Just got this in my inbox today. For all you die-hard Microsoft fan boys, Microsoft will be ending Skype service on Windows Phone 8 on July 1, 2017. If you still own a phone with Windows Mobile may I suggest upgrading to an iPhone or Android? Time to move on. Seriously.
Yesterday, I attended the NYU's Future Labs AI Summit event. Frankly, it wasn't what I expected. Most of the "more technical" talks were very superficial on the state of the art: very little in depth details on any specific research. The other talks were focused on the world of start ups focused on AI/Machine Learning based in NYC. I think it was best suited for venture capitalists who wanted to take the afternoon off from work. 😉
The one slide I found interesting Yann LeCun's discussion on reinforcement learning used for Star Craft. During his talk, he asserted the future of machine learning is in unsupervised learning. [Mic drop]
Recently, I signed up for the An Introduction to Programming the Internet of Things (IOT) Specialization on Coursera. Last month, I completed the The Arduino Platform and C Programming. Currently I am working on Interfacing with the Arduino.
The Arduino Platform course was a little bit too generic as it mainly focused on Standard C. The introduction to the Arduino coding environment and hardware was useful though. The big draw back is that there are no forums to post questions and get answers. Most of the projects involved coding in C that could be done in any compiler. The final projected involved blinking the built in light on an Arduino board. If you have some C experience and minimal to no Arduino experience, I give it 3 out of 5 thumbs up.
As I mentioned, the second course is the Interfacing course. The final project involved adjusting the brightness of an LED using a potentiometer using the standard Arduino Servo library to adjust the LED itself. This was pretty interesting project but technically it was kind of silly. The PWM signals normally used to control a servo does not allow one to fully light or dim an LED. Think Rube Goldberg.
I just completed the Android App Components - Intents, Activities, and Broadcast Receivers MOOC taught by Vanderbilt University on Cousera. Since I did pay $49 for the course, I'd like to share my thoughts.
This is definitely a useful class. I think if you plan to be an Android developer, its important to understand the intricacies of the architecture and structure of apps. I was disappointed by the fact that there were no mandatory programming assignments. Also, beyond the normal instructional videos, there were a lot of videos on code walk-throughs. After a certain point my brain just shut down.
Will you learn how to program Android with this class alone? Absolutely not. Will it explain how to app screens communicate with services and other screens? Yes. Will you be able to implement real Android apps without other courses/education? No.
This class is part of the Android App Development Specialization. I think you need to take most of these classes before you can really start Android development. Is this MOOC worth $49? Yes, only if you plan to complete the whole specialization.
OBTW, I did find out that Udacity has an interesting single MOOC course on Android development. It would have probably made more sense to try that first before going down this more academic route.
Unless you've been living under a rock, Evernote is in a death spiral.. You don't need to be a VC to know that giving away free services competing directly with Microsoft's One Note isn't such a great idea.
Today, I needed to pull some data off of one of my Evernote notes. I know a few days ago, Evernote is forcing its free service users to a limit of only 2 clients. Over the past several years, I must have installed Evernote client on 7 or more devices. Today, I wasn't ready today to just pick two devices so I decided to log on to Evernote using my tablet's web browser. Guess what? Evernote is blocking web access! They want everyone to use their mobile client on our mobile devices. Without web access on your devices, you will be forced to upgrade to a paid plan if you own more than two devices. Their web error page even has a URL to the web app. Fuck you Evernote.
I got this email this morning. Seems LinkedIn got hacked again. According to another site, the 117 million accounts were comprised. Although Linked-In recommends changing passwords, I fail to see how changing our passwords would prevented 117 million counts from being stolen in the first place or stop any future hacks. For any online presence, everyone should at least have a strong password that is unique for EVERY site. Praying also might help.
I've been using a LG G4 Android phone for a months now. One nice app they included is the LG Bridge app. On Windows, it allows you to backup and restore the data from your phone to your PC. It also allowed you to backup your phone data to the LG cloud. The main reason why I never used it is because I thought backups would probably take forever. It already takes 10 of minutes to backup to the PC via a USB cable. The other reason I didn't use the app is that I thought LG would eventually discontinue the service. Its not like they are making money hand over fist like Apple. Why would they give away free space?
In less than a year of owning the G4, I received this letter from LG. As of Sept 1, 2016, LG plans to turn off cloud storage of backup data and delete all my data. Not surprised. They should have never even bothered offing this service anyway. When will companies learn?
Which is an indispensable utility in Unixes. For years, I wondered why Windows doesn't have a similar utility. Found out today, it does. Its called where. Man I feel stupid.