Don't really know where to begin... I usually had a lot to share and had to hold myself back to zero-in to something to blog about. Now it seems my thoughts have curtailed themselves. They don't mean anything to me anymore.. I had managed to curtail ...

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"CHUPPANDI CHATS" - 5 new articles

  1. Hi There..
  2. Paspberry Pi 3 is here... Up the ante...
  3. Space Race - Bad Business Proposition
  4. Much awaited Arduino TRE is out.. !!
  5. Octahedron - A new addition to my Puzzles rack
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Hi There..

Don't really know where to begin... I usually had a lot to share and had to hold myself back to zero-in to something to blog about. Now it seems my thoughts have curtailed themselves. They don't mean anything to me anymore.. I had managed to curtail those voices whispering in me..

 

I've finally come to terms to stop pretending the man I'm not.. I feel like I've been an impostor having no real aspirations in life fooling around myself with the higher accreditations and crediting myself for what I'm not..

Life throws its turns and I've chosen to let go each one of them for whatever reason. But yeah.. that's me that's what I'm made of even if it's a shitty thing. I'm the one who ducked myself at the prospect of getting blown over by every opportunity that knocked my doors.

Yeah so much water has flown under the bridge.  Now I'm supposed to be playing a grown up in-spite of having taken childish decisions myself only to screw myself more everytime.

And I was wondering how I used to ease myself up back then from all that happens and it turned out that I've had been musing a lot around this space not to let out to anybody or to confess to God almighty but it seemed helped.. a great deal at that..I don't really know from where I've stopped a daily ritual this was back then but it seemed had lost from my routine all of a sudden.

Now I hope I find the same solace in this place. Where I get to let out my blabbering thoughts though it hardly means a thing to anybody. Hope is what is only leftover in me.. nothing much to boast anymore I have long conceded my defeat for I've slept over the whole eon I had got to make it count.

I as usual hoping that those beautiful souls out there wouldn't mind me drifting away yet again and who knows something might turn-up for there's always some miracles around the corner for everybody that's what's life is all about afterall.. when u slept ur turn all you find is yourself waiting for some heaven's interference.. some miracles to happen eh..

    

Paspberry Pi 3 is here... Up the ante...

Raspberry Pi widely known as the world’s most successful and accessible computer platform that anyone can program. Coolest thing that reminds us fondly of the early 8-bit Apple II, Intel 485, Atari, and Commodore days, and with obviously much more capability now. 

Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched the Raspberry Pi 3, an upgraded model that is on sale now

The Pi 3 includes a new Broadcom BCM2837 SoC with a 64-bit processor for the first time — a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU that the company claims is roughly 10 times faster than the processor in the original model (at least on SysBench). The 33% bump in clock speed over the Pi 2’s 900MHz should deliver a 50-60% increase in performance in 32-bit mode.

Image Courtesy element14


The Pi 3 also has 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, which vastly expands the variety of things you can do with it (or at the very least, means you no longer need an Ethernet cable or a Wi-Fi adapter). Bluetooth makes it ideally suited for IoT-like applications, as now the unit can pick up data from sensors without needing a direct connection. The Pi 3’s form factor remains largely the same, other than that the LEDs are now on the other side of the microSD card socket to make room for the antenna. Speaking of which, that microSD card slot is now just that, and no longer a spring-loaded tray, which should be more reliable in the long run.

The board runs from a 5V micro-USB power adapter as before, and the company is recommending you use a 2.5A adapter in order to connect USB devices that require a lot of power.

For now, the company is using the same 32-bit Raspbian userland, and the Pi 3 is fully backwards compatible with the Pi 1 and Pi 2, including for all existing accessories (aside from anything that may obscure the LEDs in the new position). Company founder Eben Upton said on the official blog that they’re currently investigating whether it’s worth it to move to 64-bit mode for the performance improvements.

The Pi3 is available now from Element 14 and Pi Supply. The Pi 1 Model B+, Pi 2 Model B, and original Pi remain on sale for $25, $35, and $20, respectively; Upton said in the post that it intends to build those models for as long as there’s demand.

