Review: Sharepoint 2010, Claims Based Identity, Facebook, and the Cloud

If you ever wondered how SharePoint 2010, the cloud, and Facebook could be used together (or why, for that matter) to create a public-facing website, you should have attended the April meeting of the Federal SharePoint User Group (FEDSPUG).  At the meeting, Danny Jessee gave the presentation “SharePoint 2010, Claims-Based Identity, Facebook, and the Cloud”.  … More Review: Sharepoint 2010, Claims Based Identity, Facebook, and the Cloud

Review: R Lightning Talks at R Users Meetup

If you like statistics, data analysis, and visual graphs, the DC R Users group delivered on Thursday, February 9th.  They met at LivingSocial’s Chinatown location to cover a series of short presentations centering around R programming language use cases and resources. The following topics were covered: Bayesian estimation with R and JAGS – Grant Cavanaugh arules … More Review: R Lightning Talks at R Users Meetup

Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

I finished reading The Lean Startup recently and found some profound insights on rapid product development with limited resources in unproven markets.  I was impressed by the emphasis on the product and customer development, and not the organization that creates it.  You could be a startup founder, employee number 10, or working for big business.  It was also … More Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Review: TechCocktail Startup Mixology 2011 DC

TechCocktail Startup Mixology 2011 DC took place on June 16th, 2011.  The event started with a basic session and eased into it’s pace.  The conference was a good mix of positive stories, and handled failures.  Twice the sessions broke into panel discussion, mostly to cover issues which were farther afield from running a start-up.  These … More Review: TechCocktail Startup Mixology 2011 DC

Review: OpenGovDC 2011, “Building (Better) Open Governments with Open Data”

Building (Better) Open Governments with Open Data A Review of the OpenGovDC Conference 2011 (photos here) Somehow the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Penn Quarter was the perfect venue for a conference on open source software (OSS) in government. Its sequestered subterranean level seemed an apt analogy for the visibility – and public understanding – of current policies on … More Review: OpenGovDC 2011, “Building (Better) Open Governments with Open Data”

Review: DC Tech Meetup #3

On May 3rd 2011, DC Tech Meetup had their third meeting and the theme was centered around women in startups.  Approximately 700 people were in attendance and most of the startups had very ambitious goals. The charismatic evangelism over the DC and east coast startup scene via the intro monologue by iStrategyLabs CEO Peter Corbett, … More Review: DC Tech Meetup #3

Review: DCACM “Patterns of Human Error” with Walter Bright

On April 26th, the Washington DC Chapter of the ACM and the George Mason University Computer Science Department hosted a joint lecture by Walter Bright on the “Patterns of Human Error”.   The slides can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/dcacm/patterns-of-human-error Walter focused on ways to design failure out of systems and how the D Language alleviates coding … More Review: DCACM “Patterns of Human Error” with Walter Bright

Review: RefreshDC, Data Visualization Strategies and Open Source Tools

I attended the latest Refresh DC event this past Thursday, April 21st 2011, to hear about data visualization strategies.  It was an interesting 45 minute presentation by Dave Leonard, a Solutions Architect from Phase2 Technology.  Dave covered some general concepts like qualitative vs quantitative data, visualizing data values using display properties, cutting down visual noise, … More Review: RefreshDC, Data Visualization Strategies and Open Source Tools