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                    I'm for Howell

                    I've known Scott Howell for 10 years and find him to be knowledgeable, trustworthy, and smart. I'm voting for Howell for US Senate next Tuesday.
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                    My Letter to Senator Hatch in Opposition to PIPA

                    Efforts to make copying more difficult by technical means (such as the DNS blocking provisions in PIPA and SOPA) hurt legitimate uses of technology while leaving those who would copy without permission plenty of ways to circumvent those measures.
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                    On Strict Constitutionalism

                    Yesterday I had an interaction on Twitter with a few folks about strict constitutionalism. The context was the Utah County Republican Organizing Convention happening today. In response to a tweet I made about being leery of strict constitutionalists, Connor Boyack said: You oppose strictly adhering to the party's constitution? Seems odd. :) The point isn't that I oppose strictly adhering to the constitution. The point is that I distrust the motives of people who make strict constitutionalism a point of their platform for office (in the party or otherwise). I don't doubt that there are many sincere people who
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                    GRAMA and Cost

                    Speaking before the GRAMA working group today, Craig Call said "informed people make wise choices says." This is a great way to look at open records and open government. Another thought "GRAMA reduces the need for litigation and thus reduces overall costs." We should view open records as a responsibility of government, not a burden. That said, GRAMA is the worst way to get open government. GRAMA ought to be the way exceptions are handled, not the way routine access to data is made. Exception handling costs any business money. Government is no different. The rule ought to be
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                    Pictures from Kynetx Impact

                    Doc Searls took some great pictures of Kynetx Impact last week and posted them. There are some fun shots in here. I'm disappointed its over and looking forward to next year already. Here's one of me and Craig Burton from Doc's set:
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                    Killing Conspiracy: WikiLeaks and GRAMA

                    Over the last decade, I've lived my life more publicly than I did before thanks to the rise of technologies like blogging and Twitter. Many of my friends don't understand the level of information I'm willing to just put out for the world to see or what motivates it. The primary motivation--at least the primary reward--has been a life that is richer and more fun because of the connections I've made, the discussions that have ensued, and the friends I have who I'd have never known without blogging and Twitter. That said, like most people, I chose what to
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                    GRAMA, Open Government, and Privacy

                    I'm been asked to serve on the working group to understand what, if any, changes need to be made to GRAMA, the Government Records Access and Management Act--Utah's version of the Freedom of Information Act. This issue has been of considerable interest to me since it came up in the final days of the 2011 legislative session. The Utah lesiglature passed a bill, HB477, that restricted access to records by making some communications something other than government records (and thus out of the perview of GRAMA) and making others specifically protected. The bill also tries to deal with cost
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                    Come to Impact and Learn About the Future of the Web

                    In about two weeks on March 22 and 23, Kynetx will be hosting our annual Kynetx Impact conference. You can register for Impact here. We have a great slate of keynote presenters and a great program all about the Live Web. If you're not familiar with the Live Web, listen to Doc Searls descibe it in the following video: The Live Web gets beyong the static architecture of the current Web (yeah, with all it's dynamicism, it's still pretty static). The Live Web promises to give users access to relevant information and services from dozens or even hundreds of
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                    Luncheon: Improving Application Performance

                    If you're an IT director in Utah, then you might consider coming to a luncheon on December 14 at the Tuscany in Holladay. Niel Nickolaiesen, Kelly Phillips, Darin Swan, and Brad Jones will be the panel. I know all of them except Darin and think it will be a great event--besides the food is bound to be good in any event. I've signed up. (Full disclosure: the event is sponsored, in part, by Direct Pointe and I'm on their board.)
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                    CTO Breakfast This Friday: Venue Change

                    We'll be holding the CTO Breakfast for November and December this Friday (Dec 3) at 8am. Whether you're a CTO or not, you're welcome to come. The discussion is about building high-tech products, building companies, and what's hot right now. We'd love to have you join us. This time we're going to try something new. We will NOT meet at the Novell cafeteria, but rather at Paradise Bakery in American Fork. We'll see how this works. I hope you can make it. January's CTO Breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, January 27, 2011. Put it on your calendar now, or
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                    Gary Crocker: Moving Beyond Start-up Mode

                    Gary Crocker is speaking at the Utah Technology Council breakfast on building sustainable businesses (in Utah specifically, but the remarks are more general). Gary speaks of several companies that have started in Utah but later moved to other places. Gary talked about Jim Sorenson calling him and asking him to help him sell his company (Sorenson Research). He doesn't think that had to happen. He thinks that as a leader in fundamental niche (continuous blood pressure monitors) the company could have stayed and grown in Utah. He tells another story of Ballard Medical selling and the eventual closing of
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    This Friday we will hold October's CTO Breakfast at the usual place, Novell Cafeteria (Mountain View Room) in Provo. We'll start at 8am and go until we're tired or they kick us out. As always, the topics come from you, so come prepared to discuss your favorite tech happenings. You don't have to be a CTO to come, just someone who's interested in technology, high-tech products, and building high-tech businesses. The next CTO Breakfast will be on Thursday December 2, so mark your calendars.
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                    Matthias Felleisen at BYU CS Colloquium: Adding Types to Untyped Languages

                    Mattahias Felleisen from Northeastern University will be delivering the CS Colloquium at BYU on Thursday Nov 4 at 11am. Here's the abstract of the talk: Over the last 15 years, we have experienced a programming language renaissance. Numerous scripting languages have become widely used in industrial and open-source projects. They have supplemented the existing mainstream languages---C++ and Java---and, in contexts such as systems administration and web programming, they have started to play a dominant role. While each scripting language comes with its own philosophy, their designers share an antipathy to types. As a result, these languages come without a
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                    Startups in Non-Traditional Places

                    Tim Spaulding who runs LibraryThing, a startup in Portland...Maine asked me on Twitter if I had any thoughts on startups in non-traditional places. The short answer is I've always got thoughts, but I'm not sure how relevant the are. The truth is that while the Wasatch Front isn't Silicon Valley by any stretch, it's got a thriving high-tech community, thousands of software developers working at hundreds of companies, a nascent, but active angel investment community, three strong universities pumping out graduates and ideas, and ahost of support services including legal and PR that understand high-tech business. Just looking at
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                    CTO Breakfast Meetup this Thursday

                    In honor of the Utah Open Source Conference happening this week, we'll be holding a special CTO Breakfast meetup on Thursday morning at 8am. The conference is at the Larry H. Miller campus of SLCC. We'll be in room MFEC 123. Kynetx will supply bagels and juice. We'll be done in time for Sam Curren's talk on Webhooks at 10am (you don't want to miss this talk--the Sammage will be incredible). The next regularly schedule CTO Breakfast is on Friday, October 29 at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria.
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                    CTO Breakfast Tomorrow!

                    We'll be holding September's CTO Breakfast tomorrow morning at 8am at the cafeteria on the Novell campus. Come join us for a free ranging discussion of technology and high-tech business. You don't have to be a CTO to come--just someone who's interested in high-tech products and businesses. I hope you can make it. Also, we're going to do a special CTO Breakfast meetup in conjunction with the Utah Open Source Conference on Thursday, Oct 7th. We'll have a room at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College and be done before the morning's talks begin. More details to
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                    Come to Kynetx Impact Dev Day this Saturday!

                    Don't forget that the Kynetx Impact Dev Day is this Saturday, Sept. 18th. A full day of intensive training, brainstorming and app-building for developers. And it's FREE! If you haven't signed up yet, make sure you sign up today so we can save you a seat. Can't make it, but want to watch? We'll be streaming the main sessions on the Kynetx Ustream channel. If you are coming, we'll be having an open sign-up for the App Showcase at 4:00. Have a cool app? We want you to see it, so come prepared to show & tell.
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                    CTO Breakfast this Thursday: The Once and Future Web

                    The CTO Breakfast will happen this Thursday at 8am in the cafeteria at Novell's Provo Campus. As usual, we'll talk tech; so bring interesting topics you'd like to discuss. Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. There's a calendar of upcoming CTO Breakfast events if you'd like to subscribe. At this CTO Breakfast, Sam will have a special demo of some cool
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                    CTO Breakfast Friday

                    The CTO Breakfast will be this Friday (Jun 25) at 8am in the Novell cafeteria. Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies is welcome. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. Be sure to view the Google calendar of future CTO Breakfast events.
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                    Early Voting in Utah County: Vote for Joel Wright

                    I'm encouraging everyone I know to vote for Joel Wright for Utah County Commission. Joel is running against Gary Anderson. Joel is experienced and believes that the proper role for county government in creating jobs is to keep taxes low, plan for and build needed infrastructure, and stay out of the way. Joel recognizes that Utah county will have 1,000,000 residents (twice our current population) in 20 years and the time to plan for that growth is now. If you're of a mind to vote for Joel, the following table (taken from the Utah County clerk) shows early voting
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    The CTO Breakfast will be held this Thursday, June 3 at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria. Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies is welcome. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. Be sure to view the Google calendar of future events.
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                    CTO Breakfast Following Impact

                    Image by windley via Flickr In one of those scheduling goofs that look good 6 months beforehand, but utterly silly up close, I've schedule this month's CTO Breakfast just a day after the Kynetx Impact conference. Not to mention we have 20 people staying over after Impact to talk about personal data exchanges on Thursday. Nevertheless, the CTO Breakfast will happen on Friday morning at 8am in the usual place (Novell cafeteria). You're invited. You don't have to be a CTO, just interested in technology developments. While you're planning your week, please also come to Kynetx Impact on Tuesday
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                    UTOS Hackathon on April 24

                    Image by mindjuju via Flickr UTOS (Utah Open Source Foundation) is sponsoring a hackathon on April 24th. Here's Clint Savage's description: Concept is a coding barcamp. People show up to help or to present a coding project, new or existing, in 30 seconds. Everyone spends a bit of time getting organized (determining where each group will reside to hack), then the hacking begins. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided as well. There is also a Wiki page about the hackathon with more information. The hackathon is sponsored by XMission and Stackable.com. This sounds like it will be a fun
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                    10 Reasons You Should Attend Kynetx Impact

                    On April 27-28, we'll hold the second Kynetx Impact conference. The first, last November, was well attended, very fun, and people consistently told us that they learned a lot. Impact isn't just a conference about KRL (Kynetx Rule Language) and the cool things you can do with it--although you'll find plenty of that too--it's a conference about what we think of as the client-side revolution: a whole new way of Web programming that thousands of developers are discovering. So, with that intro, here are ten reasons you should come to Impact: Jon Udell - Jon Udell will be giving
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                    CTO Breakfast and Podcamp This Friday

                    The CTO Breakfast this Friday will be held in conjunction with Podcamp SLC. Note that that means a venue change. The breakfast will start at 8am on Mar 26th at Neumont University, South Jordan, Utah (map). As always, we'll have a great group of folks and awesome teh conversation. When it's over, you can mosey on over to the Podcamp sessions and learn about blogging, social media, social networking, podcasting, video on the net, and digital media. Podcamp SLC costs $20 for the day. Be sure to register. The next CTO Breakfast will be held on April 29 (Thurs)
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                    Utah Caucus Meetings Tomorrow! Come Participate!

