Converged Thoughts: Issue 11

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Converged Thoughts: Issue 11 ( 2017 )

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I just learned that Revnue will let you share items from ProductHunt. Unfortunately, few things I use
Jay Cuthrell
Terminal Multiplex & Emoji in Space
By Jay Cuthrell • Issue #11
I just learned that Revnue will let you share items from ProductHunt. Unfortunately, few things I use are actually use are on ProductHunt. Also, I’ll dredge up a tweet from my old Twitter handle circa 2013. It’s all about convergence. Let’s get started…

Living the dream... circa 2013
Sending Out an SOS
4 years ago at SxSW there was a moment when things just seemed to fit together and “just work”. I was fully mobile. I was able to publish. I had just finished a great meal. I was being transported on reclaimed grease from a fried seafood joint.
The convergence of shell account access over mobile broadband network to publish a flat file format that would be rendered by another service into a “pretty” website was really quite a feat. It seemed like magic.
Let’s look at the piece parts that came together. I’ll take time to explore why each part matters. However, the real magic will be when all of these parts converge in the future of a single experience.
I’m not pleased with ProductHunt inclusion. 😐 So, I’ll also link a YouTube video.
Mosh ( is a remote terminal application that supports intermittent connectivity, allows roaming, and speculatively and safely echoes user…
Mosh helps with flaky Internet connections. It’s best pairing is with tmux.
Sadly, tmux has not been deemed worthy enough to be on ProductHunt. That’s a shame. Mosh and tmux are like peanut butter and jelly.
Is mosh as mature/secure/vetted/etc. as ssh? Perhaps not but perhaps for my purpose and with an eye to the future there will be parity or better.
What is a terminal multiplexer? It lets you switch easily between
several programs in one terminal, detach them (they keep running in the
background) and reattach them to a different terminal. And do a lot more. See
the manual.
Again, I’m not pleased with ProductHunt inclusion. 😐 So, I’ll also link directly.
Websites for you and your projects, hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
GitHub Page is how I’ve been powering my personal blog since 2014. I’ve mentioned this previously in the digest but getting the right workflow was important. Even though I don’t blog personally as much as I thought I would, the tools and processes are in place.
Sometimes I’ve toyed with the idea of moving to a service like Medium for my blogging needs. Then I am reminded that having your own code repository is a bit more survivable. I hope Medium survives but it is clear that their model will have to change or revert back to their core mission.
I’ll start with the hard part: As of today, we are reducing our team by about one third — eliminating 50 jobs, mostly in sales, support, and other business functions. We are also changing our…
Perhaps the notion of a blog post will become as formalized and quaint as the handwritten note. Until that day comes, I expect that convergence will take place as physical gesture on mobile devices gives rise to a communication method. This will be published with treatment given to the wishes of the publisher and honored by the service that distributes or otherwise assists with the sharing of that content.
Parting Thoughts
My other theory of convergence in how we communicate might sound odd but, perhaps we will eventually move (back?) towards glyph based online communication.  More emoji!
We've come a long way since grunting... or have we?
Then again, I didn’t take formal courses of study in anthropology or linguistics so I could be full of hops.. but even Star Trek: The Next Generation dabbled in that idea of dense metaphor references as a communication shorthand.
Picard is captured, then trapped on a planet with an alien captain who speaks a metaphorical…
Convergence in languages and communication is also ready to connect head on with convergence in AI and ML as form factors change for modern computing. Just think about when a credit card sized computer is considered an ancient relic from a bygone era and your daily disposable recyclable cochlear implants have many many times their capability.
Intel announces a new modular compute platform called the Intel® Compute Card. Intel has been a leader in delivering technology to help realize the benefits of the Internet of Things and enable more smart and connected devices. The Intel Compute Card is being developed with that in mind, to transform the way compute and connectivity can be integrated and used in future devices.
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