And leave us not forget, the Bohemian Club in Union Square.
Here’s the question, how much does it cost to, as they say, Learn To Code?
General Assembly @GA Feb 13 Struggling to teach yourself to code? Apply now to our intensive 3-month web development program in SF: https://cards.twitter.com/cards/2tg4az/5ah …
And here’s the answer, 11,500 didgeridoos:
OUCH! Isn’t that a lot? That’s like $200 a day.
I don’t know, if I were a cranky middle-aged bloggger barely off food stamps and without a colledge diploma, you know, still hoping to make some big score, you know, chasing venture paper like what Twitter get, sick of arguing with white dudes on the Internet, well maybe coding class could turn things around for me. I mean, cooking school was big in the aughts and a lot of people paid $50k to earn what turned out to be worthless diplomas. Are coding schools the same thing? I don’t know. What I DO know is that four years ago, you could sign up for similar courses (like GIRLS CAN CODE! or something) for free. And then, most of the people who attended were placed into jobs soon after “graduation.” That would have been a good thing for lots of people to do.
But these days? I don’t know.
“It was inevitable. make 30 bucks waiting in line at Dotties at 6th and Stevenson – https://www.taskrabbit.com/tenderloin-san-francisco/t/wait-in-line-at-dotties-for-us“
And here’s Kari‘s ad at the Task Rabbit website:
“Please wait in line for us at Dottie’s starting at 10am. Text us when you are about 20 minutes from the front (5 or so people deep). “
(“Aren’t you a good task bunny! Here, have a little* cabbage.”)
Is this the so-called Mid-Market Renaissance?
Of course, this is how the “Renaissance” got started:
“Alvin Dworman, the owner of a Market Street building proposed as the new headquarters for Twitter, gave sharply discounted office space in the same building to former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign for lieutenant governor — a political contribution valued at more than $11,000, campaign finance records show.
Weeks after the gift last fall, Newsom officials aided negotiations between Twitter and Dworman by offering the Internet company a payroll tax freeze as an incentive to move into Dworman’s building, a 1 million-square-foot art deco structure at 1355 Market St. once known as the San Francisco Mart.“
*Actually, $30 seems generous to me…
This coastal Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica, aka California Jay, Long-tailed Jay ) in Golden Gate Park don’t like them spiders. You can tell because the blue jay spotted a web from a great distance, found a tasty, 8-legged, 4-eyed treat (Araneus trifolium, aka Pumpkin Spider) and then mashed it into bits.
Poor little feller. He almost made it to Halloween.*
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Poor little feller.
*Halloween 2004 that is. But the EXIF says October 25th and that’s six days a’fore Hallo’ween no matter the year…
Let’s check in with HP and see what they have to say these days considering all the criticism they’ve gotten lately.
Wow, what a turkey:
(But keep your fingers crossed – you still might be able to find one of these for $99, which is kind of a bargain…)
“Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane Defends Strategy Shift at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference
Lane acknowledges confusion in market following its announcement to consider spinning off PC business and spotlights HP’s focus on enterprise information technology
DANA POINT, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011 – Speaking at this year’s InformationWeek 500 Conference, Hewlett-Packard Chairman Ray Lane and Chief Technology Strategy Officer Shane Robison discussed HP’s change in strategy and the confusion that followed in the market. HP announced in August that it would buy the software company Autonomy, end production of the TouchPad tablet computer, and explore spinning off its PC business. The executives acknowledged the company didn’t communicate the changes well, and they explained how HP will become a strictly enterprise-focused IT vendor with particular depth in managing unstructured data–the 85% of information that isn’t managed within the columns and rows of conventional databases.
“Predictability is important, but technology companies that just keep doing what they are doing, die,” Lane said. “You have to keep changing, and that’s uniquely important in the technology business.”
In a candid conversation with InformationWeek SVP and Editorial Director Fritz Nelson, Lane said HP was not a leader in consumer devices, describing HP’s TouchPad tablet as “a generation behind” the iPad. HP will continue to support its webOS mobile operating system. By separating webOS from the hardware business, Lane said HP will be able to take advantage of what he described as “the best platform in the world” for commercial application development. “You cannot develop serious, portable applications on Android,” Lane said, noting that the Web app development platform behind webOS can port applications to Android, Apple iOS, and Windows, as well as webOS.
For complete coverage of the discussion with Lane and Robison at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, please visit http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterprise_apps/231601245.
The 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference takes place at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Southern California from September 11 – 13. Attending are more than 325 influential CIOs and IT executives representing companies such as FedEx, JetBlue Airways, San Francisco Giants, Vail Resorts and Prudential Financial. The conference is sponsored by: Cognizant, Dell and Intel, HCL Technologies Infrastructure Services Division, IBM, Information Builders, Microsoft, MphasiS (an HP company), Rimini Street, Inc., Riverbed, SuccessFactors, Syniverse, VMware, Vidyo, Inc., and Workday.”
OMG, it’s the Tech Beat Up, brought to you by White Collar Brawler. It’s a charity deal at the Rock It Room on Clement this Thursday, November 11, 2010. (What better way can you think of to honor our military veterans?)
A few of the contenders:
Now, even though they’ll be using inflatable gloves, the techster with the most actual boxing skillz is sure to win.
All the deets:
“Ashkon and White Collar Brawler Team Up For Newest Web Sensation: “The Tech Beat Up”
Local Web Series Hosts Inflatable-Ring Boxing Tournament Between the Most Influential Tech Companies in the Bay Area
The boxing tournament portion of the night will consist of tournament-style competitions between employees from Apple, Google, IBM, Zynga, Yelp, and many more. For each contest, the boxers will duke it out in a bouncy castle with safe, inflatable gloves for two 45-second rounds. Winners will be determined by audience applause.
I’ll tell you, back in my day, the ideal graduation gift for rich kids was a baby BMW of some sort – you know, with a giant bow atop a convertible roof. But Steve Jobs is trying to upset the Apple cart by getting people to think that an iPad is the best gift for matriculates.
I don’t know, maybe it is. However, this new ad campaign…
…says the iPad is “The Best Way to Experience the Web.”
First of all, Apple means the best portable way to experience the web, right? And then, what’s this deal about using the word “experience” as a verb? (Is “experiencing the web” a passive event like watching a movie? Are you a creator, at least sometimes, or a merely a consumer of the Web? Mmmm.)
Anywho, the big beef, of course, if the absence of Adobe’s Flash. I know that it, like a strong federal government, might whither away at some point, as Lenin said, but we aint there yet, comrade. In 2010, anyway, You Can’t “Experience” the Web Without Flash.
The smaller beef would be the absence of industry-standard inputs and outputs. I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t trade my aging netbook, which is worth about $100 and was somewhat crippled by one of the many Intel vs. NVIDIA spats, for any kind of iPad. I mean, iPads can’t run Photoshop or nothing, right? (BTW, is there an App for Photoshop? I’d like to see what that would look like. Srsly.) Oh, to run ‘Shop I’d need a MacBook Air (Apple’s name for their expensive netbook with hinges that used to fall apart if you looked at them the wrong way) or a four-figure laptop? Oh, O.K.
Hey kids, you’ve taken your SATs, right? Try this:
Regular Web is to expensive, portable, compromised iPad Web as
Regular bike is to expensive, portable, compromised Dahon Brompton bike.
Brompton folding bikes are nice for the people who use them for commuting. (They’re pretty expensive, and there are a lot of design compromises involved of course.) These things are popular, but are they The Best Way to Experience Cycling? Hells no.
A regular bike is cheaper AND better for most people of course.
(Time’s tide will smother you, Apple.)