Monthly Archives: June 2015

Great TIP – Try zRam In Ubuntu MATE For The Raspberry Pi2

Here is a really good tip. Since the Raspberry Pi2 only got 1GB memory I thought why not try compression. After installing zRam on my Ubuntu MATE setup I can only say WOW. That is some difference. The Iowait is gone. No waiting even with lots of tabs in the browser and multiple programs running at the same time. Everything feels snappy and the Pi2 gets to be even more awesum.

Info taken from http://askubuntu.com/questions/174579/how-do-i-use-zram

installing in the terminal :

sudo apt-get install zram-config

Turn the RPi2 to a proper desktop with Ubuntu MATE and zRam

Turn the RPi2 to a proper desktop with Ubuntu MATE and zRam

Idea – Bundle Useful Articles With Email Or Paper Ads

My idea is very simple. Since you have advertising in magazines covering pretty much everything. I thought why not provide bitsize articles of useful or enjoyable topics in paper or email ads. If the bundled article with the ad is targeted at the right audience then surely it will be very effective. For ads from online computer stores. Why not bundle those with a technical and useful article. Perhaps it could be a series of Linux/Raspberry Pi2 tutorials on programming a simple game. I believe this will make spam not ”spam”. Maybe this could lead to more internet jobs like an adblogger writing articles for enhanced ads.

Idea – Bundle Useful Articles With Email Or Paper Ads

Idea – Bundle Useful Articles With Email Or Paper Ads

TIP – Ubuntu MATE Turns The Raspberry Pi2 Into A Desktop Computer

I can say I got pretty impressed with Ubuntu MATE after trying it on the Raspberry Pi2. It’s a big difference going from Raspbian to MATE. It feels more like a desktop than with Raspbian found on the NOOBS image. I think they should add Ubuntu MATE to NOOBS. For usability testing I entered a weeks worth of Udacity JavaScript Course. It worked well. The Udacity videos were in sync in Firefox. I think this computer is now very able to deliver education at this point.

RPi2

Caret (Code Editor) running in Chromium on the Raspberry Pi 2 with Ubuntu MATE

Idea – Free Internet Part Of A Dual Part Movie

Why not take advantage of the Internet by which you can distribute data all over the world at a very low cost. The idea is to make movies into two parts. One that you can distribute and let the public watch for free and one longer part they pay a ticket for later at the cinema. The movie is meant to be watched both from the Internet and at the cinema. What is a proper length for the Internet part I don’t know but it probably should not be longer than 40 min like that of a short film. I believe this will generate a lot of interest for the whole movie.

camera

Idea – Machine Learning Based Cache?

I have written before how you can invent new things simply by giving yourself enough information for your imagination. You can do this by simply guessing the name of the possible invention. I do this by manipulating the existing name of the invention. Here for example I want to innovate the computer related cache.

Cache → Smart Cache → Machine Learning Based Cache

I don’t know how this would work but I feel the name could be an interesting start. I imagine a machine learning setup could decide what to store in the cache. At what time and for how long based on various inputs.

Perhaps one could also take advantage of machine learning when designing a process scheduler. In any case I believe it will be worth the research. This will move Linux on a path of becoming smarter.

OctoTux

Idea – Machine Learning Inspired Cache and Scheduler For Linux

Idea – Dual/Multi Keyword Search In Text Editors?

The idea is simple. Could we implement a dual or multi keyword search syntax for ordinary search tasks in our text editors. I don’t know the best definition for such a keyword search but I can try. As far as I know you can now search for two keywords if you know what keyword comes after the first and if the editor has a search direction. My idea goes as follows. For a user defined number of rows find that area of rows that contains all the keywords and highlight them. I think the number of rows is often just one line.

So searching for the padding in some .css file becomes (10 row area).

Here the search failed for the exact string “main menu padding 10” so it continued with multi search.

search

Idea – Rounded Corners For Paper Or Other Products

This idea is really simple. Even if you can maximize the area with sharp corners it might not be the most favorable surface for us to look at. I therefore suggest that whenever you see a sharp corner. You can ask yourself. What if a rounded corner would look better. Products that I think rounded corners would be suited for would be photo papers print outs, magazines, regular writing paper. For us computer nerds we could just add rounded corners for the image viewer or maybe for the whole desktop in Linux. Like an old black and white television.

SharpRoundCorners

For the desktop I provided my rounded Ubuntu MATE. View the image in full screen for the maximum effect. Click on the image and in Firefox press F11. If this could be done with something similar to HTML, CSS then it would be pretty cool. With such Desktop CSS you could start to adapt pretty much everything.

RoundDesktop

desktop { border-radius: 64px; }

Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable?

The idea is simple. A wireless replacement for the cable from the socket outlet to the TV should have come years ago. I think however you can make some prototype with two Raspberry Pi’s or maybe one raspberry pi and a Chromecast. The Raspberry Pi is placed at the socket outlet. You need a TV-card with cable input and a wireless dongle connected to it. The idea is then that you select the channel from the phone or tablet and let the Raspberry Pi stream the single channel to the TV. The video should be streamed with lossy compression for the sake of the bandwidth. The quality could suffer a little bit but I think the loss of trouble with cables is worth it. I mean you can place the TV where you want it to be.

Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable

Idea – A Wireless Replacement For The TV-Cable

Idea – Show Popularity Ranking For Available Jobs On The Job Seeking Site?

The idea is simple. I believe more information is needed for both job seekers and employers. If the job site were to filter views on available jobs from those who submit an application the accuracy of the information will be better. Still the number of views on a particular job can be useful. With this information the market could adapt better to best utilize their energy.

Idea – Online Chat Support At The Tax Agency Website?

Often a series of simple questions are needed to resolve an issue for a customer. It can then be simply to much to fill in a form and communicate through email or inefficient to communicate through the phone. Thats why I propose an online chat that could have multiple functions like giving intelligent answers to questions that might require counter questions or simply give you some guidance.

Another idea would be to also have a function where you watch a real time screencast (video) in your browser where the web service person can visually show you how to navigate the site. I think these ideas are important for sites that are as complex as the tax agency web site and compliments each other.