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Volunteering and Getting Involved in Portland

I was talking to a friend the other day about ways to get more involved in the local Portland scene for networking and volunteering.  Here are several avenues I’m aware of. Most I’ve tried in one form or the other…. Continue Reading →

Graduating From The Sheriff’s Citizen Academy

As if 2011 wasn’t busy enough with the new projects I took on (you have tried OpenShift, right?) I also managed to find an extra 55 hours over the past few months to attend a really interesting program put on by… Continue Reading →

Portland Blind Cafe

I was moved by Dustin Kirkland’s post about his experience at the Blind Cafe in Austin, TX.  It’s coming to Portland, Oregon, in a few weeks (June 2-4, 2011) and really looks worth checking out. I’m drawn to out-of-the-ordinary experiences like… Continue Reading →

The Public Isolation Project

Some of my recent posts have covered technology and human interaction.  I was pleasantly surprised to find the Public Isolation Project going on here in Portland through a post in Newspaper to New Media.  It was fascinating and fun to follow each day…. Continue Reading →

Community At Community Conferences

I attended WordCamp Portland 2010, a conference about blogging and WordPress. There were two sessions tracks and an unconference track.  At a couple of the session times, none of the track offerings looked interesting, but I picked one anyway.  Without… Continue Reading →

Portland Oregon Weekend Get Away

This isn’t a guide to the cheapest way to get away for the weekend.  It is a guide to great food and a nice place to stay. Lodging: Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn. Not too far from McMinville, Oregon, but… Continue Reading →

Open Source Bridge Day #1

Today was an excellent first day of Open Source Bridge Conference.   The organizers reported approximately 400 pre-registered attendees and the room hosting the opening keynotes appeared to be close to full.  Live streaming of the keynotes and some of the… Continue Reading →

TechShop and Portland Spirit

I learned about TechShop Portland at Lunch2.0 a couple weeks ago.  It looks like other Fedorans are already on to this phenomenon. TechShop is a a do-it-yourself play ground for people that like to make stuff.  They have equipment for… Continue Reading →

OS Bridge Call For Papers Extended

Not only has the call for papers been extended, so has the early bird rate of $175 (approximately $1,000 less than OSCON). Here is a fun graph we can all relate to that shows paper submissions over time with the… Continue Reading →

The Wiki Is 14 Years Old

I came across this article calling out the fourteenth birthday of the wiki.  The first wiki was created by Ward Cunningham of Portland, Oregon.  An interesting interview with Ward is on FLOSS weekly. I can’t imagine how a huge portion… Continue Reading →

Comcast Doubles as Santa Claus

I received a letter from Comcast shortly before Christmas explaining that they were tripling my internet speed without changing the price. The link below is really interesting and confirmed my suspicion that Comcast didn’t triple my internet speed simply because… Continue Reading →

Superb Startupalooza

Of late I’ve been trying to get more involved in the local tech scene where I live.  On Saturday I went to check out Startupalooza and had no idea what to expect.  It was superb in every respect.  The facilities… Continue Reading →

OSCON 2007 Portland, Oregon

Stop by the Fedora booth, say hello, and pickup a Fedora 7 Live CD Today and tomorrow (2007-07-25 and 2007-07-26).

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