                    Statewide party caucuses for Republicans, Democrats and others will be held tomorrow, March 23, 2010 at 7pm. The election of a delegate is the first--and the most important--step in the partisan election process in Utah. The delegates elected in a precinct will hold the power to vote on behalf of the approximately 1250 voters in their precinct at the statewide party conventions in May. If enough citizens don't turn out, a few "special interest" people end up controlling the vote for delegates; if special interest people become the delegates, they won't represent the interests of the
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                    Come to Kynetx Impact in April

                    On April 27-28, we'll hold the second Kynetx Impact conference. The first, last November, was well attended, very fun, and people consistently told us that they learned a lot. As I mentioned previously, Jon Udell will be the keynote speaker and I expect it to be a great talk. In addition to Jon's keynote, we'll be talking about client-side Web programming and why it's the next exciting place to work on the Internet. We've got a lot going on in preparation for this spring's Impact. There will be a number of big announcements from Kynetx and our partners about
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                    HB150 Gives Too Great a Power to State

                    Utah House Bill 150 is a bad bill that will give government too much power to invade your privacy without a warrant. The bill has passed the house and it now awaiting action in the Senate. Read this post, read the bill, and then take a minute to contact your senator and express your hope that they will vote against it. If you don't know who your senator is, you can find out here. HB150 would allow law enforcement agencies in Utah to use an "administrative subpoena" to ask for the records of people suspected of
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                    Jon Udell to Speak at Spring Kynetx Impact Conference

                    I'm excited to announce that Jon Udell will be speaking at Kynetx Impact in April. I've known Jon for years--we met though blogging while I was CIO for Utah. He's the perfect person to keynote Impact because he's first and foremost a developer who understands the core nature of the Web. Jon's topic will be (loosely) "why the decentralized architecture of the Web matters." That's a great topic for Impact because what we're trying to help developers do is create applications that leverage that decentralzied architecture rather than trying to figure out ways to get what
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    This Thursday is the CTO breakfast. We'll start at 8am in the Novell cafeteria. See the link for maps and calendars. I hope you can join us. The CTO Breakfast is open to anyone interested in high-tech businesses and products. It is a free-form discussion of topic. If you've got something that you're interested in, come prepared to talk about it. Future CTO Breakfast times can be found on the CTO Breakfast Google calendar. The CTO breakfast for March will be help on March 26th in conjunction with Podcamp SLC. Details to come.
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                    CTO Breakfast Tomorrow - Free Pizza Tonight

                    Tomorrow is the CTO Breakfast. I know, kind of late notice, but this one snuck up on me. I've been heads down with a major ope-heart surgery of the Kynetx rules engine. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow at the breakfast--refactoring code provides lots of opportunity for reflection on software development. The breakfast will be held in the usual place (Novell Cafeteria in Provo - map) at 8am. Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where
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                    UtahPolitics.org All Over the Web: A Kynetx App

                    Since 2003, I've been running a site called UtahPolitics.org. The site started off as a blog on which I and others posted articles. When I started UtahPolitics.org there was some speculation about my motives. But my motives are simple: create a place I can experiment with new media in an arena that interests me. Last year, in an effort to continue the experiment, I put up a retweeter for UtahPolitics.org that would retweet any tweet from friends of the @utahpolitics account that contained the tag #utpol. When I did that I also morphed the web site--imperfectly--to a site that
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                    Free Pizza and Kynetx on Wednesday

                    On Wednesday we're going to have a little dev party at Kynetx for anyone who wants to stop by, ask questions, learn how to program in KRL, or just hand out. The Kynetx development team will be there along with other developers who are using KRL. Come by around 5pm and we'll stick around at least until 7, later if people want. Here's the address: 3098 Executive Parkway Suite 280 Lehi, UT 84043 Suite 280 is in the southeast corner of the 2nd floor. Here's a link to a Google map. I hope you'll stop by, check out our
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    This coming Thursday is the CTO Breakfast at 8am. This is the event for both November and December. The breakfast will occur in the usual place: Novell Cafeteria, Building G, Provo Campus (map). I have a few books from O'Reilly to give out this time. You don't need to be a CTO to come, just interested in technology and high-tech products. The discussion will be open and free-form. Future breakfast schedules are shown on Google Calendar or on the CTO Breakfast page. I hope to see you there.
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                    Come to Kynetx Impact This Week

                    If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know that we're having a developers conference for Kynetx on this week on November 18-19 in Provo called Kynetx Impact. There's an awesome agenda with some great speakers including Doc Searls, Kim Cameron, and Paul Trevethick. There will also be great food, great people, and a chance to see first hand what we're doing at Kynetx. You can sign up online. Over 110 people are signed up already and we're expecting a standing room only crowd. I'd like for you to come to Impact. Use Windley25 to get 25%
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                    Kynetx Impact Agenda: Register Now!

                    We've finalized the agenda for Kynetx Impact on Nov 18-19 in Provo, UT (register here). I'm pretty excited at the agenda we've managed to put together and the keynote speakers who will be there: Doc Searls and Kim Cameron. I hope you can come. Wednesday Nov. 18 8:30 AM \tBreakfast & Registration 9:00 AM \tKeynote Address: "The Intention Economy: What Happens When Customers Get Real Power,"\tby Doc Searls, Sr. Editor of Linux Journal & author of "The Cluetrain Manifesto." 10:00 AM Keynote Address: "The Forgotten Edge: Building a Purpose-Centric Web," by Dr. Phil Windley, Kynetx Founder & author of the book,
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                    UTOSC: Open Source and Utah

                    Last week was the Utah Open Source Conference. This annual event has grown to be a conference that is every bit as enjoyable and informative as and conference I travel to see. There were easily 400 people there. I can't name all the people involed and their "about" page doesn't list their names--it should. These people are performing a great service to the tech community in Utah and we owe them a huge thank you! Kynetx had a table in the exhibitor area and there was a steady stream of visitors. Sam spent much of the day at the
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                    CTO Breakfast at Utah Open Source Conference

                    We'll be holding the CTO Breakfast this Thursday at 8am at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College in conjunction with the Utah Open Source Conference. We'll be meeting in the Cullinary Arts building. I'm told it has a cafeteria and we'll also have bagels and juice courtesy of Kynetx. You don't have to be registered for UTOSC to come to the breakfast, but you should register and go just because it will be an awesome event. We'll be stopping at 9:20 so that people can make their way over to the opening keynote: "Leveraging the Collective Intelligence
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                    Usability Study at HP

                    Image by w?odi via Flickr A friend of mine, Esther Sumner, is running a usability lab at HP in American Fork, Utah the end of this week or beginning of next. She's looking for participants who are business owners who will come and review their product for 1 hour. In exchange you'll get a $50 American Express gift card. No technical skills required. If you're interested but not a business owner, you may still qualify for a $25 American Express gift card to participate in a lab. if you work closely with a business owner (e.g., admin, someone planning
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                    You're Invited to Kynetx Impact

                    I've recently been writing about my thoughts on building a purpose-centric web and how SideWiki illuminates the client-centric focus of a purpose-based Web. If you've read through these (yeah, they're long) then you'll know that Kynetx is in the business of helping developers build purpose-centric applications that run in the browser. If that interests you at all, I'd like to invite you to sign up for Kynetx Impact, our conference for bringing together anyone interested in the idea of a purpose-centric Web and building applications for it. Doc Searls will be giving the keynote and I'll be speaking about
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                    Utah Open Source Conference and the CTO Breakfast

                    The Utah Open Source conference is a gathering of over 400 open source supporters from Utah and surrounding states. It's happening on October 8-10th at the Miller Campus of the Salt Lake Community College. This is a great event. This year's keynotes include: Daren Brabham of the University of Utah will speak on Crowdsourcing on Thursday, October 8 Stormy Peters of the GNOME Foundation will discuss 'Would you do it again for free?' on Friday, October 9 Dave McAllister of Adobe explains 'Big Company, Open Choice: Why Adobe is becoming Open' on Saturday, October 10 In addition, there will
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                    CTO Breakfast this Friday

                    Sorry for the short notice, but it turns out that I'm going to be out of town on Thursday and Friday next week. Consequently, I'm going to have the CTO breakfast this Friday in the usual place: Mountain View room, Novell Cafeteria (Building G) in Provo. We'll start at 8am and go until everyone is bored. Here are the upcoming breakfasts: August 19, 2009 (Friday) September 24, 2009 (Thursday) October 30, 2009 (Friday) December 3, 2008 (Thursday) - combined November & December breakfast I hope you can make it. Contact me with any questions.
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                    Registration Open for Kynetx Impact Conference

                    We've opened registration for Kynetx Impact 2009, our developer's conference. You can register here for the event. We've changed the dates to November 18-19th (I previously announced dates in October) to better fit with some other conference schedules. We're charging a small fee to cover food, but if that's problem for you contact me about a scholarship. Doc Searls will give the opening keynote and Craig Burton will give the closing keynote. Here is a list of topics we'll cover: Building Apps with KRL (Kynetx Rule Language) Advanced Rule Writing Introduction to Action & Information Cards Leveraging Data sets
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                    Announcing the Kynetx Developers Conference

                    Kynetx will be holding a developer's conference on October 21-22. The conference will be in Utah, although the exact venue hasn't ben nailed down yet. Some of the topics on the agenda: Building Apps with KRL Advanced Rule Programming Action Cards and Information Cards Data and Rules The KNS API We are also lining up some great keynotes. If you're curious about Kynetx and what we're doing, this will be a great way to immerse yourself for a few hours or a few days in learning about our services and what you can do with them to build applications
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                    CTO Breakfast Tomorrow

                    Tomorrow is the CTO breakfast. It starts at 8am and goes to 9:30am. The location is, as usual, the Novell cafeteria. Sorry for the late notice; for some reason my calendar wasn't showing the Google calendar event. Luckily an email prodded me from my stoopor. The CTO breakfast isn't just for CTOs, but also for those who aspire to be CTOs or are interested in building high-texh products. The discussion is open-format. We decide what to talk about when we get there. You're welcome to bring your topic and bring it up. Here are the scheduled dates for upcoming
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                    Kynetx Open House and Demo Day

                    This Friday at 11:30, Kynetx will host an open house and demo lunch. If you'd like to see what we're up to, stop by, eat some pizza, see some demos, and chat. We're especially interested in getting more people developing on our platform, so if you'd like to try it out, we'll have sign up cards for anyone who wants them. We'll be at Kynetx World Headquarters in Thanksgiving Point. This map will give you directions; we're in Suite 275 (metal door). Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to buy.
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                    Agile Roots, ErrorStack, Phones, and Games

                    At this morning's CTO Breakfast Kay Johansan announced her upcoming Agile Roots conference in Salt Lake City on June 15-16. This looks like a high quality confernce and it's nice to see it local. Tyler Whitaker also demonstrated the new graphing capabilities in ErrorStack. As someone building a distributed system, I love the idea of ErrorStack--a cloud-based error system that just does errors and does them well. I'll probably start using it to track errors for Kynetx. We got a look at the phone that Google gave out at IO yesterday. Someone who was there and got one showed
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                    CTO Breakfast This Thursday

                    We'll be holding the CTO Breakfast this Thursday (May 28th) at 8am in the usual place (Novell Cafeteria). Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. All are welcome. Here's a list of future breakfasts. May 28, 2009 (Thursday) June 26, 2009 No breakfast in July August 28, 2009 (Friday) September 24, 2009 (Thursday) Be sure to put them on your calendar. I have also created a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you
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                    State of Utah Launches iPhone Applications

                    The State of Utah has released two iPhone applications. The first is a general Utah.gov application. The second is for reviewing professional licenses in the State. The Utah.gov app allows agency and service lookup. I preformed what was the most obvious search for me: look up the DMV. I was disappointed that searching services didn't let me see the RenewalExpress application and search on agencies just took me to the Tax Commission contact info. If I've got my phone in my hand and I search on DMV, I'm probably looking for the nearest office. Nice to see that Utah's
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                    CTO Breakfast: Venue Change and Fiber Trucks

                    This month's CTO Breakfast will be held on Friday, April 24. Our usual venue (Novell's cafeteria) is unavailable that day. Barry Bryson of UEN has generously made their conference room available to us and has offered to supply a continental breakfast. As an additional incentive to make the trek to the eastern foothills and visit the Eccles Broadcast Center, Infinera will have a demo truck at the U that day and Barry has invited CTO Breakfast attendees to visit the truck and even attend the UEN presentation if you wish. Infinera is a fairly new fiber optic equipment manufacturer
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    The CTO Breakfast will occur this Friday, Mar 27 at 8am. The venue has changed for this breakfast: we'll be holding it in conjunction with PodCamp SLC. The venue is Neumont University in South Jordan. There's no food at Neumont , so Kynetx will provide bagels, etc. If you want something else, you probably ought to stop and get it before you come. The CTO Breakfast is open to anyone who wants to come and is free. You'll need to register for PodCamp SLC separately if you want to attend that. We'll be ending before the
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                    Participate in Usability Testing for HP

