Topic: Software Development
Many ask, "What is the future of gaming?" The future is more difficult to determine without knowing the past. Sven Oliver "Svolli" Moll takes a step back in time to review and analyze the development, intricacies, and specifications of one of the most monumental gaming systems in history; The Atari 2600.
As more household appliances can be controlled remotely, major companies are developing new ways for consumers to use their products. Jonathan Thompson discusses how General Electric uses the Nucleus Energy Manager to monitor and control power usage and cost. In addition to describing the Smart Energy Profile standard, he reviews how appliance and electricity usage is monitored, as well as how privacy issues in particular are controlled and considered in the manager.
We are sharing more than ever. We're sharing so much that we're struggling to understand what to do with the data. We've become data rich, but information poor. It is estimated that we're sharing more than five exabytes of data every two days; roughly the same amount of online data that the world generated until 2003. In this keynote address Hilary Mason introduces some of the challenges of the new age of the exabyte. She offers what she sees as the opportunity to make the world a better place, by converting data into information.
Open Sen.se is a platform for experimenting with the interconnectivity of worldwide devices. Vahé Kassardjian, the company's co-founder gives an overview of the project, from its initial development to specific examples of its application. Describing the process as "going from the mental all the way to the metal", he shows how Open Sen.se is meant to do more than just track data and Vahé reviews how it can be implemented.
With the recent "REP-OCALYPSE" that happened over the weekend, we thought it was a great time to do another podcast - so come join Joel, Jarrod, and Josh as they talk about some of the recent changes to the site and the motivations behind them.
Well, it's time for the final Stack Exchange Podcast featuring Jeff Atwood before he rides off into the sunset. Tune in to hear Jeff and Joel reminisce about the origins of Stack Exchange, the journey along the way, and listen to some special recordings from those who have been around since the beginning.
In the early years of personal computing, if you wanted a PC you had to build it yourself. That's how Lew Tucker sees cloud computing. Tucker thinks cloud computing is still in the do-it-yourself stage, but just like with PCs, Tucker believes a common architecture will emerge. For Tucker, that architecture is Open Stack, an open source collection of software that provides a set of services for cloud computing.
Peter Michalek is leading the the oX/OpenLynx effort, a scalable and comprehensive conceptual solution to support the needs of this next wave of computing. As described by Toby Considine, "plug'ins are used for each new control protocol (BACnet, ModBus, DNP, …) to be exposed in the oX server. This model distinguishes between the low level low voltage protocol used for each system and the information harvesting that one wishes to do in the wide world." Peter discusses the project and its current status and use.
Jay Phillips is technical lead and project manager of Adhearsion, an open source Ruby framework designed to make building voice- and telephony-enabled applications as straightforward as building web applications. He discusses a handful of technology trends that have paved the way for small and mid-sized development teams to create phone-enabled applications in a matter of days or weeks, not months.