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I have been setting back watching Microsoft struggle to maintain any presence in the market related to "what's next" in the internet of things or IoT as people like to write it.  The IoT is all about trying to get rid of large computer systems doing lots of things, and instead create smaller computer systems doing dedicated things.  This has been possible for decades now using micro controllers like the MicroChip brand PIC micro controllers and many others.  Those devices provide several key interfaces such as serial ports and analog and digital I/O.  

The Microsoft Windows, old OPC (OLE for Process Control) stuff is still popular in the industry just because people believe that as a standard, it will "just work" for them.  The update to that, OPC-UA which attempts to open the standard by removing OLE and the COM/DCOM based communications mechanisms and use networking transports on top of TCP/IP networks is still popular.  But, it is still running on proprietary implementations.  The standard is not open to the public, only to payed members of the OPC foundation.

Now, we have things like IFTTT (IF This, Then That) as well as just general, RestFUL interfaces to lots of different things.  Devices are going to be doing less and less using protocols like Modbus.

On this page, https://dev.windows.com/en-us/featured/raspberrypi2support, Microsoft mentions the much discussed availability of Windows 10 on Arm and specifically the RaspPI-2.   If Microsoft is only going to make Windows-10 free for developers to use to target the PI and they don't have a plan for how to put PIs running Windows "out there", what are developers going to do?   

Windows is typically viewed as an general application platform more than a dedicated application platform.    I don't think that developers want to create software for a small platform that is expensive.  There are already plenty of embedded windows platforms for doing that.

Developers will want to sell $50 solutions in the IoT, not $500 solutions that they have to sell now.  That price point is keeping things from happening.  All the home automation platforms that are going for $300 to $500 or more keep the masses from jumping in.

Things like Open Z-Wave and other automation platforms help make it easier to create viable products.  But, they still require $100 USB radios and other excessive costs.

I am not going to hold much open of Microsoft getting into the IoT in any large sense except because of particular developers picking the Windows platform for IoT management apps.  Windows won't be running on the majority of devices in the IoT until Microsoft understands that it's not the OS that makes money, but rather having intelligent designers providing platforms and solutions for solving problems with software.
Microsoft announces Windows 10 runs on the new Raspberry Pi 2 developer board.
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There are some interesting things being discovered by the investigation discussed here.  It really seems obvious what is going on.  Will be interesting to see if local and state government jump on board to try and find and eliminate the potential mass destruction of personal property that seems to be looming on the horizon.  These top side quakes allow thumping of the lower strata in ways that could knock some fairly large faults into action it seems to me.

http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-world-reporter-ziva-branstetter-discusses-her-current-quake-debate-series-articles
On this edition of StudioTulsa, a discussion with Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, where she's also the lead reporter for a
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i recently met a science teacher from OK and i asked him what he thought about fracking and Earthquakes.  He basically said that many people are willing to have the Earthquakes for the extra money coming into the state.  Kinda blew my mind...
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This community is a place to go for help with something that you just can not figure out for yourself.  Many times, there are things that just don't work as advertised.  This community is a place to lift those items into view for others to glean the knowledge that others have about why something should be avoided, or how to save yourself further headaches by finally understanding how to make it work in some way useful to you.
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This is a great story about my home Churches organ and our organist, Susan Panciera.  Clive Driskel-Smith is featured in this, as he was performing in our annual Fred Elder Recital series at the time.  

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This arcticle is now a couple of years old.  We are still seeing the downhill slide turning into a rolling snowball.

http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer
Since 2000, Microsoft has lost its lead—and its mojo. With the tech giant’s future in question, Kurt Eichenwald computes how bad C.E.O. Steve Ballmer has been for business.
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Flash memory goes 3D. 3D NAND cell technology has been developed by a partnership between Intel and Micron Technology that they claim can produce a flash drive the size of a gum stick capable of storing 3.5 TB of data.

"Intel officials claimed 3D NAND has achieved price parity with spinning disk storage."
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This is a great example of how much you can actually teach a dog.  Wow, that dog is all in!
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If you are serious about Bigfoot research, you might find this community to have some interesting things to learn more about.
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+Best Buy +CVS/pharmacy +Walmart I am not going to use CurrentC.  I am going to use whatever payment method I want, which must be secure, and must be something that I can control your access to my meta-data.  If you want to deny me access to that right, I will vote with my feet and shop somewhere else.

BestBuy, I am already annoyed by your complete inability to sell quality products with reasonable prices.  Amazon has a good price and can bring things to my door.

Walmart, I am already annoyed by your poorly managed customer relations at many of the stores where I shop.  Amazon has better quality products available for next day shipping, and I can get better quality food items at other grocery stores.

CVS, there is a Walgreens on every corner near your stores.

I don't really need much more reason to stop shopping at your stores.  You need to stop now with the CurrentC nonsense, and let the consumer use their choice of payment system, and I in particular, want to use Apple-Pay, so you need to be getting on board with that, or looking for new forms of income...  Customers are going to vote with their feet, and their wallets.

http://gizmodo.com/the-horrible-no-good-apple-pay-war-no-one-signed-up-fo-1652228334? utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Earlier this week, we walked you through the stridently awful Apple Pay alternative being cooked up by Walmart, CVS, Best Buy, and more. It is dumb and bad, but as a recent New York Times report indicates, it's also not going anywhere any time soon. But not because anyone necessarily wants it.
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A man after my own heart!  Good stuff.
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How in the world did they not hit each other.  The boat in the background actually seems to be making an attacking turn to the left, to cause the other boat to half to make an extreme turn to the right which will likely make them much more behind if this is an actual race.   It looks like this is a right turn buoy that they need to go around given the turn back to the left after the near miss.
 
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Chance!  The videos of them colliding weren't shared :-)
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