I’m surprised not a single local media site in Malaysia covered the fact that Google Apps & Chromebooks are coming to Malaysian classrooms. That’s 10 million students, teachers & parents getting Google Apps accounts. Primary & secondary schools get Chromebooks. This, I guess has something to do with the fact that there will be a laptop provided for every student if BN wins again.
It looks like the only cost to us is the Chromebooks. The Google Apps for Education accounts are free, implying a significant investment into Malaysia by Google.
Read more about large deployments of Chromebook. It seems that the deal is between YTL, Frog, Samsung, Acer & Google. YTL provides the Internet connectivity via YES4G/1BestariNet. frogasia is a YTL subsidiary, and it looks like they’re providing learning apps.
I worried about generations being tied to Microsoft Office. Is it time to worry that the next generation gets tied to Google Apps? I continue to worry overall that the focus is doing everything in-browser, and while I’m a big proponent of the idea that the browser is the OS, I still do a lot of things outside the browser.
It seems like Chromebooks can be provided by either Samsung or Acer. There must be something custom being built for YTL’s WiMAX chips to be popped in. Nonetheless, I doubt that there are many Malaysians experienced with Chromebooks or accomplishing everything within a browser.
I’m buying a Chromebook (not the Pixel) to take a deep-dive. There are virtual machines too.
Have you ever setup a Rails production environment from scratch, by hand? If you had, I share your pain every time when a new project started.
The process is often repetitive. To me, it seems to be a waste to do it manually every time. It also consumes time and attention. It would be great if I could spend them on tasks that bring more values to clients.
To minimize such waste, I have written two Chef cookbooks to automate the process:
In this post, I will show you a step-by-step guide on how to use the cookbooks together with knife-solo to provision a remote server in 4 steps:
A working example in also available at teohm/kitchen-example.1. Setup Chef Solo environment
Let’s create a new directory,1 2 mkdir chef-kitchen cd chef-kitchen
and a Gemfile.1 2 3 4 source "https://rubygems.org" gem "knife-solo", ">= 0.3.0pre3" gem "berkshelf"
I recommend knife-solo >= 0.3 as it includes a few major fixes and improvements.
Now, install the ruby gems.1 bundle install
Finally, setup a kitchen directory structure with knife-solo.1 bundle exec knife solo init . Download Chef cookbooks
I use Berkshelf to manage cookbooks. So we need a Berksfile,1 2 3 4 5 site :opscode cookbook "runit", ">= 1.1.2" # HACK: force-use this version cookbook "databox" cookbook "rackbox"
(I added a hack here to force berkshelf to use runit 1.1.2 required by rackbox. Still looking for a better solution.)
We can now download cookbooks with berks install.1 bundle exec berks install --path cookbooks/ Install chef-solo on remote server 1 bundle exec knife solo prepare testbox 2. Customize config file
The config file starts with a run_list. You specify a list of cookbook recipes here. Chef will run them in the same order in this list.
It uploads the kitchen directory and runs chef-solo on the remote server. Chef-solo will then takeover and execute the run list to setup everything.What do we get at this point?
Basically, it’s done!
We have a full-stack, rack-based server with:
Now, it’s ready to deploy a Rack-backed app to the remote server!
I have two example Rails apps available on Github:
There are a few minor tweaks required in Capistrano deploy.rb, as listed below.
If you are interested on using the cookbooks, or have an idea/feedback/question about this topic, feel free to drop me (@teohm) a message. Pull requests and issue reports are definitely welcomed!
Retreat in sales of PCs turns into rout – FT.com: “‘At the beginning, retailers don’t know how to explain it to customers,’ says Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. ‘Marketing the new [operating system] to consumers takes extra effort.’”
Well, skip Windows 8 altogether and just switch to Linux. And for more elegant hardware, there’s always the Mac.
I’m not a fan of Louis Vuitton. I just don’t like the monogram, mainly because it is so heavily counterfeited that you can’t spot a real from a fake. Some key takeaways from LVMH unit sales growth disappoints:
“The risk of ubiquity is that . . . the consumer, seeing the same products everywhere, all the time, starts to perceive a brand as being too common,” said analysts at HSBC in a note published in January.
