Blog      Support      Contact  
     Blog Categories
 - All
 - .NET
 - 4 Word Book Reviews
 - AllPodcasts
 - Business Thoughts
 - Clueless Idiocy
 - Development
 - Life
 - Norn Iron
 - Personal
 - Podcasting
 - PowerPack
 - Weird Interweb Stuff
 - What If...
 
     Web Tools
 - OPML Viewer
 - RSS Viewer
 - ASP.NET Colors
 - Base64 Encode
 - Base64 Decode
 - HTML Encode
 - HTML Decode
 - URL Encode
 - URL Decode
 - Crazy IPs
 - Whois

 
     Windows Tools

Source code for all these tools is on GitHub.

ADO.NET ConnTest
A simple, free Windows program to test ADO.NET connection strings.

Lines of C#
Ever wanted to know how many lines of C# code are in a file or folder hierarchy?  This free Windows program will tell you.

XmlTools
Free tools to process XML files from the command line.

 
‘Designing The Internet Of Things’ by Adrian McEwen and Hakim Cassimally

‘Near Future Making Stuff’
Score: 4/5

Adrian McEwen and Hakim Cassimally
£13.39

This is a fun book that gives a pretty neat overview of the current state of making gadgetry. not the mass-produced gizmos, but the one-offs, the prototypes, the limited-release things – the new wave of connected devices that enhance everyday objects and blend in to the scenery, rather than sticking out like an iMac.

One example (which I love the idea of) is the Good Night Lamp, a lamp that switches on itself and its paired lamp, no matter where in the world the paired lamp is. I think that’s just a lovely idea for travellers and remote family.

The book doesn’t try to be exhaustive about any of the areas, but it does give enough of a flavour that you know some more questions to ask and how to go about finding some of the answers.

The Internet of Things has a big future ahead of it, and some of it is quite scary. I was glad to see a chapter on ethics in the book. I wish some companies out there would read it…



Categories: 4 Word Book Reviews
Permalink #.Posted by 'geoff' on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 4:12PM


Comments, Trackbacks and Pingbacks

There are no comments to display.

Post A Comment

Your Name:
Your URL (optional):
Comment Title:


RSS 2.0 Subscribe to the RSS 2.0 feed for Geoff's Blog.