#AstroPi: #RaspberryPi will be launched in #Space this evening!

Astro_Pi_Logo_WEB-260x250A couple of hardended Raspberry Pi will be launched this evening and will reach the ISS!
This is some awesome news for all RPi users and fan and a great achievement for Eben Upton and all his folks.

Follow the event here, on NASA TV live stream; launch time is 22:45 GMT from Cape Canaveral (USA).

More links and info available here:
– and, of course, astro-pi.org

And follow the Twitter account:

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A well-done Steve Jobs animated biography (and some IT history too)

“Oh no, yet another Steve Jobs movie?”
Not exactly…
It’s an animated multi-timeline Steve Jobs‘ biography, featuring all relevant IT people from 1955 to 2011, along with main IT events and computer/technology introduction events.

It’s so well done (IMHO) that really deserves a second look, just to follow all inputs coming from a very interesting time-point-of-view. 😉

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The real value of stuff running in our smartphones (compared to 30 years ago)

Well, I know it’s quite unfair but yet it’s still amazing.
Just imagine all the stuff running within our smartphone (the kind of stuff we all take for granted, now).
A book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think has an interesting point of view about this.

Just check this table:

abundance stuff running in smartphone price compared to 1982

Guess what? A 5MP digital camera in 1986 retailed for $3,000 (today’s value, this figure almost doubles…).
A 1982 GPS system went for some $119,000 ($280,000 in 2011’$).
There you go: grand total gets over $900.000…

As I said before, it’s quite unfair (and some may question about the method) but it’s amazing all the same!

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Enter HIP – Human IP address: the Internet of Human Beings

A recent Forbes story has sparkled speculations about IP addresses being assigned to each and every human being.

ip human address internet of things

Besides the Science-Fiction scenario, it seems logical to assign to all living human beings an IP address hence bypassing any further IDs, password and so on.
IP V4? No way… 32 bit (less the reserved addresses) is a lot less than 4 billion IP addresses (and we’ve already ran out of them).
IP V6, may seems legit: one (very complex) string that may become part of the life of every human being just like DNA: no more passwords.

The story is quite compelling and thought provoking: provided the Internet of Things is getting every day more complex, and given the 2025 deadline, this may become a real scenario.
Legal implications, poverty discrimination and many other aspects of the problem should be carefully analyzed, though.

Full story on Forbes available here.

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How to edit text in your browser – without launching an editor!

text editor htmlA simple text editor – always available at your fingertips?
It’s inside your browser!

It’s just a matter of writing in the location/URL textbox of your browser the following text and start typing:

data:text/html, <html contenteditable>

You’ll get a very simple text editor within your browser so that taking a quick note will never be an issue any more (for me, at last!).

Tested under Firefox (PC/Mac), Chrome (PC/Mac), Safari (Mac)

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May 26th 1995: Bill Gates writes about the “Internet Tidal Wave”

1995 internet tidal wave bill gates

20 years have gone since this internal memo, aimed at Microsoft Executives, in which Bill Gates himself talked about the “Internet Tidal Wave” and provided a strategic point of view for a MS-dominated ‘Net; the memo surfaced during the prolonged Justice Department antitrust action against Microsoft from 1998 to 2001 and is publicly available by clicking here.

It’s so well-written and contains so much forecasting that it’s awesome to read – even 20 years later.
Gates writes about current (1995) state of the PC world, CD-ROM dominance, MSN (and its impossibile-competition against the web…), why every PC will be connected in the future.
He talks about competition in the servers arena (Windows NT vs. Unix servers), about NetPCs (which went to nowhereLand…) and Netscape (a “newborn” competitor in the browser arena).

I think this is a truly awesome piece of history, besided whatever happened later, that we all should read and think about – at least for the next 20 years 😉

[Update: a fully readable web page with the transcript of the memo is available here]

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Windows 95 Video Guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry: PCs explained by “Friends” actors

Back in 1995!
The world was raving for Friends sitcom and Windows 95 has just been released.

Windows 95

Someone thought it was a good idea to put Hollywood stars Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry in this video acting like themselves trying to meet Bill Gates in his office.
They miss Bill but get her assistant and meet Windows 95 world – and learn (and supposedly teach us) how to use ‘modern‘ computers along.

Well, it looks like it wasn’t a good idea and this video guide went too far but it’s still amazing and funny.
Although Windows 95 was actually a great leap for desktop OSes, this kind of ‘educational sitcom’ tried to attract (then) youngsters with popular stars – but failed in several ways.
A good attempt that doesn’t really teach Windows and, as far as I can recall, wasn’t so appealing to the intended audience.

By the way, check the VGA-sized monitor used to show Windows 95 features 😉 .

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“A Lego Brickumentary”: that’s what a great movie is made of (literally)

lego brickumentary movie“A Lego Brickumentary”, in Theaters July 31st, 2015, with Jason Bateman as the narrating voice, this is the movie you’ve been waiting for!

Lego-addicts all around the world are eagerly awaiting this one and, for sure, this will “build” great consesus to our beloved Lego bricks.

The movie delves deep into the extraordinary impact of LEGO bricks and the innovative uses of it that has sprung up all over the world.
The narrative will take us to art galleries full of LEGO creations, introduce us to Master Builders making movies, into the world of LEGO therapy, and bring us along to meet AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO), each with amazing stories to tell.

Check the official trailer below:

How much am I in love with Legos? Well, this video comes from a 1980 Super 8 film I shot (I was 13 yo, back then):

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How to play vintage MS-DOS games embedded into tweets!

What about a nice ol’ MS-DOS game?

simcity dosbox twitter embedding

archive library ms-dos gamesThe awesome Archive.org vintage gaming library plus Twitter comes in quite handy!

Embedding DOSBox-based, old school MS-DOS games has never been so easy: create a new tweet and copy the link to your own favorite game, right from the Archive.org huge library.

You’re done!

What about Donkey Kong, my beloved SimCity, the awesome Prince of Persia or some VGA-styled with Advanced Tactical Air Command?

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Bill Gates’ letter celebrating Microsoft 40th anniversary

This is awesome!

young bill gates microsoft

The real letter that Bill Gates sent to Microsoft employees for the company’s 40th anniversary.
The Verge reports:

Gates sent the following letter to Microsoft employees today to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary.
The letter was posted on Twitter by Amit Choudhary, and sources confirmed its authenticity to The Verge.

Just a few words from Gates’ words:

Today though, I am thinking much more about Microsoft’s future than its past. I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive. We are nearing the point where computers and robots will be able to see, move, and interact naturally, unlocking many new applications and empowering people even more.

[Source: The Verge]

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