PiCloud Is A Model Cloud Made Of Raspberry Pi & LEGO For Teaching Students About Web Platforms | TechCrunch

Here’s another interesting implementation of the $35 microcromputer — or rather a stack of 56 Pis, linked together to form what its creators have called PiCloud, using LEGO bricks as bespoke racks for the Pi stacks. (Not the first time we’ve seen Pi paired with LEGO either.)
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IT Reflection for the new year.

January 1st was the 30th anniversary of the modern internet. The 1st marked the cut over to TCP/IP.

Where computers had a giant impact on the way we do our work and what not TCP/IP has had and continues to have an even greater impact. Prior to TCP/IP all things were proprietary. Sharing and sending information between the various networks was all but impossible. TCP/IP changed all of that paving the way for what we have today.

It has been the underlying tidal force of my entire career. Computers may have been the vehicle but without TCP/IP there is no where to go, stuck on an Island trapped in a silo.  TCP/IP Changed all of that.  Computers in their current forms and iterations are nothing like what they were 30 years ago (ok sans a keyboard and yes we still have command prompts.).  TCP/IP on the other hand is the same for the most part.  Even with the addition of IPv6 its still the same at its core, just has more segments its still TCP/IP.  One could argue the same thing about computers that at their core they are still the same too, but to that I say “Shush! this is TCP/IP’s day not yours 8086”.

Take a moment, sit back look at all the devices around you. Every news feed alert, IM message, each dungeon run or quest you complete (Fellow Warcraft players, im looking at you), all Netflix movies you watch on a smart TV and wall you post to would not be what it is today with out the pioneering work of Vint Cerf in 1973, Robert Kahn in the 1970’s, Jon Postel.

There are many other very smart and creative people that provided frameworks to make these things happen but the creation of TCP/IP was the road which they all had to navigate.


Thanks for one heck of a ride so far.  {Tip of the hat and toast of the Red Bull to ya TCP/IP}


Icenium Cloud For Mobile App Development Seeks To Replace Visual Studio and Eclipse | TechCrunch

Icenium Cloud For Mobile App Development Seeks To Replace Visual Studio and Eclipse | TechCrunch.

Definitely seems cool, but jesus, what happens when the cloud infrastructure breaks? Yesterday’s Amazon Web Services Outage should give many developers pause to relying solely and exclusively to the cloud as a magic bullet (if nothing else, it should be an example of the inherent flaws in single zone deployment!). In this scenario, when the cloud breaks – you can’t even develop locally! YIKES!! That’s a big trade off.

Plus, if i’m not mistaken, with eclipse there are plenty of ways to affect a develop-once-deploy-many facility by way of plugins.

My big problem with IDE’s in general is their interface – it really offers a very clunky out of date workflow. Updating the interface therefore would improve the mobile development lifecycle while not being so brittle by encumbering development with the cloud-scape.

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation.

My favorite take-away from the article is that confirmation of the requisite cosmological signature would be:

[T]he kind of reveal the physicists are looking for — an indication that there is indeed a man hiding behind the curtain.

Or in other words – We Live in Oz.