Every once in awhile, it’s nice to get out of Portland to see what’s going on in other towns. And other startup scenes. Thursday, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to attend the Microsoft Accelerator for Kinect Demo Day, a startup accelerator partnership between Microsoft and TechStars. Read More
Although search is ubiquitous in this age of broadband Internet and mobile wireless devices, and search engine companies are among the most prominent icons of the Internet, there are still many challenges to overcome and new functionality to be developed for search systems. The field of information retrieval (IR) long predates the mainstreaming of search and developments such as the name of the leading search engine becoming a verb (i.e., “Googling”). This field has studied and evaluated the systems and algorithms that established the foundation for modern systems. Read More
We like to say that Portland is the de facto home of open source. And by “we” I mean “me.” Which makes that sentence grammatically incorrect, doesn’t it? But I digress.
Portland’s place in the world of open source is never more evident than the summer, when any number of open-source oriented events come to town. This week, it’s time once again for our homegrown open source event, Open Source Bridge, this Tuesday through Friday. Read More
Most days, we’re all so heads down that we don’t get the opportunity to chat with our peers. And it’s even more rare for that to occur with our peers in Seattle. That’s why events are always a welcome opportunity to catch up. Read More
When it comes to geeks making music, few people are more recognizable than Jonathan Coulton. And he’s got quite a range. Thing a Week broke new ground in music distribution, “Code Monkey” has become an anthem for an entire generation of developers, and his rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” could be considered a pop masterpiece. Read More