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Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.

Post # 4493 by Beau Buck on December 19th, 2014 ~ 04:42:56 AM
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December 18th, 2014

Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.

Portland gets a new hackerspace. Meet CTRL-H.

Portland has seen a quiet resurgence in coworking and shared space activity as of late. Tech, makers, food, clothing… are all finding ways to collaborate in shared spaces. Even Starve Ups—the longest running accelerator in the area—is building out its footprint. But there are some young upstarts too. Like a new hackerspace in North Portland called CTRL-H.

How did this come about? Oh, you know. Geeks.

A few years ago, a geek bought a building at 7600 N. Interstate Ave. in Portland with the intent of turning it into a hackerspace. However, this didn’t work out, and the building sat unused for a few years.

Meanwhile, in Grand Rapids, MI., a large makerspace had a fire in their high voltage lab. The geek who owned the building had a large variac sitting in this building that they needed, and offered it to them. They were quite happy to take it, and made a trip up to Portland to accept said variac, and a few other things.

Meanwhile, another geek on the westside of Portland got the bright idea to start looking for a building on the westside of Portland (and is still looking, by the way) for a hackerspace, and contacted the large makerspace to see if they knew of any

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Code4Lib 2015 Preconference

Post # 4492 by Beau Buck on December 19th, 2014 ~ 04:42:43 AM
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Code4Lib 2015 is a loosely-structured conference that provides people working at the intersection of libraries/archives/museums/cultural heritage and technology with a chance to share ideas, be inspired, and forge collaborations.

Preconferences are 1-day or a 1/2-day events and workshops that will occur on Monday, February 9, 2015.

Preconference details can be found at: http://wiki.code4lib.org/2015_Preconference_Proposals

Register for full day or half day preconference through http://c4l2015.eventbrite.com. Registration for preconferences uses the same form as conference registration, but you DO NOT need to register for the main conference to attend a preconference.

Please show your interest in particular preconferences by adding your name to the list on the wiki page linked above.

For more information about the Code4Lib community, please visit http://code4lib.org/about/.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467507

Drop in hour for prospective students

Post # 4491 by Beau Buck on December 19th, 2014 ~ 04:42:42 AM
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Epicodus is a 20 week, full time, in-person class on programming. You’ll learn everything you need to know to get a job as a web developer or build your startup’s app.

At Epicodus, you’ll learn how to build web applications from top to bottom with modern technologies and practices. More importantly than any particular skill, though, you’ll learn how to think like a programmer, write good code, and pick up new languages and technologies in this fast-changing industry.

We currently offer two courses: one covering PHP, JavaScript, and Drupal, and one covering Ruby, JavaScript, and Rails.

Stop in to meet our staff, see the classroom and ask lots of questions. And if you’re working on the pre-class homework from learnhowtoprogram.com we can help with that!

Check out our FAQ: http://www.epicodus.com/faq.html

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467515

Introduction to Programming

Post # 4490 by Beau Buck on December 19th, 2014 ~ 04:42:36 AM
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No coding experience is necessary! At minimum, you should be comfortable using computers. At most, you may have done some HTML and/or CSS, but aren’t a professional developer.

We’ll cover the basics of how the web works, what part languages and frameworks and other buzzwords play, and then we’ll dive into some programming fundamentals using JavaScript! By the end, you’ll have a good sense of how to continue learning web programming.

We’ll use the Epicodus curriculum from www.learnhowtoprogram.com. Feel free to check it out in advance and also to jump into the curriculum wherever you’re most comfortable. During the workshop, you will be able to work through the curriculum at your own pace, but we would suggest pairing up with another attendee for support.

You don’t need to bring a computer, but you can bring headphones (you’ll go through some video tutorials).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467520

Redfin CTO steps down as company raises mammoth round of funding

Post # 4489 by Beau Buck on December 19th, 2014 ~ 04:42:29 AM
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Sasha Aickin
Sasha Aickin

Redfin CTO Sasha Aickin has stepped down from his role as the Chief Technology Officer of Redfin. According to his LinkedIn profile, he plans to spend the next few months continuing to work for the company on a “really cool technical infrastructure project” before taking some time off work.

Bridget Frey, Redfin’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, will run all of Redfin’s engineering operations from its Seattle office. Jen Chao, the company’s Director of Engineering, will be in charge of its San Francisco office.

“Redfin is extremely grateful to Sasha for his vast contributions to Redfin, and his friendship,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement emailed to GeekWire. “We will all miss him dearly. We also have the highest confidence in the team Sasha has built, now under the helm of his long-time colleague Bridget.”

Aickin, an 8-year veteran of Redfin, plans to take time after leaving the company to travel the world.

The news of Aickin’s departure comes at a pivotal time for Redfin, which just announced today that it raised $70.9 million in a massive funding round targeted at fueling its national expansion.

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Unix & Git for Everyone Workshop

Post # 4488 by Beau Buck on December 18th, 2014 ~ 04:35:39 AM
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Git is everywhere. Creative or engineering, you have directly encountered or will encounter Git in the workplace. Regardless of work style or team size, it is the tool that everyone should be using.

