Category: Links

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 7

Come to the Open Source Bridge conference

Via def euler(x); cos(x) + i*sin(x); end “If you live in or would like to visit beautiful Portland, OR, consider signing up for the Open Source Bridge conference. I will (probably) be giving a talk on RubySpec and Rubinius 1.0. There’s lots of interesting folks giving great talks. This is an opportunity to hear how people are developing the open-source community.”

(tags: opensourcebridge opensource events portland oregon)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 6

Open Source Bridge could use your help

Via Open Source Bridge “One of the unique things about Open Source Bridge is that it is entirely volunteer run. That’s right. 100% volunteers. All proceeds—sponsorships, registration fees, and in-kind donations—go to ensuring that Portland, Oregon, has a one-of-a-kind conference for open source citizens this summer—and hopefully for many years to come. Why do we do it? Because we love the idea of having an open source conference by developers for developers where they can focus on the topics that are important to them. But more importantly, it just seems like the right thing to do. But we can’t do it alone. So if you like the idea of Open Source Bridge as much as we do, we’d love to have your help.”

(tags: portland oregon events conferences opensourcebridge bridge opensource)

Impressions from Business Leader NW

Via the Sustainable Marketing Blog “My first event as a blogger is over. Despite my best intentions, too many good or at least educational offline distractions kept me from almost any online activity at Business Leader NW. Here are a few impressions from the Blog Pavilion and beyond.”

(tags: portland oregon sustainable marketing blog blnw business leader nw bloggers)

Women At Intel In Their Own Words

Via .51 “In celebration of Women’s History Month, The Inside Scoop (Intel’s Consumer Blog) has posted two brief pieces in their “Innovative Women” series.”

(tags: portland oregon women intel tech)

Twitter and PostgreSQL!

Selena Deckelmann writes “I’d written during last PgCon about Postgres and Twitter, and I figured it was time for a new list of Postgres-related people who I follow! Especially since a few people commented that Twitter was a waste of time last year ;)”

(tags: twitter postgresql selenadeckelmann selenmarie)

Shizzow’s Social Location Service Marries ‘Where’ With ‘What’ | Epicenter from

Via Wired “This added layer of context makes any location-aware service useful as a real-life social networking tool. As the Shizzow team notes on its blog, the private beta community in its hometown of Portland, Oregon, has been using this “what” feature for ad hoc meetups with great success.”

(tags: portland oregon shizzow launch wired location)

ORBlogs Code Sprint at CubeSpace (Saturday March 7, 2009) – Upcoming

Via ORBlogs “We have our first official ORBlogs Code Sprint scheduled, March 7th, 11am, at CubeSpace! Thanks to CubeSpace for donating the space. If you can, please bring a little cash donation to cover the cost of snacks and drinks n stuff. We pretty much have space for the whole day, but I figure we can probably be heading out around 4ish. Then we can celebrate our first Code Sprint, and all the great progress we’ll have made!”

(tags: oregon blogs orblogs codesprint cubespace)

Silicon Florist’s link arrangement for March 5

Sustainability is next for SAO’s Mathews – Silicon Forest

Mike Rogoway writes “Talked to Harvey Mathews this afternoon for the first time since he quit the Software Association of Oregon a week ago. My first question to him was: What now? ‘I’ve just been really fascinated with this intersection between technology and sustainability, and I think that’s what I’ll pursue, on a contract basis, for a while,’ Mathews said.”

(tags: portland oregon harveymathews sao harvmarv rogoway siliconforest news technology tech sustainability)

Live [insert something here] at The Square | OurPDX

Via OurPDX “KGW is debuting its Studio on the Square this week with celebrations on Friday and an open house on Saturday. The Studio on the Square is KGW’s new HD studio in the former Powell’s Travel bookstore space in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The studio has been built with the reporters sitting with windows at their back, showcasing what is going on out on the square. From a viewer’s perspective, we get to watch both the news and something extra (if it happens.) It’s Portland’s own Today show.”

(tags: portland oregon dieselboi thesquare ourpdx news)

Amid Portland push, Voyager brings on new partner – Silicon Forest

Mike Rogoway writes “Voyager already has three Oregon companies in its portfolio, two of which — Elemental Technologies and AboutUs — won their funding in the second half of last year. Voyager remains focused on our state (its partners will be meeting with two, unnamed, companies here later this month), and has strongly hinted that it expects another Oregon investment during the first half of ’09.”

