owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ en http://owensoft.net http://owensoft.net/favicon.ico owenSoft.net http://owensoft.net/ No Vending in this market (Blog Jamaica) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/ <p>As the Coronation Market in Downtown, Kingston keeps expanding and we keep importing more cars at some point we are going to have to make a choice between them both. Cars or food? Small business entrepreneurs or Used cars sales?</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2471.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2472.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2473.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2474.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2475.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2476.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2477.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2478.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2414/#comment">comment</a></p> 2017-11-19 06:33:53 Off to the market (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2479.jpg" alt="Kids on a handcart" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2480.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2481.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2482.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2483.jpg" alt="The best of Jamaican street food" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2484.jpg" alt="Pumpkin" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2485.jpg" alt="Spices and melon" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2486.jpg" alt="Breadfruit" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2415/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-11-19 06:22:27 November 2017 - Redesign (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/ <p>Kinda late down in the year for a redesign but the <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2409/' title='old design'>old design</a> was over 2 years old and I figured that I would get a early start since I have both the motivation and the time (which is a rare occurrence in life).</p><p>This time around I am going for simply, clean grays inspired by <a rel='external' href='http://wiki.xxiivv.com/' title='xxiivv'>xxiivv</a> and <a rel='external' href='http://v-os.ca/' title='v-os.ca'>v-os.ca</a>. No new <a rel='external' href='/project/masthead/' title='mastheads'>mastheads</a> as yet but might add some in the future if I feel up to it.</p><p>I fixed some bugs here and there as well. <a rel='external' href='/v4/user/' title='Registered'>Registered</a> users can switch back to the old theme if they so desire.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2467.jpg" alt="Recent posts page" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2468.jpg" alt="An article page" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2469.jpg" alt="Another blog post" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2470.jpg" alt="The archive page" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2413/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> 2017-11-18 07:34:47 High Visibility (And the Sign Says..) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2412/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2412/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2465.jpg" /></a><p></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2412/#comment">comment</a></p> 2017-11-16 07:38:09 Deep fried breadfruit (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/ <p>Who knew that deep fryers where so useful? I wonder what else I can put into it!</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2457.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2458.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2459.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2460.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2410/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-11-14 13:19:17 November 2017 v3 - Redesigning a 15yr old blog (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/ <p>The thing about software is that you never truly finish writing it and it is never in a state of &quot;perfection&quot; except for that moment right after you write a new line of code and no errors pop up. Right after that it starts going downhill as you discover more edge cases and faults.</p><p>I am going to go for a simpler setup now, probably fix some long time annoyances alot the way. Vue.js? Attached are screenshots of the blog as at Oct2017 using a <a rel='external' href='https://www.srware.net/en/software_srware_iron.php' title='browser'>browser</a> plugin called &quot;full page screen capture&quot;.</p><p>I have never been big on design or bueaty but I have grown to like whitespace over time. As far as the code goes it is very simple. I think I will skip css modules this time around. *I notice that the screenshots don&#039;t come out well might been time to increase the max resolution on my images.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2453.jpg" alt="post" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2454.jpg" alt="archive page" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2455.jpg" alt="recent post list" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2456.jpg" alt="home page" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2409/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> 2017-11-14 12:15:15 November 2017 v2 - news project (ChangeLog) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2408/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2408/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2452.jpg" alt="screeshot" /></a><p>As mentioned in my previous <a rel='external' href='/v4/item/2402/' title='changelog'>changelog</a> I think I am done with the redesign and general bug fixing of the <a rel='external' href='/news/' title='News Project'>News Project</a>. I am still digging through the many Artificial Intelligence solutions that are being provide. Might test out IBMs offering next but in the mean time here is what I have completed.