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Flickr

The Flickr Question

5 minute read

It’s that time of year again, when I face the same question: my Flickr Pro subscription has expired, and I need to pay so that all my photos are accessible online. But maybe I should self host? Is paying for a Flickr Pro subscription still worth it? Don’t get me wrong - I think the “Flickr deal” is still fantastic: about $2 per month for unlimited storage of all my photos. From a pure storage perspective, even Amazon S3 would cost me more than that.

Cataloging city neighbourhood assets - Love My Hood

2 minute read

I’m the host at the iQmetrix offices today for the Open Data Hackathon put on by Jesse Heaslip and company. I’m also a judge at the endy of the day, so I’m mainly hacking on a few things of my own.

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linkblog

Harvesting knowledge

4 minute read

We are always learning. Whether we search for the answer to a question we have or an error we’re having in a piece of code, that practice of what to search for and sifting through the results is learning. Some of the time the answer might be obvious, we solve our current problem and move on. Other times, we have to look in 2 or three different places, synthesize the answer, and apply it. What are you doing to capture that type of learning? How do you share it with others, including your futur...

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tools

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

2 minute read

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated.

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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consulting

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

7 minute read

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees.

You Can’t Outsource Product

6 minute read

One of the many tricky things about building a web startup is that you can’t outsource product. As a web startup, your web or mobile app is your company, your sole purpose for existing. Why do you think you can outsource it?

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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product

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

7 minute read

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees.

You Can’t Outsource Product

6 minute read

One of the many tricky things about building a web startup is that you can’t outsource product. As a web startup, your web or mobile app is your company, your sole purpose for existing. Why do you think you can outsource it?

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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Ruby

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Node.js

Node based static site generators

3 minute read

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon.

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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coworking

On coworking: you cannot make a profit selling community

1 minute read

That last one’s important. We’re not communists, we’re not anti-capitalists and we’re not running some kind of pep club. It’s just that we’ve thought about it. You cannot make a profit selling community.

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seed accelerator

Help startups by getting sh*t done (or get out of the way)

3 minute read

Sadly, no matter how much you might want it, you can’t will an innovative eco-system that generates new companies into existence, you have to let one grow. As Dave ten Have said recently, entrepreneurial activity doesn’t come from central planning. So, while it seems like a lot is being done, in my opinion at least, it is mostly splashing and thrashingand not much forward momentum for the people that all of this is supposed to be helping. via rowansimpson.com

On coworking: you cannot make a profit selling community

1 minute read

That last one’s important. We’re not communists, we’re not anti-capitalists and we’re not running some kind of pep club. It’s just that we’ve thought about it. You cannot make a profit selling community.

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ebook

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RSS

We DO need another RSS Hero

1 minute read

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem.

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RSS Hero

We DO need another RSS Hero

1 minute read

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem.

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unconference

Conferences as Community Gathering

8 minute read

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

What is an unconference?

3 minute read

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.”

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PolyglotConf

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

What is an unconference?

3 minute read

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.”

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Octopress

Node based static site generators

3 minute read

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon.

Octopress all the things

1 minute read

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here.

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Brad Feld

Committed to building Vancouver’s startup community

3 minute read

I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. It’s 2014, 10 year since I returned to Vancouver. 10 years of working with web technology and community building. What has changed about Vancouver, and where is it heading? How long does it take to level up a startup ecosystem?

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static site generator

Node based static site generators

3 minute read

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon.

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investing

Stages of early stage tech investing

3 minute read

How much to raise and what stage your company is at is a constant question asked by founders and investors alike. Describing the stages of tech investing is my attempt to categorize what I am seeing in the market today. For any new business, traction will trump everything, with lots of customers using the product on a daily or monthly basis being a great indicator.

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Canada

Stages of early stage tech investing

3 minute read

How much to raise and what stage your company is at is a constant question asked by founders and investors alike. Describing the stages of tech investing is my attempt to categorize what I am seeing in the market today. For any new business, traction will trump everything, with lots of customers using the product on a daily or monthly basis being a great indicator.

