Here’s a cornucopia of things I have found interesting in tech in the last month. As usual, lots of cloud, some Kubernetes, DevOps and software of course, as well as IOT. Grab a drink and read!
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Years ago I worried if the future for Raspberry Pi would dim. I am happy to say I worried for nothing. The good folks at Raspberry Pi continue to stride boldly into the future with new and better products. Case in point: the Pi 400 and the Pi Pico.
The 400 has been out for a short time, but it is still fairly new. If you are wondering if it could be effective for everyday use, read this: Raspberry Pi 400 for working and learning at home – Raspberry Pi. I am seriously thinking of getting one for some basic day to day computing.
As the Pi Pico, it is brand new! If you are a fan of the Pi for IoT work, the Pico could be the device you want. To see what I mean, read this: Meet Raspberry Silicon: Raspberry Pi Pico now on sale at $4 – Raspberry Pi. I have order four! I can’t wait to try it out.
The future looks bright for Raspberry Pi.
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Tagged IOT, IT, raspberrypi
Use Routines. As Wired magazine explains:
Instead of saying, “OK, Google. Turn off bedroom and play rain sounds,” and hoping Google correctly processes that those are two separate commands, you can say “OK, Google. Good night” and have a routine take care of the rest.
Essentially Routines are programs for Google Home devices to run. If you find yourself giving your Home device multiple instructions at a time, consider making a routine.
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Tagged google, home, IOT, IT
Ballie is the cute little yellow ball above. Samsung unvailled ‘Ballie’ at the 2020 Consumer Electronic Show. If you go to the link, you can read all the things Ballie can do for you. What you don’t get to read is what Ballie is going to do for others. Because there’s never been a more potentially intrusive device in your house like this one. It can go around your house 24/7, recording not just sounds but images. Images (and sounds) that anyone back on the Internet can process.
Until companies and other organizations can demonstrate proper stewardship of such data, I wouldn’t recommend anyone get one of these things. They are far from essential and potentially harmful.
If you have Philips Hue products or are thinking of getting them, then I recommend you read this: Philips Hue super guide: How to set up and use your Hue lights.
The Hue is a great product, but it may not be the easiest thing to set up. This guide will help.
I love Raspberry Pis. They are great for playing around and learning about technology. But until recently I would not recommend them as an every day computer, if anything because they are just too slow. Or they were before the Raspberry Pi 4. With the capabilities of the new Pi 4, they may be ready to become your main or at least backup computer.
If you are interested, you can Google them and get alot more information on them. Here’s two sources more: Raspberry Pi 4 Computer | Uncrate and Engadget.
Is this: Flight Light.
You can use it to track night flights of the ones you love. I don’t know how much traction it will get, but I personally find it appealing.
It uses smart ink, so it’s low power. But it changes throughout the day, based on the information it gets from the Internet. It looks great, and it’s around $134, which is not bad.
I’d like to see more tech do this. A fine marriage of high tech and aesthetics.
For more information, see A smart poster that knows the weather | Yanko Design
I lost my keys the other day and I figured they’d show up but after a few days I concluded they were lost. Luckily I didn’t have to do a search of the house because I had a Tile attached to them. (Yes I should have used it right away.) So I opened the app and figured it would tell me they were in the house, but it said they were up the street, approximately half a kilometer a way.I used the app to go right to the location was: a gas station where I was getting my bike tires pumped up a few days earlier. The keys must have fallen out when I was doing this. Great! I went inside and asked if someone had turned them in. Clerk says: nope! I was sure they were there. I start the app and get it to play music on my key fob. I can hear them! Another clerk comes over and opens a drawer with a bunch of keys, including mine! So no thanks to the first clerk but thanks to everyone else including Tile.
Some thoughts on this:
- Don’t assume that if someone finds your keys or wallet that they will turn it over to you if you show up. The staff may be busy, or someone may have misplaced the items, or maybe the person working there just can’t be bothered to look. Let Tile help you here.
- If you think: I can’t afford a Tile, consider the alternative. Consider the time and money it costs to replace your keys, wallet, etc. Chances are it’s less than a Tile.
- Even when the items you lost are nearby, having the Tile saves you a lot of hassle of going around looking for the item.
- Consider attaching your Tile to a remote control if you have people in the house misplacing it all the time.