So if you’re a luxury brand, exclusivity is important too. A fine balance for growth vs. exclusivity is key it seems.
I just got invited to this: MySQL Studio Photos @ Percona Live MySQL. I immediately signed up on the Indiegogo page for MySQL Portrait Photographs. I’m going and I’m happy to see the photographer again.
Julian Cash is an incredibly talented photographer (check out his portfolio) who for some years did some light painting at the MySQL Conference. He also did some wide angle photos. Overall my portrait photo is basically shot by Julian, and I can’t wait to get an additional one. Julian portrays Human Creativity, and he’s also an incredibly nice person. He will bring out the best in you.
If you’re going to be at Percona Live and you’re involved in the MySQL ecosystem in some way, it would be a shame not to get your photo taken by Julian. So support the cause!
Previously as an effort to promote Ubuntu and Free Software, Canonical has made pre-pressed CD/DVD available for LoCo team to be distributed during release party or promo events.
But starting from Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), pre-pressed Ubuntu CD/DVD will only be made available only for LTS release (the next one will be 14.04 LTS ) from this point forward. This is in-line with Canonical policy to only concentrate on supporting Ubuntu LTS.
In the mean time, Canonical will continue to provide pre-pressed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CD/DVD to Ubuntu LoCo until 14.04 LTS release in 2014.
source: Ubuntu Loco Council
I’m planning my calendar and thought I’d share what talks I’d be giving in Santa Clara in a couple of weeks for the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2013 and the MySQL & Cloud Database Solutions Day 2013. Its going to be a busy April 22-26 2013.
Here’s an easy way to generate a new uuid:
Here’s how to change uuid of a block device / hard drive partitions.
tune2fs -U 550e8400-e29b-41d4-a716-446655440000 /dev/sd**
Seth Godin is spot on in Where are your assets? Please go read it.
Do work and get paid once. Build an asset and get paid for as long as it lasts.
Key takeaways: real estate pays regularly, stocks are the promise of a later payoff (maybe a little more regularly with dividends). Build your brand by overdelivering to earn trust. Ensure you’re always building value (people miss you when you’re gone). Gain expertise – don’t do the same thing over & over again. These apply to companies as well.
The picture shows a boxed set of Red Hat Linux 7 & 8. Shortly thereafter they became RHEL & Fedora. Red Hat built assets and look where they are now – listed on the stock exchange and arguably one of the largest companies in opensource. Cygnus started with no more than $6,000 in capital, had a great exit to Red Hat and formed much of the basic underlying toolchain.
A salesman would say, “always be closing”. I think the mantra should be: always be building assets.
By this time, I’ve already received dozens of question regarding why I’ve not applied to be an Ubuntu Member.
First and foremost, being an Ubuntu Member is cool. It is about being part of the greater Ubuntu Community officially. Being an Ubuntu members grants certain privileges such as firstname.lastname@example.org email address and the privilege of having personal blog featured in the Ubuntu Planet.
However, I still have not applied or planned to apply to become an Ubuntu Member anytime soon, as I felt that being an Ubuntu Member carries great weight and responsibility towards the community, something that I felt in my current state would be difficult to do, since I hardly have extra spare time nowadays (so does the hiatus).
Secondly, as the Ubuntu Membership page have cleared out, Membership is not required for contribution, but contribution is required for membership. While I did contribute towards the Ubuntu community, I still thinks that Ubuntu community comes second place than my day-to-day responsibilities. I still felt that I couldn’t do much to deserves being an Ubuntu Member, therefore I elect to be an ordinary user who occasionally contributes back to the Free Software community.
Finally, all of you should note that this is my personal opinion and I still think being an Ubuntu Member is a good thing, I even encourage you to apply for it! However, as for me, I’m still going to hold off my thoughts of becoming one until I can find a valid reason to do so.