</p><p><a rel='external' href='/news/' title='News Project'>News Project</a> Changelog;<br />* made a page to re-request the titles of some posts that maybe have been published with draft titles then renamed.<br />* fixing feedburner feeds especially for <a rel='external' href='/news/category/24' title='comic strips'>comic strips</a> with images in the content.<br />* rebuilt the aggregator AGAIN! now possible to have featured posts automatically highlighted and included in the main RSS feed.<br />* toned down the colours on main<br />* renamed all the layout css styles so that they are more legible<br />* new masthead<br />* fixed the query for the Caribbean page so it includes both the jamaican and TT links. Might add more island later.<br />* featured categories instead of full category/section listing on main page. makes it easier to get to the <a rel='external' href='/news/category/45/' title='official music video page'>official music video page</a> if thats all you are interest in.<br />* added over 20 new blogs and vlogs including; <a rel='external' href='https://ajamaicandailydoseofreality.wordpress.com/' title='A Daily Dose of Reality: A Jamaican Perspective'>A Daily Dose of Reality: A Jamaican Perspective</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://mandeviewscope.wordpress.com/' title='Mandeview Journal'>Mandeview Journal</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://sugalifestyle.com/' title='Suga Lifestyle'>Suga Lifestyle</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://thejamminbrit.wordpress.com/' title='The Jammin&#039; Brit'>The Jammin&#039; Brit</a>,<a rel='external' href='http://www.techjamaica.com/forums/' title='Tech Jamaica'>Tech Jamaica</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.fderbylaw.com/blog/' title='Francine Derby, Attorney-at-Law'>Francine Derby, Attorney-at-Law</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKDd3x9iqAcGoo1hoOalkcA' title='Double-K TV'>Double-K TV</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeDyCAgFQ4vZPBtm-o74_Ng' title='That New Girl'>That New Girl</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyonMZ4aQdiwOjK--kACUzQ' title='Devon X Scott Vlogs'>Devon X Scott Vlogs</a>, <br /><a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDjsheriff/videos' title='Leron Edgar'>Leron Edgar</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/user/abckhh/videos' title='Shari Petti'>Shari Petti</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKcC11ircL-HI7TieCr9XQg' title='AutoExpertTV'>AutoExpertTV</a>, <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPm-oUPH_oksvkkk85iC8RA' title='Junksion XLabs Jamaica'>Junksion XLabs Jamaica</a>,<br /><a rel='external' href='http://www.eatahfoodtt.com/' title='EatAhFood'>EatAhFood</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://paulstennett.net/' title='The Transformation Blueprint Podcast | Paul Stennett'>The Transformation Blueprint Podcast | Paul Stennett</a>, <a rel='external' href='http://arcthemagazine.com' title='ARC Magazine'>ARC Magazine</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://repeatingislands.com/' title='Repeating Islands'>Repeating Islands</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://jamaicasceneblog.wordpress.com/' title='Jamaica Scene'>Jamaica Scene</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://www.myjamaicanvignettes.com/' title='My Jamaican Vignettes'>My Jamaican Vignettes</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://rightstepsandpouitrees.wordpress.com/' title='Right Steps &amp; Poui Trees'>Right Steps &amp; Poui Trees</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://jamaicachange.wordpress.com/' title='jamaicachange'>jamaicachange</a>,<br /><a rel='external' href='https://carolebeckford.wordpress.com/' title='CaroleBeckford'>CaroleBeckford</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://adventuresfromelle.wordpress.com/' title='Adventures from Elle'>Adventures from Elle</a>, <a rel='external' href='http://ruthibelle.blogspot.com/' title='Ruthibelle'>Ruthibelle</a>,<a rel='external' href='https://www.yardedge.net/' title='YardEdge'>YardEdge</a></p><p>That is pretty must it for now, screenshot attached (I think I need to witch to png images). Next thing I will be working on the long overdue redesign of <a rel='external' href='/v4/' title='this blog'>this blog</a> which I havent touched <a rel='external' href='/project/masthead/' title='since 2016'>since 2016</a>.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2408/#comment">post a comment or feature request</a></p> 2017-11-12 09:17:43 GeoStorm - Movie Review (Movies) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2407/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2407/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2451.jpg" /></a><p>I cannot even remember the last movie I watched at the theatre but I missed Blade Runner 2048 because the theatre thought it was not popular enough to keep it showing for more than a couple days. Plus it was in 3d and I did not want to spend the extra money to see a movie in 3d because 3d adds VERY LITTLE to a movie. They make more money on the 3d movies so I get why they do it but it sucks really for everyone except the people making the money.