Around the web: Episode #1

In the morning I procure quite a bit of links on the web for our GX Consultancy Facebook page, and only today thought that perhaps I can put the links into blog posts as well. Most of those links are related to Technology, and Software Development.

So today is Episode #1 of my interesting finds on the web.

No. 1

I’m going to start with a video about a presentation. Now this might not seem very interesting, perhaps until you find out the presenter does the presentation on a MEGA65 prototype in Commodore 64 mode.

In the beginning Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen starts off by stating that perhaps today’s computers are too complex for students (upcoming programmers) to grasp what hardware they are building on. He clarifies that back in the 80s the computers were a lot more bare-bones and easier to hack. The programmers from the 70s and the 80s had a better understanding of the hardware so they were able to develop software more carefully, he carefully states. The effect the current computers have, he observed, is that the students handle their machines a lot more symptomatically. His main question, he would like to explore in the next two years is; Can we recreate the deep understanding facilitated by the 1980s computers? (And should we even try). Have a look at what he says this might look like.

It’s an interesting talk for us as a small Software Development here in Scotland. Around us there is very little knowledge about Technology as a whole. We feel it makes us in a way responsible to make sure that those around us don’t get lost or swallowed up by the rate at which Technology is growing. Some of the technology that is normal for some people in certain other areas of the country, might seem like science fiction to others. This video is a bit of a reminder of where we came from, and how we could possibly build a bridge for those who feel they are on a deserted island.

No. 2

The next link is a blog post titled; “How Apple is clueless to income disparity and the environmental impact of ditching older PCs“.

It’s an entertaining look at the recent Apple Event, and a criticism of some of Apple’s announcements.

The Telegraphy chimes in on the Apple Event as well. With an article dramatically titled; “The iPad was supposed to kill the PC. What happened?

For us it doesn’t matter what hardware you buy, we can develop software for most devices in a number of languages that fit the hardware. All we care about is that you buy something that you need, instead of it having to just look fancy. We develop software for devices that run Windows Mobile 5.0, devices that run Android, Windows XP (and every iteration after that), and if you really want on Apple’s products. We build for the job at hand, on the hardware best for the job.

No. 3

We love our science fiction, it captures our imagination. Imagination is what drives us to come up with interesting new solutions. We wouldn’t be where we are if we didn’t have imagination. This next article borders science fiction titled; “Project Greenglow and the battle with gravity“. Sounds epic, doesn’t it?

I especially love this bit from the article: “John Ellis at Cern is particularly scathing: “With the EmDrive, unlike a rocket, nothing comes out of it. So I don’t see how you can generate momentum out of nothing.”” If quantum physics has taught us anything, it would be that this is one weird place we live in. Use a little imagination, perhaps you stumble upon something you didn’t see before. In the words of Carl Sagan: “We Humans Are Capable Of Greatness“.

No. 4

This final bit is about two articles, they both signify a trend in articles for about a year now. The first one is titled: “American Workers Are in Serious Denial About the Future“. The second one: “Regulators Are Woefully Underprepared for A.I. They Could Learn From Go Champion Lee Sedol“. These both deserve full on blog post discussions, and I probably will in the not too distant future spend some time writing about this. For us as a Software Development Consultancy they’re topics close to our heart.

I will conclude this post with links to some other interesting finds:

OLO – The First Ever Smartphone 3D Printer.

Microsoft A.I chatbot for Twitter, Tay is here to disrupt your productivity

Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments

Applying neuroscience to software development

Microsoft open sources Visual Studio Productivity Power Tools


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