 

    

Space Race - Bad Business Proposition

How bad was last week for the commercial space industry? Two prominent launch disasters—a Virgin Galactic test flight that killed a pilot and injured another, and a failed Orbital Sciences contract mission that destroyed a $266 million rocket and payload—have dampened a wave of optimism about the burgeoning industry.

Its pitiful that the space industry (American) is caught-up with the idea of contracting their core competence in the name of a wonder strategy. NASA to the world is known by its significant missions to Moon, Mars and several coveted and clandestine missions it had completed thus far with a remarkable strike ratio is actually out-sourcing its launches to SpaceX, Antares and the like, is in itself hard to believe.

The Virgin Galactic accident has attracted particular ire, because of the loss of life and the fact that its big-talking CEO, Sir Richard Branson, has long been hawking $250,000 tickets for tourist flights to space that always seem to be just around the corner. The accident inspired commenters to paint the company’s efforts as a sign of global inequality or simply not worth the sacrifice of a life.
But these criticisms get at a problem with Virgin Galactic, not the space industry at large: Branson’s company doesn’t have a real business plan beyond the vague talk of space tourism, and the spacecraft it built was hardly able to accomplish even that.
Virgin says it has sold perhaps $80 million worth of tickets to space, but that is far less than the $490 million invested in the project, mostly from Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund. The company has been reportedly looking to raise tens of millions more this summer.
But SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-plane designed by Virgin’s main contractor, Scaled Composites, to take people just above the 100 km altitude that roughly marks the border with space, has yet make it there—hence the decision to switch to a new fuel compound that promised more power in this last test.
Burt Rutan, the CEO of Scaled Composites, has been criticized for his cutting corners in his rocket designs while creating SpaceShipOne, the predecessor to the craft destroyed last week. In 2007, three employees were killed during an on-the-ground engine test, adding to concerns about the safety of the project. One reporter writing a book about Virgin Galactic became friendly with the pilots in the crash and says that some of her sources were concerned that the new engine was moving to flight testing too quickly.
Whether this contributed to the crash will become clearer when the National Transportation Safety Board releases its investigation in the coming year. For now, though, preliminary investigations are centered on SpaceShipTwo’s twin tail booms, which shift position as the craft descends to stabilize its return into orbit; they were apparently unlocked and deployed prematurely, just before SpaceShipTwo broke apart.
SpaceX, whose transition from vanity project to serious space firm we explored at length last month, has actually raised less private capital than Virgin Galactic, but was able to spend significantly more money developing its technology, thanks to a partnership with NASA to service the International Space Station. That also gave the company access to the space agency’s knowledge base and discipline. SpaceX also set its initial sights on the satellite launch market to establish a base of revenue, even as founder Elon Musk promises inter-planetary transport in the years to come.
Virgin Galactic, without revenue or even the capability to enter the satellite market until it proves it can reach low-earth orbit at the altitude of 300km, was in a somewhat desperate spot before the crash on Sunday. Now, it may be years before it can get off the ground again.

http://qz.com/290722/the-real-problem-behind-virgin-galactics-flight-test-disaster-is-bad-business/
    

Much awaited Arduino TRE is out.. !!

As many of you already know, the Arduino TRE is not a typical Arduino board. It’s a Linux computer running on a Sitara processor, plus a full Arduino Leonardo. It builds upon the experience of both Arduino and BeagleBoard.org, combining the strengths of both.
Can't wait to get one but still waiting for the real one for i don't have so much of spare time as before to dump my life on it.. But still would love to have one soon after the beta tests are over..

The Arduino TRE Developer Edition (see other pics) is a pre-production board. 


When using Arduino TRE  you’ll see a new editor (IDE) that has been specifically developed for this board. The TRE IDE comes pre-installed with the onboard Linux and is accessible via a web browser. It builds upon the simplicity of the Arduino software experience, while adding a few new powerful features (such as uploading sketches from the onboard Linux) and a refreshed UI.


A nice competition to Raspberry Pi
    

Octahedron - A new addition to my Puzzles rack

Just couldn’t resist picking this one amongst several other intriguing puzzles I happened to stumble upon in a kids store.

A new and really good addition to my list and now fully engaged in trying it out even if it means fighting it out with my son for the possession.

Polyhedron with 8 faces – a Octahedron to be more specific..

                                          
    

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