(tags: portland oregon voyager vc investments funding rogoway siliconforest oregonian)

Introducing ChangeTracker: Tracking Change in Washington – ProPublica

Via Versionista “ProPublica, a non-profit investigative journalism newsroom, now offers ChangeTracker, a service which lets visitors view the most recent changes to (and several other government sites). This service uses Versionista as a back-end. You can even ‘steal their code’ to create your own custom RSS for Versionista.”

(tags: portland oregon versionista changetracker propublica whitehouse rss obama tracking politics government)

Gnomedex 9.0 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center (Thursday August 20, 2009) – Upcoming

The Technology Conference of Inspiration and Influence! [Editor’s note: And well worth the trip up from the Silicon Forest.]

(tags: seattle washington gnomedex events)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 4

In the Coraline Economy we trust

Via The Oregonian “The Coraline Economy will cushion the state from the direst economic effects of the Great Crunch. Not timber. Not computer chips. The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to prosperity.” [Editor’s note: They don’t expressly call out all of you creative developers, but any time I hear the word “creatives,” I think of you.]

(tags: insight oregonian oregon portland economy creatives)

PDX Nonprofit Tech Day On, Hands On at (Tuesday March 24, 2009)

Via Upcoming “On Tuesday, March 24, two wonderful worlds will collide for the better of Portland-based nonprofits and technology geeks alike. Are you a nonprofit that thinks the server is just the guy that brings you bacon and pancakes? Are you a geek looking to serve a nonprofit all that bacon knowledge you have bubbling over in your head? We will try to match nonprofit needs and give you a few hours to talk one-on-one with a technology know-it-all.”

(tags: portland oregon aboutus nonprofits insight support dayon tech)

Strange Love Live and Shizzow

Dawn Foster writes “The entire Shizzow team, including yours truly, will be lounging on the Strange Love Live couch for the podcast this Friday evening (March 6th) around 10pm. We will be talking about some new happenings on Shizzow with a focus on our plans for attending SXSW and how you can use Shizzow to find the best parties and sessions as well as getting together for meals with friends.”

(tags: portland oregon geekygirldawn dawnfoster sll strangelovelive shizzow sxsw podcasts)

Shizzow SxSW pre-party

Via Beer and Blog Portland “This Friday is going to be our send off party for those of us fortunate enough to be going to SxSW. Shizzow will be rolling out a few features to help everyone stay in touch while in Austin. But wait! The fun doesn’t stop there!! @geekygirldawn also worked it out with Hugh Forrest for one lucky attendee to win an upgrade from an Interactive Badge to a Gold Badge!”

(tags: portland oregon beerandblog beer blog sxsw events)

What Would You Teach a Bunch of Lawyers About The Web?

Josh Bancroft writes “I have the pleasure of speaking to a group of tech and VC lawyers at a local law firm (not sure if they want me to say who they are) about why and how they should be using “social media” and the web. I’ve sent them some pre-reading ideas, and I have lots to talk about, but I thought I’d ask you what YOU would teach a group of lawyers about the web?”

(tags: joshbancroft legal law insight lawyers socialmedia social media)

RPX Wiki provides valuable resource for developers

Via JanRain “We recently launched a wiki ( to serve as a resource for developers adding RPX authentication to their website(s). Anyone signed up through can edit pages on our wiki.”

(tags: portland oregon janrain rpx openid wiki)

Responses to an Email Interview

Marshall Kirkpatrick writes “I’m speaking to a Mensa gathering this Spring about the internet and was just sent some interview questions for the local chapter’s newsletter. Pretty strange, huh? After I took the time to reply to the questions, I thought I’d take a page from Dave Winer and post my replies here. Perhaps you, dear readers, can let me know if you think I am wrong, too obnoxious, or otherwise in need of different replies to such questions.”

(tags: insight marshallk marshallkirkpatrick interview interviews portland oregon)

Intercontinental Hotel Group Improves Customer Loyalty using Jive Social Business Software

Via Jive Software “Jive, the Social Business Software leader, announced that Intercontinental Hotel Group (LSE: IHG.L) implemented Jive Social Business Software to connect and engage with its 40 million Priority Club Rewards members.”

