Colorado Tech Weekly #10, August 19, 2013: I’m Already Excited for September

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Anyone who has written a blog as a hobby knows how easy it is to promise ourselves big things, then fail to deliver. Most of the time no one else knows about these disappointments except the authors themselves, but they’re still there. CTW #10 is a milestone for me. 10 weekly posts equals over 2 months of consistency! Woohoo! I’m going to pat myself on the back a little.

September is shaping up to be lots of fun. Locally we have the Colorado Technology Association’s annual APEX Conference followed closely by Denver Startup Week. Nationally, we have Apple unveiling a new iPhone and Samsung more than likely giving us a view of the first big name smart watch with the Galaxy Gear.

Local News

  • Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins-Louisville, and Colorado Springs make up 4 of the top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado’s tech job growth is the 8th largest in the country. New Jersey is #1, but it’s… you know… New Jersey [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado on pace to set record for exports thanks to electronic products, machinery, chemicals and frozen beef. Also: Thank you Canada! [CTA]
  • The schedule for the biggest Denver Startup Week EVER is out. The 2nd Denver Startup Week will be September 16-21 [DBJ]
  • Englewood-based PlayerLync, app provider for the Denver Broncos, receives a $10.5M vote of confidence from local billionaire Philip Anschutz [DBJ]

National News

  • Apple will announce new iPhone on September 10 [TechCrunch]
  • Windows 8.1 to be released on October 18 at 5:00am MT exactly. Please hold all complaints until 5:01am [Engadget]
  • Ubi Interactive turns any surface into a touch screen with a Kinect [TheVerge]
  • Samsung may unveil the Galaxy Gear smart watch in September [Engadget]

Upcoming Events

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If you 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 #9, August 12, 2013: Sometimes things go as planned

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Ever have one of those weeks were everything seems to work despite the world around you? It’s a little disconcerting. It’s been far from a perfect week, but I’ve been able to get all my homework done, reclaim my lawns, and I even found some time to play some computer games with friends. School starts a week from today for my daughter. I can’t tell if that’s going to make things crazier or easier. It should allow me some freedom to check out some of these mid-week events I keep posting. I’m looking forward to it.

Local News

  • Denver startup BrightNest acquired by Angie’s LIst [TechKnowBytes]
  • Colorado Secretary of Technology, Kristin Russell sits down for interview with InnovatioNews [InnovatioNews]
  • Colorado is the place for successful tech startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver-based Intermap wins $3.5 million contract to create airborne radar mapping solution [InnovatioNews]
  • Techstars Boulder Demo Day features 9 great startups [InnovatioNews]
  • Broncos head of IT shows how they keep fans connected at Sports Authority Field [DBJ]

National News

  • Fallout from the news about the NSA PRISM program could negatively impact US cloud computing industry [DBJ]
  • Amazon includes HTML5 apps in the Amazon Appstore [Techcrunch]
  • Facebook explains how they make something as simple as a timeline so damn complicated [CNet]
  • LinkedIn now allows you to apply for jobs from your phone (OMG! 1 WRK 4 U? KTHXBI) [Techcrunch]

Upcoming Events

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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 #8, August 5, 2013: Colorado is SO great…

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Colorado is SO great that ALL 10 stories this week are about Colorado companies and organizations. Who needs national stories when there’s so many things happening here?

Local News

  • First Annual SofTec Invitational attracts 100 golfers to support Open World Learning [OWL]
  • IHS Headquarters in Englewood fills 198 backpacks with their Back to School Supply Drive [OWL]
  • Dish Network is #1! Unfortunately, they’re the #1 worst company to work for [TechKnowBytes]
  • Boulder-based SendGrid is now a Google Cloud Platform Partner [InnovatioNews]
  • Centennial-based Cloud Elements releases developer tool to connect Twilio and SendGrid [InnovatioNews]
  • Broomfield-based Webroot combats phishing with RSA [InnovatioNews]
  • What does the future of tech jobs in Northern Colorado look like? [InnovatioNews]
  • Lakewood-based Digabit receives $3M in funding and a new chairman [InnovationNews]
  • Did you know that Europe’s biggest cable provider has their headquarters in Douglas County? [DBJ]
  • Online job ads take a dip in Colorado in July [DBJ]
  • Google and Broomfield-based Level3 to take over, and speed up, WiFi service for Starbucks [DBJ]
  • The New Tech Boulder August Update is out – Happy 7th Birthday New Tech Boulder! [New Tech Boulder]

Upcoming Events

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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 #7, July 29, 2013: New small devices are going to change our world

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The biggest issue I’ve had with set top boxes is that I can’t just go online like I can with my computer or phone. That all changes this week with the tiny $35 Google ChromeCast. I have had issues with making bigger devices touch-enabled because it just seems weird to have to hold my hand out to my computer or TV. This week, the Leap Motion controller fixes that for me too. I am really looking forward to seeing more devices like these. This is the same kind of energy and innovation I am seeing in Colorado every week when I research for these posts.

Local News

  • Colorado is poised to take on the tech world in a big way [InnovatioNews]
  • Loveland-based Madwire awarded tax credits to create 500 jobs [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver Broncos stay local and use Wayin for their social media hub [TechKnowBytes]
  • How to fail at e-recycling and end up in jail [DBJ]
  • COIN names 4 finalists in the “Glorious Failure” contest [DBJ]

National News

  • Google launches ChromeCast. Angers TV networks, but makes me happy [All Things D]
  • Famous hacker Barnaby Jack dies at 35 [Guardian]
  • Apple’s Development Center breached by hackers [TechCrunch]
  • Gesture-based Leap Motion Controllers are out! [TechCrunch]
  • XBox Live to allow independent developers to self publish [Ars Technica]

Upcoming Events

A quick note about why I love Twitter

Sure some people use Twitter to tweet about their lunch or post pictures of their cats, but there is something great about this service that only allows 140 character updates and 160 character profile summaries. It takes away so many social barriers!

This week for my computer science class, we were asked to figure out why the Java GUI components are called “Swing”. I found my answer in a blog post (Why is Swing Called Swing?), but I wanted a more solid source. So I found Georges Saab’s Twitter account and asked him myself. Being the cool guy he is, he responded:

I NEVER would have considered sending Saab an email to ask this question. I would have felt that I was bothering him. I’m perfectly fine sending it as a tweet though. This is why I love Twitter.

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!

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.