Tech World is currently a bit under shock. This is because Microsoft did it again. They bought another amazing product that is also a platform and is powered by strong community.
The whole IT community learned two things today, that IT is serious business and development (read: knowledge) is even more serious business. It’s June the 4rd year 2018 and Microsoft acquired GitHub for brilliant 7.5 billion dollars. The main problem with this deal is … Can you buy a community with billions of dollars? Do developers who share their knowledge agreed on this deal?
On the official website of Microsoft there is a strong statement that Git Hub will stay independent:
GitHub will retain its developer-first ethos and will operate independently to provide an open platform for all developers in all industries. Developers will continue to be able to use the programming languages, tools and operating systems of their choice for their projects — and will still be able to deploy their code to any operating system, any cloud and any device. Source: https://news.microsoft.com/2018/06/04/microsoft-to-acquire-github-for-7-5-billion/
Rumour has it… The new GitHub is GitLab. But that is for my beloved developer friends to decide. Stay tuned.
The two final Speakers, of the We Are Developers World Congress 2018 at Vienna, I went to see at the Main Stage were dr. Eyal Felstaine – CTO of Amdocs with presentation title The Telecom Network Of Tomorrow: How We Learned From The Mistakes We Did In The Future & Elise Xu Product Manager, AR Publishing of Facebook with presentation title: Augmented Reality At Facebook: Bringing Ar To Everyone.
The first presentation by dr. Eyal Felstaine showed the new approach in networking. The idea is to virtualize all the network devices in to server virtual environment, yes, that are all the robust devices like firewall, load balancer, I think you can virtualize even switch, router and even WAN networking devices. For that you need of course powerful server equipment. He highlighted the project he did for AT&T – you can read more about the project here, they used open source software and developed new methodology of supporting such system. For example if you find the problem or a bug with orchestrator service (in case you’re running your virtual environment on open source) you don’t report it to product vendor and wait for their support – but you report that to open source community directly to the developers
I found this logic interesting and very innovative from point of the development. For bigger systems it is essential to speed up the development process – especially when large amount of data is in the game.
What is social network without fun applications? Well Elise Xu, showed some interesting plans for Facebooks Augmented Reality and camera applications development. She explained the Facebooks vision to make the camera the world’s first augmented reality platform.
This feature enables Facebook users to animate taken pictures or make short videos or gifs by different emojijs, symbols or unforeseen elements, cartoons… It’s basicly the idea that the camera uses some kind of logic, to created graphic (like masks for example or things like different roses) based on the background or movement of the person in front of camera. The idea is to give advertisement and fun new dimension of reality. To let feel people comfortable and connected. I think from the point of fun it’s a fun product, useful for connecting even more people and give companies to advertise on the whole new level. Maybe this is even platform for next generation of dating services I mean who would know. It’s always interesting to see new Facebook products.
AI is the next big thing… Cloud is already a big thing physically and commercially, if we combine those two things together, we have many different options for data processing, application development and connecting different services.
Another interesting lecture was held at main stage of We Are Developers World Congress 2018 by Joseph Sirosh, he is Corporate Vice President for the Cloud AI group at Microsoft. Pretty long title huh…
He started the presentation with Microsoft’s project for Autistic children – Helpicito, to help their parents communicate via smart applications.
But AI is not useful only for help, we can also use it for analysing all the Big Data. “What kind of data?” – many people asks themselves. For the presentation of tool Azure and AI he used the old CIA files. Well conspiracies are one of my favourite topics.
The story goes back to CIA opening old files about JFK to public & many of their other old files are now available on-line: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/. All the secrets are now available for analysis. What’s the next step in finding the connection between huge amount of files?
He used the keywords – like the surname of known JFK assassin, and searched the files. Intelligent process in the background recognized even handwritten scanned data, photographies and even the network model used in times of JFK.
Event was held in Vienna at Austria Center – Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1 from 16th of May to 18th of May. And to spice things a bit, this year organisers provided one of the biggest names in tech industry for conference opening – Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, INC.
There was impressive list of speakers from heart of IT industry from companies such as Microsoft, Twitter, N26, Facebook, Ripple, Stack Overflow and more. The event covered all sort of topics from electric cars, to block-chain (which is for my surprise a very hot topic in developer community), privacy, security, cloud solutions, etc.
Organisers provided impressive Mobile Phone App We Are Developers that provided information about the Speakers and activities such as workshops, and there was also live update wall about the happening at the event and posts from attendees. You could also open your own profile and comment and share photos on the wall and the app also provided direct messaging build-in app.
While I was waiting for event to start, there were many guys and girls coding on their laptops chatting on Slack with their buddies. It was really a cool vibe going on. All the tech world united in on place. I joined the opening at the main stage for Steve Wozniak interview with Monty Munford (Forbes Contributor).
The guys, Steve and Monty, talked in relaxed atmosphere about all sorts of things, Woz shared few funny stories with everyone, how he visited Kim Kardashian after giving birth and talking to Kanye, how he ordered Tesla, and then he and his wife rather buy a Mercedes and he got afterwards email from Elon Musk – that diesel/benz car is not Silicon Valley spirit statement. They also talked about crypto-currencies and his philanthropist projects, how he is giving back the community, by supporting technological education in schools, visiting Pakistan and many more things you can read about on his website: http://www.woz.org/
He also mentioned new Apple product, a calendar app that changes time zones while you travel. 🙂 Over all I noticed that Steve Wozniak is a creative person, true engineer and committed husband.
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Debian is one of the first Linux/Unix-based operating systems and it’s also used as a platform for costume designed Linux operating systems like Kali Linux etc. It’s a bit more complicated install full of different steps – the good thing in the whole story is that the install is guided but for additional reading I recommend this online manual: https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-handbook/
I’ve decided to share a short tutorial how to install Debian in Virtualbox. Afterwards I plan to play with firewall install a bit, but I will used that in next blog post. I need to google things around, but if anyone has an idea or suggestion which firewall to install feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We all know amazing Apple products and history of Apple who is the main player in IT for quite sometime. Steve Wozniak is the American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. You can read his whole biography here.
Since the crypto currencties hype, who would not want to hear the story from the first hand in this amazing and also controversial business? Stefan Thomas joined as senior engineer and was initially charged with the architecture and implementation of Ripple’s first client application, aptly named Ripple Client, and smart contracts platform Codius. You can read his whole biography here.
Eileen Uchitelle is star of the github coding community. She currently works there as Senior System Engineer. She is avid contributor to Open Source and is in the Rails Core Team and the Rails Security Team. You can read hear blog and bio here.
Patrick Kua is CTO of N26. What is N26? It’s a online bank. We all have bank accounts and use banks, but N26 is interesting because it’s the first mobile first bank with a European banking license. This means this isn’t a traditional bank, this is the bank that offers classic bank services (like credit cards for example) – online. I think this is interesting product of the future. You can read Patrick Kua biography here and more about his cool skills and knowledge.
This are cybersecurity comic books or slide shows, how ever you prefer to call it, powered by Cisco. I came across this while surfing online and I think that is a fun share.
Graphic novels are written by Kevin Maney and artwork is by Mark Holmes. It’s not the same genre as famous XKCD – but it also captures recent reality of everyday life in the IT with a funny comic book spin.
I also added the Cisco’s slide show on Smart Cities, which is another interesting story in the world of technology right now.