(tags: portland oregon jive release news)

TheFunded Founder Creates A Startup Camp For Young CEOs

Via TechCrunch “What this economy needs to get out of its rut is more startups. Adeo Ressi, the founder of VC-rating site TheFunded, wants to do his part to help jump start the economy with fresh ideas and leaders.”

(tags: insight startups incubators entrepreneurship entrepreneurs startup)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 3

Demolicious – Portland Web Innovators at Jive Software (Wednesday April 1, 2009)

Via PDXWI “Come see the great stuff your fellow Portlanders have been working on. Several ten minute demos of new products and side projects.”

(tags: portland web innovators oregon pdxwi demolicious events demos)

SLL: A Night With John Nastos

Cami Kaos writes “Friday night saw another big first in the history of SLL. During Afterhours we had a live musical performance right there in our little studio, but before that happened we had a very informative Tech Edition. Usually I like one episode from the night better than the other and it’s usually pretty clear cut for me which it was, but if you ask me to pick a favorite this week I’m likely to stare blankly at you for a while before asking if you listened to them both.”

(tags: strangelovelive johnnastos camikaos sll tagalus combotweet)

Portland Data Visualization Group | Monday, March 23, 2009 from 6–8pm

Amber Case and Bram Pitoyo write “It is because of all of these things, and what I feel is becoming an essential next step in the development of trend prediction and the very useful implementation of data and information, that we’ve decided to start having some meetings around this sort of thing. The first Portland Data Visualization Group will be held on Monday, March 23, 2009 from 6–8pm at Webtrends.”

(tags: events portland oregon data visualization ambercase caseorganic brampitoyo)

Five Tracks to Rule Them All

Via Open Source Bridge “The track names for Open Source Bridge are a little unusual. No Ruby, Perl, System Administration, Linux—instead we have Cooking, Chemistry, Culture, Hacks (and Business, but you’ve seen that one elsewhere). So what’s going on? How are these relevant to open source software?”

(tags: opensourcebridge opensource osbridge tracks events spinnerin portland oregon 2009)

Kelly “@verso” Guimont kicks off KGW Live @7 “Hire me”

Um. I kinda put it all in the headline. But check out this new feature from @thesquare starring @verso @beerandblog and @ other stuff.

(tags: kellyguimont verso kgw thesquare hireme hires employment video)

Win a SXSW Badge Upgrade at the PDX Pre-SXSW Party

Dawn Foster writes “I talked to Hugh Forrest at sxsw, and he has offered a free upgrade from an Interactive badge to a Gold badge for one lucky winner! Basically, this means that you get to attend the film tracks and screenings in addition to the interactive program.”

(tags: portland oregon sxsw events meetup beerandblog beer blog dawnfoster geekygirldawn)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for February 28

Speed Dating at OTBC, February 28

The 21 ideas being pitched during the Speed Dating session at OTBC.

(tags: otbc beaverton oregon startups speeddating events)

Welcome home to a new…

Our PDX Network launches an advice column, featuring @endlessmonkeys with helpful advice.

(tags: portland oregon ourpdx advice endlessmonkeys)

Talking SXSW at Beer and Blog / Strange Love Live on March 6

Via Shizzow “First, we’re going to spend some time at Beer and Blog from 4pm – 7pm to talk about how Portlanders can keep in touch at SXSW and find the best parties. I’ll even share one of my secrets about parties at SXSW. Hint: the big parties suck. After Beer and Blog, we will be gracing the Strange Love Live couch again to talk about SXSW and Shizzow.”

(tags: portland oregon shizzow events sxsw beerandblog strangelovelive sll beer blog)

DEMO: How new technology makes us more productive

Via VentureBeat “Jive Software, meanwhile, helps big-name corporate like Nike and John Deere collaborate within a company, with partners, and with customers using Web 2.0 tools like blogs, wikis, and forums. (The Sequoia-backed company has also been integrating with other applications and offering tools that make it easier to use its software even when you’re out of the office.)”

(tags: portland oregon jive demo venturebeat)

Tagalus Tag Sprint

Via Tagalus “Here’s the deal – I’m asking you guys to define as many #hashtags as possible – yours, other peoples, tags you’ve seen, tags you’ve used, tags you’ve never used, tags you think should exist – it’s up to you! Also, if you like the service, perhaps consider tweeting about it and pointing your followers toward the site?”

