Google Code closes, BBC gifts Micro Bits, Panda eats itself, Microsoft offers edX courses, Terry Pratchett dies, and an Apple engineer explains what went wrong with the new MacBook.
Google Code Is (Soon to Be) No More
So with Google Code’s demise, we are now entering the era of GitHub hegemony. I welcome our new overlord.
— Rob Graham (@ErrataRob) March 13, 2015
Google is shuttering Google Code, its platform on which developers were able to host open source projects. The reason for the closure is simple: No one is actually using Google Code any more, at least not for the reasons it was designed to be used.
Google Code was launched in 2006 when places to host open source coding projects were few and far between. However, plenty of other, and often better, alternatives have since entered the space, including GitHub and SourceForge. Google has therefore determined that Google Code is no longer needed.
Starting immediately, no new projects can be created on Google Code, and the long road to complete closure has begun. The service will eventually close on January 25th, 2016, except for the ability to download tarballs of projects, which will continue on until the end of 2016.
The BBC Donates Computers to Schools
The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) has launched a new program titled Make It Digital, aimed at fueling coding and creativity amongst the UK’s youngsters. The cornerstone of this effort will see 1 million British schoolchildren given tiny computers called Micro Bits.
The Micro Bit, which amounts to a simpler version of the Raspberry Pi, is currently at the prototype stage. Companies including Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are helping the BBC make this happen, with the hopes of giving one of the devices to every child starting secondary school in the fall.
Tony Hall, the Director-General of the BBC, said, “Make it Digital could help digital creativity become as familiar and fundamental as writing, and I’m truly excited by what Britain, and future great Britons, can achieve.” And let us hope other countries around the world follow suit with similar initiatives.
The BBC was instrumental in popularizing personal computers in the 1980s, with the BBC Micro being the first machine many children of the era got a chance to use. Some of them are now at the top of the industry, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the Micro Bit has a similar effect.
Panda Antivirus Kills Itself
So panda security now shreds your Windows on restart. Would link, but their site seems down. Antivirus snakeoil at its best. #facepalm
— Touya Akira (@ClipperChip) March 11, 2015
Earlier this week, Panda updated its antivirus products, but in doing so, it corrupted components in the tools themselves, leading them to being identified as a threat. This led to countless users suffering major headaches with their computers, and rebooting (the standard turning it off and on again cure) actually making things worse.
Panda has since fixed the update and automatically deployed it where possible. However, those unlucky enough to have already been hit by the problem may need to follow the steps outlined in the relevant support card. Before considering switching to alternative antivirus software which didn’t just almost kill itself and the machines on which it was installed.
EdX Offers Microsoft Courses
— edX (@edXOnline) March 10, 2015
Microsoft has teamed up with online educator edX to offer a series of free IT development courses. Each of the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) on offer will be taught by Microsoft experts, offering budding students the option of boosting their IT skills.
Anyone from around the world is welcome to enroll for free on the courses, which include Programming with C#, Introduction To TypeScript, and Windows PowerShell Fundamentals. However, obtaining a verified certificate upon completion will require payment of a fee.
Discworld Author Terry Pratchett Has Died
— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
The literary world lost one of its greats yesterday with the passing of Terry Pratchett, the British author of the Discworld series. Pratchett wrote 40 Discworld novels, and more than 70 books in total.
Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2007, and died “in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family” on March 12, 2015. He leaves behind a phenomenal body of work that can be enjoyed by geeks of all ages for generations to come.
Why the New MacBook Sucks
And finally, while the Apple Watch dominated Apple’s Spring Forward event, the company also launched its latest MacBook. Unfortunately, even the Apple faithful are unconvinced by this particular attempt at reinvention. Sure, it looks nice, but the lack of ports, the poor battery life, the crappy processor, the shoddy camera, etc. means this is one only for the fanboys.
So much so that this Apple engineer can’t quite believe he got away with delivering such a poor piece of hardware. OK, so he isn’t actually an Apple engineer, but this footage of an interview with El Risitas is the new Hitler Reacts. Which means that the fun is all in making the subtitles fit with the dialog. [H/T CNET]
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