Since you’re reading this, it surely would be no news to you that data visualization has become a very critical part of the IT world today. The huge amount of data being generated by different web technologies needs to be properly refined and visualized for the world to use and gain insights from it. The…
The nice thing about this article is it has code examples for each of the libraries to give you an idea of how they function.
Would you give the keys to your house to the government and just expect that they would behave and not ransack your house while doing the “Looking for the terrorist” game? My secret stuff is just that “Secret”. I don’t need a reason for it to be secret and I’m not going to justify making it secret. The government wants the keys to the kingdom to protect us from the criminals. I use security and encryption to protect myself from the criminals. I am proactive and don’t need the government to have a backup set of keys to my stuff.
On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer. The Navy’s investigation found that both collisions were avoidable accidents. And in the case of the USS McCain, the accident was in part caused by an error made in switching which control console on the ship’s bridge had steering control. While the report lays the blame on training, the user interface for the bridge’s central navigation control systems certainly played a role.
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Node Weekly November 16, 2017 #214 YouTube 29 Videos from Last Week’s NodeConfEU 2017 NodeConfEU took place in Ireland last week and there are already some great videos out, including Building a radio data network with Node, The memory footprint of Node modules, and a talk about the development of npm v5 and v6. Jamie Munro…
Like most applications Code can be installed with a download from a web page followed by using the Ubuntu Package Installer or using the Terminal and entered the commands. I’m using the first method as it is a bit easier.
I will create a very short PowerShell script and install the Code Extension to make Powershell coding go quicker. Code has an Integrated Powershell console to help in the development and testing of your coding efforts.
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A bit of sad news for the maker community today: TechShop is shutting down nationwide.
Founded in 2006, TechShop is (or, I guess, was) pretty much heaven for the adventurous do-it-yourself’er. Imagine a big building filled with everything from sewing machines to laser cutters to woodworking equipment to welding rigs. Pay a membership fee, take a few classes to make sure you didn’t cut your fingers off or burn the building down, and bam: you had access to it all. Like the shirt above, the general philosophy was “Don’t try it at home — try it here!”
This is a sad day for makers.
Software estimates are fundamentally flawed. I’ve always intuitively known this, but a year ago, I did a little experiment inside Zapier to prove it. Now when I say “prove,” I don’t mean full-on lab coats, large population, double-blind, scientific … more
I have added this book to my listen list on Audible as a result of reading this short post on the experiment to show how as humans we can’t estimate effort and time worth a damn. The idea of story-points (Scrummy) like 1,2,3,5,8,13 eliminates the fear of estimating low and the problem with the “bid once bid high” mentality. Each of the story points is “Around” a number of hours giving a little bit of flex when doing resource planning.
via Thinking Fast and Estimating Wrong — JSFeeds
It’s time we gave the micro:bit an in-depth look, and showcase what exactly this impressive little device is capable of doing for you.
I recently bought one of these from Adafruit, see my YouTube video Postbag – Adadfruit micro:bit, arcade game pad GMH-063.
In my first experiments with it, I was a little disappointed. I tried to compare it to an Arduino or Raspberry PI which I have become spoiled on. I dug a little deeper and found some very interesting capabilities including
This was designed for beginners who want to get started without a large investment. micro:bit runs on two AA batteries. It has Bluetooth LE 4.0 built in so you can talk to it with just about any computing device. With a compass and accelerometer, you can use it with motion-based projects, think Jedi Light Sabre. Large alligator clip pads for when you are not allowed to solder like I am in the living room. I can see a connector in the future to plug the micro:bit into to use all the pins. To top it off it has an 8 x 8 led matrix on the back.
I thought maybe because of its size and being an unusual board that would be difficult to code. Wrong again, “MakeCode: a drag and drop block coding system, and for the “Hard Core” 😉 folk it can be programmed with microPython. Within 10 minutes after plugging in my AA battery pack I was able to build a block code program to change the led matrix to show rapid acceleration and point to the way to North. I was very impressed now imagine if you 12 years old how you are going to feel.
I’m ordering one for the grandson for Christmas. I’d recommend the micro:bit to anyone who still has a 12-year-old sense of excitement trapped in them.
Link to my Postbag video with micro:bit in it.
via Get to Know the BBC Micro:bit — Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers
Direct Video Feed: Non-YouTube direct link to video Ubuntu 17.10 tip on background, dock and Icon size GMH-064. This video is on how to change your background or desktop image, move the dock to the bottom of the screen, where it belongs ;-), finally change the Icon size to be a little smaller. This is really a preparation video for the rest of the videos I’m doing on Ubuntu 17.10. I like to have my desktop environment as clean as possible and be all Geekized. I work primarily in Windows and teach others in Windows so I find it easy to have the dockable Icon bar at the bottom. I also reduce the size of the Icons from comic book size to something smaller.
You might notice the (X11 VNC) icon in the upper left corner. That Icon is there because I am using VNC Viewer on my Windows system to remote desktop into the Ubuntu 17.10 system. Then I use Windows Camtasia to record the video and voice over at the same time. I did it this way because there were some issues with the default Ubuntu 17.10 new Wayland display server and most of the Linux based screencast capture software. They either didn’t work at all or were intermittent. I could have switched to the X11 display server but then some of the new things that make the Wayland display server would be missing from the videos.
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