(tags: portland oregon tagalus tagsprint tagging tags twitter hashtag)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for February 27

OAuth Issues

John Nastos writes “OAuth is meant to address these security concerns by allowing users to authenticate with Twitter and then give permissions to certain applications to access their account. I won’t go into an entire example here, because the point of this point is to address some concerns I have with the inner workings, rather than describe the whole process. This also means, that from here on out, this will get pretty techie/geeky/insider.”

(tags: oauth insight twitter portland oregon johnnastos combotweet)

Online Community Management Roundtable at the BLNW ‘09 Blog Pavilion, with Dawn Foster and Marshall Kirkpatrick

Luke Lefler writes “Fresh out of the digital tinder box and into your analog hearth, a warm and sparking round-table discussion at the Blog Pavilion at Business Leader NW 2009. Dawn Foster and Marshall Kirkpatrick elucidate, Alex H. Williams moderates, we aggregate.”

(tags: portland oregon dawnfoster marshallk marshallkirkpatrick geekygirldawn events alexhwilliams podcasts blnw)

Farewell February, Bring On March

Via Beer and Blog Portland “It’s been a whirlwind year, with the last Friday of February fast approaching. And honestly? After brainstorming with my Beer and Blog buddies to plan March’s fun, I can barely wait to tell you what we have in store. But I’ll only tell you a little, for now. You’ll have to wait for more details until Friday, when we meet once again at the Green Dragon for happy hour.”

(tags: portland oregon beerandblog beer blog bloggers meetup events)

Introducing FastFigures Mobile for iPhone and iPod Touch

Elia Freedman writes “I’m very proud to announce the release of FastFigures Mobile, our first iPhone/iPod Touch application and the first release of our companion to FastFigures Online. FastFigures Mobile runs on iPhone and iPod Touch devices without requiring an Internet connection. FastFigures modernizes the calculator.”

(tags: beaverton oregon iphone apps applications fastfigures)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for February 26

Startups in 13 Sentences

Paul Graham writes “One of the things I always tell startups is a principle I learned from Paul Buchheit: it’s better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy. I was saying recently to a reporter that if I could only tell startups 10 things, this would be one of them. Then I thought: what would the other 9 be? When I made the list there turned out to be 13”

(tags: startups advice entrepreneurship paulgraham tips)

iterasiLite, updated browser support and Web-based Import Bookmarks

Via Iterasi “Today we are releasing a new product – iterasiLite for Firefox – as well as updates for our clients to the latest browser releases, and a Web-based Import Bookmarks tool.”

(tags: portland oregon iterasi firefox iterasilite)

Social Media Club PDX Event Recap

Via Social Media Club PDX “Wow. What an amazing turnout for our very first event. We had nearly 100 people crammed into a room that was certainly not meant to hold that many. It was great to see so many people interested in learning and sharing ideas about social media. Despite some technical difficulties we experienced, there was some interesting debate and great conversation.”

(tags: portland pdx socialmediaclub social media events)

Versionista offers public revision history of

Via Versionista “To help document the role of online news stories in the election, and beyond, Versionista now lets users sift through edit histories of the Drudge Report for the past several months. Users can view side-by-side comparisons, visually transformed to show what has been added and deleted from one revision to the next.”

(tags: portland oregon versionista news)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for February 25

iPhorest plants trees virtually and physically : Super Eco

Sarah Gilbert writes “The team at iPhactory is making that happen with its new iPhorest app, announced (but not yet launched) at TED. A joint venture between Raven Zachary, iPhactory and the Conservation Fund, iPhorest will plant a tree on your iPhone as the Conservation Fund plants a honest-to-gosh real tree in one of its renewal projects, beginning with a vulnerable wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. As your tree grows on your phone, you can send seeds to other phones and begin a forest, err, phorest.”

(tags: portland oregon iphorest iphone sarahgilbert ravenme ravenzachary)

Zapproved Add-in for Microsoft® Outlook® 2007 Now Available!

Via Zapproved “Since the launch of our beta, Outlook integration has been one of the most requested features from our users. They have wanted to have the ability to create proposals without leaving their email client since they would often begin an email and realize that they were actually meaning to send a proposal.”