Unix is the basis for everything from personal computers and cellphones to super computers and web servers. Understanding the principles of how Unix works is essential to being an effective developer.

In this one-day workshop, you will be introduced to Git and Unix and get up to speed on concepts and workflows in no time. You will discover how working in the command line isn’t all that scary, understand how to move between projects with just a few key strokes, and gain confidence with the steps involved for a common Git branching strategy. In addition, you will learn the brief history of Unix and some of the underlying philosophy of the Unix and Unix-like operating systems.

Cloning isn’t just for sheep and galactic empires. Together we will all create and share GitHub repositories using the Unix command line.

Space is limited. Sign up now to reserve your seat.

General Public: $250
Incoming Foundations II, Bootcamp, and Development Accelerator Students: $50

Questions? Contact us at hello@codefellows.com

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467494

AgilePDX Dntn Pub Lunch: Choosing Scrum–or Kanban

Post # 4487 by Beau Buck on December 18th, 2014 ~ 04:35:38 AM
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This month we’re having a roundtable discussion on choosing Scrum or Kanban. Everyone has her opinion about whether teams should start with one and evolve to the other, whether Scrumban is the ideal, and whether Kanban is even feasible in some kinds of situations–or absolutely required in others. This is likely to be a lively discussion.

If you use either framework, have used both, or are just curious about what all the fuss is about, come on down to Ringler’s the SECOND Friday of January and join in the fray. We’ll be in the back room. RSVP’s are appreciated. It helps me know whether or not to rearrange the furniture and warn the restaurant to call in more staff. Sometimes we’re a pretty big crowd. RSVP’s to jean@azuregate.net.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467511

Holiday SWePoCoNi (The West Side Strikes Back)

Post # 4486 by Beau Buck on December 18th, 2014 ~ 04:35:28 AM
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Southeast Portland Coder’s Night was a glorious gathering of folks. Many nachos were had while discussing various projects. This died out as Side Door stopped being open after 7pm.

A few of us have tried various venues but haven’t been happy with many of them. One venue a few of us would hang out at after user groups is the Commodore Lounge on SW 17th and Burnside. It has wifi, delicious food, and a wide range of drinks. The power situation could be better but we are sure we can improve this with time.

So, come along, have a drink and some food with us as we embark on the next stage of Portland Coder Nights. The time is a guideline, show up when it makes sense to you and leave when you want or need to. These are just the hours we’ve seen work for a majority of folks in the past.

Article source: http://calagator.org/events/1250467318

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price named ‘Entrepreneur of 2014′ by Entrepreneur Magazine

Post # 4485 by Beau Buck on December 18th, 2014 ~ 04:35:16 AM
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Dan Entrepreneur CoverGravity Payments CEO Dan Price has been named the Entrepreneur of 2014 by Entrepreneur Magazine, beating out a field of 9 other finalists to take the top prize, and landing himself on the cover of the magazine’s January issue.

The issue is on newsstands now.

When asked about how it felt to receive the award, Price said that he’s thankful for the people who helped get him to this point, and focused on the future.

“I’m just very thankful for our clients, for our team, and then also for our friends and family in the community; everyone that supports us,” he said in a statement emailed to GeekWire. “I’m looking at this not as any kind of end result to celebrate, but more just a stepping stone to get to our ultimate goal, which is to level the playing field and make payments and financial services and business services fair for independent business owners.”

Price, who GeekWire named its Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, started Gravity with his brother Lucas in 2003 when he was 19. Price, who grew up in rural Idaho and was homeschooled, is no stranger to awards. He was given the 2014 Seattle Business CEO Excellence Award and the 2010 SBA National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

porchHe isn’t the only Entrepreneur of the Year in Seattle, though. USA Today awarded its award of the same name to Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/geekwire/~3/wAghXO4D_18/

Designing a UI to Generate Real Business Value

Post # 4484 by Beau Buck on December 17th, 2014 ~ 10:31:04 PM
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In the IT world, today’s organizations are looking to evolve their company’s IT department from a cost center to an employee-centric strategic partner capable of generating ROI.

That’s a mouthful. Where do we designers come into play? One way we can help organizations accomplish this goal is by giving their IT help desk an easy-to-use IT service management solution (ITSM).

I work for Samanage, provider of cloud-based IT service desk and IT asset management software. Does it sound sexy? Maybe not on the surface, but to me this design work is a lot of fun. It’s challenging. It’s a thing of beauty. Let me explain.

A consumer-quality UI is a critical aspect organizations must consider when choosing an ITSM, procurement, facilities management, marketing, or any other business solution. A good UI can translate into greater business value for the solution, and ultimately ROI for the organization by increasing agility, speeding the time-to-value for the solution, and enabling users to become more productive.

While the basic principles of designing a great UI for business applications are applicable across all needs and functional areas, designing an ITSM solution is a prime example of the specific challenges designers face. Designing a UI for an ITSM solution is tricky because these solutions must appeal to two very different audiences: IT support and their internal customers.

IT support is typically quite technical and requires extensive functionality and sophisticated workflows to manage trouble tickets, IT assets, licenses, and more. An organization’s internal customers are less likely to have a

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