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Evernote

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

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photos

How to Play Instagram

5 minute read

Gowalla is like Lego used to be—it’s a tool without any rules.Travis Smith

The Flickr Question

5 minute read

It’s that time of year again, when I face the same question: my Flickr Pro subscription has expired, and I need to pay so that all my photos are accessible online. But maybe I should self host? Is paying for a Flickr Pro subscription still worth it? Don’t get me wrong - I think the “Flickr deal” is still fantastic: about $2 per month for unlimited storage of all my photos. From a pure storage perspective, even Amazon S3 would cost me more than that.

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app stores

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue Permalink

2 minute read

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous t...

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Tomi Ahonen

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue Permalink

2 minute read

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous t...

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telecom

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue Permalink

2 minute read

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous t...

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Olympics

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CBC

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Twitter

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Google Reader

We DO need another RSS Hero

1 minute read

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem.

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Kalv Sandhu

We DO need another RSS Hero

1 minute read

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem.

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Tumblr

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CMS

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incubator

Help startups by getting sh*t done (or get out of the way)

3 minute read

Sadly, no matter how much you might want it, you can’t will an innovative eco-system that generates new companies into existence, you have to let one grow. As Dave ten Have said recently, entrepreneurial activity doesn’t come from central planning. So, while it seems like a lot is being done, in my opinion at least, it is mostly splashing and thrashingand not much forward momentum for the people that all of this is supposed to be helping. via rowansimpson.com

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open space

What is an unconference?

3 minute read

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.”

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hackathon

Cataloging city neighbourhood assets - Love My Hood

2 minute read

I’m the host at the iQmetrix offices today for the Open Data Hackathon put on by Jesse Heaslip and company. I’m also a judge at the endy of the day, so I’m mainly hacking on a few things of my own.

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Posterous

Octopress all the things

1 minute read

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here.

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Drupal

Octopress all the things

1 minute read

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here.

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Brent Holliday

Vancouver tech needs to wake up

2 minute read

Brent Holliday writes about what is needed for BC’s technology industry to succeed, which is itself a follow on to Jevon’s StartupNorth post on Canada’s next 5 years. I have some further thoughts on the five areas that Brent discusses:

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Pixel Crafters

Vancouver tech needs to wake up

2 minute read

Brent Holliday writes about what is needed for BC’s technology industry to succeed, which is itself a follow on to Jevon’s StartupNorth post on Canada’s next 5 years. I have some further thoughts on the five areas that Brent discusses:

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collaboration

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UserVoice

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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support

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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Intercom

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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Get Satisfaction

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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Tender

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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Desk.com

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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Assistly

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

3 minute read

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets.

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The Network Hub

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The Hive

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bootstrapping

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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MetaLab

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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GroupTalent

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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Makalu Media

Moving from selling services to selling product

8 minute read

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself.

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LAMP

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Github

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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PaaS

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Python

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Rails

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Flask

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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web hosting

The New Hack Stack

3 minute read

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP.

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Markdown

Node based static site generators

3 minute read

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon.

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Harp

Node based static site generators

3 minute read

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon.

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Eric Woodward

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Microsoft

Reactions to Microsoft Surface

4 minute read

I used Storify to collect a number of the reactions that have been ricocheting around the web in response to Microsoft’s announcement of the all new Surface tablet. I am puzzled by their pre-announcement, happy to see more competition in this space, and really hope they succeed in shipping. [View the story “Reactions to Microsoft Surface” on Storify]<h1>Reactions to Microsoft Surface</h1><h2>The new tablet PC, with hardware and software delivered directly from Microsoft, is...

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Microsoft Surface

Reactions to Microsoft Surface

4 minute read

I used Storify to collect a number of the reactions that have been ricocheting around the web in response to Microsoft’s announcement of the all new Surface tablet. I am puzzled by their pre-announcement, happy to see more competition in this space, and really hope they succeed in shipping. [View the story “Reactions to Microsoft Surface” on Storify]<h1>Reactions to Microsoft Surface</h1><h2>The new tablet PC, with hardware and software delivered directly from Microsoft, is...

