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I'm speaking October 21st at Confident Coding III ("Everything Else You Need to Know"), an all-day web technology education conference for women and friends. We'll be at Microsoft's San Francisco offices at Market & Powell. Come join us for a fun day of learning about developer tools, automation, HTTP, the commandline, and more. Really useful stuff.

(Pssst. Women still earn 77% of what men do. Use discount code EQUALITY to register at 77% price.)
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I'm teaching Git Essentials again, this time for PyLadies on July 30th. Enrollment filled within an hour of the PyLadies announcement going out today. So get on the wait list soon if you're interested.  No Python or Git experience necessary.
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I get it, yes, Google I/O is coming to town and everyone's excited to piggyback their event to it.  At least a dozen excellent and genuinely substantial events I really would like to go to --  all competing for the same 2-3 hours of evening.  

Quit it.

You have something great to offer, and San Francisco can provide you with outstanding tech audiences every day of the year.  Scheduling on the 28th has unnecessarily forced us into the position of having to miss it.  At minimum, take note next time of how neglected the 27th, 29th (especially!), 30th are this year.
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And I didn't know they're doing Ignite talks. Shoot. ...Adding to list of 28th's conflicts... Groan.
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+DevFest West Terrific event you've got coming up for October.  But what's with a roster that's 100% men?  Google has had so many terrific female engineers and managers. How come their expertise isn't among the conf's speaker list and codelab leaders?
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+Carina Zona we are working on a "Women in Tech" panel for the event, and the speaker/code lab list is always changing. We reached out to people, and either haven't heard back, or had schedule conflicts.

We are 100% supportive of Women developers, you can help us by pinging them in this post, and asking them to talk at our event. We will be more than happy to host them ;)
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I was TextDrive VC38, and wrote the service's first documentation.  In exchange, I and 1000 or so other seed investors were promised "lifetime hosting" for "as long as the company exists".  The company, now Joyent, this week announced that it's cancelling the contracts and giving just 80 days to migrate either to an expensive monthly account or to some other hosting company.  Either action requires significant investment of time to deal with transitioning all of one's sites.  Shoving customers off their servers is not nice to do on so little timeline and completely out of the blue.

Meanwhile over on Joyent's forums, Jason Hoffman -- who made those original contractual commitments as TextDrive's co-founder and is the current Joyent CEO axing them now -- has been making increasingly hostile snarks at those customer-investors.

Twitter and Joyent made their announcements on the same day.  What's up with companies deciding that the best business model for going forward is to show contempt for users and developers?  Crazy, yo.
 
Joyent ending "Lifetime" hosting accounts.
Some years ago when Joyent (then TexDrive) was young and strapped for cash they offered "Lifetime" hosting accounts apparently by "lifetime" they meant until we get tired of supporting them....... 

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Legacy Service End of Life

Dear Ken McKinney,

We've been analyzing customer usage of Joyent’s systems and noticed that you are one of the few customers that are still on our early products and have not migrated to our new platform, the Joyent Cloud. 

For many business reasons, including infrastructure performance, service quality and manageability, these early products are nearing their End of Life. We plan to sunset these services on October 31, 2012 and we'd like to walk you through a few options.

We understand this might be an inconvenience for you, but we have a plan and options to make this transition as easy as possible.  We’ve been developing more functionality on our new cloud infrastructure, the Joyent Cloud, for our customers who care about performance, resiliency and security.  Now’s the time to take advantage of all the new capabilities you don’t have today. Everyone that’s moved to our new cloud infrastructure has been pleased with the results.  

We appreciate and value you as one of Joyent's lifetime Shared Hosting customers. As this service is one of our earliest offerings, and has now run its course, your lifetime service will end on October 31, 2012. However, we believe that you will enjoy the new functionalities of the Joyent Cloud. To show you our appreciation, as one of Joyent's lifetime Shared Hosting customers, we'd like to offer you a free 512MB SmartMachine on the Joyent Cloud for one year. Use this promotional code to redeem the offer.

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Please review the Terms and Conditions for the Joyent Cloud One Year Free 512 MB Machine Promotion by visiting this link.

To find out more about the Joyent Cloud and your options, please follow this link to our migration center for additional details.


Sincerely,

Jason Hoffman
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Joyent
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I'm presenting on "Schemas for the Real World" at Golden Gate Ruby Conference in September.

App development, especially for social, challenges us to evaluate how to code for the complexity of modern life. Examples include the growing range of labels people ascribe to their important relationships, sexual orientation, and gender. Users are giving push-back to questions that carry ill-fitted assumptions.

Facebook, Google+, and developers in many other industries are grappling with these issues. The most resilient approaches will arise from an app's own foundations. We'll look at schemas' influence on product scope, UX, and analytics. Then we'll check out a range of approaches for bringing modern realities into any app's schema, views, and logic.

http://gogaruco.com/
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At Startup Weekend/Google IO Pitch Night competition.  My team's project: making Android dictionary context-aware.  Street names, local landmarks, other things you'd want to name.  Take away some serious pain.  Help us make it to the next round  Upvote https://plus.google.com/u/0/106965310328585937046/ with +1 right NOW.

Thanks y'all!
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We aced it in the first round of team pitches; ROCKED the pitch in the final judging round.  All four judges were big fans of it. Then team TeenLock came along.  Our product makes your device less annoying.  Their product saves lives, darn it.  Congratulations to a great pitch, and here's to soon having cars that prevent drivers from texting.  Yours was indeed the best pitch of the evening.

But ours was awfully good.

Pitch Night: Startup Weekend compressed ever so mightily.  If you thought the 2.5 day marathon was intense, check out the 3-4 hour version that's an uber-sprint.  Fun night, learned a lot, made new friends, got good reviews for the product and for what I brought to it.  All around, a damn fine evening.

Good night, folks, and thanks for all the fish.

P.S. Check out the final pitches: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106965310328585937046/105716316100591540255/posts/dELNuUkQpXQ
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Learn to code! There's one day left to enroll in this week's +Railsbridge Outreach Workshop for Women, hosted at +Airbnb.  In honor of Railsbridge's 3rd anniversary, we've banished the wait list just this once. So everyone's got a special opportunity to jump into this one.  Take advantage now, before enrollment closes at 5pm Tuesday...
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