Sad news out of London last week. The people that brought us Little Printer are closing up shop. Unfortunately, this means that the infrastructure behind Little Printer (Berg Cloud) will be going away. Berg has committed to keeping the Little Printers running through March of 2015. After that, any Little Printers out in the wild, while still cute, won’t be functional–unless Berg finds a buyer, or open sources the server software.
Berg Cloud was promising, and it’s a shame they couldn’t make a go of it. This also serves as a reminder that many IoT devices are only as good as the server that runs them–without it, they can’t connect to anything. It would be wonderful if an open source service bus (sorry for the enterprise lingo) could be maintained so all connected devices need not be locked into a vendor’s server, or have the horsepower to do their own computing.
Kick back, relax and take in Ethan Zuckerman’s thoughts on the Internet’s Original Sin. Be prepared, it’s long read, but a good one.
I especially liked his definition of investor storytime:
Investor storytime is when someone pays you to tell them how rich they’ll get when you finally put ads on your site.
This article was inspired, in part, by The Internet With a Human Face, Maciej Cegłowski’s lecture–another worthy read.
via Matt Mullenweg
Brad Frost on why it’s important to ask ourselves why we enjoy doing what we do:
It’s been said that 65% of kids entering school now will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet. That can be an intimidating thought, as it requires considering and planning for an undefined future.
For more produce humor, see Fun Guys.