Noah Pepper's favorites

Favorite sessions for this user

* A Dozen Databases in 45 Minutes

What OSS database to use is an important decision, but recently languishing in the shadow of the sexier "what framework should I use" talks - or underplayed as though the battle were only SQL v noSQL. If your understanding of data storage tops out at "Mongo is webscale" or "mysql + memcached = win" then this talk is for you.
Cooking
Eric Redmond

* Control Emacs with Your Beard: the All-Singing All-Dancing Intro to Hacking the Kinect

See! The Amazing Future of Human-Computer Interaction! Behold! The Awesome Power of Open-Source Libraries and Cheap Video-Game Accessories! Fake Beards!
Hacks
Devin Chalmers, Greg Borenstein

* Data Science in the Open

Data Science promises to transform ubiquitous and cheap data into insights with the potential for great social, scientific and personal value. I will provide a lightning tour of high level theory, concepts, and tools to extract knowledge and value from data.
Cooking
John Taylor

* GraphViz: The Open-Source Body Scanner for Code, Systems, and Data

Do you generate, manage, or analyze a lot of data? Do you develop software? Do you like pretty pictures? If your answer was "yes" to zero or more of these questions, this talk is for you.
Chemistry
Matt Youell

* How Python Saved 263 Lives, and Our Sanity

Faced with bit rot, expired proprietary software, and imminent collapse, we spent 2 weeks re-inventing a tsunami casualty simulator using open-source technologies. Come hear about the pitfalls, the elation, and how switching to an open stack changes the economics of city planning.
Culture
Jonathan Karon

* How to Ask for Money

Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.
Business
Selena Deckelmann, J Chris Anderson, Teyo Tyree

* IRL: How Do Geeks Undermine Their Presentations and Conversations with Body Language

Many geeks are uncomfortable interacting IRL with clients or audiences but you don't have to be. There are some simple physical tricks to keeping an audience (of 1 or 1k) engaged and not undermining your skills and yourself.
Hacks
Sarah Novotny

* Location-Based Hacks - How to Automate Your Life with SMS and GPS

Have you ever wanted to automatically turn on your lights when you get home, or turn them back off when you leave? What about controlling your lights by SMS or IRC? This presentation will teach you how to automate your life with location-based hacks and SMS.
Hacks
Amber Case, Aaron Parecki

* Massively Scaling Django for a Global Audience with Playdoh

Django is a great web application framework that allows for rapid web app development out of the box. Since Mozilla picked up Django in 2009, they've started over a dozen Django-based projects. For these sites to scale to an international audience of millions of users, bells and whistles were needed that a stock Django instance does not offer. Playdoh combines the experience of these projects into a template that contains various fixes and add-ons to make professional Django apps fast, featuring aggressive caching, instant localization support, and bullet-proof security.
Cooking
Frederic Wenzel

* Open Sourcing Your Legacy Project: A Game of Adventure, Danger and Low Cunning

You are an employee of COMPANY. COMPANY is investigating open sourcing PROJECT. You will explore some of the most obscure and frustrating territory as you lead this effort. Hardened leads have run screaming from the terrors of this undertaking!
Business
VM Brasseur

* Sales-fu

Tricky to master. Sometimes the last thing you care about. (Let me code already, dammit.) However, a small amount of work on your sales-fu will pay off. So let's do this thing.
Business
Amye Scavarda

* Scaling with MongoDB

MongoDB is a popular new document-based non-relational database. Like all new technologies learning its strengths and weaknesses while trying to support a quickly growing dataset is trying.
Chemistry
Michael Schurter

* Similar, But Not The Same: Designing Projects Around Three Open Datasets

The traits of an 'open' dataset -- factors like accuracy, geographic scope and copyright entanglements -- shape the development process in profound ways. I'll share what I've learned building projects around heritage trees, public art and poetry posts in Portland, and extrapolate a blueprint for evaluating and planning open data projects.
Cooking
Matt Blair

* Starting and Scaling a Startup Outside of the Silicon Valley

Join Michael Richardson, a cofounder of Urban Airship, as he elaborates on the decisions around creating a startup outside of Silicon Valley, how to keep your head above water, and how to find and manage a team during explosive growth.
Business
Michael Richardson

* The Big Data Exploratorium: Data Mining, from Patents to Memes

Learn to use simple natural language processing and graph analysis tools in Python and R to explore the structure of the dataverse. From Reddit to the USPTO to Google Books, come try some data hacks!
Cooking
Noah Pepper, Devin Chalmers

Favorite proposals for this user

* <Your Favorite Programming Language> Loses

Every programming language in wide use has some horrible mistakes: your favorite is no exception. We'll talk about some fundamental principles of PL design and how they play out in various real languages.
Chemistry 2011-03-14 05:26:26 +0000
Bart Massey

* Cloud Hosts - Look Behind the Scenes

In the last few years, cloud computing has become a major trend in IT industry. By using cloud hosting services like MediaTemple or Mosso, shared hosting almost became obsolete. This session takes a closer look on the concept and technology of grid (cloud) hosting providers and shows what to learn for your own hosting strategy.
Cooking 2011-02-22 00:29:09 +0000
Markus Franz

* From MongoDB to MySQL: the How and the Why

Diaspora started out on MongoDB, but after nine months of full-time development we switched to MySQL. Why? How? And what now?
Cooking 2011-04-01 05:56:56 +0000
Sarah Mei

* GovHub - Sustainable open source projects through government bids

Much of the difficulty for open source developers who try to work on civic or government apps is getting past the RFP process and convincing analysts and procurement officers that their projects have long term value and support. We hope to supply details on how to find and respond to the RFP process as well hints on how to work outside the process.
Business 2011-03-08 10:02:14 +0000
Greg Lind

* MongoDb clustering: recipes and tall tales from a high-traffic production system.

Our production environment used an established, well-known Hybrid Cloud hosting company who offered the best IO bang for the buck., including all the bells and whistles: Web-based interface, Ubuntu support, good support and better performance than their competitors. The gotcha was that their massive lead in IO performance was due to their use of SAN storage mounted to each vm via iSCSI. As it turns out, once in a while this storage link would 'hiccup' every once in a while. The effect on MySQL was catastrophic, IOWAIT would go through the roof, and although the box was still up, it was dead as a doornail in terms of workload. It took us a day or tow to figure out what was happening, and then to also figure out that this was happening on the MongoDb replicas as well.
Cooking 2011-03-16 04:51:29 +0000
Jeff Griffiths

* NoNoSQL: Structured lightweight data models for the Web with RDF

Publish your data to the Web using the W3C Resource Description Framework (RDF). Yeah, *that* W3C.
Hacks 2011-03-30 23:01:42 +0000
Brian Panulla