- The 12 skills of Christmas’ – introduce the new batch of skilled sea-changers…one by one…and they speak for 3 minutes…and perhaps, for another minute they field a question from the audience, or chat with Brendan
10:15 AM Quick break to refill people’s coffees?
Director, Community Development, SoftLayer
Mentor @ Muru-D, Amcomm Upstart, Slingshot, Jumpstart, TechBeach
Intro to the SoftLayer Catalyst Startup Program
What credits can I apply for?
How does the mentoring work?
Leveraging the global network
This week we have been given the opportunity to conduct our work placement for I.T VET at 2pi Software. Within these days we have been able to set up a small web server running an Odroid as the master system, which had a load balancer installed, using Nginx, to evenly spread the traffic from incoming requests.
A load balancer is a device that evenly distributes incoming traffic between nodes. This increases the amount of requests and will increase the reliability of the server, which is critical for a company’s efficiency for their online presence. A company that uses load balancing is Google, which would have a massive load of requests being sent to the servers, which will then have to be evenly distributed across all their servers.
The requests were then distributed across 3 different Raspberry Pi systems, low cost, high availability micro computers that allow users to achieve goals such as learning basic coding to more experienced projects like creating a mini arcade machine.
These were then benchmarked to see how much stress the server will be able to take when under a heavy load of requests. We recorded our results and then compared the data to make sure the nodes were running at the same efficiency.
Our setup looks like this:
We ran multiple tests using different types of media, these include:
- Static HTML
- Static HTML with an image
- PHP and MySQL
The results we collected are below, where data presented ranges from the 50th to 100th percentile. The number on the right of the percentage indicates the response time in milliseconds.
Odroid w/PHP & MySQL (3 nodes)
Odroid w/ static HTML
Odroid w/ PHP
Odroid w/ image HTML
100% 2690 (longest request)
100% 1493 (longest
100% 2288 (longest request)
100% 1273 (longest request)
These results show that using more complex web tools will slow down the web server significantly. This is shown in the odroid with PHP & mySQL which has results that are double of the static HTML.
The centrepiece of this upcoming coding night is an exciting project…and will be delivered by Steve Ryan. Please read Steve’s description below…it’s a terrific project….
so having met Scratch for drag and drop programming I wanted an easy way to enter longer pieces of music as Scratch blocks so I could integrate animations with the music.
http://abcnotation.com/ describes the text based ABC format for writing music and provides heaps of examples.
I’m running a demo next coding night taking an ABC tune from the web, adding parts and animating it in Scratch.
I’ve recently aquired a Lego EV3 and I’d love to connect scratch and coreograph dancing robots. I’m having trouble getting s2bot working to extend Scratch to provide EV3 blocks. Any experience out there?
If anyone is interested I’d like to arrange a Scratch band by combining a bunch of musical sprites into a composition. To get the ball rolling I’m calling for musical sprites
- The must in the key of C so all the sprites overlay in harmony (more or less). Mostly this means that the sprites last musical note must be C.
- The sprite must be 1,2,4,8 or 16 bars length.
- The sprite must be categorised (in it’s filename) as rhythm, bass, harmony and melody. Typically a melody part would be 16 bars.
- The sprite must have costumes indicating active/inactive that are shown when the music starts/stops. More costumes or other animations throughout the musical fragment are encouraged.
For those with skills in music notation, another project could be a 12 bar blues.
C C C C
F F C C
G F C C
The NSW Governor, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), popped in to visit CoWS Near The Coast Digital Co-Working Space on Friday the 20th of Feb 2015.
In another first for the Sapphire Coast, the team behind CoWS Near The Coast are delighted to be chosen as the first site in the region to benefit from the Google Inside treatment.
Thanks to Chris Sheedy from Reflexe Content for his drive and energy in pushing this forward.
Check it out :-
Regular coding nights at CoWS!
Every first Thursday of the month.
Date and Time: Thursday, 5th February, from 5pm to 8pm.
Location: CoWS near the Coast at 101 Carp St, Bega.
Format: have fun, code and meet people, share and get help with your ideas.
What to bring:
- laptop, power supply!!
- a snack and drink (NO alcohol)
What’s the cost? It’s FREE!
Please RSVP as there are only about 20 spaces! (or bring a camping chair)
Having fun at CoWS!!!
Scratch and some Raspberry Pi hacking scheduled for tomorrow too.
And CoWS also featured in an article in StartUp Smart – some insights into tech ‘in the sticks’ and the plus’s and minus’s of trying to create disruptive businesses in regional Oz. Check out the link here.
As part of the Regional Science Hub Science Week, Harry Binnendijk and Karl Auer are stepping up once again for a mega-coding triple header across 2 days.
Friday 22nd from 4:30pm to 8PM…Harry will teach coding (through Clojure)
And will be back on Saturday the 23rd from 1:30 PM to 5PM to do some more.
And Karl will get some Scratch teaching going on Sat 23rd from 10 AM to 12 Noon
And…we are hoping to squeeze in a 1 hour ‘How to create a Raspberry Pi WiFi Access Point network’ at 12:15 PM on Saturday the 23rd too.
Because the sessions were so popular last time…people will be required to book online (all free)….
Here are the links for booking….
Alex Heber at Inside Business wrote an article featuring 10 regional Co-Working Spaces. It was nice to be included…amongst some great company.
Here is the link – http://www.businessinsider.com.au/sick-of-working-from-home-heres-10-of-the-best-regional-co-working-spaces-in-australia-2014-7#x1
Got a big Idea? Pitch it!!!
Entrepreneurs SeaChange StartUp Camp 29th May 2015
More details here
Into Tech? Creative? Entrepreneurial? Join IntoIT
CoWS Near The Coast draws its life force from the region's technical, creative and entrepreneurial individuals. We talk every day on the IntoIT google group. If you are interested, please join us here.
The Mat-Sci-Tec Forum – encouraging talented young people to embrace Maths, Science and Technology
CoWS Near The Coast is the home of the Mat-Sci-Tec Form, where local ICT industry mentors work with school liaison groups to encourage teachers and students to take a fun approach to Maths Science and Technology, and build interesting and exciting projects. Please contact us for more details.