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LightCastle Technical Consulting
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We're developers and sys admins who love our flexible workplace and how our high tech careers fit so well in our small town. We spend our free time working on our 125 gallon saltwater tank and hosting Open Source Staunton.
We're developers and sys admins who love our flexible workplace and how our high tech careers fit so well in our small town. We spend our free time working on our 125 gallon saltwater tank and hosting Open Source Staunton.

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In a rut and need inspiration? Or have great ideas and need a venue to share them? Then September is your lucky month, because beCamp is Friday, Sept 16th through Saturday the 17th in Charlottesville!  What? You haven't heard of beCamp before? It's a warm, welcoming, tech un-conference bringing together developers, designers, sys admins, QA, business developers, and anyone with a love of technology. There is no charge to attend, all costs are covered by the sponsors.  Curious about what topics have been covered in the past?  Check out becamp.org for the past schedules to see what topics made the slate, and while you are there, you can register or sign up for the mailing list.
http://becamp.org/past_schedules

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The weird sense of duty really good sysadmins have can border on the sociopathic, but it's nice to know that it stands between the forces of darkness and your cat blog's servers. --XKCD, "Devotion to Duty"
Happy Sys Admin Day everyone!
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/devotion_to_duty.png

We're teaming up with the Shenandoah Valley Tech Council and Lingo Networks to host "Tech on the Wharf" on Thursday, March 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the LightCastle office.  Join us for great conversation, pizza, and tasty beverages.   Please RSVP here so that we will have an accurate count for food and drinks: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LIW7gSKodykicKYCqxn5KMMxOd_EJXHTId2tWo2GoTg/formResponse

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Join us Tuesday, Nov 17th at 6 PM at Open Source Staunton
for a talk on Business Intelligence - a No Nonsense Approach for Engineers and Leaders by JR Lawhorne of Fieldstone Software. We'll have pizza and drinks. Please RSVP on meetup so that we will have enough food for everyone!
http://www.meetup.com/Open-Source-Staunton/events/226358260/

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Open Collaboration Night at Open Source Staunton
Tuesday, August 4th, at 6pm
At LightCastle on the Staunton Wharf

Sys admins, developers, network engineers, designers, tech enthusiasts: Come hang out and work on your interesting project, or lend a hand to someone else! We'll have food and drinks for you while you hack and build.

Please RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Source-Staunton/events/224084739/

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Local tech job!  Mountain High Media in C'ville is looking for a developer with these skills:

Wordpress customization and development, JavaScript, JQuery, PHP/MySQL, HTML5, CSS3, Cross-Browser Compatibility, Responsive Design and Functionality, Web User Interface Design (UI), Security Knowledge and Principles, various web related API’s skills.

More Info: http://www.mtnhighmedia.com/full-time-web-developer/

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Open Source Staunton - Wednesday, May 27th at 6pm
Ben Huson will guide us through creating a application for the Pebble smartwatch, which is compatible with the Android and iPhone smartphones.  As usual, we will have food and drinks for the event.  Hope to see you there!
RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Open-Source-Staunton/events/222653278/

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Innovate LIVE this weekend!  Join us for a panel on tech in the valley at LightCastle this Sunday the 26th from 10:30am to 12:00pm.  Get your tickets on the Innovate Live website!
http://innovatelive.org/tech/

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With all the layoffs that we've had in the area recently, (Ntelos, Lumos, Rosetta Stone) many people are scrambling to update their professional profiles. Rammelkamp Foto is offering FREE professional head shots to anyone who was recently laid off. This is good for the first week of April, and you have to be within driving distance of Charlottesville. Contact Rammelkamp Foto to schedule your appointment.

http://www.rammelkampfoto.com/blog/2015/3/sorry-you-were-laid-off-give-back-b2b-campaign

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It took one engineer six months to get the tear-away channel just right: It had to be easy to tear, but it couldn’t inadvertently come apart. Meanwhile, the readers had to be intuitive enough for people to instantly know how to use them. The design has a novel and clever cue: Simply touch the circled Mickey icon on the band to the circled Mickey icon on the reader. When everything works, the reader flashes green and emits a pleasing tone; if something goes wrong, it glows blue—never red.

http://www.wired.com/2015/03/disney-magicband/
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