Kazu's Log

Jul 9, 2016

The first half of 2016

There are 2 reasons to write this post. First, this week’s the Stranger is about Best of the First Half of 2016 and it reminds me that the first half is over. Second, I tend to use my blog to say “hey, I’ve started this cool thing” but some of them lose the momentum after that. So I need to confess about.

IoT

I was playing with NodeMCU in Q1. That was fun, but the project had been ceased these days. Meanwhile I bought Arduino MKR1000. I know that’s crazy…

Also I went Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe. That was a pretty cool place!

Java

I’ve been using Java and the below posts are by-products.

Java 8 is okay for me. The historical baggages make the language uncool. For example, Collections.unmodifiableList() returns a list which is immutable, but the class of the list is mutable!

OS X

As like Java, I’ve been using OS X and there were by-products.

Again, as like Java, OS X (or macOS?) is okay for me. Apple is making that different from “just Unix”, by introducing launchd and System Integrity Protection. On the other hand, there are a few shiny new options like Chromebook, Windows Subsystem for Linux (Running i3 Window Manager on Bash For Windows was interesting) or Dell’s Linux laptop.

JavaScript, Go and Perl

I learned JavaScript and Go a bit. Also there was a news from Perl.

I personally don’t like them. I like statically-typed, functional-flavored languages. That’s sad to realize I haven’t write anything about Scala yet.

Visualization and Machine Learning

That’s a sad section. I wanted to spend some time on them, but I didn’t. I dropped out of Andrew Ng’s Coursera class.

I’m not sure what I can do in Q3 and Q4.

Other than that…

On the first post in the list, I wrote

I will focus on technical topics in a few areas to market myself.

The one of the areas was IoT, but apparently it didn’t work well…

Japanese

I started my blog as an English blog, but there were few Japanese posts.

To be honest, I thought that writing Japanese would result more reaction because most of my readers are still Japanese, but I admit that I was wrong. I don’t have much readers compared to, let’s say 2012 or 2013. Also I got readers by writing about tech, not about myself.

What’s next?

I haven’t decided anything, but there are a few things I’d like to keep in mind…

  • Writing something and getting reaction is fun and interesting.
  • There was no focus in the half of this year, at least from my writings.
  • I won’t be super-active as a blogger. I don’t have to be.

See ya!