Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, Can’t Get Me Enough Lasseter. Listening Wearables. On Banning Human Drivers. Detecting Missing Java Language Features. Linux Smart Glasses. The Clever Coroner. Concerning the Commoditization of Software Development. Developers And Their Awful Estimates. Remote Working Rules.
Can’t Get Me Enough Lasseter
Long and very informative piece from Wired on the transformative effect of John Lasseter on Walt Disney Animation Studios. Facts about Lasseter you might not have known and a photo of his great office you may have seen elsewhere but will make you feel good regardless. Interesting chart of the comparative earnings of Disney and Pixar films since 2001.
Good Tutorial with sample code on using the Android Wearable Listener Service to display text on the wearable device using the Message Api Message Listener interface.
On Banning Human Drivers
The opening sentence of this piece on self-driving cars says it all. “My prediction is that in fewer than 15 years, we will be debating whether human beings should be allowed to drive on highways.” Many of the benefits of robotic cars are listed along with an interesting potential problem, a driverless car that drives into a stroller when having to chose between it and a shopping cart in real time. The headline would read “Robot Car Kills Baby to Avoid Groceries” resulting in robotic cars being banned in all red states.
Detecting Missing Java Language Features
Interesting analysis of a developer’s blog referral traffic suggesting a missing feature in Java, in this case Multiline Strings. I know I was probably one of those referrals about 8 months ago when I searched on it.
Linux Smart Glasses
I don’t know why the “stylishness” of the new Linux-based Icis glasses is so heavily hyped in this piece. I guess “style” is in the eye of the wearer. That aside, the glasses have a lot of interesting features, among them integration with mobile devices.
The Clever Coroner
Courtroom Exchange of the Day where an idiot attorney pushes a coroner too far, to the amusement of us all.
Concerning the Commoditization of Software Development
The title of this piece is titled “Stop Selling Software Development Short” in which the author emphasizes the importance of the developer’s skill in the success of any software product. Software development cannot be a commodity because it’s not determined merely by the what or the how much. It’s equally determined by the who – the people behind the projects…The value of great people can be hard to measure, but in the decade of the developer, it must play a role in every organization’s decision to build – or buy – great software.
Remote Working Rules
There is a lot written about successful remote working from both the worker and manager perspectives. This is a remote worker’s list of self-imposed rules that makes his experience successful. There’s also a Dilbert Cartoon on teleworking that’s a must-read.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Craig T, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.