                    A friend of mine at HP is looking for small business owners (1-20 employees) to participate in some usability testing of online tools for marketing their business. Participants will receive a $50 gift card to Amazon.com or Best Buy, or a discount on design services like brochure creation, for an hour of their time at the HP office in American Fork, Utah. If you're interested, just send a note to Esther at HP.
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                    Guy Kawasaki: How to Drive the Competition Crazy

                    Image by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Guy Kawasaki is speaking at the Infopia ecommerce conference in Salt Lake City today. (You might also enjoy reading my notes from the last time Guy was in Utah.) His topic is how to drive the competition crazy. In standard Guy style, he gives his talk as a list of ten things: Find a mighty opposite - find a great enemy who is trying to do something in direct opposition to what you're doing. Portray them in ways that emphasize how you're different. It doesn't have to be a company. It could be
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                    CTO Breakfast this Thursday

                    Image by windley via Flickr We'll be holding February's CTO breakfast this Thursday (Feb 26) at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G, Provo campus - map). Whether you're a CTO or not, you're welcome to come. The discussion is about building high-tech products, building companies, and what's hot right now. We'd love to have you join us. Here are future dates to mark on your calendar: Feb 26, 2009 (Thursday) Mar 27, 2009 (Friday) Apr 24, 2009 (Friday) May 28, 2009 (Thursday) I have created a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you can subscribe
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                    Kynetx Demo Day

                    I've had a handful of people ask if they could stop by Kynetx and see what we do. Steve has had similar requests. In an effort to not miss anyone who would like to visit Kynetx and get a demo of our fledgling product, we're hosting a Kynetx Demo Lunch on Friday, Feb 6th at 11:30 at Kynetx World Headquarters in Thanksgiving Point. This map will give you directions and we're in Suite 275 (metal doors). We'll supply the pizza, you bring your curiosity. Please RSVP so we know how much pizza to buy.
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                    CTO Breakfast this Friday

                    Image by windley via Flickr We'll be holding January's CTO Breakfast this Friday in the Novell cafeteria in Provo (Building G). Come prepared for an awesome discussion of technology and companies--especially startups. Feel free to bring topics for discussion. Anyone interested in building high-tech products and services is welcome to attend--not just CTOs. Please put future CTO breakfasts on your calendar so you can be sure and be there. Here are the scheduled dates so far: Jan 30, 2009 (Friday) Feb 26, 2009 (Thursday) Mar 27, 2009 (Friday) Apr 24, 2009 (Friday) I have created a Google Calendar with
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                    Interactive Map of Utah Legislators

                    Back in 2003, I lamented the fact that there was no interactive map to finding your legislator in Utah. Indeed, the process involved a lot of steps that introduced considerable friction. Now, thanks to the power of mash-ups and open data, Scott Riding has created an interactive map of Utah legislative districts and the legislators representing them. I typed in my address and was presented with pictures and contact information of my legislators along with a pin in the map showing my house so I could verify everything was right. Thanks Scott!
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                    Consolidating State Data Centers

                    Word going around is that the State of Utah is looking at possibly consolidating some data centers. In government, over the years, state agencies built data centers and ran them independently. A lot of these were really just machine rooms with not much in the way of power and air conditioning. Some were full-on Class A data centers. As State CIOs have looked for ways to save money, data center consolidation was a favorite example of how more interagency cooperation could result in tax payer saving. After all, the DNS server for Tax doesn't really care
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                    CTO Breakfast this Friday: Dec 5

                    The CTO Breakfast for November and December will be on Friday December 5, at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building H, Provo Campus). If you are interested in technology and especially it's use in building high-tech products, then you're invited--you don't have to be a CTO, just have aspirations! Here are the scheduled dates for future breakfasts: Jan 30, 2009 (Friday) Feb 26, 2009 (Thursday) Mar 27, 2009 (Friday) There's a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you can subscribe to if you like. If you'd like to be reminded by email, just sign up for
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                    Open High School of Utah

                    I've mentioned a few times on Twitter that I'm on the board of directors for the Open High School of Utah and some people have asked to know more. The Open High School of Utah is an online public charter high school based on open source course content. Not "open source" in the software sense, but "open source" in the sense that all the course content is openly licensed. We're taking applications for 9th grade in Fall 2009 right now. Utah students attend for free. The open courseware model is one that's been working for some time at MIT,
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    The CTO Breakfast for October will be on Thursday Oct 30, at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building H, Provo Campus). If you are interested in technology and especially it's use in building high-tech products, then you're invited--you don't have to be a CTO, just have aspirations! Here are the scheduled dates for future breakfasts: Oct 30 (Thursday) Dec 5 (Friday) - Combined Nov and Dec breakfast Jan 30, 2009 (Friday) There's a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you can subscribe to if you like. If you'd like to be reminded by email, just sign
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                    Early Voting in Utah

                    If you're interested in avoiding the lines at your polling place, consider early voting. Most states have provisions for early voting. Utah has information about early voting online, although sadly the actual list of locations is a PDF document. Early voting in Utah happens between October 21st and 31st. Most of the locations have limited hours, so be sure to check that. You'll need to bring a picture ID (whereas you don't for voting at your normal polling place). I was a little disappointed in Utah's online voting information. When you go to the "Leave Your Print" site, there's
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    We will be holding the CTO breakfast this Friday at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G). You don't have to be a CTO to come, just interested in technology and building high-tech products. The format is open discussion, so bring your ideas for topics to discuss and throw them out. Please mark the following dates for future CTO breakfasts. Sept 26 (Friday) Oct 30 (Thursday) Dec 5 (Friday) - Combined Nov and Dec breakfast Jan 30, 2009 (Friday) I've created a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you can subscribe to if you'd rather do
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                    CTO Breakfast Next Week in Conjunction with UTOSC

                    We'll be holding the CTO Breakfast next week on Thursday at 8am in conjunction with the 2008 Utah Open Source Conference. You don't have to be going to the conference to attend the breakfast, but I do have discount codes available for CTO Breakfast attendees. Contact me if you're like one. The Utah Open Source Conference 2008 will be held at the Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Road campus from August 28 - 30, 2008. We'll be meeting in rooms 221/223 of the Student Center (SC) at the Salt Lake Community College (Redwood Road campus). Here's a map that
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                    August CTO Breakfast at UTOSC

                    A few days ago I said that we wouldn't be holding a CTO breakfast in August. I was wrong. In fact, we'll be holding the breakfast on August 28 in conjunction with the Utah Open Source Conference at Salt Lake Community College. Please mark your calendars. If you're a regular breakfast attendee, I have discount codes for UTOSC that I can give you. Just send me a note.
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    We're doing the July CTO breakfast a little early this month because of Pioneer day. For those of you not familiar with Utah, Pioneer day is a state holiday on the 24th of July and it's a pretty big deal. Celebrates the day the first pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 18481847. We'll do the usual thing on Friday. Anyone with an interest in technology products and companies it welcome to come. Hopefully Phil Burns will come and we can get into heated discussions about the iPhone. :-) If you've got other things you'd like to discuss, bring
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    The CTO Breakfast be this friday from 8:00 until about 10:00. We'll be at the Novell cafeteria (Building G). I'm spending the first part of this week at Velocity so I'm sure I'll want to talk a little about that. If you've seen something fun or cool in the last month, come and talk about it. Here are the times for future meetings. Put them on your calendar now! July 18 (Friday) No breakfast in August Sept 26 (Friday) Oct 30 (Thursday) Or, just subscribe to the Google Calendar.
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                    UT Open Source Conference CFP

                    The Utah Open Source Conference is calling for presentations. If you've got something you've always wanted to tell the world about open source, this may be your chance! Sign up on the Web site and submit your presentation idea now. The deadline is June 1st.
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                    Larry H. Miller at the vSpring v|100 Lunch

                    Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz, numerous car dealerships, and a member of the v|100 spoke at today's lunch. Here's a few note son what he said. He starts with two words of advice: don't stampede. Moving too fast causes you to dilute yourself. It's good to branch out, but doing it too fast will cause you to be ineffective. You have to learn how to run one unit that you manage yourself and can control before you branch out. That will cause you to manage differently. You then have to sell them the vision. Develop the
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                    Utah CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    The May CTO Breakfast will be held on Friday (May 30) at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G, Provo Campus). Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. If you've seen something cool or just want to discuss a current topic, come prepared to bring it up. Put these future meetings on your calendar: June 27 (Friday) July 18 (Friday) No breakfast
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                    Final: 2008 Utah State Republican Convention

                    Greg Curtis and John Valentine, House Speaker and Senate President(click to enlarge) I'm at the Utah State Party Convention this morning. There are literally thousands of people here. Traffic was backed up off the exit ramp near UVU (where the convention is being held). The convention just opened at 10am, but even at 8am, the parking lots were full. People come early to pick up their credentials and wander the candidate booths. I enjoyed wandering around and talking to a bunch of folks who I normally don't get to see. Lots of old friends and acquaintances here. Chris Cannon
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                    Google App Engine at the CTO Breakfast

                    Not Getting Things Done(click to enlarge) There was a pretty big crowd at this morning's CTO Breakfast. Sam Curran had spent some time building an application on Google App Engine, so we had him demo his app and show us the code. Overall, Google Apps looks like a very nice piece of infrastructure for building Web applications. The database integration with Big Table and Google's authentication platform add some good tools for quickly building applications. We got into a pretty large discussion of the pros and cons of Google Apps, Amazon Web services, dedicated hosting, and so on. None
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                    Utah CTO Breakfast This Thursday

                    It's time for another Utah CTO Breakfast. This Thursday at 8am at the Novell cafeteria (building G). We're a little early this month due to my imminent trip to China. Please bring any topics that have struck your fancy this month. All are invited--the only entrance requirement is an interest in high-tech companies and products. Here's a schedule of future events: Apr 17 (Thursday) May 30 (Friday) June 27 (Friday) July 18 (Friday) No breakfast in August Sept 25 (Friday) I have created a Google Calendar with dates for the CTO breakfast that you can subscribe to. Or if
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                    True Grassroots Politics

                    I just got back from my precinct caucus meeting (Republican) where I was elected by my friends and neighbors as precinct Vice Chair for the coming two years. I was conducting the meeting as Chair. I love caucus meetings. This is true grassroots politics. Everyone asking question, voting for delegates to the state and county conventions, paper ballots. There's some good discussion and great participation. I'm always shocked at how few people, relatively speaking, attend. We had a better turn out than I ever remember, but there were still only around 50 people there out of around 2000 in
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                    CTO Breakfast Thursday

                    The CTO Breakfast will be held this Thursday, March 27 at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G). Anyone interested in high-tech and product development is welcome. The discussion is free-form, so feel free to bring some topics to discuss. Here is a list of upcoming meetings: Apr 17 (Thursday) May 30 (Friday) June 27 (Friday) Please get them on your calendar!
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                    Utah Holds Caucuses Tonight: Change Congress

                    Utah will hold caucus meetings tonight for the purpose of selecting delegates to the county and state conventions. Your voice is amplified many times over by being part of the process that decides who's on the ballot rather than just selecting from a few candidates in November. The caucus meeting with be with people in your neighborhood--probably people you know. You can find out what precinct you live in by clicking here. Then you can visit the Republican or Democratic Web sites to determine where you should go. (If you're a member of a party other than these two,
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                    v|100 List: I'm On It

                    I was chosen, for the fifth year in a row, as a member of vSpring Capital's v|100 list. Actually, the reason I started Kynetx was so that I wouldn't get kicked off the v|100. :-) The list is supposed to be of people most likely to start a high-tech business in the next five years, I figured this was my last year before people would start getting suspicious. From the announcement: The v|100 was created in 2004 by vSpring Capital as a tool to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who have ties to the state of Utah. Members of the v|100
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                    CTO Breakfast Tomorrow

