The SF AppShow brings together app developers to demo their newsworthy new apps and unrecognized app gems to a live audience with an exciting social backdrop. The events are also streamed live on the web via Ustream.tv (and archives are available to view online). Past presenters have been featured in the New York Times, BBC, network television and the iTunes App Store home page after appearing in the SF AppShow!
Previous SF AppShow events in SF, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Chicago were sell out shows and drew quite a bit of positive industry press. Typically the events are watched by developers, entrepreneurs and investors.
It's also a pretty fun party.
Early bird Registration: $25 Advance Registration: $30 Door: $40
A day after the company he cofounded went public, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got married today. Here’s the shot from his Facebook page. The Zuckerberg marriage to Priscilla Chan appeared on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook timeline at 7:00 p.m. PT Saturday, May 19, 2012.
It is a wild, weird and wonderful festival. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Maker Faire in the title and I'll share it at aNewDomain.net -- tech news, views, reviews -- with Gina Smith, John C. Dvorak, Jerry Pournelle ...
Takeaway: Whether they’re regarded as productivity killers or security risks, many apps have made it onto company blacklists.
Thanks to the invasion of personal apps, services, and hardware in enterprise, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that smart IT pros out to protect data are conducting a wholesale blacklisting of the apps they find most threatening to data security.
Zenprise, a mobile device management company that specializes in BYOD, recently released itsZenprise MDM Cloud Report. The report includes the top 10 apps that enterprises are blacklisting (or attempting to blacklist) in the United States and globally. The list is theirs. The snide commentary, mine. So here they are. The 10 most blacklisted apps this month, in descending order.
Takeaway: IT pros react harshly to Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson’s false claims of a computer science degree, adding fuel to investor Daniel Loeb’s pressure for a Yahoo board CEO ouster.
As Yahoo investor Dan Loeb continues to urge Yahoo’s YHOO board of directors to fire new CEO Scott Thompson - Loeb on Wednesday sent yet another letter to the press and the beleaguered company’s board - IT pros we contacted reacted pretty vehemently to what has emerged as Thompson’s falsified claims of holding a degree in computer science from Stonehill College in Easton, MA.
Yahoo execs called the computer science degree claim an “inadvertent error” in a San Jose Mercury News interview.
Loeb, according to records, runs a hedge fund that owns outright nearly 5.9 percent of Yahoo’s stock. In his latest letter, Loeb wrote that “Thompson’s fantasy degree was in no way an ‘inadvertent error.’ The evidence shows us he had been using false credentials for years.” Loeb and his fellows are demanding an immediate ouster.
IT pros I contacted reacted hotly on the issue.
John Livingston, an IT pro for the American Red Cross in Savannah, Georgia, wondered “if someone is willing to lie on (his) resume, what else would (he) be willing to lie about?”
Such prevarication “just makes it harder for people looking for IT jobs,” Livingston added, saying that though anyone can easily lie about extra degrees and certifications.
Tech pro Paul Miller agreed that ethics is “the bigger issue here.” Nonetheless, he said, “The irony of Silicon Valley (venture capitalists) and (hedge) fund managers asserting moral outrage is patently absurd. The “giant elephant” in the room is “that this was perpetuated for years and … no one noticed until some guy with an agenda began to dig up dirt. The fact that someone can claim a degree (he or she) does not have - and that there is little way to tell them from the (rest) of herd who has ‘earned’ a degree, without researching an educational background, tells how little these degrees mean.”
Andrew Terry, an IT consultant in the London area, also sided with Thompson’s detractors. He pointed out that “there’s a big difference between what most of us think of as resume padding (versus) adding qualifications (one) doesn’t have.”
“If I found out someone lied on the resume about something as important as a degree, (the employee) would be fired. I personally worked my ass off for my computer science degree,” said Peter Schmidt, a CTO at a Boston-based aviation firm. “Thompson’s bald-faced lying angers me.”
Other IT pros were a little easier on Thompson, though all 12 tech pros this reporter interviewed expressed distress at the prevarication.
Isn’t a degree really just a glorified piece of paper? Yes and no, IT pros said. “I don’t have a degree,” said Dan Phillips, who is in tech support and network security in Ontario, Canada. “What I do have is nearly two decades of real world IT experience and that gets me in the door every time.
“Not to knock all computer science students, but I won’t hire anyone straight out of school because they just won’t have the knowledge that’s needed for some high end IT jobs,” Phillips said. “Certifications are nice but you tend to have to MORE HERE ...
Thanks to this site -- I finally identified the name and type of hummingbird in my Northern California coastal backyard. Constantly in the lavender. Well, turns out it's Anna's Hummingbird Calypte ...
Here are the high points! From the site:
Family: Trochilidae, Hummingbirds view all from this family
Description ADULT MALE Hood usually appears uniformly dark (almost black in harsh light), but when light catches it a metallic rose-red iridescence is revealed. ADULT FEMALE Has metallic greenish yellow upperparts. Underparts grayish white with yellowish green feathering on flanks and a few dark spots (iridescent in the right light) on throat. Tail has striking white tips on outer three feathers and a dark subterminal band. IMMATURE Similar to adult female; immature males gradually acquire adult's head coloration.
Dimensions Length: 3 1/2-4" (9-10 cm)
Habitat Common and widespread within its restricted west coast range. Resident year-round in many parts, especially in coastal districts, but often found at higher altitudes, and further inland, during breeding season than in winter. Favors deserts, scrub-covered slopes, urban parks, and gardens.
Observation Tips Easiest to observe at feeders throughout the year, and in city parks and ornamental gardens in winter.
Range Western Canada, Northwest, Alaska, California, Texas, Southwest
Voice Utters a sharp tchik call.
Discussion Males are amazingly colorful when seen in the right light and are pugnacious when defending territory against rivals. Sexes are strikingly dissimilar.