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Post # 4352 by Beau Buck on November 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:53:14 AM
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Come out to our December Super Awesome Holiday Blowout Extravaganza! In case you have been hiding away from all sources of information, .NET is going open source! Much of the framework is going on GitHub and Microsoft is creating CLR for Mac and Linux.

And, Visual Studio Community – functionally equivalent to Pro – is available for free to open source devs and students!!

…and what do you know? Scott Hanselman is ENTHUSED!

Scott will share more about the direction that Microsoft is taking!

As a bonus, we’ll have Rex St. John the IoT evangelist from Intel Mashery showing off (and giving away!) some of the Intel’s Edison “computer on a SD Card” dev platform.

We will also be giving away *TWO* of the brand new Microsoft Bands! These are the hottest fitness devices *and* they connect to iPhone, Android, and WinPhone!

You know we’ll have Qdoba for food… and AfterWords will be sponsored!

This may be our best gathering yet!

6:00 p.m. Qdoba and Networking
6:30 p.m. Business and Intro Presentation
7:00 p.m. Scott Hanselman!
~8:30 p.m. AfterWords at Thirsty Lion SPONSORED!

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467399

3D Printing Holiday Social

Post # 4351 by Beau Buck on November 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:53:14 AM
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Winter has arrived in Portland, and now is the time to stay in and keep warm next to your 3D printer’s cozy heated bed.

Come celebrate the arrival of the holiday season with fellow 3DP enthusiasts at a happy hour social sponsored by local 3D printing innovators ProtoPlant in conjunction with the Portland 3D Printing Meetup Group, Autodesk and MAKE magazine.

Mix, mingle, and watch 3D printers in action. Food and beer provided. Win door prizes from MAKE, Matter Compilers, and ProtoPlant!

YOU MUST RSVP for this free event, as we are limited in space to 150 people.

RSVP here on our Meetup page.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467360

Secret Knowledge Exchange

Post # 4350 by Beau Buck on November 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:53:13 AM
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It’s about getting you the resources, skills, tips, creative advice, tech help, or buoying encouragement you need right now. Come, and get it.

Getting the most out of Secret Knowledge Exchange

It’s an un-workshop. That means it doesn’t have a topic. Participate by bringing requests or a topic suggestion for the group. Engage and help each other. If you have the answers someone needs, share.

We guarantee to make it worth your time, each and every time.

Some ideas

We hope this example list will help you as you consider what requests to bring to the workshop. We’re including it to inspire you, not limit your options.

Free / Suggested donation ($5 – $15)

Let us know you’re planning to attend. Registration is free (and optional).

About Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge helps independent artists develop the skills they need to grow their businesses and works to foster arts-engagement among local audiences.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467409

Laura Hughes at PSU

Post # 4349 by Beau Buck on November 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:53:11 AM
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Laura Hughes has taken on an unenviable task in visual art… somehow trying to find a way to carve out something new while building on the careers of light and space artists Robert Irwin, Dan Flavin, James Turrell and Doug Wheeler. Later today she will speak about this challenge and her latest show at PSU’s excellent Littman Gallery, a space which typically has one of the best programs in the city (it is run by students). This exhibition has more Flavin in it than I’ve seen from her before and the use of sequencing and stations points in a new direction for the artist.

The Lines Along Which Anything Lies | through December 4
Artist talk: November 21 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Littman Gallery (Smith Center)
Portland State University

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/11/laura_hughes_at_1.html

Sales tax titan Avalara expands its operations to North Carolina

Post # 4348 by Beau Buck on November 22nd, 2014 ~ 02:53:09 AM
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Avalara, the Bainbridge Island-based sales tax compliance company, announced today that it has expanded its footprint to Durham, N.C. The company will be moving into an office in the city’s American Tobacco Historic District,

The office will house about 115 employees at first, including all of the people who currently work out of Avalara’ CertCapture office in Raleigh. The office will also house new members of the company’s sales and customer support teams. Overall, Avalara plans to occupy about 40,000 square feet of office space, and plans to complete the move in the first half of 2015.

“We’re excited about expanding our footprint on the East Coast and gaining more access to the deep pool of talent in the Raleigh-Durham area,” Avalara CEO Scott McFarlane said in a press release. “Growing our presence here mirrors our expansion in other areas of the U.S. and will allow us to continue providing the same high level of service to our customers and prospects across the country.”

The news comes slightly more than a week after Avalara announced that it raised $100 million in a funding round from investment powerhouse Warburg Pincus. This isn’t the only real estate move for Avalara, either: the company has also recently secured a new 36,000 square foot office space at 2nd and Spring in downtown Seattle.

