Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Smart Devices You Can Buy Today. A Ubuntu Review for Windows Users. Monday, Tuesday, Windsday. Careful What You Update While On Vacation. It Comes in Pints? Things IT People Never Say. Solar Cloth. One Observer’s Explanation For Microsoft’s Open Source Moves. An IoT Architectural Roadmap. Java 8 DateTime API Goodness.
Smart Devices You Can Buy Today
This slideshow shows 40 different Smart Devices you can buy today. Some are brilliant, some not so much. Samples include a fork that “gently vibrates” if you’re eating too fast, an app-based blood pressure monitor, Internet-connected mirrors, smart garbage cans that tell you when they need emptying, and what I personally really really want, a remote access slow cooker.
Ubuntu Review for Windows Users
This Ubuntu Review would serve as an excellent resource for someone sick of Windows and curious about what they can do in Ubuntu. In other words, lots of screenshots demonstrating the richness of Unity Desktop.
Monday, Tuesday, Windsday
An interesting overview of the current status of Wind Farms and ongoing Wind Development projects in Iowa. Whispering Willow East covers approximately 51 square miles. Each one of these monster wind turbine titans is capable of producing approximately 1.65 megawatts, enough to fully power 400 homes.
Careful What You Update While On Vacation
Frightening story of “DarkHotel,” where victims are infected through a variety of methods that include bogus software updates for Adobe Flash, Google Toolbar, or other trusted software that are presented to the user while on the hotel’s WiFi.
It Comes in Pints?
If you’re like me and a single serving of ice cream is a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, you’ll be happy to learn about the new pint-sized Ice Cream Scooper. Makes a great Christmas gift for the wife!
Things IT People Never Say
Funny 1:52 minute video of IT support people doing and saying things which, if you have ever worked in IT support or dealt with IT support in your life, can confirm have never been said, done or thought. Things like IT support people saying how much they enjoy working with users and how much they learn from them, or encouraging users to type at the computer while they stand by and patiently offer instruction.
England-based Solar Cloth Company is running trials of its solar cloth, using a lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be stretched across parking lots or on buildings that can’t hold heavy loads like sports stadiums with lightweight, retractable roofs.
One Observer’s Explanation For Microsoft’s Open Source Moves
A lengthy forum discussion thread accompanying a Phoronix Article on Microsoft’s recent moves into Open Source with .NET and Visual Studio. This particular comment lists several reasonable explanations for Microsoft’s activities, most of which having to do with Microsoft extending its presence in the hope of increasing its customer base and ultimately its revenue. Other more cynical suggestions were offered in the discussion, of course, which are probably equally valid.
An IoT Architectural Roadmap
A very good article providing a roadmap for organizations to use in approaching the Internet of Things. Usage model examples were listed like looking at the status of assets and how to improve utilization (like smart garbage cans), how to charge for usage, ongoing operations management, and selling additional digital services over time. Architectural styles of IoT were included, or adding value as a thing-centric, gateway-centric, smartphone-centric, cloud-centric model or combination.
Java 8 DateTime API Goodness
A short but thorough look at the Java 8 DateTime API with examples in performing comparisons, time adjustments, time and date manipulation, durations and date-based amount periods.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Nate Merrill, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.