This weekend was supposed to be the start of the Winter Garden series, so a jaunt to Home Depot was in order for some new (more winter friendly plants). As you can see on the right, that didn’t go so well. The pictured area is the open area of the Home Depot nursery where they normally have rows of plants. I realize it’s a little late to get started, but winter hasn’t even arrived in full force yet! Hopefully this week I can locate a better plant provider as I have a brand new GreenStalk Gardening System that I want to try out and review for you!
And please remember, if a 5 year old would whine about it (“Mommy, Mommy! I wanted the red cup! Not the icky green cup!”) … you probably shouldn’t be throwing a tantrum about it on the internet.
Last week, as I was spending quality time with the 4th generation Apple TV, I was brainstorming about potential corporate uses for the unit. It might seem like a strange activity, but the Apple TV already has a number of non-media apps on the tvOS App store. An app like Zillow or Airbnb might be a little strange at first, but when you think about sharing your research with your family/SO, it makes a fairly nice display. On a similar vein to that, it’s very common to have TVs in conference rooms these days to hook up computers. Many businesses opt to use Apple TV’s and airplay for the hookup. However, what apps could be used?
Last week saw the release of the 4th Generation Apple TV. Being the first Apple TV featuring the new tvOS, it was the first device in the model’s 8 year history to have user-installable apps. Just like on most modern platforms, having the ability to install your own applications is incredibly useful and powerful. There are some interesting applications which I think will show up down the line relating to business use, but we’ll talk about that later. For now, how does it work in real life? For real people? I’ve spent a few days of quality time testing out my Apple TV and I can safely say I need a new couch.
Google Inbox is a really interesting experiment. The point of the service is to take “old fashion” email and turn the interface on its head. These are great aspirations and I hope they succeed. Basically the second Google Inbox was available for us Google Apps users, I had switched over to it. Both on computer and mobile I’ve been using only Google Inbox for the last 6 months it’s been available. However, even with all the cool new features, I find myself slowly migrating back to Gmail.
Back in April I backed a Kickstarter for the Onion Omega. It’s another new hardware development platform centered around the Internet Of Things. While I’ve already got Raspberry Pi and Arduino aplenty, the Omega caught my eye as being a really nice blend of both worlds. Arduino is actually very hard to use for standalone IoT because it’s not fast enough to support SSL; it also requires you program in C. Raspberry PI is designed to be a full computer; it isn’t “cheap” ($40 times a number of devices adds up in cost) and is battery intensive (comparatively). The Onion Omega picks up a lot of strengths from both sides of the spectrum as it’s a full Linux machine (meaning I can write in NodeJS), fast enough to support SSL, tiny, AND has built-in WiFi.
Tutum styles itself as “The Docker Platform for Dev and Ops”. What that really means is that Tutum provides a nice web interface for running clusters of Docker containers across multiple clouds. Most have heard of Tutum since the company recently found itself in the news due to it being acquired by Docker. Since it is so popular right now it’s worth sharing my experience using Tutum, which does predate the media blitz.
I’m pleased to report that as of Wednesday afternoon I’m an AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. While I’ve been working in/on/around AWS for years now, it’s nice to have the certification that proves I know what I’m doing. Amazon’s testing, unlike a lot of the certifications in tech (I’m looking at you CompTIA A+), is 100% about the real world. While that makes it harder, it makes the testing all the more invaluable.
As was mentioned in Monday’s video on Bootstrap Studio, I’ve been spending some of my time learning how to use the Bootstrap framework. For those not “in the know” Bootstrap styles itself as the “most popular HTML, CSS, and JS framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web”. If you’re building a web-based application today, like I am with FirewaterDB, you’ve most likely run across or used Bootstrap. However as with anything large and massively powerful, Bootstrap is a bit complicated with a non-negligible learning curve. So what better way to learn it than to completely rebuild a site, like JonDavis.name