                    We'll have the CTO breakfast tomorrow morning (Feb 28) at 8am in the Novell cafeteria (Provo Campus). Follow the link for directions. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. Here are future dates for your calendar: Mar 27 (Thursday) Apr 17 (Thursday) May 30 (Friday)
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                    Fran Allen: Compilers and Parallel Computing Systems

                    Fran Allen delivers Organick Lecture(click to enlarge) Fran Allen was the Turing Award winner for 2006. This afternoon she's giving the University of Utah's Organick Memorial Lecture. I've reported on some of these in the past few years: Jim Gray on Distributed Computing Economics Vint Cerf on Internet Challenges Alan Kay: Is Computer Science an Oxymoron? Alan Kay: The 100 Dollar Laptop and Powerful Ideas Jeannette Wing on Computational Thinking I try to come every year. I find it's something I'm inspired by each time. The grand goal of high performance computers right now is a 1 petaflop machine.
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                    Idaho Kicks Utah's Butt

                    Wow! Thanks to Roland Smith for pointing me at Idaho's road reports site. It's built on Google Maps and totally kicks Utah's butt. Lots more information on almost every road in the state. Very nice.
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                    CommuterLink Is Looking Pretty Tired

                    My daughter called me from Heber this afternoon to tell me she'd be late getting home because Highway 189 through Provo Canyon was closed. I went out to the Internet to try and find out what was going on and was pretty disappointed. The primary site for road conditions is CommuterLink, run by the Utah Department of Transportation. When this site launched with much fanfare in 2001, just in time for the Olympics, it was state of the art. Now it's looking pretty tired. I found my self wishing they'd just used Google maps. In fact, for traffic information,
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                    Time for Fry's in Utah

                    Now that CompUSA is closing, there are no decent places in Utah to buy electronics. Not that CompUSA was a dream store by any means, but at least it was something. There's BestBuy and Circuit City, but they're not the same--they just don't have a good assortment of disks, video cards, cases, memory, etc. Scott Lemon has begun a campaign to convince Fry's Electronics to open a store in Utah. He's proposing we send them emails asking them to locate a store here. Here's the message: To: feedback@frys.com; service@outpost.com; press@outpost.com Subject: Open a Fry's Electronics in Utah Body: I
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                    Utah Election and Caucus Information

                    Utah Capitol Building(click to enlarge) Utah will participate in the Super Tuesday presidential primary on February 5th (as do 23 other states). Then on March 25th, we'll hold the regular statewide caucus meetings to elect delegates to the state conventions later in the year. I'm Republican Precinct Chair for Lindon 4. I'll let you know where the caucus meeting will be held when I have that information. In the meantime, here's some important dates: Jan 29 - Last day for walk-in registration - Last minute voter registration is available for the new voter to register in person at the
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday!

                    This Thursday is the CTO Breakfast! We've got a few really cool things lined up: Scott Lemon is going to give a short tutorial on writing Facebook applications Scott also is going to bring his XO Laptop (one laptop per child) OK, so basically, it's the Scott Lemon show. But I'm sure it will lead to plenty of good discussion. So come prepared to learn and to talk about the cool things you've seen since last we met. The breakfast is at the Novell Cafeteria (Building G). It's not as far as you think! Really. I promise. Try it
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                    Some Major CS Conferences in Utah Coming Up

                    There are a number of major technical events coming up in Salt Lake City in February. It is not often that premier computer science research conferences come to Salt Lake City, as opposed to Boston, Austin, Seattle, or the Bay Area. John Carter am the General Chair of the HPCA conference and got the IEEE to locate it here. Also convinced PPoPP to co-locate their conference here. All of the events below, except the Organick Lectures, will be at the Marriott City Center in SLC (next to Gallivan Plaza downtown). Feb 16-20: 14th International Symposium on High Performance Computer
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                    PodcampSLC Date has Been Moved

                    The podcamp scheduled in Salt Lake for January 26th has been changed to March 29th. The location, Neumont University, is the same. I'm planning on going.
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                    Utah Top Ten IT Accomplishments

                    Each year, Dave Fletcher publishes a list of the top ten IT accomplishments in Utah state government. He notes that Utah.gov was selected as the #1 state portal in the country for the second time. Utah is the only state to have won that honor twice. There are now over 1030 online government services in Utah. Cool.
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                    CTO Breakfast Report

                    As we did introductions today, a surprising number of people were remodeling their basement (time of the year, I guess). Consequently we ended up talking about home theaters set ups for the first part of the meeting. Interesting tidbit: maximum run length for HDMI is 50 feet. We talked about Facebook Beacon for a while. There was much more discussion of social networks in general than of Beacon for a while, but then we dove into the meat of the power of recommendations and the vast value in coloring the social graph with meta data--including trust data. Kids see
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                    CTO Breakfast This Thursday

                    The last CTO Breakfast of the year will be held this Thursday at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria. Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. If you're reading this, you're invited. Be sure to subscribe to the Google calendar for future events. Here's the next several: Jan 24 (Thursday) Feb 28 (Thursday) Mar 27 (Thursday) For directions, see the CTO Breakfast page.
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                    Internet Safety Podcast

                    One of my colleagues at BYU, Chuck Knutson, has launched the Internet Safety podcast. If you're a parent wondering about tools and techniques for guiding your children's exploring, then check it out.
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                    The State of FOSS in Utah

                    Clint Savage was the speaker at tonight's PLUG meeting. Clint is the founder of the Utah Open Source Foundation. UTOSF was the power behind the recent Utah Open Source Conference. Clint ran down a long list of activities that UTOSF is sponsoring to promote open source in Utah. Some of the most promising, IMO, were promoting open source at local colleges and universities and open source family day. BYU's UUG sponsors Linux install fests, but I'm generally disappointed by the lack of interest in open source among CS students. They mentioned the Home Runs in IT Conference that will
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                    November PLUG on the State of FOSS in Utah

                    The Provo Linux User's Group meeting for November will be on the 14th at 7:30pm. Omniture is hosting, so head on over to Canyon Park Technology Center. I'm going to try to make it. Here's the announcement: This is an exciting month for PLUG. We have a new meeting location: Omniture. Never before has the local FOSS community been stronger. The reach of groups like PLUG is growing beyond just a few computer hobbyists. Linux is now becoming the premiere solution for countless business tasks, rather than just an alternative one. If there was any doubt, it was dispelled
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                    Guy Kawasaki in Utah

                    Guy Kawasaki was in Utah speaking on the Art of Innovation. Guy is a humorous speaker. I enjoyed it in spite of the fact that I've heard the talk several times before--on IT Conversations. I listened to the talk twice as we were getting ready to publish it and so I could finish most of Guy's sentences. Nothing wrong with that. There were a few unique elements to the talk that Guy threw in and he responded well to some technical difficulties with the mic. It was a shame that it happened, but didn't detract too much. I also
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                    CTO Breakfast Recap

                    The first item on today's schedule was to get an update on the EMC acquisition of Berkeley Data Systems. Scott gave us a report on his recent trip to the Millenials conference last month. This led to a discussion of workplace hiring and the differences in hiring kids out of school right now. They don't ask about salary nearly as much as they ask about challenges, number of supervisors, and so on. They want multiple assignments so that they can move from one to another as they get bored or hit a roadblock. We had a discussion of Scratch,
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                    CTO Breakfast Reminder for October

                    We'll be having the CTO breakfast next Tuesday at the cafeteria on the Novell Provo Campus (Building G) at 8am. Note that it's Tuesday not Thursday or Friday like it usually is. Bring your ideas, thoughts, and questions. We always have a great discussion and your input would be welcome. Here's the future dates scheduled so far: Nov 29 (Thursday) No CTO Breakfast in Dec Jan 24 (Thursday) Feb 28 (Thursday) Put them on your calendar now. Alternately, you can subscribe to the Google calendar for the CTO Breakfast.
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                    Squaw Peak Ride

                    Orem and the north end of Utah Valley from the Squaw Peak lookout(click to enlarge) I rode to the Squaw Peak lookout today for my afternoon ride. I've never been on that ride before--last year I made it 1/2 a mile up the road before I turned around. I really wanted to do it this year. I figured after riding the Alpine Loop last week it would be doable--but not easy. That was accurate. The Squaw Peak lookout is 2200 feet above the valley floor and you're doing most of that in a little under 5 miles. The whole
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                    Riding the Alpine Loop

                    Timp(click to enlarge) At the beginning of the summer, I had two biking goals: ride a century and the Alpine Loop. If you've been following along, you know that I rode the ULCER Century in August. I rode the Alpine Loop on Friday and had a great time. The fall colors were simply spectacular. The yellow aspens were so bright that they almost hurt your eyes to look at them. It was a little cloudy and cold, but there was almost no wind and that made for a very nice ride. The Alpine Loop is a highway (US92) that
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                    Fall Colors in South Fork Canyon

                    Fall Colors at the top of South Fork Canyon(click to enlarge) I was on a bike ride up South Fork Canyon this afternoon and the colors were spectacular. This picture, from my iPhone, doesn't really do them justice. If you're in Utah county and want to see the colors on the Alpine loop, I suspect that this week is the time to go.
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    Our monthly CTO Breakfast will be held on September 27, 2007 from 8 until at Novell Cafeteria, Building G, Provo Campus . Despite it's name, you don't have to be a CTO to attend--just interested in technology, where it's headed, and the problems of starting and building a high-tech business in Utah. Here are future dates: Sep 27 (Thursday) Oct 30 (Tuesday) Nov 29 (Thursday) No CTO Breakfast in Dec Jan 24 (Thursday) Please reserve them on your calendar now. For directions, links to the Google calendar, and other information, please visit the CTO Breakfast page. If you've been
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                    Longtails and Software Keynote

                    Several people asked for a copy of my slides from keynote this morning. Here they are: Longtails and Software.
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                    Bruce Perens: Innovation Goes Public

                    Bruce Perens speaks to UOSC(click to enlarge) Bruce Perens is here for the second keynote of the evening. I spoke to Bruce on IT Conversations last March when he was last in Utah to protest the Novell/Microsoft deal. Bruce is not only interesting to listen to, but entertaining as well. Bruce gives an intro about why he got excited about open source. As I mentioned, Bruce has criticized Novell in the past (and will today). The conference is being held at Novell, but the security folks haven't thrown him out yet. How can "innovation" go public? It's not a
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                    Matt Asay: Making Utah a Center for Open-Source Innovation

                    Matt Asay is something of a fixture here in Utah and clearly a big booster of open source (he founded the Open Source Business Conference). He's giving the first keynote of the evening on bring open-source home (to Utah). He uses Plato's Allegory of the Cave to talk about how many people aren't prepared to understand that FOSS is better and works. The prisoners, in this case, are traditional IT folks. This is changing; he points to a Gartner study showing people believe FOSS software is better. FOSS achieves ubiquity through exceptional software, focus on the product to drive
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                    Utah Open Source Conference

                    A string quartet entertains us while we eat and chat(click to enlarge) I'm sitting in Novell's Open Source Business Center waiting for the Utah Open Source Conference to begin. There's about 250 people registered, so a pretty good sized event as far as regional conferences go. Tonight is the open reception/dinner (there's a four piece string quartet playing in the corner) and keynotes by Matt Away and Bruce Perens. I'm giving a keynote tomorrow morning and then giving a tutorial on user centric identity and OpenID tomorrow afternoon. There are a large number of sessions in the breakouts tomorrow
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                    CTO Breakfast Report for August 2007

                    At this morning's CTO breakfast we talked about: Working from home--both from the standpoint of employees and employers. The experiences were all over the map--positive and negative. My experience converting physical machines to virtual machines. Booting DOS to recover old data and play old games. iPhone and Syncing--the group consensus was that syncing needs to be faster and happen over Bluetooth. I got the impression that slow syncing was more of a problem for Windows users than Mac users. Whether this is because of higher expectations because of positive experiences with ActiveSync or real slowness, I'm not sure. Comcast's
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                    Security at the South Jordan Library