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tablet

Reactions to Microsoft Surface

4 minute read

I used Storify to collect a number of the reactions that have been ricocheting around the web in response to Microsoft’s announcement of the all new Surface tablet. I am puzzled by their pre-announcement, happy to see more competition in this space, and really hope they succeed in shipping. [View the story “Reactions to Microsoft Surface” on Storify]<h1>Reactions to Microsoft Surface</h1><h2>The new tablet PC, with hardware and software delivered directly from Microsoft, is...

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Storify

Reactions to Microsoft Surface

4 minute read

I used Storify to collect a number of the reactions that have been ricocheting around the web in response to Microsoft’s announcement of the all new Surface tablet. I am puzzled by their pre-announcement, happy to see more competition in this space, and really hope they succeed in shipping. [View the story “Reactions to Microsoft Surface” on Storify]<h1>Reactions to Microsoft Surface</h1><h2>The new tablet PC, with hardware and software delivered directly from Microsoft, is...

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personal

The Posts that You Don’t Write

1 minute read

I had a great discussion yesterday where the phrase “the post I didn’t write” came up. This is a fantastic phrase, and led me down the route of examining why and when I don’t publish posts, and thinking about why others – especially in the context of working for an organization – don’t publish posts. In one instance, I still haven’t finished writing my post discussing the Northern Voice web literacy session. The “I haven’t had the time” excuse comes up all the time, but the things we make ti...

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OS X Lion

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

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MacBook Air

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

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Byword

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

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Dropbox

Setting up a new MacBook Air plus Lion

4 minute read

I’ve long used Norse Mythology to name my computers. The tiny but powerful 11” Macbook Air got named after Skidbladnir, Freyr’s collapsible ship. Why I got the 11” Air

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Northern Voice

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nv12

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web literacy

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presentation

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HTML5 Vancouver

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Common Craft

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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QR code

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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Google Analytics

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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Boxcar Marketing

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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marketing

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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analytics

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

6 minute read

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to genera...

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TimeBridge

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

2 minute read

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated.

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Tungle

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

2 minute read

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated.

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calendaring

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

2 minute read

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated.

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meetings

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

2 minute read

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated.

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StartupRiot

Startup Riot Seattle 2012

4 minute read

I’m just getting back from 2 days in Seattle. In general, I’m trying to spend more time there, getting to know what’s happening in the Seattle community and seeing if Vancouver can connect more regularly (Cascadia!).

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Seattle

Startup Riot Seattle 2012

4 minute read

I’m just getting back from 2 days in Seattle. In general, I’m trying to spend more time there, getting to know what’s happening in the Seattle community and seeing if Vancouver can connect more regularly (Cascadia!).

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Contractually

Working with Contractually

4 minute read

I’ve been working with Contractually for the past 2 weeks1. I’ve always loved Martin’s vision for Contractually2 – both the concept of moving past “digital representations of paper” to more fluid, data-native documents, as well as modernization of the legal business.

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self hosting

The Flickr Question

5 minute read

It’s that time of year again, when I face the same question: my Flickr Pro subscription has expired, and I need to pay so that all my photos are accessible online. But maybe I should self host? Is paying for a Flickr Pro subscription still worth it? Don’t get me wrong - I think the “Flickr deal” is still fantastic: about $2 per month for unlimited storage of all my photos. From a pure storage perspective, even Amazon S3 would cost me more than that.

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Instagram

How to Play Instagram

5 minute read

Gowalla is like Lego used to be—it’s a tool without any rules.Travis Smith

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Facebook

Vancouver’s Talent Are Like Raw Resources

3 minute read

I had a brief clip air on Global TV BC this evening, commenting on the news that Facebook is opening a temporary office in Vancouver. Here’s a link to the written article. Thanks to Greg for tracking down the Global TV News Hour clip (starts at 15:20).

