux Light in 2012, I’ve been on a 100% free Microsoft diet for quite a while now and I feel grrrrreat!
Grep is Good
The Grep UNIX command stands for Global Regular Expression Print, and here are 10 great Grep examples every Linux Lover should know. Searching GZ files, getting the number of occurrences, word beginning, ending and whole word searching, display only file names where the string is found and more. Bonus command to see the matching pattern in color!
Android Application Login, Part 1
New Android Development series from Intel on adding login capabilities to an Android application. Lots of good source code to expand on the several UI screenshots.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Bob Denis, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.