Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Mind Blowing Implications of Self-Driving Cars. A Sweet Sugar Detoxification Story. Mistakes That Kill the Independent Development Shop. 10 World Changing Technologies On The Rise. Plant Blood. Five Things To Speed Up Your Android Phone. Ways To Be Social On The Web. Spark Web Framework. The Look of Familiar Apps on Apple Watch. Better and Faster With Age.
Mind Blowing Implications of Self-Driving Cars
Forbes article written by Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE Peter Diamondis on the implications of Self-driving Cars. “Self-driving cars are coming,” he begins. Some of the implications include reduced accidents and deaths, financial and fuel savings, no mandatory car insurance, less traffic, on-demand car usage which would result in no longer needing garages, driveways or parking spaces.
A Sweet Sugar Detoxification Story
Great article by Matt Raible describing a 21-day sugar detox program he and his wife undertook. What was hard, the role of exercise, how the new diet affected his energy, and how much weight he lost…or didn’t lose.
Mistakes That Kill the Independent Development Shop
I’ve read several articles describing how freelance developers need to think beyond writing coding, but this list of 14 mistakes that kill independent development shops is worth a read. Some of the killers include forgetting about your brand, overcommitting beyond your abilities and resources, failing to identify the person with the authority that will champion your project and services, not engaging a sufficient number of prospects for future work, failing to diversity, failing to document, refine and automate processes, dropping the ball in support, and not delegating effectively.
10 World Changing Technologies On The Rise
Interesting article listing 10 emerging technologies which will have a profound effect on the world. Some of these technologies include In Vitro Meat, High-Speed Transportation, Gene Therapy, Solar Power and perhaps my favorite technology hope, Desalination.
GigaOm reports on a new $75 million VC investment in Impossible Foods, a three-year-old startup that makes meats and cheeses from a secret substance in plants they call “plant blood.” Patrick Brown is CEO of the company, a first-time entrepreneur and Stanford University biochemist and physician. “Livestock is an antiquated technology,” he says.
Ways To Be Social On The Web
This SpeckyBoy post is titled “Exploring Social Design Patterns For the Web” but it also serves as an excellent list of the various types of social functionality to add to your applications. They include achievements, badges, auto-sharing, activity feeds, friends, following, voting, liking, direct messaging and chat, and inviting others to use the site or service.
Spark Web Framework
I just discovered Spark, a tiny Sinatra inspired framework for creating web applications in Java 8. I’m an Apache Wicket Guy as many of you may already know, but I do like this minimalistic alternative to creating web applications.
The Look of Familiar Apps on Apple Watch
This is an interesting look at how popular mobile apps might be designed to work on Apple Watch. The apps imagined for a watch include Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Skype, Yelp and Tinder.
Better and Faster With Age
Book excerpt of Older, Faster and Stronger, a guide for becoming fitter and healthier as you grow old. Several good statistics and description of the benefits of exercise for older people…like me!
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