Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Tech Trends for 2015. Technologies Startups Use. The Martian. An Important Solar Tweet Pic. Maintaining a Clean Ubuntu System. LibreOffice Viewer for Android. Modern Java. Just Add Jsoup. New Saudi Desalination Plant In The Works. Car Technologies of the Near Future.
Tech Trends for 2015
I like the year-end for articles like this one which either look back or look forward in tech. This article lists 25 disruptive technology trends for 2015 according to Brian Solis. A few good bits here, like #16, Crowd capitalization accelerates disruption everywhere, and #19, The Sharing Economy is really about renting or borrowing.
Technologies Startups Use
Interesting survey analyzing AngelList data reported by startups on the technology they use. Non-scientific, but an overview of the technologies currently in play for front-end, databases, mobile OS, hosting, search and API integration.
If you enjoy reading NixMashups then you’ll probably love The Martian by Andy Weir. Lots of tech without taking away from the story. The link will get you to the Amazon product listing. Here’s a bonus link to an interview with Mr. Weir and some of the back story of the book, like how it started out as a blog and found its way to Amazon only because his readers asked him for it.
An Important Solar Tweet Pic
This is a simple tweet containing an image with a mind-blowing fact about the energy of the sun and what we have the potential to do with that energy.
Maintaining a Clean Ubuntu System
Lots of good information here on the tools and utilities available to keep your Ubuntu systems clean. Areas covered are partial and orphaned packages, disk usage, cache, temp files, cookies and other files to protect privacy, and of course, Ubuntu Tweak.
LibreOffice Viewer for Android
Here’s another item for our WindowsToLinux category, with LibreOffice Viewer now available for Android. I used it on my Samsung S5, testing it on Calc and Writer files stored on my Spider Oak cloud drive and they displayed beautifully.
A very lengthy Part 1 from Voxxed looking at the current state of Java with its diversity and newest capabilities. Good introduction to Gradle is included. The author covers the three major IDEs for Java and apparently isn’t an Eclipse fan. Other sections include documentation tools, writing succinct code, concurrency, actors, pluggable types, and other fancy Java terminology in action.
Just Add Jsoup
Good example on using the URLConnection class in Java. I was thinking how easy it would be to add Jsoup with a URLConnection object for HTML parsing for extracting image thumbnails or what have you.
New Saudi Desalination Plant In The Works
The world’s largest desalination plant is to be built in Saudi Arabia. Will be powered by solar, of course. The article includes a video which you’ll have to watch on YouTube but it’s a fascinating look at the sophisticated technology required to get the salt out of seawater. Billions and billions of tubes, for starters.
Car Technologies of the Near Future
A Forbes reporter sums up his conclusions from attending CES and the Detroit auto show with his top 10 advanced car technologies we’ll see in the next 5 years. Autonomous vehicles, though not fully autonomous. Driver override systems, biometric vehicle access (just when I’m getting comfortable with a key-less fob startup), comprehensive vehicle tracking and more.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Nicolas Erwin, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.