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talent

Vancouver’s Talent Are Like Raw Resources

3 minute read

I had a brief clip air on Global TV BC this evening, commenting on the news that Facebook is opening a temporary office in Vancouver. Here’s a link to the written article. Thanks to Greg for tracking down the Global TV News Hour clip (starts at 15:20).

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Global TV

Vancouver’s Talent Are Like Raw Resources

3 minute read

I had a brief clip air on Global TV BC this evening, commenting on the news that Facebook is opening a temporary office in Vancouver. Here’s a link to the written article. Thanks to Greg for tracking down the Global TV News Hour clip (starts at 15:20).

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press

Vancouver’s Talent Are Like Raw Resources

3 minute read

I had a brief clip air on Global TV BC this evening, commenting on the news that Facebook is opening a temporary office in Vancouver. Here’s a link to the written article. Thanks to Greg for tracking down the Global TV News Hour clip (starts at 15:20).

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Startup Genome

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Crunchbase

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AngelList

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StartupNorth

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Jesse Heaslip

Build more startups in Vancouver

5 minute read

Last Thursday, Jesse Heaslip wrote ‘Two Problems with (Vancouver’s tech community) and Three Ways to Fix it’. If you don’t know Jesse, know this: he’s crazy-irrational-passionate about the Vancouver tech community. For proof, I offer the fact that he organized 40 tech events that were attended by 1600 people in 2011. Talk about impact!

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Postachio

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outsourcing

You Can’t Outsource Product

6 minute read

One of the many tricky things about building a web startup is that you can’t outsource product. As a web startup, your web or mobile app is your company, your sole purpose for existing. Why do you think you can outsource it?

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Homebrew

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rbenv

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Mavericks

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ecosystem

Committed to building Vancouver’s startup community

3 minute read

I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. It’s 2014, 10 year since I returned to Vancouver. 10 years of working with web technology and community building. What has changed about Vancouver, and where is it heading? How long does it take to level up a startup ecosystem?

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equity

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

7 minute read

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees.

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design

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

7 minute read

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees.

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knowledge management

Harvesting knowledge

4 minute read

We are always learning. Whether we search for the answer to a question we have or an error we’re having in a piece of code, that practice of what to search for and sifting through the results is learning. Some of the time the answer might be obvious, we solve our current problem and move on. Other times, we have to look in 2 or three different places, synthesize the answer, and apply it. What are you doing to capture that type of learning? How do you share it with others, including your futur...

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speaking

Harvesting knowledge

4 minute read

We are always learning. Whether we search for the answer to a question we have or an error we’re having in a piece of code, that practice of what to search for and sifting through the results is learning. Some of the time the answer might be obvious, we solve our current problem and move on. Other times, we have to look in 2 or three different places, synthesize the answer, and apply it. What are you doing to capture that type of learning? How do you share it with others, including your futur...

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Lighthouse Labs

Harvesting knowledge

4 minute read

We are always learning. Whether we search for the answer to a question we have or an error we’re having in a piece of code, that practice of what to search for and sifting through the results is learning. Some of the time the answer might be obvious, we solve our current problem and move on. Other times, we have to look in 2 or three different places, synthesize the answer, and apply it. What are you doing to capture that type of learning? How do you share it with others, including your futur...

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government

Vancouver tech and the civic election

4 minute read

I’ve been asked by a number of people what I think the “tech platform” should be for parties running for the City of Vancouver’s November 2014 municipal election.

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Berlin

Berlin Observations

8 minute read

I’ve been in Berlin for about a month now, minus a side trip to Rotterdam and a conference in Algiers. Here are some of the notes and observations I’ve made about the city that have stood out to me.

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open source

Conferences as Community Gathering

8 minute read

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

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BoF

Conferences as Community Gathering

8 minute read

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

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Ethereum

Conferences as Community Gathering

8 minute read

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

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conference

Conferences as Community Gathering

8 minute read

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

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