Gomix: a programmer’s dream come true

It makes it easy for developers (or prospective developers) to get started with building apps or bots.

5 Cool Things About Gomix:

  1. No more worrying about writing boilerplate code because you can just ‘remix’ a similar app and build upon it
  2. Gomix hooks up with GitHub and takes care of version control etc
  3. There’s no deployment or server provisioning because it all happens automatically
  4. Changes you make are pushed straight to the live app
  5. Collaborative coding allows multiple developers to work on the same file simultaneously

3 Caveats:

  1. Only Node.js (and of course javascript & other js frameworks) supported right now
  2. Free right now with limitations on server resources & bandwidth but will start charging. Might tank and project may be shut down so cannot (yet) use for production apps
  3. No support for custom domains

So far, I’m loving Gomix. If you’re a developer or someone with an idea for an app/bot you should give it a shot.

Panther Alpha – A tiny linux-powered micro PC

If this pans out (seems like it will), consumers will have a great option for desktop computers besides Windows and Mac.

Regular consumers still think of Linux as the developer’s/hacker’s OS but it’s not. Ubuntu has already proven that, but it has still not penetrated into the mainstream as much as it should.

The launch of another Linux based OS that is tying hardware and software together for a seamless desktop experience and has a specific focus on making Linux more accessible to the novice user, will make the makers of other flavors of Linux improve their products to stay in the competition and bring Linux further into the mainstream OS game.

Panther Alpha is currently trying to raise funds through Kickstarter.

Top 5 Highlights of Panther Alpha

  1. Decent specs for a day-to-day use computer for surfing the Internet, working with documents & spreadsheets, playing multimedia and some basic programming. It also doubles as a 4K set-top box.
  2. Easy on the wallet at just $89 if you back the project now or upto $150 after its in the market
  3. Upto 130 times lower energy consumption as compared to a standard PC
  4. Solid aluminum build, no moving parts or even a fan and all-flash storage
  5. Runs all standard Linux apps. There are a lot of great free and open source apps you can use to replace their paid or ad-supported counterparts

3 Caveats

  1. Doesn’t include the monitor, keyboard and mouse. I would’ve liked a bundle option that had everything in it. This approach does give users an option to pick their choice of hardware but some people would prefer to buy the whole bundle at once
  2. No developer option. 2 gigs of RAM cannot support serious software development. I know the intent of this PC is entirely different but I’d love to see a ‘Pro’ version with similar form factor and low energy consumption but with much more processing power. That would kick ass
  3. All of Panther’s competitor OS’s are in their 10th or higher version. Panther on the other hand is going to be in version 4 in 2024! They need a better plan there

Although it will make a good desktop for light users and students, in it’s current form, it has no place in business or serious software development environments.

4 Things I absolutely hate about the Google Pixel

Design

The Pixel looks like a cheap phone trying to imitate the iPhone and HTC phones at the same time.

When they announced the arrival of the Pixel with a Google search bar forming a phone outline it made me look forward to the Oct 4 event. I expected it to have the signature Google minimalism that is beautiful and packed with powerful features. I was completely disappointed.

And what’s with the lack of waterproofing in the Pixel? I don’t want to buy a $700 device and mess it up just because I couldn’t find a shelter quickly enough during the rains. Plus, the camera doesn’t have OIS. When you’re in this price range you have to give your users what others are giving and some more!

Cost

One of the best features of Android phones (and the primary argument of Android fans against apple) is their affordability. You can get a lot of power, freedom, and customizability in Android at very reasonable prices.

But the $649 price tag convinces neither the longstanding iPhone users nor those on the fence to switch to android. A more apt price point would’ve been 499 or at most 549. Why would apple users give up their set ecosystem for a phone that’s more or less similar to the one they already have if they have to pay the same price! Just making it easy to switch by providing a cord is not enough.

An Inconsistent Ecosystem

With rumors of a new OS called Andromeda coming on Oct 4th doing the rounds, I thought Google is finally doing what they should’ve done years ago.

I expected to see a brand new notebook, tablet, and phone to be released with the larger devices running a modified version of Android and all the devices working together beautifully like the iPad, iPhone, and MacBook. Again, I was disappointed.

Right now, people have to choose between windows (which has a ton of problems) and the mac that is crazy expensive. Sure, there is Linux but the average consumer still thinks of it as the nerd OS. So it would’ve been a nice change to have a brand new OS and an ecosystem that Android fans can be proud of! But no. All they did is release a speaker you can talk to and a wifi hub.

By the way, why couldn’t those 2 be combined into one device?

I’d have loved to see a nice range of devices along with a smartwatch, all designed using one single design language like Apple just more affordable and with more features while maintaining the Android customizability.

One last thing

Why the f*$k does the phone have such a big empty chin? Why not put the back, multitasking and home buttons there?