Wednesday, April 27, 2016
As I'm not good at writing long posts to sell you how good RTC is (and free for up to 10 devs) , I'll limit myself to the purpose of this post: to raise awarness of where to play with it (no costs, DIY the quickest)
Currently I have two options (if more, let me know in comments please):
1. free sandbox avail for 6 months ! (yah, not 30 days)
Here you need to login / create an account with some mail address. Use a free one, I do.
The thingies you do here have chances to get deleted later (than sooner), but I use this sanbox to do most of my studies before I apply changes to the actual project areas I use internally or for customers.
As the RTC concepts are the same as they were when RTC 1.0 started (I was playing that too :), this is mostly sparring me time of install/setup/configure. Ha, talk cloud advantage.
In the sanbox you can also access Quality Management and Requirements Management apps, which are part of the same platform, but yes, do different things :)
You can also invite others ! to your Project Area, so grab your team mates, have them play. Fair warning: stick them up for a while until they start grasping the concepts ! You'll be rewarded afterwards. And you'll thank me.
2. second option is called bluemix.net. And I stop here, as Ralph's entry is much more detailed.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
At some point, as a boy, I actually remember having one of these. My Casio was outstanding: plastic, but it had buttons, that crystal screen, wasted time to learn each function, date, time, alarm. A real joy :)
The thing which triggered the idea for this entry is reading an article about someone complaining on the utility of Apple Watch, combined with different quirks in usage. You can read the article here.
Nowadays, I work all day long on a laptop. If I raise the eye, I can tell the hour. If I do anything, I can pop-up the thingie we call smartphone. Heck, even my daughter had one watch (simple one), she begged for it for three months. Now it's thrown away. Simple reaction of a 10 to 13 years old.... she does not need it, she has ... her devices displaying time. She's connected, she sees time .... all the time.
But, what I can't do nowadays, is to wear something on my wrist. Something which gets in the way of me typing on the keyboard.
So here's my point of view, where I also kind of envision some requirements for these things to make them more appealing for my taste:
- Smart watches are useless. The only use case for a watch is to tell the hour. Nothing else. Since we see the hour pretty much everywhere, synced with atomic clocks [think NTP].... ok, the world moved on. More or less, a watch is a fashion accessory [or military/spy tool, that's a different story].
- Struggling to do things on watches is silly. App updates, texts, calls, bridging with phone .... humans don't need that. Usability for a watch is: raise hand, spot hour, day, day of week. Not even the alerting function, not assuming any interaction, since this would be a distraction.
- This fancy trend for "smart" watches from different vendors will vane in two to three years.
Instead, when we talk about health bands/monitoring which accidentally displays time .... this is something else, and serves a different use case in itself: you start with some other function, like check pulse, or check vital signs, or anything else. NOT displaying time. With me so far, right ?
So here would be my requirements:
- A watch I would wear is one I could not feel. It should be so light ..... Think a latex band displaying the date/hour. Or skin implant of some leds - suddenly thinking of In Time, without the creepy story :) ..... Or maybe glued somehow only on my top left hand, so the bottom side of my hand would be free to rub on the laptop as I work/type.
- I should not care looking for the watch around bed / house / office, because I would forgot I have it on me.
On a final note, know that if you wear one of these and meet me, you'll not get a good first impression. If it's a smart watch, for me you're looking dumb. Move on.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
However, geeks, developers, admins, coders, whatever we are and work for and in our larger or smaller enterprises, need to check web apps over https://my-host-or-ip/my-other-url and be in after authentication. For one reason or another, to check functionality or simply curious or "whatever you need". Routers, devices, even old .wars/.ears deployed on older web containers, again, WHATEVER.
This intro is somehow a rant because I just wasted about one hr of my time trying to get into a whatever old app. And could NOT, because in the virtual where trying (smaller disk size) I only had Firefox latest version (45.0.1 at this time) which I want to update and keep it updated.
But then, what to do with my legacy crapware ?
Turns out there's a simpler solution. Grab an old Firefox. version 31.8.0esr downloaded from
As an archive in Downloads, uncompress, run from there, be done with that.
Why did I spend one hr to find this ? because yes, I wasted time with about:config
in latest Firefox 45.x and most likely above.
For browser developers: keep your old versions available, as years pass by us and technical debt accumulates, you'll be sparring yourself some curses from people like me just wanting to use a freaking browser to get into a web app..... no matter how insecure....
a) I consider 2015 to be a crap year, mostly because of issues happening to people close to me.
b) I became involved in a project where I'm mostly learning (new tech skills) and teaching others what I know about Eclipse / RTC / linux ... and everything else.
c) On social front I'm mostly active on Twitter, sharing / re-sharing snippets that interests me. For longer posts (like this one), I think I considered G+ and medium.com as alternatives to this blog. That is no longer true: G+ no longer interests me, and medium.com reached a point of growth where they're looking to start monetize.
