Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, A Cursory Look at the Smartwatch. Essential WordPress Plugins. Comparing Consumer and Enterprise Mobile App Functionality. In a World of Unlimited and Free Energy. Android Apps to Chrome Apps with the APK Packager. Android GUI and Wireframe Templates. 10 Programming Interview Questions. 100 Million Gallons of US Navy Biofuel On the Way. Augmented Reality Hardhats. New Series Taking a Look at Various Linux Distributions.
A Cursory Look at the Smartwatch
The full title of this piece is “Where Apple’s Smartwatch Fails: We Can’t be Cursory.” The key point being, Watches are instead meant to consistently live with us in a way our phones can’t. The experience shouldn’t be immersive like a phone; it should be cursory, much like time itself. Information should be able to be consumed in seconds. Another function of an effective wrist device would be that it could decipher the context of the moment, like automatically begin tracking you the moment you start running. Another feature of an always-with-you device might be a different screen effect like a “frost effect” for certain functions.
Essential WordPress Plugins
This SpeckyBoy post lists 5 types of WordPress Plugins every site needs. The areas include site backup, site security and malware monitoring, social media sharing, contact and lead generation forms, and SEO. I know I could use better social sharing services.
Comparing Consumer and Enterprise Mobile App Functionality
Interesting post describing how data, location and social functions differ between consumer and enterprise mobile applications. For instance, social sharing in enterprise mobile apps takes on a curation quality, or what the article terms “annotainment,” where the app would capture ideas and comments from people with different expertise. Location functions in the enterprise mobile app would provide more data on tracking things in the business context environment, like parts in a just-in-time process.
In a World of Unlimited and Free Energy
This Washington Post articles begins by comparing the explosive growth of cellular phones with solar energy and how solar will be as ubiquitous as cell phones. Inexpensive renewable sources will provide more energy than the world needs in less than 20 years. Even then, we will be using only one part in 10,000 of the sunlight that falls on the Earth. Other renewable technologies and their future ubiquity are also discussed. One thing I’m going to do when I’m no longer paying for energy is to keep the lights on in my garage. Just something I always wanted to be able to do.
Android Apps to Chrome Apps with the APK Packager
More movement on running Android apps inside of Chrome with an unofficial Chrome APK Packager and following a number of steps to transfer the app from a phone to a computer. I don’t have plans to do this any time soon, but it’s more evidence that we’ll no doubt be seeing Android apps on multiple OS’s soon.
Android GUI and Wireframe Templates
Excellent collection of GUI templates and UI aids for Android version (4.4), Material Design, Android Wear and for the creation of Android icons.
10 Programming Interview Questions
There are a lot of posts that list interview questions for programmers, and few seem relevant. This list contains a few good questions that coders should know. Not all 10 that are listed, but most. Questions like describing a Left Outer Join in SQL, the difference between Get and Post in web development, how to find a particular process and kill it in Linux, the difference between a Class and an Object, and what are the JDK, JRE and a JVM for Java Developers.
100 Million Gallons of US Navy Biofuel On the Way
The US Navy announces the construction of three new biorefineries which will produce 100 million gallons per year of military grade biofuel. Congressional Republicans wanted to squash the investment but the Navy used the Defense Production Act from the 1950’s to help advance the future in biofuels. The new initiative demonstrates how quickly the biofuel industry could move away from farmlands and embrace a broader variety of non-food feedstocks that don’t compete with agriculture for growing space. These are not pilot projects, they are full commercial-scale operations.
Augmented Reality Hardhats
These Android-powered hardhats feature a protective visor over a heads-up display and an array of sensors, so workers can safely map their environment and monitor metrics hands-free. Specially-designed work packages created in Industrial 4D Studio provide a hub for acquired information, which remains available for workers in the future and at other sites. The company has also built industrial apps that integrate with existing hardware and software. Users can view 4D content through the display, and are able to control the interface with an integrated smart watch. Check out the video.
New Series Taking a Look at Various Linux Distributions
Kudos to NetworkWorld.com for their new “Better Know an OS” series on Linux Distributions. They begin with Debian. Good coverage of the most important characteristics of Debian which set it apart. Hope the series continues.
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