Cheques aren’t free. Each leaf costs 0.15 sen (this is the stamp duty that you pay – so the book costs RM7.50). I use it nowadays to pay my credit cards at different banks, because the limit for an electronic GIRO transaction stands at RM5,000 per day, plus you have to pay a RM2 fee per transaction. Simple economics suggest that the cheque is cheaper.
Bank Negara has decided to shake that up: from April 1 2014, the issuer now has to pay a 0.50 sen fee. So now, issuing a cheque costs 0.65 sen. (that means each cheque book now costs an additional RM25, bringing the total cost now to RM32.50 over RM7.50).
On the bright side, they want more transactions processed online: interbank GIRO transactions now cost a mere 0.10 sen per transaction effective May 2 2013. I argue that this fee should be brought down to zero, but it is cheaper than a cheque. My only concern might be the silly RM5,000 limit that they may impose (something you don’t have to worry about a cheque).
What irks me is the last statement: “By 2020, pricing of all payment services would be based on the cost of providing the service.” The cost of providing a service in Malaysia goes up tremendously due to inefficient thanks to the lack of meritocracy in the hiring process. We are all paying for the NEP now.
The year 1995 was when I got my first laptop. It was made by Acer, came with a whopping 8MB of RAM (yes, megabyte, not gigabyte), and a 400MB hard disk (read more at an interview conducted in 2004). It shipped with Windows 3.1, but I shortly moved over to Linux when Windows 95 was announced – the laptop just didn’t cut it for the requirements of Windows 95.
The laptop cost an arm and a leg for those features. With PCMCIA cards, external CDROM drive, SCSI scanner, etc. I’m sure the total cost of ownership exceeded RM10,000. I was eleven years old then, but had been computing for over six years already (386 SX2, 286, 8086 – all desktops). I had really supportive parents, so I will always be thankful to them.
Fast-forward almost two decades later and a laptop for a student is used as an election promise for victory! Many view this offer suspiciously. Some wonder if it will cost the government RM40,000 per laptop (has happened before). Some wonder what learning software will be used? Which suppliers & contractors are getting it going?
What about the idea of a smart school, mooted sometime in 1998? I remember going to a school called Victoria Institution sometime in 2004 and installing Linux in a lab and ensuring that OpenOffice.org (Writer, Calc, Impress, Base) could be taught in schools. Later on it was understood that the syllabus (under the Official Secrets Act) was way too Microsoft-centric, which meant that generics of using a word processor, spreadsheet or presentation suite or even front-end database meant that you couldn’t use equivalents but had to mostly use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). What a shame.
I’m all for children getting laptops or tablets to improve their education. Children of today are very, very lucky. I’m just not sure that the government is right in doling out a laptop.
This wouldn’t be the first time… they’ve already doled out many 1Malaysia laptops (some to the tune of 800,000) to students. Is our education system improving and making use of the new technology?
Many failed items in the past: EPF Computer Purchase Withdrawal Scheme (2000-2002 discontinued) and PC Gemilang / PC Mesti Beli (yes, I was part of the PC Gemilang project getting Linux on them) (2004-~2005).
Remember a laptop isn’t the be all and the end all. The laptop goes outdated before the term of the government. Warranties at most expire at 3 years. Software tends to be obsoleted a lot quicker.
Ideas are all fine & dandy, but is there any long term thinking to this?
I love analysts. The buzz a report can create can drive amazing amounts of traffic to your product and give it a lot of street credibility. My only beef with the whole industry is that the reports cost an arm and a leg.
What interests me most is how analyst services are getting cheaper, coming from the media outlets themselves. Look at GigaOM Pro ($299) and BI Intelligence (normally $499, now $299 for an introductory offer).
Those are prices one can muster. $299 for a year. They also get/repackage the news. I’m big on the above services and I think more of this will arrive.
Follow this guide and you’ll get to enjoy Spotify’s Linux client. Note that it’s a preview release and is unsupported.
Create a new source file for the Spotify repository.
# sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/spotify.list
Add the following line into the source file.
Add Spotify’s public key so that you can verify Spotify’s packages.
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
Update your sources
#sudo apt-get update
#sudo apt-get install spotify-client