2015 Tech Notes

As slaves to an annual tradition based on an arbitrary date decided by someone else long ago, lots of people are going to say lots of things about last year…  Might as well say, “Hail Caesar”, really…

So, 2015.

As far as technology, a few cool things leap to my mind.

  • Google was kind enough to give us TensorFlow, for numerical computation. Of course, it’s all apparently Olde Python (2.7 I think) instead of 3.x.
  • I got an Amazon Echo. I coughed a few times last weekend. My kindle showed me Mucinex advertising. Coincidence? I think not. Do I like it? It’s OK, but I’m finding the flaws a few weeks into it. More on that another time. Still, it’s a nice platform for content delivery.
  • Pine64 is coming along nicely, and I’ll be getting my 10 somewhere before April. The partnership with PicoCluster LLC may make my life a little easier so I can focus on the fun stuff. Building clusters is kinda boring after you do it a few times. You can still back the Pine64, and I encourage you to do so.
  • OK, the retro gaming Pi is cool. Mainly because I’m growing old and nostalgic while accepting my future as a curmudgeon.  Get off my lawn.
  • Neural networks are getting increasing attention and investment, as has clustering. You wonder why I’m playing with this stuff? Wise men perceive approaching things.

The rest is all pretty much crap to me, and even the Echo and the retro gaming Pi are at least close to that category but appeal to me anyway.

I have no predictions for 2016. I’m not overly excited about anything. You can just follow me through the year and see what I am up to on my time here, on this blog.




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