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ISSA Portland Chapter November 2014 Symposium

Post # 4347 by Beau Buck on November 21st, 2014 ~ 02:52:07 AM
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Beating Cybercriminals: Preventing Compromise in the Face of Advanced Attacks

Cybercriminals combine social engineering techniques with ongoing application vulnerabilities to install advanced malware on both customer devices to compromise financial accounts and employee devices to compromise corporate networks. Advanced malware effectively bypasses authentication technologies and readily evades anti-virus applications. New endpoint solutions have emerged that have some merit, typically with a narrow focus on a single threat vector, but none have proven effective at stopping dynamic threats, and most of these approaches come with a very high operational cost. A new approach to cybercrime protection and preventing compromise is desperately needed.

This presentation will provide an overview of:
· The methods cybercriminals use to successfully install advanced malware on endpoint devices
· The most recent fraud cybercrime developments and compromise techniques uncovered by Trusteer research
· New approaches available to mitigate the increase risk from endpoint devices
· Case studies of actual cybercrime prevention results
· Demonstration of preventing different advanced attack scenarios

Presented by Christopher Beier – Sr. Product Marketing Manager for IBM/Trusteer. Christopher brings impressive security DNA through his almost 20 years’ experience working for both Symantec, and McAfee. Christopher has deep knowledge and experience in the financial services and online banking security with 5

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467242

SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence and Reporting Training

Post # 4346 by Beau Buck on November 21st, 2014 ~ 02:52:07 AM
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This SharePoint 2013 training class provides individuals with practical information, exercises and labs that enable them to build reports, dashboards, KPIs, scorecards, charts, power view and power pivot on the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 platform using Dashboard Designer 2013, Excel 2013, Report Builder 3.0 and Visual Studio 2012.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467285

Employment Packages – Creative Ways to Capture your Candidate | HR & Finance Event

Post # 4345 by Beau Buck on November 21st, 2014 ~ 02:52:06 AM
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Over the past year, we’ve seen several local technology companies hire executives from major digital centers such as San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Seattle. Companies’ ability to woo out-of-state candidates reflects a flourishing tech market in Oregon where career opportunities are abundant.

Typically, there are four elements at our disposal when trying to recruit a candidate: pay, perquisites, benefits, and culture. What are Oregon companies doing differently to attract candidates from all over the nation?

On November 20, learn from a panel of heads of HR, CFOs, recruiters, and compensation and benefits experts on creative ways to capture your candidate.


David Knopping , Partner on Compensation Consulting, Radford

Laura Stepp , Vice President of People and Culture, Puppet Labs

Mike Temple , Chief Financial Officer, Urban Airship


Suzanne Hanifin, Principal, Acumen Executive Search

Event Details:

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 AM | 7:30 AM networking and breakfast | 8:00 panel discussion
Where: Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, OR
Cost: $25 Members | $45 Nonmembers

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467255

Make Your App Vital By Reaching Out to Users in Context

Post # 4344 by Beau Buck on November 21st, 2014 ~ 02:52:05 AM
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When users download an application, how does their initial intrigue to transform into the feeling that the app is a vital part of their daily existence? The definition of “vital” differs depending on what kind of app users are looking for (e.g. productivity, utility, gaming), but a vital experience transcends basic functionality for each of these app categories. Creating a vital experience makes an app something that a user doesn’t want to—or can’t—live without.

What Makes Your App Vital?

Apps generally achieve can’t-live-without status by offering users vital features that do one or more of the following things:

Apps are more dependent than ever on offering a vital experience because keeping users engaged is about more than improving usage metrics, it is also about increasing revenue. So how can you get there?

Which Features Are Vital In Your App?

When it comes to figuring out which features are vital in your app, knowing a user’s precise location can help provide richer insights into behavior and interest. Having this contextual data can help you to understand how to become vital to the daily life of your users, delivering personalized app experiences to each individual user.

As designers and developers, we can insist that a feature is vital, but you need to substantiate these claims with real user data before

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Post # 4343 by Beau Buck on November 21st, 2014 ~ 02:52:01 AM
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It is nearing the end of the year, time to apply yourself by applying for these artist opportunities:

With its fantastic setting and facilities OCAC’s Golden Spot Residency is one of the most interesting for Oregon residents. Deadline: November 30th

Seattle’s Scott Lawrimore is curating the 2015 Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards at the Whatcom Art Museum. Open to all artists working in the USA. $35 Deadline February 9 2015

The Pittock Mansion is doing a show based on Portland’s relationships to its rivers and contemporary art. It is a topic that surprisingly is under discussed. All media encouraged Deadline: December 15

Newspace has an excellent photography program and have put out a call for an exhibition titled Radical Color. Juror is Jon Feinstein Co-Founder and Curatorial Director of Humble Arts Foundation, and Strategic Partnerships Manager at Shutterstock. $40 Deadline: December 19

Article source: http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2014/11/opportunities_3.html

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