So, longer posts than 140 chars will keep flowing on this blog, for as long as blogger.com will be available with ads free, clean theme where I can write stuff that represents me.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Funcky idea popped up:
I want to find examples of apps which cover the following basic set of deployment targets:
- mobile: Android / iOS, both mobile/tablets. Won't look for web/hybrid/native variants, just for functionality to work unde mobile umbrella, be it smartphone/tablets.
- web. Browsers, plain and simple (FF and Chrome, cross compatibility etc, frameworks these days make it easier)
- desktop. Here I see coverage of Linux, Mac and Windows.
- Android - smartphone
- Android - tablet
- iOS - smartphone
- iOS - tablet
- web (let's assume Firefox and Chrome as one, who cares ;)
- Linux - Ubuntu / Fedora ... here I'm missing technology to suggest one that works across distributions...except Java ... ha
- Mac OS X Yosemite ... again newbie, not sure what to pick
- Windows .... 10 ? not quite, let's just say 7 / 8.
And so I'm challenging my readers to give me examples of applications running on the 8 targets above.
What on earth is doing a startup coming with a brand new idea for a wonderful application (either commercial or open-source) if they cannot accomodate this list. You'd answer: they do what they can. Ok, good enough, however, myself as a consumer, I already use all those targets, in one way or another. And I'm starting to feel the need when looking to a new app and ask: ok, this app fails which bullet ? Then ... do I need it ?
And guess what, while writing this, it suddenly popped to me one example. Just one, for now: IBM Notes. Yes, good old Notes, is answering to the three "domains" above, here:
- mobile. Android/iOS, checked.
- web. checked, both Traveler / Verse.
- desktop. Mac checked, Linux checked, Windows checked.
Well, opened to more suggestions, hit me please.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
1. .desktop file
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The problem was the mouse translation from laptop to the monitor, annoyance !
So I changed settings, and I got an error when trying to apply the new position.
Solution is given here:
Which led me to issue locally:
> xrandr --current
and then the proper command for my case:
> xrandr --output LVDS1 --auto --left-of HDMI1
and bingo, things are back to normal.
More info for fun: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Xorg_RandR_1.2
Friday, July 18, 2014
Time to review some of my bookmarks ...
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Ever since Windows got rid of it's Start button, the world was starting to get confused. Or so I've read.
But then, a friend of mine asked me to solve something on her Win 8 laptop, knowing that I'm a guru... ha.
And so, I couldn't but to realize that the world was right. It was confusing!
And now I'm reading that Microsoft is returning it's.... let's call it launcher?
Linux desktop world has launchers with these minimum requirements:
- launch button.
- move it wherever on your side screen, horizontally or vertically.
- resize it, allow for larger icons etc.
- show the running apps, but also allow me to move them freely on the launcher.
- add the systray, clock time whatever else.
When looking at the mobile world (yes, for now Android), we also have launchers. Bit different than desktop, but I see two common points:
- Start somewhere on the screen!
- Allow user to change things, allow flexibility.
So, Linux Desktop moved on, mobile world moved on, maybe it's time for Windows to move on?
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
4 years later, here are some thoughts:
~ I've performed one upgrade, from 10.04 to 12.04 LTS (I don't remember the details ... ha)
~ as much as all my apps (including some internal ones) are working fine on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the same is not true for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. At this moment, I'm NOT ready to move upwards.
~ I'm also looking strange to Ubuntu future: Desktop / Tablets / Mobile. meh ...
~ Both Microsoft and Ubuntu should reconsider: there's no such thing as one size fits all. Give us the base OS, come up with visualization / features / usability on top, for each device. I know it's tough, but that should be the strategy. So far, on my account, both failed. But again, I might be biased, haven't bought a Win 8 mobile device, they look alien :) As for Ubuntu mobile, Mark, would you please give us back the desktop ?
Above list leads me to the current status quo: I'm stuck :) I cannot move upwards for Ubuntu 14.04, I cannot switch to Fedora (another meh ...), I won't go back to Windows. 7, of course :)
Adding another item to make things worse: the wonderful Cinnamon desktop (which I currently use under Ubuntu 12.04) lost it's apt repo, which means no more updates for me.
I'll probably reconsider Ubuntu 14.04 when I'll get my hand on another TP, so that I will not break everything .... careful with that axe Eugene ...
Edit: time to celebrate my 200th post to the blog ! let's get a beer ...
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