Here’s an assortment of 42 links covering everything from Kubernetes to GCP and other cloud platforms to IoT to Machine Learning and AI to all sorts of other things. Enjoy! (Image from the last link)
- Prometheus Kubernetes | Up and Running with CoreOS , Prometheus and Kubernetes: Deploying – Kubernetes monitoring with Prometheus in 15 minutes – some good links on using Prometheus here
- Deploying a containerized web application | Container Engine Documentation | Google Cloud Platform – a good intro to using GCP
- How to classify workloads for cloud migration and decide on a deployment model – Cloud computing news – great insights for any IT Architects
- IP Address Locator – Where is this IP Address? – a handy tool, especially if you are browsing firewall logs
- Find a Google Glass and kick it from the network – Detect and disconnect WiFi cameras in that AirBnB you’re staying in– Good examples of how to catch spying devices
- The sad graph of software death – a great study on technical deby
- OpenTechSchool – Websites with Python Flask – get started building simple web sites using Python
- Build Your Own “Smart Mirror” with a Two-Way Mirror and an Android Device – this was something I wanted to do at some point
- Agile for Everybody: Why, How, Prototype, Iterate – On Human-Centric Systems – Medium – Helpful for those new or confused by Agile
- iOS App Development with Swift | Coursera – For Swift newbies
- Why A Cloud Guru Runs Serverless on AWS | ProgrammableWeb – If you are interested in serverless, this is helpful
- Moving tech forward with Gomix, Express, and Google Spreadsheets | MattStauffer.com – using spreadsheets as a database. Good for some
- A Docker Tutorial for Beginners – More Docker 101.
- What is DevOps? Think, Code, Deploy, Run, Manage, Learn – IBM Cloud Blog – DevOps 101
- Learning Machine Learning | Tutorials and resources for machine learning and data analysis enthusiasts – Lots of good ML links
- Machine learning online course: I just coded my first AI algorithm, and oh boy, it felt good — Quartz – More ML
- New Wireless Tech Will Free Us From the Tyranny of Carriers | WIRED – This is typical Wired hype, but interesting
- How a DIY Network Plans to Subvert Time Warner Cable’s NYC Internet Monopoly – Motherboard – related to the link above
- Building MirrorMirror – more on IT mirrors
- Minecraft and Bluemix, Part 1: Running Minecraft servers within Docker – fun!
- The 5 Most Infamous Software Bugs in History – OpenMind – also fun!
- The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule — Quartz – more fun stuff. Don’t submit pull requests 🙂
- The 10 Algorithms Machine Learning Engineers Need to Know – More helpful ML articles
- User Authentication with the MEAN Stack — SitePoint – if you need authentication, read this…
- Easy Node Authentication: Setup and Local ― Scotch – .. or this
- 3 Small Tweaks to make Apache fly | Jeff Geerling – Apache users, take note
- A Small Collection of NodeMCU Lua Scripts – Limpkin’s blog – Good for ESP users
- Facebook OCP project caused Apple networking team to quit – Business Insider – Interesting, though I doubt Cisco is worried
- Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage — Krebs on Security – more on how IoT is bad
- Learn to Code and Help Nonprofits | freeCodeCamp – I want to do this
- A Simple and Cheap Dark-Detecting LED Circuit | Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – a fun hack
- Hackers compromised free CCleaner software, Avast’s Piriform says | Article [AMP] | Reuters – this is sad, since CCleaner is a great tool
- Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony? – MIT Technology Review – I believe it is and if AI proponents are not smart they will run into another AI winter.
- I built a serverless Telegram bot over the weekend. Here’s what I learned. – Bot developers might like this.
- Google’s compelling smartphone pitch – Pixel 2 first impressions | IT World Canada News – The Pixel 2 looks good. If you are interested, check this out
- Neural networks and deep learning – more ML
- These 60 dumb passwords can hijack over 500,000 IoT devices into the Mirai botnet – more bad IoT
- If AWS is serious about Kubernetes, here’s what it must do | InfoWorld – good read
- 5 Ways to Troll Your Neural Network | Math with Bad Drawings – interesting
- IBM, Docker grow partnership to drive container adoption across public cloud – TechRepublic – makes sense
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Tagged AI, cloud, computers, GCP, IOT, IT, Kubernetes, machinelearning, MEAN, ML, nodeJS
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:
If you just bought or are thinking of buying a Raspberry Pi, then two things:
- Read this: How To Set Up Your Raspberry Pi For The First Time – ReadWrite.
Not only will it help you get set up, but it also has a list of projects to get your started on doing something useful with it. As well, there’s some links to other resources.
There’s lots of material on Raspberry Pi’s on the Web, but if you haven’t found them yet, try this one at ReadWrite and get started.