Colorado Tech Weekly #3, July 1, 2013: The Neapolitan ice cream of tech news

BinaryColoradoFlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week every Monday morning!

When it comes to tech news, there are three popular flavors: business, privacy and innovations. This past week we get all three flavors. It’s the Neapolitan ice cream of tech news.

Local News

  • Douglas County-based companies can’t catch a break when it comes to mergers. Liberty Global misses out on Kabel Deutschland [DBJ]
  • I discovered another great local industry group. New Tech Boulder recaps the month that was June [New Tech]
  • Larimer County sues Colorado Customware over failed software [DBJ]
  • Rally Software expands their HQ to stay in Boulder [DBJ]
  • CenturyLink should come up with a better name for their new “Internet Cost Recovery Fee” [Techknowbytes]
  • What is going into the NSA’s new data center in Utah? [Denver Post]

National News

  • Facebook creates ‘shadow profiles’ and accidentally makes some private info public [ZD Net]
  • New PRISM leak says information is being monitored in real-time [The Next Web]
  • The nuts and bolts of transferring 1.6 Tb/s using fiber [Science Magazine]
  • How to see through walls (almost) using WiFi [IT World]

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Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you! Happy Fourth of July!

Colorado Tech Weekly #2, June 23, 2013: Yes. One petabyte. PB. No.

BinaryColoradoFlagAre you ready for the end of Google Reader on July 1? How much data can you fit on a DVD? How do you abbreviate “petabyte”? Will Microsoft keep it’s most controversial XBox One “features”?

One of the reasons I started this series was to keep track of good companies so that when I have the skills I need, I know where I want to use them. One of the best way to find good companies is by looking for industry and business awards. This week I’ve learned about a few companies thanks to these awards.

Local News

  • Congratulations to North High School student, Juan Vargas, for getting his KidsTek Summer Internship! [KidsTek]
  • Check out some of the fastest growing companies in Colorado.  [Colorado Companies to Watch]
  • Dish Networks misses out on Sprint and Clearwire. What next? [Techknowbytes]
  • EAGLE-Net has good intentions to provide broadband to Colorado school districts, but is it working? [Techknowbytes]
  • Congratulations to Ajubeo Co-founder Tom Whitcomb for winning CIO of the year [CTA]
  • Congratulations to Mike Shehan and Steve Swoboda of SpotXchange for winning the Ernst & Young Technology Services CEO of the Year [CTA]
  • City and County Denver is looking for nominations for their 2013 Biz Plan Awards [CTA]

National News

  • A few smart Aussies figure out how to fit 1PB on a DVD [The Conversation]
  • Google Reader alternative, Feedly, gets web access just in time! [The Next Web]
  • XBox One backs off from constant internet connection requirement and DRM plans [Game On]

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Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

Colorado Tech Weekly #1, June 16 2013: The NSA Read This Before It Was Written

BinaryColoradoFlagThe government is in your social media. Get an abert squirrel shirt for supporting Black Forest Fire victims. Dish misses out on Sprint. CTA promotes entreprenuership. Colorado IT gals rock. I learn some cloud computing. Apple brings iOS7. Microsoft brings the games. Sony pulls no punches. Warp speed may be possible, or may be a broken link.

This is my first of what I hope will be many posts about technology news with a Colorado focus. I will attempt to pick 10 news articles for the week that best reflect Colorado tech news.

Local News

Colorado’s own Senator Udall speaks up against government metadata surveillance
http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_23425397/colorados-sen-mark-udall-says-u-s-surveillance

Indiegogo project set up to support Black Forest Fire victims
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/black-forest-wildfire-relief 

Sprint rejects proposal from Colorado’s Dish Network
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431366/sprint-board-backs-o-8800-from-buyout-by?source=JBarTicker

CTA announces fellowship for Founding Institute
http://www.coloradotechnology.org/news/128996/CTA-Fellowship-for-Founder-Institute.htm

Congratulations to KidsTek Scholarship Winner, Essense Benson
http://www.kidstek.org/news/kidstek-scholarship-winner

My head ends up in the clouds thanks to CTA event
http://scottpantall.com/2013/06/my-head-in-the-clouds-cloud-computing/

National News

Apple unveils iOS 7 for iPhones and iPads
http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_23431383/apple-unveils-new-operating-system-iphones-ipads

Sony and Microsoft battle for gamers at E3
http://blogs.denverpost.com/videogames/2013/06/11/e3-new-sony-microsoft-xbox-one-playstation-4/7504/#disqus_thread

Warp speed may be possible
http://geeknutz.com/2013/06/08/alcubierre-drives/

Tech companies release some government surveillance info
http://www.denverpost.com/technology/ci_23467969/deal-lets-web-companies-start-releasing-government-surveillance

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Thank you for reading!

If you’re still reading at this point, I admire your intelligence. If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know!

My Head in the Clouds – Cloud Computing

06/11/13 – I went to my first Colorado Technology Association (CTA) event on Tuesday. It was a presentation on cloud computing hosted by CTA, OCx Networks and Nebula, Inc. with Chris Kemp, co-founder of Nebula, Inc. as the keynote speaker. The audience was a fun mix of sales representatives and engineers and lucky for me OCx Networks was giving out notebooks. As far as I know, I was the only student there. There should really be more students at these things.

What is cloud computing? 

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or  service provider interaction. (http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-145/SP800-145.pdf)

If that went over your head, cloud computing is what allows Google Drive, Dropbox and social media to exist. It’s what allows 1 million Android users to download Instagram in one day.

What can I do with Cloud Computing?

Kemp talked mostly about Openstack. Openstack is an open source software for building
private and public clouds (Openstack.org). It is one of the fastest growing open source technologies and is growing one of the biggest developer communities. As a computer science student, I asked Kemp, “What should I focus on to become an Openstack developer?” Here are some of the resources mentioned by Kemp and a guy sitting behind me who’s name I didn’t catch:

If you know of any good Openstack or cloud computing resources, both online and local, please share them in the comments.

Mortensen Elementary 2013 Summer Fun Packet Links for 4th Graders

This is for my daughter, Ashlynn, and her classmates to get to their math and language arts websites in their Summer Fun Packet.

Math
Krypto – http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=173
Math Playground – http://www.mathplayground.com/
Math Play – http://www.math-play.com
Multiplication Practice – http://www.multiplication.com/
Math Fact Practice – http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/cathymath.html
Place Value Game – http://education.jlab.org/placevalue/
Math Helps – https://www.khanacademy.org/
Cool Math – http://www.coolmath.com/
Soft Schools Math – http://www.softschools.com/math/
Math Builders – http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills-4th-mathbuilders.com
Smarty Games – http://www.smartygames.com/

Language Arts
Puzzles to make/do – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker/
Finding Books – http://www.kidsreads.com/
Vocabulary Building – http://www.vocabulary.co.il/
Language Arts Skills – http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills-4th-langbuilders.htm