Fedora 22 is out. Fedora Magazine covers the release quite nicely.
If you ever wonder how AAPL, Apple’s ticker symbol on Nasdaq, has done in the last 5 years. It started out at around $40 per share five years ago. It’s currently priced at about $130. That’s 3 times the value. Part of the reason why Apple has so much revenue, they place a huge markup on their products. Consider the latest and greatest, the iWatch. According to Geek.com article, the iWatch costs only $83.70 to manufacture. As the article mentions, it does not put into account the cost of development, support, packaging, etc. If you put that aside for a moment, the cheapest iWatch you can buy from Apple retails for $349, a 76% markup. That’s the just cost of using Apple products. In spite of the cost, consumers still buy Apple products for quality and support. I think consumers value that. That’s the reason why people still flock to buy Apple products. But 76% is a crazy value.
Systemd is the controversial project taking Linux by storm. Several Linux distros have or are in the process of switching over to systemd, namely Fedora, OpenSuse, Ubuntu, Debian and Arch Linux. Linux Mint, the currently popular distro, will most likely follow suit. After all, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu.
What’s the hullabaloo about systemd? Systemd is the replacement for the old SysV, the init system that initializes Linux on boot. Some detractors are saying that systemd is not Unix-like, whatever that means. Some say it’s very intrusive software because it’s not only an init system, but a software suite that handles daemons for login, event logs, virtual devices, cron task scheduling, as well as the network.
If you like to dig more about systemd, here’s a good writeup worth reading from PCWorld.
From Lumen’s website.
Lumen is a “micro-framework” built on top of Laravel’s components, and is the official micro-framework of Laravel. Lumen is built for speed, and is one of the fastest PHP micro-frameworks available – even significantly faster than similar frameworks such as Silex.
However, unlike many other micro-frameworks, Lumen lets you tap into the full power of Laravel’s features, such as routing, dependency injection, the Eloquent ORM, migrations, queued jobs, and even scheduled commands.
Laravel is already fast and powerful, but Lumen strips away many of the configuration and customization options that Laravel provides in order to shave every millisecond possible off of your service’s load time.
The stunningly fast speed of Lumen, combined with the convenience of Laravel’s features gives you a “best of both worlds” micro-framework that is truly a joy to work with.
Windows 10 is coming. Not quite as good as Winter is coming, but nevertheless, it will be here this summer.
Microsoft just revealed the 5 different editions.
- Windows 10 Home – consumer-focused desktop edition
- Windows 10 Mobile – smart phones and tablets
- Windows 10 Enterprise – Windows Pro equivalent for medium and large corporations
- Windows 10 Education – for administrators, teacher and students
- Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise – smart phones and tablets for the enterprise
By the way, since my other computer runs Windows 7 Pro, I can upgrade my system to Windows 10 Enterprise.
As reported late last year, eBay will spin off PayPal, separating into two entities. The split will happen sometime in the second half of this year. In preparation for that move, PayPal received its ticker symbol from Nasdaq and will be designated as PYPL. eBay’s newly hired president of enterprise growth at American Express Dan Schulman will become CEO of PayPal. PayPal has handled nearly 18 billion transactions and processed more than $1 trillion in payments to date.
In my previous post, I talked about the TL-SG1008PE, an 8-port Gigabit POE switch. If you need a cheaper alternative, take a look at the TP-LINK TL-SG1008P 4-Port Gigabit PoE Switch. It essentially the same switch, but it only has 4 POE ports instead of 8. It will support IEEE 802.3af compliant powered devices. Notice it’s 802.3af only. It doesn’t support 802.3at. This PoE switch currently sells for $80 at Amazon.
If you’re looking for a POE switch to power your networking devices over power over ethernet, check out the TP-LINK TL-SG1008PE 8-Port Gigabit PoE Switch. It has 8 Gigabit POE ports. It will support devices that are compliant to IEEE 802.3at/af standard. The switch has a maximum output of 124 watts. Most of all, it works quite well with the Ubiquiti Unifi products, in particular, the Unifi Outdoor Plus. The TP-Link switch currently sells for $130 at Amazon.
Meet Chip, the $9 computer which will be available sometime in 2016. Chip is based on ARM-based processor at 1Ghz, 512MB RAM and 4GB of storage. It has one USB port and a micro-USB port to power the unit. For display, it will have HDMI port. For just $9, it makes the Raspberry Pi look very expensive.
I read there’s a two month wait for the iWatch. That’s a long time to wait for an order. I’m not sure if Apple purposely designed this to create demand or maybe there are manufacturing issues indeed. Probably the latter. Nevertheless, it’s a long time to wait.