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Raspberry Pi 400…

This is genius. A Pi in a keyboard. If only I needed another computer!!!

 

Raspberry Pi 400 un Raspberry Pi à 1,8 GHz dans un clavier – Framboise 314, le Raspberry Pi à la sauce française….

Giving up the laptop…

We may have hit another “tipping point”; three times in the last week I’ve been asked if it’s time to replace a laptop with an iPad. Three times in a week! Someone at Apple will be happy hearing this.

I have no idea if each of these people should change. iPads are amazing machines, I’ve used one every day since they were launched. I’ve had four and loved them all.

I’m also writing this on a MacBook Pro, another amazing machine that I love.

However…

Every work day, I use a Lenovo running Windows 10; all day, every day. All because of Office. I prefer Outlook on Windows and more importantly, what I do in Excel is not always possible elsewhere.

So my advice to the changers? Stop thinking about hardware and take a careful look at the software your using. Make sure that your using your software in the best place.

 

Confused…

So I watched the announcement.

There are new products, SE product, products and + products. I don’t understand the logic and am lost in the product line.

Worryingly to Apple, they’re about the have a range of Intel and ARM machines that will all probably look alike.

I’m confused.

Source: Apple (France)

Paris-Saclay…

Every weekend I cross the Saclay plateau to go food shopping. The road is straight flat and boring, so I have a game; I count cranes! The record over the last two years is 38, last weekend there was 32, and this is important. Let me explain…

I took this on Sunday. It shows the smaller part of campus with the housing and research facilities near the Polytechnique campus.

The ambition of what’s happening on the plateau amazes me, and I’m saying this as a child of Milton Keynes. From the outside, France is consolidating universities onto a new campus. The more I look at it, they’re creating something unique in Europe.

The Economist wrote about the project this weekend…

A huge modernist university campus is emerging amid farmland on a plateau south of the French capital. The University of Paris-Saclay, officially launched this year, merges some 20 higher-education and research institutions. It has a teaching and research staff of 9,000, catering to 48,000 students—more than Harvard or Stanford.

https://www.economist.com/europe/2020/08/29/how-france-created-a-university-to-rival-mit

They wrote about Paris-Saclay this week because the University has been ranked 14th best in the world in the Shanghai rankings. This is great result for year one and The Economist give the impression that things stop here.

Which brings me back to the cranes. The rankings this year are based on the data of 2019 and they’re not forward looking. However, the project is not even half completed, the investment continues and it’s massive.

This year the campus was extended with the arrival of the Ecole Normale Superieure. The building is stunning!

The end result will be a town of 50,000 people on the edge of Paris, connected to the city by a new metro, containing a massive university and a enormous number of research facilities.

Most of these facilities are not new but having them in one location is. 48,000 is greater then Stamford or Oxford.

I’m convinced that I’ll be counting cranes for years!