                    If you visit the library in South Jordan Utah, you'll be pleased to find that there's free wi-fi. You might be less pleased to know that they've blocked the ports for IPSEC--making it impossible to use a VPN based on that protocol. The library's answer to queries about this is that "enabling IPSEC would lead to security problems. A hacker who knows what their doing could open up security liabilities for the library." This information from the librarian at the desk--who gets that question often enough to know the answer. Of course this ignores the security vulnerabilities that you
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    Just a reminder that the CTO Breakfast will be this Thursday (Aug 23) from 8:00 until 10:00 in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G, Provo Campus) . As usual, all are welcome. We'll have our usual technology roundtable, so come prepared with topics to discuss, questions for the group, and things you find interesting. Here are future dates: Sep 27 (Thursday) Oct 30 (Tuesday) Nov 29 (Thursday) No CTO Breakfast in Dec Jan 24 (Thursday) Please mark these dates in your calendar. You can also subscribe to the Google calendar or just use this iCalendar link.
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                    Riding the ULCER Century

                    (click to enlarge) One of the things I've wanted to do for a long time is ride a century. Today was my day. Every year, the Bonneville Bicycling and Touring Club sponsors the Utah Lake Century Epic Ride or ULCER that goes 111 miles around Utah Lake (a large fresh water lake south of the Great Salt Lake). This year was the 23rd annual running of the event. The ride started and ended at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi and went south on the east side of the lake and north on the west (clockwise). I took pictures while I
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                    Talking to Drew Major on Technometria

                    I just posted an interview Scott and I did with Drew Major, one of the founders of Novell and someone who's doing some very interesting things with video. Talking with Drew is really interesting because he has a long history in technology and isn't satisfied with how things are. He's willing to code to make things scale.
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                    One Stop Business Registration

                    I just finished setting up an LLC using Utah's One Stop Business Registration. This is an event-style eGovernment service that we first envisioned when I was CIO. It's been in operation for a while, but this was my first opportunity to use it. I was impressed. The application takes all of the various interactions you'd have with the State to create a business and streamlines it into one, easy to follow workflow. The only criticism I had, and it's minor one, is that the application asked if I wanted to add any additional articles to the Articles of Incorporation,
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                    Utah's Move to More Centralized IT

                    Government Technology has a story about Utah's move to a more centralized IT organization. No big surprises, but it tells the story and concludes that the move has been surprisingly smooth. Steve FLetcher has done a good job in the transition (as have his many lieutenants who helped greatly and don't get mentioned much in the article).
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                    CTO Breakfast Report

                    The first item of discussion at today's CTO Breakfast was iPhone features and unfeatures. A few of us had one. I passed mine around for people to play with. We also discussed some other devices, like the Blackberry Curve. Apparently the voice recognition on the Curve is very good. Scott Lemon brought up openmoko, a hardware device for building open phones. Looks cool. The discussion of the iPhone's lack of GPS led to a great discussion of why GPS is cool. Someone brought up location reminders: "Next time I'm at Home Depot, remind me to pick up..." We talked
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                    Pittsburgh's Diaspora: Coming Home to the Motherland

                    Last week's Interviews with Innovators has Jon Udell talking with Jim Russell about the way the Web can be used to create social contexts among far-flung people who share some connection--in this case the fact that they all came from Pittsburgh. I found this interesting because of a personal connection: my wife's from Pittsburgh--she's part of this diaspora. I lived in Pittsburgh for six months in 1983 (West Mifflin) and have been back many times. Scott Lemon, my co-host on the Technometria podcast is also from Pittsburgh. Beyond the personal ties, I find the whole concept of regional diasporas
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                    Flying to Richfield

                    Little Bryce Canyon(click to enlarge) Last Saturday, Steve Fulling and I flew down to Richfield with my youngest son. The flight was all about breakfast and enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful summer morning. I was a little concerned that we'd run into smoke from the Milford Flat Fire (the largest wildfire in Utah recorded history), but it wasn't an issue. In fact I was disappointed that there weren't any cool firefighting planes at the Richfield airport. I used the flight as an opportunity to see how well my iPhone would do with pictures. Here's some pictures
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                    CTO Breakfast This Friday

                    Our monthly CTO Breakfast will be held on Friday, July 20 from 8:00 am until about 10:00 in the Novell Cafeteria (Building G). We'll be discussing recent technology developments, so bring your favorite ideas from the last month. You don't need to be a CTO to come--just aspire to be one or be interested in high-tech products. Be sure to mark future CTO breakfasts on your calendar: Aug 23 (Thursday) Sep 27 (Thursday) Oct 30 (Tuesday) For directions, please visit the CTO Breakfast page. See you there.
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                    I'll Be at Utah Open Source Conference 2007

                    I've received word that my proposal to give a tutorial on user-centric identity technologies at this year's Utah Open Source Conference has been accepted. I'm excited to be able to participate. I don't know what day I'll be presenting yet. As an aside, I know that conference is still still looking for sponsors, so if your company would like to tap into the open source community in Utah, check it out.
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                    iPhone Update

                    I'm number ninety six in line. I'm about half way up, so I expect there's about 200 people here. The Apple guys have been by to pick up trash and hand out slurpees (very nice!). They said we'd "be fine" so I expect that the inventory is good. There's lots of news crews and reporters working the lines as well. People keep showing up. The security guards for the mall came by a while back and gave us "the rules" regarding saving places, etc. People can swap in and out of line, but if they try and save places
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                    CTO Breakfast on Friday

                    The next CTO Breakfast will happen on June 29, 2007 from 8:00 until 10:00 at the Novell Cafeteria, Building G, Provo Campus. You're invited! You don't have to be a CTO--just interested in products and technology. Given the coincidence of the date--Apple's iPhone will be release at 6pm that day, I'm sure that will be a topic of discussion. Also, Phil Burns had a "map of the Internet" he wanted to show off. Knowing Phil, I'm sure it will be interesting. Please put these future dates on your calendar: Jul 20 (Friday) Aug 23 (Thursday) Sep 27 (Thursday) If
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                    New From AT&T: Family Visit Plans

                    As I was reading this Bob Frankston quote on Doc's blog, I was imagining what would the world be like if our entire road system, including the roads in our neighborhoods have been built privately and we had to pay fees to use them. You'd probably see packages advertised on TV announcing the new Family Visit plans for only $19.95 per month. Pay one low rate and visit all the relatives you want. Malls would have to pay huge hookup fees to the road networks because of the "extra traffic" they'd generate. Interchanges would not just exchange cars, but
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                    Optical Illusion: Qwest's Concern for Consumers

                    I was quoted in a City Weekly article on what Salt Lake City mayoral candidates think about municipal broadband in general and Utopia in particular. It wasn't my quote, however, that caught my eye, but one from Jerry Fenn. Jerry is a lawyer by training and Qwest's Utah President (a position that's mostly about lobbying, I think): Fenn admits that Qwest has been on "the other side of municipally backed telecom projects" mostly because of the long-term harm to consumers. From Salt Lake City Weekly - Optical IllusionReferenced Wed Jun 13 2007 22:00:46 GMT-0600 (MDT) Is there anyone, and
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                    WiFi on UTA Busses

                    The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) is experimenting with WiFi on busses. The move is an effort to attract riders. It seems to be working: "Free Wireless Access keeps me riding the bus," a survey respondent said. "Though driving to work would get me faster, wireless access is an incentive to me to stay off of the road. This is the single best thing about riding the bus. Keep it UP!! Please!!!" From Salt Lake Tribune - UTA plan will let riders surf Web while they rideReferenced Mon Jun 11 2007 13:23:23 GMT-0600 (MDT) I suggested a similar move for
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                    New Features on Utah.gov

                    Dave Fletcher, Utah's Deputy CIO, points out some new features for Utah.gov, Utah's eGovernment portal including many expanded search options, a multimedia portal, and sub-portals for travel and state parks. The state parks site contains a very useful mashup of state park data with Google Maps. Nice.
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                    Follow Up To Seth Godin's Visit

                    I posted my notes from Seth's visit yesterday. Some related happenings might interest you as well. Phil Burns and Ash Buckles vowed that they'd let Seth shave their heads if enough money was raised to bring Seth to Salt Lake City. After Seth was finished speaking they made good on their pledge. I have a few photos, Phil has more and Ash posted a video. The video is worth watching. Seth was quite humorous when he was shaving heads. Phil also had a harrowing experience getting Seth to the airport. Phil, I'm laughing. Let me know when you can
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                    Seth Godin: The Dip

                    I'm sitting in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake, waiting for Seth Godin to show up. He's reportedly in the car, driving from the airport. That's OK, the wait time has been a great time for talking to friends I don't see all the time. There's probably 350 people here as we get started. The premise for this event is interesting. Seth is promoting his new book, The Dip. I wrote about it back in April. He will come anywhere people agree to buy 2500 copies of his book. This is just the sort of fascinating Internet marketing that
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                    At the May 2007 CTO Breakfast

                    We had the May CTO Breakfast today. There was a good group and some great discussion. I started off by talking about the Utopia install at my house. No one else at the meeting has Utopia yet, so there was some interest in how the install went and how well the service works. We also got into a discussion of Mozy. Of course, Tyler wasn't here this time, so we couldn't pump him for info. A general discussion of backup methods, drives, and programs ensued. I brought up Fuse, a cool way of building file systems in user space.
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                    Seth Godin Tomorrow

                    Seth Godin will be speaking on tomorrow at the Salt Palace. I have it on good authority that you can pay at the door, if you haven't pre-registered. The cost is $50, but you get to hear Seth speak, get some food, and also get five copies of his latest book. The doors open at 1pm and Seth starts speaking at 1:30.
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                    Utah Open Source Conference

                    The Utah Open Source Conference will be held on September 6, 2007 through September 8, 2007 at the West Valley Cultural Celebration Center Open Source Technology Center (Novell). The conference is looking for proposals for 90 minute classes on open source topics including: Business solutions (process, applications, infrastructure) IT management and implementation Web development Language skills (Perl, Python, PHP, Ruby) Emerging technologies I'm thinking about putting in a proposal for a session on OpenID and user-centric identity issues. Lots of open source tie-ins there.
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                    CTO Breakfast Reminder

                    Just a reminder that we'll hold the May CTO breakfast this coming Thursday at 8am. We're in the usual place--the Novell cafeteria. Some of you are still holding out because it seems so far away, but give it a chance. It's actually no further than the Canyon Park Technology Center meeting place from the freeway. I've been traveling for two weeks: WWW2007 in Banff and IIW2007a in Mountain View and have some interesting ideas from those trips. I'd love to hear about your ideas and interests as well, so come and share. There's no charge to attend, but you'll
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                    Anyone Need a Pair of Netscalers?

