On this page IBM & Open Source for the Enterprise Developer, there is alot happening, but I want to highlight two things that IBM is doing.
First, IBM is
…partnering with Girls Who Code to promote gender diversity in software development. This summer, we’re hosting a seven-week immersion program for dozens of female high school students in New York City. In 2016, we’re taking it across the country.
We’re also working with GSVlabs to help women return to work in greater numbers than ever before by offering mentorship and placement programs after multi-year sabbaticals. In focusing on cloud development, IBM hopes to attract women back to the workforce with a new set of skills.
Two worthwhile initiatives, I believe.
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Vox raises that question here: All this digital technology isn’t making us more productive – Vox, and it implies that because people are slacking off on the Internet. I think that is incorrect, and here’s why.
The chart that Vox piece has shows big producitivity gains from 1998-2003 and smaller gains after that.
From 1998-2003 was the peak adoption of the Internet by companies. In the early 1990s, companies started to adopt email. In the later 1990s companies started adopting the Web. To me it is not surprising that companies would become more productive and they shifted away from snail mail and faxes to email. And then companies shifted further and started offering services over the Web, I imagine they became much more productive.
Slacking off on the Internet has been a problem since the Web came along. I know, because I used to monitor web server traffic. I don’t think that is the issue.
I think it is more likely that companies grabbed the big productivity gains from the Internet at the beginning, and then those gains slowed down after.
So what about smartphones? Have they made people more productive? I think they have, but I also think that the gains in being able to access information remotely may have been overtaken by the sheer amount of information to deal with. Being able to deal with email remotely makes you productive. Having to deal with way more email than you ever had to in the 1990s because now everyone has it makes you unproductive.
Furthermore, many of the features on smartphones are aimed at personal use, not professional use. I think smartphones make us more productive personally, but less so professionall.y
As I go through my day, I often find IT links that are of interest to work I am doing. This is my latest set of links. As you can see, I am keen on cloud, software development, github, python, and IoT, to say the least.
- I was interested in testing out cloud sites, and I wanted a simple web site to test them out. I found this useful: Create a Minimal Coming Soon Page using HTML5 and CSS3.
- Later on, I was doing some cloud testing with node.js, Express and mongo, and I found this site great: Creating a Simple RESTful Web App with Node.js, Express, and MongoDB | Christopher Buecheler – Web, Writing, Cocktails and More.
- Recently I posted some sample code in github. If you want to do the same, you should get a refresher course in Markdown. Here’s a good link:
MarkdownPad – The Markdown Editor for Windows.
- The code I posted in github is here: https://github.com/blm849/Twitter-sample-code
- I am interested in learning more about Python these days. I found these links interesting: Deploy IPython Notebooks With Docker On Bluemix In Minutes (IT Best Kept Secret Is Optimization) and Automate the Boring Stuff with Python | Practical Programming for Total Beginners.
- If you are new or revisiting software development, you might find yourself on the horns of this dilemma, and if you are, then this piece could provide the answer you need: Should I Build a Site or an App? Yes!
- If you are interested in proxy servers, this is good: Bypass Heavy-Handed Web Filters with Your Own Proxy Server.
- Two good pieces of IT analysis, here: Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft — Backchannel — Medium and here Redesigning Overcast’s Apple Watch app – Marco.org.
- And finally, here are a bunch of IoT related links:
Of course you do: everyone does. Therefore check this out: Tools for a Safer PC — Krebs on Security.
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As you can see, this new drone (Micro Drone 3.0: Flight in the Palm of Your Hand, Indiegogo) is really small. Also relatively cheap. Like other IT, I expect personal drones will only get smaller and cheaper. The only limit will likely be how big they have to be in order not to get blown away.
I have heard people come up with innovative ways of using personal drones. For example, some home inspectors are using them to check out hard to reach parts of people’s house in order to see if they are in good shape or not. That’s great.
But there are going to be lots of other ways that people use them which may not be so desirable. The most obvious one is invading people’s privacy. It is one thing to inspect a house when no one is in it: it’s another to do so when someone lives there. Instead of prank phone calls, we’ll have prank drone visits.
How people protect their rights in such cases will be difficult. Drones will raise a number of legal questions. For example, what is your recourse if someone has a drone follow you around? Or if someone has a drone hovering in a public place outside your home? Can you fly a drone above an outdoor concert so you can record it? Can you attack drones that fly into your personal airspace? Will there be security drones that keep other drones off people’s property? If you post a video of a drone visit to a property on YouTube and someone uses that video to help them rob that property, are you an accomplice?
There has been some good work on drones being done by government agencies like Transport Canada, but I think the technology is going to challenge governments and courts to keep up. Expect to see more and more debate on drones in the coming months and years.
As far as this particular drone, Mashable has more on it here.
Why do I think that? Because according to this, Apple TV apps are coming (Business Insider). There are a limited set of apps now, but if Apple steps back and lets other develop apps, the Apple TV device could get really exciting.