(tags: portland oregon zapproved news)

Digital Divide: The Future of Communications and Work

Via KBOO Community Radio “This month, The Digital Divide looks at ways people are putting communications back in the hands of the community and how technology is shaping the future of how we work.”

(tags: portland oregon radio brampitoyo ambercase caseorganic kboo)

GadgetTrak Awarded Patent

Via the GadgetTrak blog “GadgetTrak Inc. the leading innovator of theft recovery and data protection technology for mobile devices, today announced it has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) entitled Portable Host-Pluggable Appliance Tracking System, U.S. Patent No. 7,496,201. The subject of the patent deals with tracking stolen portable electronic devices such as external hard drives, MP3 players, flash drives, digital cameras and others when connected to a PC.”

(tags: portland oregon gadgettrak patent news)

Show and Tell PDX – March 3rd at Substance World HQ

Via Substance “Substance and Pinch, along with the Flash PDX User Group, invite you to an evening of show and tell. We know that you have been working diligently on the next big thing, so we want to give you the opportunity to brag about it a bit. So on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm, at Substance, we will be hosting an event where you can come and share what you’ve been working on.”

(tags: portland oregon events showandtell substance pinch)

PDX Pre-SXSW Party Part Two: The Unofficial Version

Dawn Foster writes “We had a great pre-sxsw party here in Portland on January 19 organized by the official staff of the sxsw interactive event. We had such a great time, that we decided to do a community organized, unofficial party exactly one week before the big event in Austin.”

(tags: portland oregon sxsw dawnfoster geekygirldawn events beerandblog)

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for February 24

Strange Love Live: Raven Zachary and James Keller join us

Cami Kaos writes “After a big week in the social tech scene of our fair city it was nice to get back to normal and hole up in the studio for a couple of hours with some great minds. This week we were joined by Raven Zachary and James Keller. We talked about the present and future of iPhone apps and got a peek into Raven’s new venture (which is as yet unnamed and still shrouded in secrecy) and James’ part in it. It was an easy show for Doc Normal and I. We learned at some point that when you have guests as smart as they are you can ask a question and sit back soaking up knowledge like a sponge.”

(tags: sll strangelovelive podcasts portland oregon ravenme ravenzachary jameskeller semaphoria iphone)

Cyborg Anthropology at Portland’s Webvisions on May 22nd, 2009

Amber Case writes “I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at Portland’s WebVisions Conference 2009. After missing the event last year to a scheduling conflict, I am honored to be able to not only attend, but present as well. I have quite a bit of time to present, so I am already writing my speech. If it is not a 100% completely useful speech, then at the very least it will contain some interesting images.”

(tags: ambercase events webvisions 2009 cyborg anthropology portland oregon speakers)

Studio on the Square | Beer and Blog

Beer and Blog got some air time on KGW The Square recently, thanks to Brian Westbrook and some quick Skyping.

(tags: beerandblog portland oregon kgw thesquare bmw beer blog)

Peeking at the proposals: Cooking – Open Source Bridge

Via Open Source Bridge “We’ve had the Open Source Bridge call for proposals open for a few weeks now, and we’re already starting to see some great concepts rolling in. But we can’t keep all this goodness to ourselves. That’s why the proposal system is open—so that you can read about what’s being submitted and comment on which proposals you’d like to see.”

(tags: opensourcebridge opensource events portland oregon cooking bridge)

A Look Behind the Curtain at Techmeme

Marshall Kirkpatrick writes “Earlier this month I interviewed Techmeme’s first hired human editor, Megan McCarthy, over on ReadWriteWeb. I think McCarthy’s job is a fascinating one and a good indicator of some future trends on the internet. For whatever reason the interview didn’t get as much traction as I hoped it would upon first publication, so I’ve decided to republish it here to make sure readers of get a chance to see it as well.”

(tags: portland oregon marshallk marshallkirkpatrick insight techmeme interview)

How to be a Mobile Software Forty-Niner

Don Park writes “The year 2008 is the beginning of a gold rush of mobile applications. The iPhone app store has over 20,000 apps and there are numerous stories of developers ’striking it rich’ through good timing and luck. My focus is on Google’s Open Source operating system, Android. Launched in October 2008 with the T-Mobile G1, it has sold at least 300,000 units last year.”

(tags: donpdonp android google g1 apps portland oregon)

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