The startup Dovie, Inc., has come into existence to give you one thing: dovie.tv—an enterprise-grade on-line video platform with built-in HTML5-ready players, Flash-free playlist embeds, analytics and advertising. The SaaS platform, says Dovie, offers a video control cloud with enough power to launch an on-line TV show, channel or network from a desktop computer, and it is simple and affordable enough for almost anyone to use. That power is complemented by the platform's tools that focus on making on-line video management and monetization accessible to everyone from mom-and-pop shops, to mid-market entrepreneurs, to enterprise-level professionals. Dovie also comes plugged in to major ad networks and ready-to-run CPM-optimized pre-roll video spots. Commercial content is welcome and doesn't require video producers to relinquish any rights to use the system.
The new PC maker, Recompute, is now offering Linux-based, OS-free and Windows-based desktop computers that offer a fresh approach to sustainability during the entire product life cycle. The company's approach is based on an intensive study exploring the most sustainable way to produce, use and dispose of PCs. Surprisingly, Recompute cases are manufactured of (recyclable and renewable) corrugated cardboard and treated only with nontoxic glues and flame retardant. To avoid the waste of electronic components that the user doesn't need, only memory, power supply and a hard drive come standard, while the eight USB ports allow the user to accessorize as needed. The design philosophy further allows for easy dismantling and sustainable local recycling, avoiding the typical fate of hard-to-handle e-waste from PCs: exporting it to poor countries where its processing does tremendous damage to people and the environment. Recompute states that its goal is to change how we deal with our dead computers and hopes that others will follow their lead. The effort makes you wonder why more Linux gurus aren't in charge.
Raising the next generation of creative geeks is serious business, and since Dr Spock never wrote the definitive guide to geek parenting, we're on our own. If Spock were alive, he might hand you David Erik Nelson's new book Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids. Snip is a book of geeky, do-it-yourself crafts and toys that one can make for $10 or less. It includes illustrated, step-by-step instructions for 24 projects, such as water-powered bottle rockets, an oversized joy buzzer that (safely) administers a 100-volt jolt, booming thunderdrums made from salvaged x-ray film, a cigar-box synthesizer, a powerful muzzleloader that shoots marshmallows, homemade board games and more. As the readers build, they learn the basics of carpentry, sewing, circuitry and soldering. No technical experience is required, and the projects won't break the bank.
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Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide