Intelligent alarm clock – take your smartphone into bed…

Sleep graph made last night.
Sleep graph made last night.

There is always problem to wake up in the morning at 7am. Who does not have that problem with snoozing the alarm beep – I have. But fortunately I have also an iPod which has accelerometer – like almost every modern smartphone. I am using Sleep Cycle App – on the right you can see the sleep during last night.

There are plenty of applications nowadays for every possible OS on the market (I have also an app on my Nokia Lumia 800) – I suggest to give it a try. More importantly this little fellow gives you plenty of statistics – because before you go to bed you can select what did you do this particular day (worked out, drank alcohol etc.). Based on that and generated quality during each day – you have the whole picture.

But the most important fact is… IT WORKS! You select the hour you would like to be waken up, time window when it activates and.. magically it detects the right moment for you to get up!


ElasticSearch – distributed real-time search engine

Last Friday I was at the DevDay conference where Itamar Syn-Hershko had a session about Lucene.NET full-text based search systems. He mentioned ElasticSearch engine which is based on Lucene but can be easily distributed to the cloud. That’s going to be topic which I would like to cover during another couple of posts…

DevDay 2013 – meet Jon Skeet

Such a cool guy... :-)
Such a cool guy… 🙂

Meet Jon Skeet. But you probably already know him. Last week I had the opportunity to meet him in person – I went to DevDay 2013 conference which took place in Cracow.

And I have to say – this was a great speech from Jon. But what was probably most important- during coffee breaks we had time to talk with all the speakers. And I have to say – they really have a lot to say. Jon (his twitter is here) is one of the best C# programmers I know – and what is most interesting, his daily work is in Java (80% of his work time) for Google.

I have seen the slides content.. but listening how Jon presents the topic, how enthusiastic he is during his presentation – that was a real pleasure for me. There was not a single moment of boredom, always at full concentration (imagine that it was all after 4h of sleep after 7h train journey to Cracow!).

The session was recorded – as soon as it will be posted online, I will add the link to that.

Some say that there is no reason to go to any conferences – because all that content can be found online. Yes, of course. But even watching recorded session will not give you the energy, the fun, the enthusiasm you can feel when you actually are there. And more over – you have committed your time for that. There is no distraction like there is at home. That is why I regret that I so rarely go to conferences – but I plan to change it. The DevDay has changed everything…