Rails Girls Summer of Code

Rails Girls Summer of Code

We live in a digital world, as cliché as that sounds. Guess who makes it possible? Programmers. We make things work but there is a disparity in diversity both in gender and race. I love seeing progress to rid such disparities but I finally decided to get involved last year.

In December, for the first time, I won the Mastering Modern Payments contest and requested the $50 donation, part of the winnings, go to Girls Who Code. Today I saw a mention of a campaign for a Rails Girls Summer of Code and didn’t think twice about helping.

I could care less about accolades or recognition for this, which is why I almost didn’t write this post, but I know my intentions aren’t for such petty things. My only goal is to encourage you, dear reader, to do the same. A bunch of people donating $75 goes a long way. Get involved! Money isn’t the only donation either as there are many ways to give to this cause, as noted on their site.

You can support Rails Girls Summer of Code as a coach, a mentor or as an organizer helping in various areas such as fundraising, editing, working on our sites or helping the students find Open Source projects.

Help a young lady enjoy a fun summer of code and, potentially, spark the next great idea. Young ladies wanting to join, let it be known!

“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

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“When I’m working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.”
– R. Buckminster Fuller

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Dev Jobs Available

Hey folks, any of you know of some quality to top notch devs in the following areas looking for a career change [list is an OR, not AND]:

  • HTML/CSS/SASS [heavy on the latter]
  • Javascript [Angular a plus but can be taught to proficient JSers]
  • Python [App Engine experience a major plus]
  • Native Android [Cordova knowledge a plus]*
  • Native iOS [Cordova knowledge a plus]*

Rockstars desired but very quality, teachable devs could fit the bill as well. Again, all 5 skills are not expected in the same person.


* We are building our iOS and Android apps simultaneously and there is a Cordova component as well. More blogging on this experience will follow when I can come up for air. 😀

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.

—Steve Jobs @ WWDC 1997

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From iPad 2 to Surface 2: First Impressions

I bought my wife an iPad 2 for her birthday shortly after the 2 came out. She wanted it and LOVED it…just never used it. I use to get onto her in an attempt to get her to use the expensive gift. Part of it was me simply being a fool for people using tech but she really didn’t have much use for it. Unfortunately, the iPad 2 lacked basic needs for her to use it professionally and she had to force herself to use it as a consumption device.

Surface2When I bought my iMac, I tried to get her to use my old MacBook Pro, per her wishes, but she simply couldn’t make the switch to Mac. Windows was and is best for her. Realizing this and the simple fact her iPad mostly collected dust or was a large electronic Bible a few times a month [physical books are her friend] and during certain spells worked out as a good reading device, I decided to look into the Microsoft Surface 2 after seeing the improvements made in the new version. (more…)

My Google+ URL

https://plus.google.com/+JohnCBlandII

Google announced a solid set of updates yesterday and one of them was the expansion of custom URLs. They emailed me this morning with the opportunity to grab mine so I did.

I left Twitter for Google+ earlier this year and haven’t looked back. I’m more productive, since I don’t obsess over watching my feed, but more importantly the conversations are more engaging [death to 140 character limits!]. I use Twitter from time to time but not very often.

With that said, Google+ is it for me. If you want to keep tabs on my happenings, mostly professional as Facebook still serves as my personal social network [although that is changing a bit as well], find me on G+.

Shots Fired: Playing Catch-up

“So, when I see Apple drop the price of their struggling, lightweight productivity apps, I don’t see a shot across our bow, I see an attempt to play catch up.”
– Frank Shaw, Microsoft VP of communications

I didn’t even think of it this way but he has a point. The Verge also noted:

“Surface and Surface 2 both include Office, the world’s most popular, most powerful productivity software for free and are priced below both the iPad 2 and iPad Air respectively,” Shaw writes. “Making Apple’s decision to build the price of their less popular and less powerful iWork into their tablets not a very big (or very good) deal.”

I’m not a big fan of Office, prefer the better collaborative Google Drive [who would have guessed?], but am definitely not an iWork fan as it is even less collaborative [unless you have friends/collaborators only with Macs] so I don’t have a dog in this fight but it is definitely an interesting perspective.

I initially did take this as a shot at Microsoft but Shaw makes some good points. What say you?

Copy of a rip off is a shameless rip?

Let the [Apple] media tell it and you’ll believe Samsung copied Apple’s “Hello” commercial but…then again…the original iPhone commercial was a rip off.

Will Park way back in the olden days of 2007 wrote Apple Ripped Off Their 2007 Oscar’s iPhone Commercial which had this quote from Christian Marclay regarding Telephones from 1995 and how Apple handled it:

So, according to Marclay, Apple “approached us [about using Telephones] and I said no, and then they just went ahead. The way they dealt with the whole thing is pretty sleazy.”

Guess it is a copy of a rip off.

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Ok, that’s enough. I think you get the idea.