Popular Languages of 2009

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Interesting read if you are a developer.

Business Road Trip Down to Findlay, Ohio & Milan, Ohio [27th July 2010]

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A business road trip down to those two aforementioned sites in Ohio, USA. FNGP really does some cool stuff there, especially in Milan.

Did not get a chance to snap any pictures in the interior of those sites as what goes on in there is a trade secret.

Be contented with these. Great scenery and for some odd reason Dorothy and Kansas come to mind. I wonder why….;)

15 Developer/Hacker Women to Follow on Twitter

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Everyone should know at least one woman who can code her way out of a wet paper bag.

While women developers, computer programmers and hackers of all stripes are by far outnumbered by men in their field, they’re hardly nonexistent. They blog, they tweet, and they do fantastic work to keep the Internet afloat. We’ve chosen to highlight 15 reader-recommended tech women here; if you know of others who should be on our radar — specifically women with coding skills — please do let us know about them in the comments section.

Some of the women on our list are “Internet famous.” Some, less so — for now at least. Some have worked at big tech companies like Google and Apple and Adobe. Some are startup employees or fly solo. Some are hardcore hackers, some are web design-focused. We’ve even got a hardware geek on our list.

With a big hat-tip to all our friends on Twitter who recommended these women, here are 15 technically skilled women (in no particular order) to follow.

1. Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox is a graduate from the University of Southern California Computer Science Department, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with minors in 3D animation and linguistics. She lives in Sydney, Australia and works for Google as a Wave API Developer Advocate.

2. Jeri Ellsworth

This woman is a self-taught computer chip designer and expert electrical and mechanical engineer. She taught herself to program as a kid by reading Commodore 64 manuals. Ellsworth lives in Oregon, works as a consultant, and has a serious penchant for pinball machines, of which she owns 60 or so.

3. Emily Chang

Emily Chang lives in San Francisco and works at Ideacodes, a web dev/design shop she co-founded with husband Max Kiesler. She’s a nationally recognized expert in user experience and interaction design. In addition to her Twitter account, we also recommend her personal blog.

4. Hilary Mason

This data-loving lady is a computer science professor with a thing for machine learning. Mason does research at Johnson & Wales University and also works as a scientist for Bit.ly. She occasionally posts code on her personal website.

5. Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper is the Wikimedia Foundation’s CTO. She’s also a huge open-source advocate; in fact, she’s affectionately known as “The Open Source Diva” in certain circles. She worked for the Peace Corps, on the floor of a stock exchange, and even at a law firm before making the move to tech, where she began at Apple in 1991.

6. Leah Culver

Leah Culver is a software engineer specializing in web apps and Django development. In 2007, she co-founded Pownce, a social networking site, and sold it in late 2008. These days, she’s a freelancer in San Francisco, where she cranks out applications and speaks on a number of topics relevant to web devs and designers. Culver is also an open-source advocate; we recommend checking out her blog.

7. Amanda Wixted

Amanda Wixted is a game programmer and an iPhone tech lead at Zynga. In fact, she’s the one responsible for FarmVille for iPhone. Before she went to Zynga, she was a lead programmer for Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man for iPhone. And how’s this for street cred: Each of the iPhone games Wixted has worked on has been in the Top 10 Free Apps in the App Store.

8. Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen has helped to develop such products as After Effects, Shockwave, Flash video and OpenLaszlo, a development framework for web apps. Formerly an employee at Apple, Adobe and Macromedia (pre-dotcom crash), she now acts as CTO of mobile startup Mightyverse, does some consulting on the side, and reaches out to women in the Ruby on Rails developer community. You can keep up with Allen’s goings-on via her blog.

9. Jenn Lukas

Jenn Lukas says she loves three things in life: Coffee, kittens and XHTML. Judging from her website, we’d guess that unicorns are a close fourth. She’s done web design projects for such big names as ESPN, Johns Hopkins University, United Healthcare, ABC Sports and Microsoft. Lukas lives in Philadelphia and works at Happy Cog, a web design and UX consultancy.

10. Nicole Sullivan

As a performance engineer and international evangelist for Yahoo, Nicole Sullivan does as much communication and research as she does actual app building. She’s an engaging, readable, and regular blogger, and a CSS expert to boot. Sullivan lives in Menlo Park, California.

11. Laura Thomson

Laura Thomson is an “Internet engineer,” a self-applied job title we don’t see thrown around too often. But given her position as a senior software engineer at Mozilla, makers of Firefox, we can’t argue with the description. She’s a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) advocate, and she wrote the book on PHP and MySQL web development. She’s an Australian who lives in Maryland.

12. Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer was one of the first 20 engineers at Google; in fact, she was hired in the same month that Google got its first round of funding. Currently, she’s the company’s VP of search product and user experience, which means she basically green-lights every product that gets released to the general public, including Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps and many other apps and features.

13. Sara Chipps

This software developer is one of the minds behind Girl Develop IT, a low-cost program for women who want to learn how to code. Chipps posts regularly on her personal blog, including code samples, and she’s particularly skilled in .NET development. She lives in New Jersey and works on contract.

