Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we see how Wearables Are All Fun and Games Until They’re Not. Yet Another Way to Run Windows Apps in Linux. Jumping On The PostgreSQL Steam Train. Offline Chrome Apps. A Dell Chrome Laptop That’s Too Darn Popular. How Current Silicon Valley Thinking Differs from Apple Under Jobs. Comparing The Social Network Movie with The Book. Xiki Lands on KickStarter. A Truly Honest Assessment of Web Development 15 Years Along.
Wearables Are All Fun and Games Until They’re Not
“How ‘Continuum’ Tempered My Enthusiasm for Wearables” uses the Halo wearable device from the show Continuum as an analogy of a future soon upon us. Specifically, where do we draw the line in the interaction between the device and the body? How long before our smartwatches can send electrical impulses to slow our heartbeat or induce the brain to release endorphins? At the same time, how long before the metrics wearable devices collect go back to our healthcare providers and even insurance companies, all in the name of keeping us healthy? The author concludes, Right now my FitBit can’t tattle on me if I have that extra cookie. The second it can, however, it’s going in the drawer that holds all of my other technology mistakes.
New “From Windows to Linux” Series
I am very much looking forward to this NetRunner series on migrating from Windows to Linux. Here’s Part 1: Office Applications. A good point made by the post was that if your business didn’t have to deal with Microsoft Office compatibility your choice of alternatives is much greater. I’ve never spent a lot of time in “Office” type applications, but I’ve become a LibreOffice Guy and really enjoy using both Writer and Calc.
Jumping On The PostgreSQL Steam Train
ZDNET article on PostgreSQL’s increasing popularity in the enterprise. The article does a good job describing the technical benefits of PostgreSQL that make it so popular. Also some good information on coming 9.4 features like the JSONB Object Type and a new facility called logical decoding, which can take changes to the database and stream them to external sources. Also mentions other features in the works like bidirectional replication. Awesome!
Offline Chrome Apps
We’re going to be seeing Chrome become more like other Linux Distributions, with more offline apps.
A Dell Chrome Laptop That’s Too Darn Popular
Dell puts out a Chrome Laptop. Sales go through the roof so they have to make it unavailable to non-corporate customers while they beef up supply. There’s a photo of the Dell Laptop with the article, and it is a pretty machine. I still don’t understand why PC manufacturers don’t simply offer Ubuntu machines. Or even better, pre-loaded with Linux Mint. The Chrome brand is more established, I guess, so people feel safer with it despite its obvious limitations.
How Current Silicon Valley Thinking Differs from Apple Under Jobs
Steve Jobs created beautiful products and grew Apple into an Monster Company. This VentureBeat article titled “What Silicon Valley refuses to learn from Steve Jobs” lists how much Steve Jobs’ approach to building products differs from most current thinking. Jobs demonstrated having patience to build something great, thinking big (not developing another me-too app), focusing on core strengths (purging several product lines on his return to Apple in 1997), thinking differently, understanding that technology alone is not enough. On that last point, from Jobs in 2011, “It’s technology, married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.”
A Truly Honest Assessment of Web Development 15 Years Along
This is a truly honest assessment of web development over a span of 15 or more years. As someone who put up their first website in 1994 and building web apps ever since, I think this post titled “The Developer’s Dystopian Future” is poignantly accurate. Gone are the days of being competent in many areas and using those competencies day-in and day-out, or of doing it all and feeling on top of the world as a proven expert in web technologies.
Xiki Lands on KickStarter
We covered the Xiki Shell alternative in an earlier NixMashup. There’s a video on this TechCrunch piece that I haven’t seen before. In an earlier link we referenced Steve Jobs ability to think differently. I would say the Xiki shell qualifies!
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