"just fun" entries

Ignite Boston 4 – Tonight!

Ignite Boston 4 is this Thursday at the Hooley House in the Faneuil Hall area of Boston from 6:00 pm until ~10:00.

Ignite Boston 4

The fourth Ignite Boston will be on Thursday, September 11, from 6 to 10pm at the Hooley House, one block from Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA. THIS IS A LARGER VENUE. So the acoustics will be better than our last event and there will be room to sit, stand and mingle. From 6-6:45 pm, mingle and talk tech with your fellow FOOs, alpha geeks, and techies from the greater Boston area. After the mingling and social stuff, we’ll have a couple of special keynote presentations to kick off our Ignite talks. Then, onto guest speakers who’ll catch you up on the cool, new, innovative stuff going on in technology today. Don’t blink or you’ll miss their lightning-fast, five-minute presentations.

Guessing gender from browser history

I just found a clever trick for guessing gender from browser history. I tried it and then realized that I'm a crappy test for the system: yes, likelihood of my being male is 99%. But if I read a hardcore geek tech blog, then that's probably the case anyway. I could emulate that behaviour with a simple return(G_MALE) in the…

Philly's First Ignite was a Smash

Philadelphia's inaugural Ignite was a smash success.

Satan is on My Friends List…

Just a little riff on the Internet worldview continuum.

Ignite Philly Tomorrow Night

First Ignite Philly

Web 2.0 Is From Mars, Enterprise Is Up Uranus

Jim brings a welcome "inside the firewall" perspective to Radar. We were talking about Web 2.0 vs SOA vs "Enterprise SOA" (which had us all reached for the barf bags) and Jim came up with this great line about the mindset that could coin the phrase "Enterprise SOA": "Their worldview is one of control over the enterprise". I agree completely….

Ignite Boston 3 – Next week

beer, boston, cambridge, conversation, geeks, ignite, microsoft, o'reilly, tech talks

Data Center heating the Town Pool

According to GreenerComputing.com: A public swimming pool in Zurich will soon be heated for the comfort of local residents, thanks to an innovative solution: heat generated by a data center that would otherwise be classified as waste. The new data center in Zurich is one of three projects in Europe and the Middle East that IBM has announced in recent…


I got a chuckle out of this comic on app simplicity and usability. So true, so painfully painfully true….