                    Bungee Labs has two pair of Citrix Netscalers for sale. They're new, but out of the box and installed at a couple of data centers. I understand they'll give you a smoking deal. If you're interested, contact me.
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                    v|100 Selection

                    I was chosen, for the fourth year, in a row, as a member of the v|100. The v|100 recognizes entrepreneurs with Utah ties and is sponsored by vSpring Capital, an early stage venture firm. From the announcement: Each year, vSpring asks members of the Utah business community to nominate individuals who are most likely to lead a successful startup venture in the next five to seven years in the IT (information technology) or biotech industries in a chief executive or chief technical officer role. Those nominees who garner the most votes from their peers in this second step of
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                    Ken Knaptop's Blog

                    I've known Ken Knapton for years. I think we met in a job interview. He's currently the CTO for ContentWatch (I'm on the advisory board). Ken is the latest addition to the growing list of Utah Tech bloggers. Ken's blog focuses on his thoughts about software development with an occasional foray into Internet filtering. I look forward to reading what he writes.
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                    I've Got Fiber to My House

                    Utopia truck ready for install(click to enlarge) Utopia is Utah's large-scale municipal-broadband project. My city, Lindon, was one of the first supporters of the project and all winter I've watched in anticipation as crews dug up the lawns in my neighborhood laying fiber. I first heard about Utopia when I was Utah's CIO and Utopia was just a dream Paul Morris had. I've supported it, written about it, testified about it to city councils, and, mostly, waited for it. Yesterday was the day that I had service installed in my house. To understand the overall situation, it's important to
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                    Bikely: Bike Routes on Google Maps

                    I found a cool little application that uses Google maps for bike routes called Bikely. Here's a route near my house that goes around Utah Lake.
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                    Jeannette Wing on Computational Thinking

                    Tonight is Jeannette Wing's general interest talk as part of her Organick Memorial Lecture at the University of Utah. The talk is on computational thinking. Here's an article she wrote for ACM Communications. These slides are close to the ones she used tonight. Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill, like reading, writing, and arithmetic, in the 21st century. Computational thinking enables what one person cannot do alone. There are two components: abstraction and automation. CT involves thinking at more than one layer of abstraction at a time. Automation mechanizes the abstraction layers and their relationship. These allow the
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                    CTO Breakfast Report for April 2007

                    Today was bring your child to CTO Breakfast day. Not officially, but with today being Spring Break, there were a few here. I brought my son so he could visit a friend who lives south. Scott Lemon just got back from Web 2.0. The first thing he talked about was Instructables, a step-by-step collaboration site. There are all kinds of plans for creating guns with K'Nex. There are also other things, of course. You can get the slides from the talk here. He was also pretty juiced about Joost, the P2P video application from the creators of Skype. I
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                    CTO Breakfast This Friday

                    Our monthly CTO breakfast will be held this Friday at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria, Building G, Provo Campus. Check the CTO Breakfast page for directions and future dates. What's been on my mind lately is Seth Godin's hopeful visit to Utah in May, virtualization, and Twitter. Bring whatever topic's been gnawing at you and we'll have a good conversation. We always do. Remember, the event is free (you pay for your own breakfast) and anyone interested in high-tech companies and products is invited. You don't have to be a CTO. If you're hesitant to drive all the way
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                    Finding Seth Godin in Utah

                    Phil Burns wants to bring Seth Godin to Utah to speak. That would be cool. Seth's promoting his new book, The Dip. Here's the deal (from Seth's blog): In each city I'm able to get to, if you buy 5 books (in advance), you get to come hear me give a speech for free. OR, if you prefer to think of it differently, if you pay $50 to hear me speak, you get five books for free. From The Dip by Seth Godin: The Dip TourReferenced Fri Apr 13 2007 10:47:38 GMT-0600 (MDT) The catch is that before he'll
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                    Provo Second on Forbes List

                    Forbes magazine lists Provo Utah as second on their list of Best Places For Business And Careers. Raleigh, NC was number one and Boise, ID was third. That's good company. After listening to Richard Florida on IT Conversations a few years back, I bought his book The Rise of the Creative Class. Provo gets a mention there as well as a good place for doing business. Florida talks a great deal about what metropolitan areas can do to become magnets for creative people. Forbes is capturing a lot of that in their list; here are the components: Colleges -
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                    2007 Organick Lecture: Jeannette Wing

                    This year's Organick Lecture at the University of Utah will be delivered by Jeannette Wing, President's Professor of Computer Science and Head of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. In keeping with tradition, the lecture consists of two parts, a general interest lecture and a research lecture. The general interest lecture, entitled "Computational Thinking" will be on Wed April 25, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the 220 Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Research Building on the University of Utah campus. The research lecture will be on "Automatic Generation and Analysis of Attack Graphs" and will be given on Thursday, April
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                    Utah Stories

                    Richard Markosian is the creator of a Web site called UtahStories.com. I love the idea and I love the execution. The site hosts a collection of short video documentaries about current events, people, and history in Utah. There's a menu item called "Tell Your Story" that is "temporarily unavailable" so I'm not sure what the model is for user submitted stories. I'd love to see a way for podcasts and video to co-exist on the site.
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                    CTO Breakfast Links for March 2007

                    Mentioned at this morning's CTO Breakfast: I brought up Twitter. Until last week I'd never heard of it, now it seems I hear about it several times a day. I signed up to play with it. My first reaction is that the Web site is sloooooooooooow. Kathy Sierra wonders if Twitter is too good. The basic question is whether the level of interruption justifies the potential good. I think I'm siding with Kathy on this one. Barry Bryson brought is TomTom, a Bluetooth enabled GPS device that ties to the Treo (and other things) and gives you portable navigation
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                    CTO Breakfast for March 2007

                    We'll hold the March CTO Breakfast this Thursday at 8am in the Novell Cafeteria (see directions here) in Building G of the Provo Novell Campus. At least one person has contacted me and asked if we could discuss what I can best describe as "open source gravitus" in Utah. Does Utah have enough open source happening to create some interesting synergies? This group apparently thinks so. Some of us were at the Mountain West Ruby conference last week and I'm sure that will come up. As always, I'm intrigued by identity. What's eating you? Come talk about it. Here
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                    Mountain West Ruby Conference

                    Registration desk(click to enlarge) I'm at the Mountain West Ruby conference today. The venue is the Salt Lake Public Library, which haps a very nice auditorium. There's a good slate of speakers. I'm looking forward to getting some information about Ruby besides Rails. I'm hoping to get some of the audio from the conference for IT Conversations. There's some good talks here and I'm anxious to see what kind of response we'll get to Ruby content from IT Conversations listeners.
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                    iProvo Prepares to Cross 10,000 Subscriber Mark

                    iProvo is Utah's second largest municipal broadband project. The largest, Utopia, is a consortium of cities from around the state. iProvo, on the other hand, is a project of the Provo City. A story in today's Deseret News says that iProvo now has 9,480 subscribers. The graphic accompanying the story shows the growth since August, 2005. The trend is nearly linear, up and to the right. iProvo used to believe that they needed 10,000 customers to break even, but that number has gone up to between 12,000 and 14,000. The big question is whether they can hit break even
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                    Scoblizing Utah

                    Robert Scoble and Phil Windley. The sun and snow were very bright.(click to enlarge) Robert Scoble was in Utah today for Slopecast, a Rocky Mountain Voices event. I had a meeting at noon, so I wasn't able to make it up for Robert's presentation, but I drove up and we spent some time talking after the event. The event was sold out, as you'd expect, and by all measures was successful. I heard several people commenting how much they enjoyed it. I'm sure the event was recorded, so I'll try to point to it when it's online.
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                    EO Wilson in Utah

                    I'm listening to Doug Fabrizio interview EO Wilson on Radio West. Doug is one of the best interviewers I know and I always enjoy him--I listen to him whenever I can. EO Wilson is in Salt Lake this week as a guest of the Utah Museum of Natural History and the Nature Conservancy. He spoke last night as part of the Nature of Things series. He was just delightful to hear and listen to. EO Wilson is the author of many influential books, including On Human Nature and, his latest, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth.
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                    Speaking of Blogging...

                    I spoke about blogging today to the Utah Valley Chapter of the PRSA. I enjoyed it a lot. Lots of good discussion and interest. Kip Meacham also spoke. In a reversal of roles, the techie (me) spoke about why blog and the marketer (Kip) spoke to the mechanics of blogging. Noelle Bates of Logoworks set it all up. Here's a copy of my slides. The only problem with an event like this is that one hour (Kip and I each had an hour) is hardly enough to get started. For example, I didn't get into much on the "corporate
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                    CTO Breakfast Report: The No-Employee Business

                    At this months' CTO Breakfast we had a long discussion about preparing students for careers in software this morning. We debated how much students need to know real tools like Subversion, Eclipse, Ant, and so on versus knowing how to design. I'm not convinced that the two are separable, which was another thread in the discussion. No decisions, naturally, but informative to me and I hope others. This led to a discussion of off shoring which then led to a longer discussion on switching from a reliance on paychecks to living from multiple revenue streams. Of course, this is
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                    Jim Harper Testifying Tomorrow

                    Jim Harper, who spoke in Utah last November will be testifying before the Utah Government Operations Committee at 8:15 in Room W010 of the Capitol. I'm sure his testimony will be in regard to this resolution against the RealID Act. Jim's an advocate of states taking a firm stance in opposition to the Federal government on the RealID act. He makes very good points about why the RealID act is ill-conceived and will be as ineffective at stopping terrorism as it is effective at invading the privacy of everyone else.
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                    CTO Breakfast Thursday

                    We'll hold the CTO breakfast this Thursday at 8am. Last time we met in the Novell Cafeteria and that worked really well. Folks coming from Salt Lake reported that it was perhaps even shorter than driving over to Canyon Park. As usual, the conversation will be informal and free-form. Anyone interested in how information technology is used to build products or run companies is welcome. Here are the scheduled dates so far: March 22 (Thursday) April 20 (Friday) (changed!) May 24 (Thurdsday) Jun 28 (Friday) Here's directions: Take the University Ave exit off I-15, cross University Ave, and turn
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                    Action Needed: Contact Your Legislator on VoIP Taxation

                    Tomorrow the Utah House will start debating a bill to add the E911 tax to VoIP in Utah. I wrote about the bill earlier and why I think it's a bad idea. If you live in Utah, contact your legislator by email as soon as possible and tell them that infeasible to tax VoIP and that you're opposed to it.
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                    Can You Regulate VoIP?

                    House Bill 119 (First Substitute) would tax VoIP service for E911 service: 3 (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b) and subject to the other provisions of this Subsection (3) a county, city, or town within which 911 emergency telephone service is provided may levy monthly an emergency services telephone charge on: ... (iii) any other service, including voice over Internet protocol, provided to a user within the boundaries of the county, city, or town that allows the user to make calls to and receive calls from the public switched telephone network, including commercial mobile radio service networks. Of
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                    Senate Radio

                    The Utah Senate has a podcast called Senate Radio, a podcast featuring Utah Senators talking about their bills and ideas. Obviously, the interviewer is a friendly, but there's still some good value here. I like that it's a real podcast--you can subscribe with iTunes or whatever podcatcher you use and have it show up on your iPod if that's what you want. Otherwise, you just go to the site and listen there. I'd like a list of the most recent shows to show up on the page (you can click on "Posts" on the embedded player and get that
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                    January CTO Breakfast Report

                    We talked about the recent SHA-1 hack and the MD5 exploits that are available. Lockcrack (a password cracking program) apparently has a table of pre computed hashes now installed that make cracking many hashes a job of just a few seconds. There's a pattern in some technology start-ups where there's a brilliant technologist who has an idea that many others can't quite understand. They attract some money and generate a lot of hype on the basis of their brilliance, but eventually fail because they can't explain what they do. We got into a discussion of phones and convergence. Richard
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                    eGovernment Calendaring for Meetings

                    Sometimes it's the simple things that make the biggest differences--that's true for eGovernment as well. Rep. John Dougall has proposed HB222 in the Utah House to require that "a public body which holds regular meetings that are scheduled in advance over the course of a year shall give public notice at least once each year of its annual meeting schedule...on the Internet, in a manner that is easily accessible to citizens that use the Internet" This is a good move and takes advantage of the strengths of the Internet to inform citizens of when their government is meeting. Naturally,
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                    CTO Breakfast for January (at Novell)

                    It's time to start the CTO Breakfast series for 2007! We'll be meeting in a new place this time, so pay attention. The CTO Breakfast for January will be help Thursday Jan 25th at 8am at the Novell Cafeteria. As usual you can bring any topic that has caught your interest for discussion. I'm anxious to talk about Windows Vista, bad software, and the new iPhone. Here's directions: Take the University Ave exit off I-15, cross University Ave, and turn left (north) onto Novell Place and enter the Novell campus. When you drive up to bldg H (the 8-story
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                    Dave Fletcher's Top Ten for Utah IT