14. Alison Gianotto

Alison Gianotto has been blogging for 15 years, give or take — that means she started out before blogging was called “blogging.” She co-authored a few books on PHP/MySQL, too. Gianotto is currently working in New York City as the director of information architecture at a creative agency.

15. Gina Trapani

Gina Trapani is a programmer, but she’s perhaps best-known for founding Lifehacker, a blog that we at Mashable like to read, ourselves. She tapered off her Lifehacker leadership in January 2009 and recently wrote a thorough guide to Google Wave. She’s currently developing ThinkTank, a web-based platform for crowdsourcing insights via social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Buzz. Trapani resides in San Diego, California.

BONUS: Women Developer Lists on Twitter

Fifteen geeky, nerdy, technically talented women not enough for you? Check out these Twitter Lists of women developers and engineers:

  • Nicole Sullivan’s Grrl Geeks
  • Jolie O’Dell’s Coding With Ovaries
  • @DevChix’s Dev Chix
  • Wow, who says girls can’t code 😉

    The longest photographic exposures in history – Holy Kaw!

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    Full story and gallery at Itchyi.

    Hey shutterbugs, more photography over here!

    Wow, cool photography pictures !!

    Iran says it has 100 vessels for each U.S. warship – Navy News, news from Iraq – Navy Times

    July 26, 2010

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    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The former naval chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the country has set aside 100 military vessels to confront each warship from the U.S. or any other foreign power that might pose a threat, an Iranian newspaper reported Saturday.

    Such a military confrontation in the vital oil lanes of the Persian Gulf would be of major global concern. The warning builds on earlier threats by Iran to seal off the Gulf’s strategic Strait of Hormuz — through which 40 percent of the world’s oil passes — in response to any military attack.

    “We have set aside 100 military vessels for each (U.S.) warship to attack at the time of necessity,” Gen. Morteza Saffari was quoted as saying by the conservative weekly Panjereh.

    The U.S. and Israel have said military force could be used if diplomacy fails to stop what they suspect is an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Iran denies any aim to develop such weapons and says its nuclear work is for peaceful purposes like power generation.

    The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet headquarters is based just across the Gulf from Iran in Bahrain.

    Saffari said more than 100 foreign warships were currently in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, adding that their sailors were “morsels” for Iran’s military to target, the newspaper reported.

    “Any moment the exalted supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) orders — or should the enemy carry out the smallest threat against (Iran’s ruling) Islamic system — the Guard … is ready for quick reaction,” he was quoted as saying.

    By putting the number of foreign warships at 100, the general appeared to suggest Iran has 10,000 military vessels at the ready. Iran is known to have many speed boats used by the Guard, but there is no public information about how many larger military vessels it has.

    In January 2008, five small high-speed vessels believed to be from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard briefly swarmed three U.S. Navy ships passing near Iranian waters in the Gulf and delivered a radio threat to blow them up.

    The war of words has intensified between Iran and the West since the U.N. Security Council imposed tougher sanctions last month in response to Iran’s refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or material for an atomic bomb.

    Iran put its most powerful military force, the Revolutionary Guard, in charge of defending the country’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf in 2008.

    “We believe the enemy, through extensive psychological warfare, wants to coerce us, but Iran … is ready,” said Saffari, who was the Guard’s navy chief until early May. “The enemy won’t dare attack Iran.”

    Wow, big words indeed…

    The Dark Eternal Night – Dream Theater

    July 25, 2010

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    This is a cool heavy Dream Theater song with nods to Pantera and Lamb of God. 

    Spent my day listening to music & serials that remind me of what once was and can never be again. Things turned out well I guess, I wonder..

    July 25, 2010

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    Since my little incident with my stomach, I stayed back and listened to music and saw serials of shows that remind me of what was. Music from Incubus, Dope, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, movies like American Pie and serials like The Wonder Years made me remember.

    Things turned out for the best I guess, what was once was can never be again but at least I can make what will be better.

    Developing apps or rather modules/features in SharePoint/WSS over several servers exclusively via RDP/Remote Desktop is interesting to say the least.

    July 23, 2010

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    As you may already know, SharePoint 2007/WSS 3 requires that you develop on the server itself. With no VM, I have to code via RDP only. The interesting part would be seeing your codes come out slower than you type them. Makes you seem really fast 😉 

    Michigan is an interesting place, yesterday I had a Tornado warning and now I have a lightning storm.

    July 23, 2010

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    The weather here is almost like Malaysia, complete with hot afternoons and thunder storms. Supposedly the heat is a heat wave thing so maybe its just my luck.

    Foxconn discussing the possibility of price hikes to offset wage increases — Engadget

    July 22, 2010

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    We’d already heard that Foxconn was looking to recoup some of the additional costs spurred on by wage increases by moving some production to Vietnam or Taiwan (as well as to a new facility in China’s Henan province), and it now looks like the company might be taking some additional measures as well. According to The Wall Street Journal, Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai) says it will discuss the “possibility” of raising product prices with its clients to further offset the wage increases — which, of course, were prompted by the recent spate of suicides at the manufacturing giant, and are set to go into effect this October. Details on those potential price increases are still light beyond that, however, with Foxconn only saying that they would “vary depending on the client and product.”

    Wow, the Foxconn saga is not quite dead yet?

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