Go, go, Gogia! (from the Messy Thinking Blog)

I originally created and published A Little Bird Told Me: Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter in 2015. The one page list of strategies was my first ever pinned tweet. It has been one of my more successful online endeavors, capturing thousands of views and hundreds (maybe close to a thousand if you count across platforms) of downloads. Instructors […]

via A Little Bird Gets a New Look (Visual Article Series) — Messy Thinking

I know Educause and others like to put out the 7 things you should know about “X”. This is a little more concrete about using Twitter for Education. Kudos to the revamp tho’, a one page PDF is sometimes all one has time to glance at when it’s the start of the semester.

New SSD format showing promise

MyDigitalSSD shows Boost and claims it as the world’s fastest portable SSD. The drive ships with two Samsung mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 and delivers a fast, flash-based backup destination for any USB-enabled device.

via Meet Boost, MyDigitalSSD’s Fastest Portable SSD From CES 2017 — News Tom’s Hardware

I’m seeing a trend now that started back in June with my last trip to Japan. I visited a number of “camera stores” in Kyoto and Tokyo. I was interested in see what was the state of the art in USB removable flash storage. That’s where I saw the Samsung USB 3.1a high speed interface T3 flash drive. I had for the first time realized that some manufacturers were even making “native” interfaces using Thunderbolt/DisplayPort connectors in order to get past the limits of USB3 interfaces. When I read the packaging (which was impossible because I don’t read/speak Japanese at all) as near as I could tell speeds were touted as ~2X faster than USB3. Which made me begin to think this drive was faster than most people’s internal hard drives (unless they had an SSD already installed). An external drive faster than the typical internal hard drive, puts us into a new era. I say that also because just a month after coming back from Japan this announcement from Samsung:


The UFS card format is brand new and a higher speed competitor to micro SDHC. To date there are a number of technical classifications for speeds of micro SDHC UHS cards used for video capture. Video camera owners are big on expecting flawless data rates and video capture at high rez without any losses. The UHS classification helped buyers compare/contrast guaranteed throughput versus cost and choose accordingly. The new UFS format cards change the interface/transfer speeds enough that you are seeing not only really large capacities (256GB for a start, the size of an internal hdd) and very high speeds. I vaguely remember ~300MB/sec. for the UFS cards. That is as fast as a SATA SSD! Between the Samsung T3 and Samsung UFS memory card format from this Summer 2016, the peripheral memory formats are now faster than the old HDD or SATA HDD drives people are buying today. The add-ons you would buy to help migrate documents/music/photos off of one computer to another is higher performing/maybe even bigger in rare cases than the main storage of your laptop or desktop computer.

I want to know what happens if someone actually designs a computer “around” these new peripheral storage devices? What if your computer didn’t come with a hard drive? What if you used a single storage device over and over again as you move from computer to computer? Better yet what if you did a Windows-to-Go style format on your storage device so that it carried Windows10 on it, along with all your apps and all your storage. All you do is just keep moving up the food chain of desktop/laptop/tablet or whatever. Just keep moving the storage. That’s a bit of a shift and makes you feel, really feel your data, your OS your computer IS the storage and your data is YOURs. It doesn’t belong to whomever has your computer, or who you donated it to, because your computer is the OS, apps, data all on the removable memory storage you choose to buy. This makes me look at computers (and what I would call a computer) differently.

Educational Research in the real world

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen The book “Urban Myths about Learning and Education” by Pedro de Bruyckere, Paul A. Kirschner, and Casper Hulshof ends with a section on why myths in education are so pervasive and stubborn. One of the most remarkable examples was drawn from Farhad Manjoo’s book True enough: Learning to live […]

via Will the educational sciences ever grow up? —

I like the theme here of devaluing all evidence in order to pick/choose the evidence that supports your ideas. It’s absolutely true what we see in the public sphere has been taking place for quite some time in the Academic Sphere (though thankfully not across the board). I read an article about a month ago maybe on this same blog about statistical methods. It all hinged on use of “discipline specific” ways of analyzing data that was for most intents and purposes ALL qualitative. Which begs the question, what effect is being measured?

Apple’s first original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ now available for Apple Music subscribers — From: 9to5Mac

The original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ which covers the history and broad influence of Roland’s TR-808 drum machine is now available for Apple Music subscribers. more…Filed under: Apple

via Apple’s first original documentary ‘808: The Movie’ now available for Apple Music subscribers — 9to5Mac

Excellent News! I had heard this documentary was coming for a while. And I had recently watched a PBS series called “Soundbreaking” which devoted a segment to the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. Looks like it’s now finished and ready for viewing.

Microsoft and Qualcomm Collaborate to Bring Windows 10 & x86 Emulation to Snapdragon Processors

Source: Microsoft and Qualcomm Collaborate to Bring Windows 10 & x86 Emulation to Snapdragon Processors

This is a more interesting story than the previous one re: Qualcomm’s server chips running Windows 10. No instead, this article from Anandtech goes into back story, history leading up to today’s announcement. In particular I enjoyed very much the explanation of the migration from Win7->Win10 leading to the “onecore” architecture.

Anyone who has worked with windows os images can plainly see there’s a vast difference in the size of the .wim file from a base level Win7 image to a Win10 image. I’m not joking. My base level smallest Win7 is about 2-2.5 times bigger than the the “install.wim” that comes on a Win10 setup .iso file. And it all has in part to due with the refactoring and re-engineering that went into Win8 to get it to run on ARM cpus (in the form of WindowsRT). Go from Win 8.1, the demise of WindowsRT (with the first gen Surface tablets) and the first, second, third releases of Win10 (now vers. 1607-Anniversary Update Edition) and things have gotten smoother and better I on Intel certainly. I use it in a VM on Oracle VirtualBox, on a 7 year old Dell Laptop, it runs well, smooth, no hitches.

As I was reading this and learning Microsoft had enough flexibility and capability in the onecore architecture of Win10 to allow a port over to ARM with the intent of running x86 (32bit) legacy apps? That I find pretty amazing. I’m very curious to observe which direction things go (Qualcomm’s targeting 2H of 2017 for it’s product launch). We won’t see anything for 6 months at least, but I’ll be keeping an eye out for more announcements.

From Tom’s Hardware:Qualcomm Debuts 10nm FinFET Centriq 2400 Processor With 48 Cores

Qualcomm announced today that it has already begun sampling of its first 10nm 48-core server processor.

Source: Qualcomm Debuts 10nm FinFET Centriq 2400 Processor With 48 Cores

Very interesting announcement from mobile phone cpu designer Qualcomm. They’ve been a licensee of ARM designs for quite some time. I didn’t know they had server CPUs in development. So this by itself was a discovery and revelation. But to find out they are working on a 10nm 48 core chip is quite something indeed. Given it’s architecture, I’m guessing it’s target at Linux based OSes primarily and rack servers particularly. The kind that would fill acres and acres of space at Facebook or Google.com. It will intresting to see any customers for this pop-up now that its available. No doubt sample chips are out in all the data center R&D lab facilities at the again, places like Facebook and Google.com