Archive for March, 2007

BarCampBoulder March ‘07

BarCamp Boulder Spring ’07 has come and gone.  This one almost didn’t happen.  All the organizers were insanely busy leading up to the event.  One is moving, one is trying to raise money, one just raised money, and my excuse was I had been ridiculously sick and barely functioning.  Not as good as the others – but it is what it is.

But somehow we made it happen and it was a really good time.  We saw some old faces from BarCamp’s past (even DR wass in the house)and some new faces.  And just like previous BarCamps we had interesting, challenging, intriguing, and educational conversations.  My personal favorite topic of the day was distributed identity led by Ashish Jain from Ping Identity.  We talked about the ins/out and pluses/minuses of Open ID and InfoCard.  Great stuff.  The session on microformats and RDF was very cool too.  My favorite event of the day was the Half Baked game – that was sweet!

Thanks to Dan Lurie and the one and only Joe Pezzillo for being joint maestros and guiding us along, thanks to Bill Flinchbaugh for being insanely helpful (making coffee, cleaning, tending bar, you name it).  Thanks to Jeremy Hinegardner from Collective Intellect for treating us to lunch and the projector use.  Thanks to my man Danny Newman for inspiring us all to think big and for the cool Pocket Fuzz swag.  And extra special thanks to my friend and fantastic person Andrew Hyde for getting us an amazing space.  There were some interesting side channels and hoops Andrew had to deal with to make it happen.  Andrew you are the man for making this possible. 

UPDATE: I almost forgot Neal McBurnett.  The man oozes so much intelligence that I think he may have put a spell over me.  Anyway, Neal busted his tail trying to find space as well and had some great backup locations all lined up in case the mac daddy 4th story diggs on Pearl fell through.

Now, I gotta run and apply the potato launcher to Tech Stars… for all you slackers out there you better apply soon.  The deadline for Tech Stars is just hours away.  I bet if you are a few minutes late David may still let you in :)

March 31st, 2007

A Simple Lesson

Surround yourself with good people - they don’t need to be super funny or off the charts smart or crazy athletic or insanely good looking (ok, maybe that helps sometimes)… just good people. Nine times out of ten you know these folks the first time you meet them. Do stuff with them - work, side projects, recreation, coffee talk, goof around, you name it. And it also helps to marry a great person and have wonderful children - I got lucky on that one too :)

For the others that you encounter, just ignore them and they will go away. Don’t even try to play along. They just suck!

Simple lesson for the day!

March 27th, 2007

NewsGator Online Gets all Ajaxified

Greg has the details and I gotta tell you this is a massive improvement.  Check it out now!  I love the responsiveness, the lack of refreshing, and the coolest thing for me… the feed list is now in its own little scrolling window thingie (if you used the old reader you’ll see what I’m talking about).  Nice!

Way to go Tim, Deme, Noel, Brian B, Brad, DeDe, Brian K, and all.  This is sweet!

March 19th, 2007

Get More Crack on Your BlackBerry

NewsGator Go!

Yesterday we released NewsGator Go! for Java and BlackBerry.  For all your information junkies out there, you have got to check this out!  You will quickly fall in love with this application and it will be a must have in your arsenal.  There are just a few applications I can not live without on my desktop and on my mobile device, NewsGator Go! is one of those applications.  I am not just saying that because I am a member of the team.  I am always checking into Go! when I am out and about and have some cycles to check up on the latest info (usually tech related for me). Now, I use a Windows Mobile device but the Go! love on BlackBerry and Java devices is just as good.  Check it out and you’ll see for yourself.

This product resulted from a joint effort with us and the great team at Free Range Communications.  I was consistently blown away with the Free Range team.  Thanks Jon, David, Dave, and all at Free Range. 

March 15th, 2007

.NET Compact Framework Apps on Symbian OS

Adriano from Red Five Labs sent me a note that there framework for running .NET Compact Framework 1.0 applications on Symbian Series 60 is now available.  Yep, you read that right…. wow!  NOTE that this is currently for CF 1.0 apps, so all you folks building against CF 2.0 will have to hold tight.
I have been anxiously awaiting this release and will report my findings after I kick the tires.

Nice work Mike, Adriano, and all at Red Five! This is very cool.

March 8th, 2007

Mobile… Mobile… Mobile…

Got a few minutes to check out a great post on the current state of mobility?  If so, check out fellow Colorado resident, founder of the Colorado Mobile developer group, mobile guru, and great guy David Beers edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists.  Oh, and be sure to chase down the links; there’s some good stuff in there.  Thanks David.

March 4th, 2007

Who? Jaiku!

Got a pointer to pretty cool mobile application from the ceo’s blog… the app is called jaiku and looks like it has promise.

The application is very similar to twitter which is just popping all over the place. One distinction with jaiku is that it looks like you can post to the service from external feeds - in fact, it looks like some folks have their twitter account set to post to jaiku.

But jaiku currently doesn’t seem to be getting near the traffic.  In the last minute, twitter had about 10 new posts, jaiku had 1 new post in the last 10 minutes.  But, we know how quick things change in today’s technology space and there is always room for competition. I will keep my eye on jaiku.

March 4th, 2007


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