Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Do you have an tech or entrepreneurial event in or around the Tampa Bay area that you’d like to see listed here? Drop me a line about it at joey@globalnerdy.com!

Monday, October 16

Tuesday, October 17

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

Saturday, October 21

Sunday, October 22

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Do you have an tech or entrepreneurial event in or around the Tampa Bay area that you’d like to see listed here? Drop me a line about it at joey@globalnerdy.com!

Monday, October 9

Tuesday, October 10

Wednesday, October 11

Thursday, October 12

Friday, October 13

Saturday, October 14

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Do you have an tech or entrepreneurial event in or around the Tampa Bay area that you’d like to see listed here? Drop me a line about it at joey@globalnerdy.com!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017

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Here’s another installment of a new regular feature on Global Nerdy: 3 things, in which I take a programming or technology topic and post three things that I found of interest on that topic. Today’s topic: three recent developments in the tech world that you might not have expected.

Ikea gets into the software business, buys TaskRabbit

After decades of being the official unofficial furniture vendor for software companies (upon reflection, my desks at home and at the Sourcetoad office are from Ikea), Ikea now is a software company. First, there was the Ikea Place app, which harnesses Apple’s ARKit augmented reality framework to see what their furniture would look like in your living room…

Now, they’ve just announced that they’ve acquired TaskRabbit, which can be summarized as “Uber for odd jobs”.

Ikea already had a relationship with TaskRabbit where people in the U.K. and U.S. could use the app to help them find local people who could help with assembling their Ikea furniture.

Bill Gates ditches his Windows Phone, switches to Android

Let me remind you of some predictions about Windows Phone that were made by respected tech pundits no more than six years ago. Here’s what IDC had to say about the future of Windows Phone back in 2011:

To quote their press release:

“The new alliance brings together Nokia’s hardware capabilities and Windows Phone’s differentiated platform. We expect the first devices to launch in 2012. By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android.”

And here’s how Gartner thought the mobile OS market would be in 2015:

However, the prize for the most tragicomically-wrong prediction about the 2015 smartphone market has to go to Pyramid Research, who predicted that Windows Phone would take over the number one spot:

What happened instead? This:

Actually what would’ve been surprising would’ve been his getting an iPhone. He’s publicly stated that he and Melinda keep an Apple-free house.

Microsoft joins the Open Source Initiative as a Premium Sponsor

And how times have changed, from Microsoft’s CEO deriding Linux and the GPL as “a cancer” in 2001 to becoming a Premium Sponsor of the Open Source Initiative in 2017.

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Perhaps you’ve seen videos of Google’s Tilt Brush VR-painting rig and software in action:

How would you like to code a simple version that lets you do something similar, on an iPhone 6S or later, in about 15 minutes? Here’s what it would look like:

I used the app that I’ll show you how to write at Tampa iOS Meetup to draw “AR rules” in the middle of the Sourcetoad boardroom. Then, I walked to the right of my artwork:

And then its left:

And then behind it:

Do you want to learn the basics of ARKit so that you can start coding your own augmented reality apps for iOS? Come to Tampa iOS Meetup tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. at the Sourcetoad office, bring your Mac, and I’ll show you how!

Want to know more? The details are here.

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James Damore, writer of bigoted screeds, The Google ManifestBRO”, “Darth Chad”, defender of straight white male mediocrity, and first and hopefully last of his name.

The attempted glamor shots of James Damore in the New York Times article Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far are wasted on a permanently rumpled guy who’s not enough of a goddamned grown-up to put on a pressed shirt for an appearance in one of the world’s most-read publications. At least they had the decency to leave lots of room in the shots to add insightful commentary, as I did in the examples above and below.

The article is packed with stories of male nerds bereft of all common sense. One of the bits that made me laugh out loud is this quote from Nvidia engineer James Alitzer, who somehow both agreed to be named in the article and said this (the emphasis on the stupid bits is mine):

I’m sitting in a soundproof booth right now because I’m afraid someone will hear me. When you’re discussing gender issues, it’s almost religious, the response. It’s almost zealotry.”

If you really want to learn something about the controversy of which Damore is the slovenly, unkempt center, you’re far better served by taking a look at Jez Humble’s presentation at the recent Agile2017 conference in Orlando. Go to this video of his presentation, skip to the 49:25 mark, and hear some of the best rebuttals to the whiny claims of James Damore and his “women and coloreds ruin everything” ilk.

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Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, nerds, and tech entrepreneurs in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

Do you have an tech or entrepreneurial event in or around the Tampa Bay area that you’d like to see listed here? Drop me a line about it at joey@globalnerdy.com!

Monday, September 25

Tuesday, September 26

Wednesday, September 27

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29

Saturday, September 30

Sunday, October 1

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