                    Dave Fletcher offers up his annual Top 10 in Utah IT for 2006. Among them are the State's wining of three different eGovernment awards and the fact that Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Orem all place in the top-10 digital cities. While you're there, check out his mashup showing the location of state buildings on Google maps. Now, if facilities (or some concerned citizen) would combine that with data on annual cost of the building to maintain, etc. we'd be getting somewhere.
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                    Jim Harper Audio On Identity

                    I just posted Jim Harper's talk on identity at IT Conversations. It's a good talk and well worth listening to if you've got any interest in identity and public policy. Unfortunately, we didn't have a mic for the audience, so the Q&A session didn't make it. That's too bad since there was some really good interaction.
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                    Paper for Voting

                    Legislation pending in Congress would ban the use of paperless electronic voting machines in the 2008 election. When John Dougall proposed the legislation in Utah requiring a paper audit trail, there were some naysayers. John's looking pretty smart now since his legislation ensured that Utah didn't buy machines it would now have to throw out or modify.
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                    CTO Breakfast Report

                    We had the monthly CTO Breakfast this morning--perhaps for the last time in it's usually place. There was a good group present and some fun discussion. Bruce Fryer's brought up an ironic encounter with a word-of-mouth marketing company. The person who runs the marketing for a prominent WOM company somehow didn't get Linked-In and who social networks work. Funny. We got into a discussion of new media. I brought up the Bear Sterns report I blogged about the other day and it's breakdown of the media pipeline. There's a great opportunity in the "content packaging" space--although I wonder if
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                    CTO Breakfast for November and December

                    This Thursday will be the CTO breakfast for November and December. We'll hold it at 8am in the usual place (Executive Conference Room of Building L at Canyon Park Technology Center). For more information on location, including maps, please see the CTO Breakfast page. Things that are on my mind include building reservations systems, reputation, and next week's Internet Identity Workshop. Come prepared to discuss what's on your mind. Future breakfasts will be held on the following dates: January 25 (Thursday) February 15 (Thursday) March 22 (Thursday) As far as location for these meetings goes, I'll let you know
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                    Discussing Identity Public Policy in Utah

                    Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, public officials have been under increasing pressure to employ identity in the name of security. Advancements in identification and surveillance technologies -- biometrics, identity cards, databases, RFID, and so on -- threaten privacy and civil liberties, enable identity fraud, and subject people to unwanted observation. But there is no going back. Rep. John Dougall has invited Jim Harper to discuss his book, Identity Crisis: How Identification is Overused and Misunderstood. Identity Crisis is a superb primer on identification, identification theory, and identity policy. Citizens, technologists, and policymakers alike need a good
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                    CTO Breakfast Venue

                    It's been a good run, but after almost two years, the executive conference room at the Canyon Park Technology Center will no longer be available for our monthly CTO Breakfasts. Canyon Park has leased Building L to UVSC and the restrictions that UVSC is placing on its use make it unpalatable. First, they want to charge us $50 per month to use the conference room unless we cater breakfast through them. Second, they want me to purchase insurance. We could probably work all that out, but it would mean a lot of administrative overhead in signing contracts, working out
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                    More on Online Docs

                    Jordy has a nice write-up of last week's CTO Breakfast on his blog. He concentrates and adds to the discussion of online word processing and spreadsheet tools. I think online doc sharing just hasn't reached a critical mass yet. It's too new, and too early in the product life cycle, especially when other (albeit clumsy) solutions are already in place. I had the hardest time getting my classmates to use a wiki for collaborative writing, and that was only a year ago. I'm sure that some of them will use them in the workplace or on social networks now
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                    CTO Breakfast Report for October

                    I posted a piece on why mobile data centers matter at Between the Lines. My thoughts were in response to the most recent Gillmor Gang where Sun's new mobile data centers were discussed. Another interesting tidbit from that show was a discussion of Google Office. The consensus of the gang was that Google Office was a winner because of its collaboration features. Calacanis mentioned that he likes to have group editing sessions with people with everyone on a phone conference, getting a document ready. I asked the group at my CTO Breakfast about Google Office this morning. Several had
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                    Cardinal: Ruby on Parrot

                    At the next Provo Linux User's Group meeting on the 8th of November, Kevin Tew will be presenting Cardinal, a Ruby implementation on Parrot that he's working on.
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                    First Snow

                    It's snowing... First snow of the season. None of it's sticking yet, but it's fun to watch outside my window. I hope we have a good winter.
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                    CTO Breakfast Reminder

                    Just a reminder that the CTO Breakfast will be held this Thursday at 8am in the Executive Conference room of Building L at Canyon Park Technology Center (the usual location, in other words). Come grab some breakfast at the food court just outside the conference room and join us for a great conversation. From time to time I have people tell me that the name scares them--they feel like the won't fit in with all the CTOs in the room. There are a few CTOs, CIOs, and the like who come, but the most important criteria is not your
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                    Matz Speaking at BYU

                    This Wednesday at 3pm (note the time change), Yukihiro Matsumoto, aka Matz, the creator of Ruby will be giving the colloquium in 1170 TMCB. The colloquium is open to anyone who's interested in attending. I suggest getting there early.
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                    Remembering Ray Noorda

                    Ray Noorda had a great affect on high-tech in Utah. He took a small, ailing networking company and transformed it into a 12,000 person powerhouse. While he died this week, his struggle with Alzheimer's meant that he's been absent for some time. I never knew him, never even shook his hand, but I've known dozens of people who did. Here are a few remembrances I liked: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols remembers Linux's debt to Noorda Craig Burton calls Noorda an enigma Rocky Mountain Voices records comments from Darl McBride, Ron Heinz, Drew Major, and Ty Mattingly
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                    Speaking at USU

                    I'm going to be speaking today at Utah State University on digital identity. I believe the talk is at noon in room 416 Old Main.
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                    John Furrier and Rock Mountain Voices

                    I just got done listening to Denise Howell's interview with John Furrier, the founder and CEO of PodTech.net. John will be in Salt Lake on Thursday for a meetup with Rocky Mountain Voices.
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                    CTO Breakfast Report for September

                    Carl Youngblood told us of his experience as the sole technical person in a small construction loan wholesaling company. He's building a Rails application to automate the process and using an Indian outsourcing company to do much of the work under his direction. I was fascinated to hear how he had managed to set up an outsourcing contract and managed the work as a small shop. I mentioned that Yukihiro Matsumoto, or Matz, the creator or Ruby will be giving the colloquium in the BYU CS Department on Oct 19th. Eric Smith gave us a run down of Control4,
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                    CTO Breakfast on Tuesday

                    This is a reminder that we'll be holding the CTO breakfast this coming Tuesday at 8am in Building L (cafeteria) of the Canyon Park Technology Center (former WordPerfect campus). This is a change from the schedule. I have decided to go to the Podcast Academy on Thursday, so I'm hoping at least a few of you can join me on Tuesday. A few topics I'd love to discuss include: Vonage, Asterisk, and VoIP for the home and small business Identity for doctors Your topics are welcome, as they always are. Future CTO Breakfasts will be held on October 26
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                    Does Your Four-Year Old Have a Full Time Job?

                    An article in this morning's Deseret News revealed that the Social Security Numbers of as many as 600 Utah children under the age of 12 are in use somewhere in the state by someone else. These workers might be using these SSNs mistakenly or they might not... The real story however, is that Utah law doesn't provide clear avenues and reasonable tools for the Dept. of Workforce Services to try to correct the mistakes. Workers are afraid of privacy law violations and have no authority to require employers to fix the problems. So, if your four year old gets
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                    Blogging at Altiris

                    I gave a training session on blogging to Altiris employees yesterday. The PR department there is very progressive and is embracing blogging as a way of enhancing the conversation with their customers. I was very impressed with their attitude and excitement to get out in front of this. The session was well attended and had good executive support. If you're interested in looking at my slides, here they are (PDF). If you'd like the audio to go with them, I'd be happy to come speak to your group. :-) In the meantime, I'm anxious to see some Altiris bloggers
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                    August CTO Breakfast

                    This Friday we'll meet again for August's CTO Breakfast. We'll meet at 8am in the food court at Canyon Park Technology Center (former Word Perfect campus). We'll be in the conference room at the west end. Bring your stories, cool discoveries, and other adventures to share. Let me know if there's something you'd like to talk about that would benefit from a projector and I'll round one up. Since we didn't meet in July I expect there will be a lot of pent up demand to share cool stuff you've seen, built, or heard over the last 8 weeks.
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                    Internet Marketing

                    A fellow Utah blogger, Janet Meiners, also known as Newspapergrl, is sponsoring a conference on Internet marketing. My good friend and Internet marking guru Paul Allen (the lesser) is the keynote speaker. If you're interested in this sort of thing, just hearing Paul speak would be worth the price of admission.
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                    Supporting Utah Dinosaur Curation

                    You may or may not know it, but Utah has a huge collection of dinosaur fossils. Of course, Utah is where Dinosaur National Park is located. Unfortunately, the facilities for supporting this important collection are in serious disrepair. The National Park Service is requesting comments on the development of a regional paleontological repository facility in Vernal, Utah in a partnership with the Vernal Field House of Natural History (Utah State Parks). The facility is to be constructed adjoining the newly opened Vernal Field House of Natural History in Vernal and jointly managed. The Utah State Paleontologist, Jim Kirkland, is
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                    Goodbye Al Mansell

                    Al Mansell Al Mansell is retiring from the Utah Senate. He was president of the Senate when I was CIO. My most memorable experience of Sen. Mansell is when I was moving all domains from state.ut.us to utah.gov. Al was very upset about the move, so I went to talk to him about it. I asked why he didn't want to use utah.gov and he replied that .gov meant governor and he wanted to use utah.le for legislature. As techies we may laugh, but to someone outside the voodoo of DNS, that seems like a perfectly reasonable request. Why can't
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                    Electronic Voting and Paper Ballots

                    This story from the Salt Lake Tribune talks about the policy confision and questions surrounding recounts for electronic voting machines in Utah after last month's primary election. While there is some chaos right now, I'm confident that it's going to all get worked out because the proper levers are in place. Utah's law requires a paper ballot and designates it the "official" ballot. Based on that law, there will be some court challenges and lawsuits and precedent will be established. That's how these sorts of things get worked out. Some will decry this as messy and expensive, but that's
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                    Inside Utah: Talking About UTOPIA

                    Jennifer Napier-Pearce interviewed me about UTOPIA, Utah municipal broadband project, for issue 50 of her Inside Utah podcast. Jennifer, who works in public radio, produces a good show with board interest for folks in Utah and high production values.
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                    You Don't Need Your Government Today

                    Speaking of Utah.gov, it's offline and returning a 503 (Service Temporarily Unavailable) error. Anyone know what's up? In the meantime, you don't need your government today--go away and come back tomorrow. And as long as we're talking about eGovernment, Google launched a specialized search engine for US Government information. The page can be personalized, if you log in. The personalization includes feeds from various government and non-government news sources as well as the ability to add random RSS feeds.
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                    Blogger Conference Report

                    Phil Burn's sets up the banner(click to enlarge) The Utah Blogger Conference started out a lot like a blog: informal, slow, and a little disorganized, but once it got going, there was a lot of energy. I noticed a lot of informal conversations happening as the conference organizers were setting up and those are likely to prove as useful as anything else. The conference was organized by Phil Burns and Ryan Money with a lot of help fro their friends. There are about 160-180 people here, so the turnout is great. The main event was a panel with Cydni Tetro,
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                    Utah Blogger Conference

                    The Utah Blogger Conference is tonight at 6:30pm at the Larry H. Miller Innovation Center in Sandy. The conference is free and there's no need to pre-register. Just show up. I'll be there speaking on a panel. See you there.
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                    Hill AFB Air Show 2006

