Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Tech Trend Overview for 2015. Greatest Renewable Energy Achievements for 2014. The Many Uses of the Android Navigation Drawer. Close But No Cigar: Ubuntu in a Chrome Tab. 2014 Year in Review for Vermont Beer. Ultimate Java Developers List for 2014. Bureau 121. Pro Git: Required Reading. A Twilight Zone Episode Guide. RecyclerView and an OnClick Interface.
Tech Trend Overview for 2015
An overview of 6 tech trends for 2015, which according to Mashable, will change our future. Topics include the role of big data in decision-making tools, artificial intelligence development that mimicks human neuron processing, smarter robots performing more tasks, nano technology applications like non-viral drug delivery, improved battery and wireless charging technologies, and flexible displays.
Greatest Renewable Energy Achievements for 2014
A list of 8 exciting renewable energy events for 2014. The first solar road in the Netherlands, 40 percent solar photovoltaic conversion rates, Scotland producing enough wind turbine-generated electricity to power the entire country in October, the world’s largest solar concentrating plant goes online in California, a tidal array generating enough power for 175,000 homes gets the green light, and more.
The Many Uses of the Android Navigation Drawer
Screenshots and descriptions of 10 different ways Google uses the Navigation Drawer in Android. Examples include Google Play Newsstand, Hangouts, Drive, Google Photos, Inbox and Search.
Close But No Cigar: Ubuntu in a Chrome Tab
Work continues on a GitHub project that enables Chromebook users to easily run Ubuntu, now in a Chrome Tab. That’s great, of course, but I want to BOOT to Ubuntu on a Chromebook. Or better yet, boot to Linux Mint! When that becomes a simple task I’ll run out and buy a Chromebook.
2014 Year in Review for Vermont Beer
2014 has been an awesome year if you’re a beer drinker in Vermont. 11 breweries were opened. I’ve been to several of them, but there are many I’ll be experiencing for the first time in 2015. My favorite new brewery is Burlington Beer, with Burlington’s Queen City Brewery a close second. If you don’t live in Vermont, consider a brewery tour vacation!
Ultimate Java Developers List for 2014
Marco Behler’s big list of Java Developer Libraries, Tools and People for 2014. Covers Back and Frontend tools and frameworks, database and general utilities, testing, marshalling and unmarshalling, parsing, messaging and more. I was excited to see my go-to web framework Wicket on the Best of Frontend Frameworks list.
Interesting and scary description of North Korea’s elite hacker program from a former member who defected to South Korea in 2007. Benefits of being selected for the Bureau 121 hacking organization include high salaries, a free apartment of over 2,000 sq ft in downtown Pyongyang with the hacker’s family allowed to move to Pyongyang as well, which is a big privilege.
Pro Git: Required Reading
Pro Git is written by Scott Chacon and Ben Straub and is a must-read for anyone who uses Git. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a year and have read bits and pieces. A few days ago I started reading it from start to finish which was when I realized how valuable it is. Even better, it is licensed under Creative Commons and free! Available in pdf, epub, mobi and html formats.
A Twilight Zone Episode Guide
One of the wonderful improvements in the quality of our lives which we’ve see happen over a short period of time is the availability of Twilight Zone and other classic television series on services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. If you can watch Twilight Zone anytime like I can, you probably don’t watch Syfy’s annual New Year’s marathon. Still, this marathon episode guide from Gizmodo serves as a great reference to all of your favorite episodes.
RecyclerView and an OnClick Interface
This is one of those awesome Stack Overflow answers you encounter from time-to-time. In this answer we find an interesting solution to the innate problem of wiring up the Android RecyclerView with its different child viewtypes to an OnClick() listener which is first defined in the RecyclerView Adapter and accessed through a ViewHolder Interface. Yeah, best to look at the code.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Peter Dutton, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.