Computing at the size of salt!

IBM has announced smallest computer, the size of grain of salt.. Check it out here.


Dropbox saving with onpremise infra

Dropbox moved out of the AWS and went in reverse direction two years ago. Saw a news item explaining the savings that they had with moving to onpremise infrastructure.

Begs the question : What is the saving we get moving to cloud?.

What is cheaper : Compute, Storage, better security, maintenance, technology refresh, technical resources to manage infra?.

Any thoughts?

AWS Greengrass

So far it has been devices were reaching out to IoT Hub’s and Cloud and using the compute power for Edge and/or main computing apart from data handling, with AWS Greengrass it is reverse current!. You can use IoT and Lambda infrastructure that can trigger actions on devices that are connected via this framework and circuit is complete in terms of usage of the computing power in both directions apart from the existing bi-directional data transmission

Check this link for more.

Ubuntu Unity – RIP

With Ubuntu 18.04 your familiar Unity interface will be dead. I had love-hate relationship with it when it was introduced in 12.04, I have been using GNOME 1/2 from Ubuntu 8. With Microsoft Windows 8 mimic-ing Unity (right side pop-in menu) Unity seems more comfortable with my personal laptop on Ubuntu and official one on MSFT.

With 16:9 monitors Unity did provide lot of real estate for multiple screens (4 terminals) to be opened comfortably, two documents/browsers for comparisons etc. With the left side menu hidden full screen is practically for the apps. Dash is still something that’s inconsistent in it’s behaviour, will not miss it.

Was not a big fan of GNOME either but hopefully it will look similar to Unity interface that has been comfortable for many when 18.04 is released to smooth out transition to the back to the past windows manager!. It brings back the thought of trying to use the multiple workspaces/terminals that was popular in GNOME..

More on the reasons of the going back here written by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of canonical the creator of Ubuntu.

Sad to hear it go!.

Update [11Apr] : Looking at it from positive perspective here

Asus Tinkerboard – Better Video ‘Pi’

Asus has released a mini PC that is better in specifications for video rendering than Raspberry PI 3, a better Video ‘Pi’ for gaming and movie buffs!.



Comparison of Raspberry PI and Asus Tinkerboard is given below:

Raspberry Pi 3 Asus Tinker board
Chip Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit system-on-chip with four ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2 GHZ quad-core, 1.8GHz Rockchip RK3288 SoC
GPU Broadcom VideoCore IV Mali-T674
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy Bluetooth 4.0
USB 4 USB 2.0 4 USB 2.0
HDMI 1 HDMI out 1 HDMI Out
SD microSD microSD
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps GigE
Wi-fi 2.4GHz 802.11n 802.11 b/g/n
GPIO 40 port 40 port, 28 pin GPIO
Video 1080p video/60 fps 4K video – H.265 decoding
Retail Price $35 $57

Raspberry Pi Goes Industrial..

After being the provider of consumer and IoT enthusiasts SoC compute/connect supplier, Raspberry has turned up a model for use in industrial applications.



It is just a compute module, with data pinouts similar to laptop memory sockets that can be programmed to take programmable I/O. It has same four-core, 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 processor and 1GB of RAM as Raspberry Pi 3, half the size of it and doesn’t have ethernet, Wifi, USB, SD Card, Audio and Display.

NEC is already launching it’s large signage systems with this compute module. Interesting to see the Raspberry portfolio expanding.