</p><p>I do not have cable anymore so I am basically stuck watching local television or free stuff on Amazon Prime. <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcGIvQJhbSY' title='Red Oaks'>Red Oaks</a> is pretty good - if you can stand all the 80s references.</p><p>But I digress. I went to see Geostorm on a Sunday of all days. Who would have thought that so many people go out to the theaters on a Sunday night? That combined with the parking lot being resurfaced made for a whole lot of cars in the dust bowl at the back of Carib 5 with the usual guy doing donuts in his BMW for no apparent reason.</p><p>I dont know where all the people went because the room showing Geostorm was quarter full. They were probably seeing Thor or something else. But I was there to see a disaster movie. Geostorm turned out to be pretty bad. I mean really, really bad but with lots of CGI which I kinda expected from <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuOlYPSEzSc' title='the trailor'>the trailor</a>. The trailor spoils the entire movie. I was really looking forward to a good new world destruction movie but 4 out 10. terrible movie.</p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2407/#comment">make a comment</a></p> 2017-11-08 12:52:47 Big Data is the new Artificial Intelligence (Articles) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2406/ <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2406/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2449.jpg" /></a> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2406/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2450.jpg" /></a><p>AI is pretty much a buzzword at this point. All the angles that I have seen are from cloud computing companies that are using big data to train bots to do simple stuff. It seems more like &quot;search&quot; rather than &quot;Artificial Intelligence&quot; in its classic sense. Most of it is hype driven of course, which is the case of alot of stuff nowadays, some of it seems to be growing out of a need to re-brand &quot;Big data&quot; into something else that is more mystical than just saying &quot;hey, we have all this data that we got from the public for free! might as well do something with it! right?&quot;.</p><p>Usually that &quot;something&quot; involves selling it back to developers and companies as new aged AI search. All this is fine but calling it A.I. really seems to be a <a rel='external' href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumbing_down' title='dumbing down'>dumbing down</a> of the sector. I don&#039;t call a smartphone a computer though companies have been tryinh to sell them as such for several years now. Similarly I would not describe a &quot;cloud based personal assistant&quot; as Artificial Intelligence no matter how AMAZED I am at its ability to read my calendar entries and wake me up in the morning. Its just a search with a bunch of conditions.</p><p>Even <a rel='external' href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqdYbwY9vPU' title='self-driving'>self-driving</a> cars I would not consider as A.I. Sensors, logic and probably millions of lines of code. Of course a layman would say that the self driving cars are figuring out the road as they drive along. But are they really? I would love to see self driving cars hit the road in Jamaica and be able to handle our awful impatient drivers and cow like pedestrians! It is not going to happen any time soon. I image those care will have several gigabytes of data stored on board and require and always online data connection just to road out of the parking lot.</p><p>But anyway back to Big Data. If I am going to train my AI on a terabyte of data then of course it will be able to read a simple text string that you send to it. I could hitch up a simple AI just on the stuff I see in the <a rel='external' href='/news/' title='news'>news</a> but why would I want to? The whole training AI thing is pointless in my eyes because data is infinite and bandwidth is limited. <span class="h"><em>You can only teach a dog so many tricks.</em></span></p><p>Anything that you have to train with so much data is bound to get bottle-necked at some point with information overload which is one of the reasons why I do not by the hype behind the current trajectory of AI. Its pointless, almost like VR and 4k televisions. Why upgrade something that you still have not maxed out its potential? Movies are still 24 fps yet people want to stream 4k video. What is important? No one knows.</p><p>The market must move on, even if it involves wasting the time and money of a few thousand people. Eventually I hope we actually get some cool stuff out of it but right now chat bots and image processors are pointless distractions from building rocket ships and flying cars.</p><p>This article was mostly spawned by Taran&#039;s post on <a rel='external' href='https://knowprose.com/2017/03/08/the-coding-precarity/comment-page-1/#comment-76' title='The Coding Precarity'>The Coding Precarity</a>. Why replace programmers when you can just replace the whole language of computers? Programmers are low hanging fruit. Like banning cigarettes when obesity is what kills more people. It is time we move beyond Big Data tricks.<br /></p> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2406/#comment">Post your comments on this article</a></p> 2017-11-06 17:50:34 National - Raisins, Oats and Cinnamon bread (Food and Eats) http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2405/ <p>This is literally the best thing since slice bread. It only has 15 slices but it is much better than regular wheat bread.</p> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2405/"><img src="http://owensoft.net/v4/photo/thumb/2448.jpg" /></a> <p><strong>by owen</strong> <a href="http://owensoft.net/v4/item/2405/#comment">comment on this food</a></p> 2017-11-04 11:17:26