                    Oracle stunt plane getting ready for the show (click to enlarge) Saturday I took my two youngest boys to the air show at Hill Air Force Base. The weather was perfect--about 75 degrees and sunny. The planes were very fun to see, both up close and in the air. There were some stunt planes, including the Oracle stunt team and close formation flying. The highlight of the show, of course, was the Thunderbirds. While the stunt flyers do stunts and the others do formations, the Thunderbirds do stunts in formation. That's cool. I took over 100 shots, and uploaded a
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                    v|100 Luncheon

                    I went to the VSpring Capital v|100 luncheon today. VSpring does a great job with this program and the luncheon is one of my favorite networking events of the year. I see all kinds of people there that I need to catch up with. Dennis Wood, who makes it happen, and the VSpring partners deserve kudos for a job well done. Ellen Levy was the speaker today and she gave an awesome talk. She's the Director of Industry Collaboration & Research for Stanford University's Media X and has a broad background in high-tech and venture funding. She talked about
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                    Spectrum Talks Up UTOPIA

                    An IEEE Spectrum article discusses Utah's muni-broadband project, UTOPIA. There's a map of UTOPIA cities, but the legend seems to be missing. There's also a page of photos. The piece also contrasts the UTOPIA architecture with Verizon's FiOS service. The peaceful coexistence of multiple service providers is another thing that distinguishes Utopia. Because Utopia sends TV programming as Internet packets, indistinguishable from e-mail, Web pages, and everything else, it puts a huge reservoir of bandwidth at the disposal of its providers. By contrast, Verizon's FiOS, a sort of DSL on steroids, reserves most of an optical fiber's capacity for
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                    UTC Calls Hatch a Champion of Technology

                    I just got to the conference center in Edinburgh. The trip wasn't bad--I slept most of the way from Chicago. When I checked my email, I had several emails that people had forwarded to me pointing out an email from UITA requesting that members attend a $500/person fund raising reception for Sen. Orrin Hatch. The announcement read, in part: In recent years I've worked closely w/ Senator Orrin Hatch and found him to be a true champion of technology issues in our country. Since he's had such an important impact on our technology community, I hope you'll join me
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                    May CTO Breakfast Report

                    We spent a good deal of time talking about offsite backup and things like Jungle Disk. Jungle Disk is a application for Windows, OSX, and Linux that uses Amazon's S3 as the storage substrate. Bruce brought up Verisign's PIP, an OpenID service. This is particularly cool, I think, because its shows there's some momentum behind user-centric ID when big companies start to jump in. Michael Graves, of Verisign, was at IIW2006 and he talks about PIP on his blog. We discussed how to build good teams and companies. We were surprised to see that getting it right the first
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                    Software Symposium 2006

                    No Fluff Just Stuff is hosting a software symposium on June 16-17. It's still not too late for the early bird discount. The program and content look pretty good if you're interested in Java and agile methodology. I'm a little miffed that it's on a Friday and Saturday. I generally boycott conferences on weekends and so don't plan on going. I resent the encroachment of these kinds of activities into what I consider my leisure and family time. But, if you don't and you're in the Salt Lake area, you might enjoy the conference.
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                    eVoting Security Holes

                    I put a piece about Black Box Voting's report up at Between the Lines. The report found significant security problems. The investigation is a result of Bruce Funk's courageous action in letting independent security experts look at his Diebold machines. Should we panic? No. But we ought not to dismiss this security concern out of hand either as Diebold seems to hope we will. More states should subject more voting machines to independent tests by real computer security experts. If there's nothing to hide, then this should be a relatively painless thing to do. The fact that Diebold and
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                    Utah Senate Blog Is Effective eGovernment

                    The Utah Senate Site blog was featured in a story at Stateline.org. Joining the nation's growing proliferation of political Web logs, or blogs, the Utah site was the first of its kind to strike up a digital dialogue that included entries not just from state Senate Republicans but also from minority Democrats and lawmakers in the opposite chamber. Unfolding comment by comment, the unofficial daily log often paralleled official debate taking place under the dome -- with the added bonus of anonymity. From Power blogging debuts in Utah capitolReferenced Fri May 12 2006 10:23:04 GMT-0600 (MDT) Ric Cantrell, on
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                    v|100 Selectees

                    vSpring has released the names of the v|100 for 2006. "The v|100 was conceived by vSpring as a tool to recognize the region's outstanding entrepreneurs and to support and promote partnering and collaboration among the state of Utah's top entrepreneurs." I'm happy to say that I'm among them for the third year in a row, particularly since the nomination and selection process is done by the entrepreneurial community in Utah.
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                    April CTO Breakfast Report

                    Today we did something different at the CTO breakfast and brought a projector for 5 minute lightening demos. Nathan Conger from Novell went first and showed the new SUSE Enterprise Linux Desktop. We saw Beta 10. This is available from OpenSUSE.org. Nice integrated wireless network management. Virtual desktops are a rotating cube. Windows warp when you drag them. Windows can live "on the corner" of the cube. An official DVD player will ship with the final version. Window transparency built-in. Expose-like behavior. All-in-all, pretty flashy. Support for Visual Basic macros in OpenOffice. Windows users now have to envy SUSE
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                    April CTO Breakfast Reminder

                    Just a reminder that April's CTO breakfast will be held this Friday (Apr 28) at 8am in the usual location (Bldg L, Food Court of Canyon Park Technology Center). This time we're going to try something new. I'll have a projector there and we'll invite (at the meeting) 2-3 people to give 5 minute demos. So, if you've got something you'd like to show, bring a laptop or a URL. This doesn't have to be something you made. It could simply be something you think is cool and that the entire group would enjoy seeing. On the other hand,
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                    Celebrating Extraodinary Acts of Kindness

                    Some Heros Aren't This Easy to Recognize Kirton and McConkie and Connect Magazine (where I write a monthly column) are sponsoring the XO Awards for extraordinary acts of kindsness in Utah. Here's what the say: We're all surrounded by amazing people who do selfless heroic things (neighbors, teachers, grocers, etc.) If you have someone in your life that deserves to be recognized for extraordinary acts of kindness, nominate them for the XO Awards. Please help us celebrate these extraordinary people. Click here to nominate someone to receive an XO Award. Hurry! Nominations will be accepted from March 15-May 15,
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                    March CTO Breakfast Report

                    This morning's CTO breakfast had around 30 people in attendance. As always, the conversations was geeky and varied. Here are a few things I took notes on. We had a discussion of Ruby and how it's always at the bottom of the lisp. The facts of the matter, however that in most Web applications (where Ruby seems to have found it's sweet spot) the CPU and language aren't the bottleneck. What is? Database communication. Someone mentioned that this podcast with Jamis Buck that discusses the scalability of Ruby Web apps. We had lots of discussion on virtualization. I brought
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                    March's CTO Breakfast

                    Just a reminder that the CTO Breakfast for March will be held this Thursday at 8am in the food court of the Canyon Park Technology Center (Building L of the former Word Perfect campus). Come a little early, grab some food at Gandolfo's, and enjoy the conversation. Please bring ideas, interesting Web discoveries, and other technology related issues to discuss. The past few months have had a large attendance and the discussion has been great. I'm looking forward to this Thursday. Here are the dates for the next four meetings. Mark you calendars now. March 30 (Thursday) April 28
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                    Blogging 101 Panel

                    The Utah Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators & Public Relations Society of America is having their spring conference May 9 at the Hotel Monaco in Salt Lake. I've been asked to lead a panel called "Blogging 101." I'm looking for three other people to fill out the panel. If you'd like to be on the panel contact me. If I don't know you, please give me some idea of your blogging experience and what you'd like to contribute to the panel (i.e. what needs to be said). Even if you don't want to be on the
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                    February CTO Breakfast Report

                    This morning's CTO breakfast was well attended (about 30 people) with good discussion. Here are some of the things we talked about. I started out mentioning that Hillarie Orman was on a panel at Demo and asking for a report from her. We got a good Cliff Notes version of the panel and conference. Bruce Grant was also there and mentions that conference was full of marketing hype as well as very smart people. We got into a short discussion of quantum computing and what that means to cryptography. Quantum computing and it's effects on cryptography shouldn't be confused
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                    Legislative Live Blogging

                    Yesterday Steve Urquhart live blogged a day of the Utah Legislature from his chair as Majority Whip. This is likely the very first live blog of a session by a sitting legislator. Interesting and informative to see a whole day from his perspective.
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                    Hearing Alan Kay

                    Alan Kay is giving the Organick Lecture at the University of Utah on Thursday. It's actually two lectures, one in the afternoon on "computer science" and "software engineering" and on in the evening on the $100 laptop. I'm planning on going to both. If you're interested in riding with me, I've got four seats--first come, first serve. I'll be leaving BYU at 2:15. Since I'm planning on staying for both lectures, I won't be home until late. If you're already in Salt Lake, it would be fun to get some people together for dinner in between the lectures. Say
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                    CTO Breakfast on Thursday

                    We'll be having the monthly CTO Breakfast this Thursday at 8am. As usual, we'll meet in the Food Court at Canyon Park Technology Center (Building L of the former Word Perfect Campus). Come prepared to talk to the group about one or two interesting technologies you've seen in the last little while. We want to know what made you say "wow!" lately. The next three CTO Breakfast's will be: March 30 (Thursday) April 28 (Friday) May 19 (Friday) Mark your calendar's now! Remember, you don't have to be a CTO to come. Just someone interested in technology and its
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                    Alan Kay Organick Lectures

                    Alan Kay will give this year's Organick Lectures at the University of Utah on Feb 23rd. He will speak in the afternoon (@3:40pm) on "Are 'Computer Science' and 'Software Engineering' Oxymorons?" and in the evening (@7:30pm) on "Children, Powerful Ideas, and the $100 Laptop." Both lectures will be at the 202 Skaggs Biology Research Building. If you're in the area, you ought to go. Alan Kay has wonderful and inspiring to listen to whenever I've heard him. What's more, the setting is usually fairly small. Last year, when I heard Vint Cerf speak, there were probably less that 100
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                    Ben Galbraith: Ajaxian

                    Ben Galbraith is an Ajaxian. I met Ben when he was president of the Utah Java user's Group. Ben's also the author, along with Justin Gehtland and Dion Almaer, of Pragmatic Ajax : A Web 2.0 Primer. I've always been impressed with Ben's talks and writing, so I'm anxious to pick up a copy and see what he has to say.
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                    CTO Breakfast Report

                    Today's CTO Breakfast was a lot of fun. There were about 30 people there. I was afraid that with the day change we'd have fewer people, but not so. Any more and we'll have to get a bigger room. We talked about a lot of interesting things. Here are some pointers to some things people brought up or mentioned: Ross Livingston couldn't come, but sent me a note about a company in North Dakota that's exploring the use of weather balloons to provide cell coverage. The idea is to launch the balloons on the west end of ND and
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                    Wanted: Linux Developer

                    Ken Knapton at Content Watch is looking for a developer with Linux roots. Here's a list of the skills required: In-depth understanding of Linux operating system and development practices Demonstrable experience developing Java and/or C++ applications 3-5 years of work experience in Software Development Server-side development experience preferred Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field Knowledge of Java/C++ and object-oriented design and development The job's located in Utah. If you're interested, contact Ken directly.
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                    CTO Breakfast Date Change

                    I've had to change the date of the CTO breakfast for January. The schedule originally had us meeting on Thursday the 26th or January, but I've got to leave for Hawaii that morning (I know, but someone has to do it). So, instead, I've moved the breakfast to Tuesday the 31st of January. We'll be meeting at the Food Court in Building L of Canyon Park Technology Center (former WordPerfect campus) at 8am. The reason I'm going to Hawaii is to visit Brian Chee's network testing lab and I'll report on that. Please come with a few new things
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                    Geek Dinner Tonight

                    There's a geek dinner tonight in Sandy. The discussion topic will be geek law. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to make it.
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                    Asterisk Users Group in Utah

                    There's a new Asterisk user's group forming Utah and their first meeting is tonight. If you're not familiar with Asterisk, it's an open source PBX that is extremely capable. Update: The formatting bug in the hCalendar that Jon mentions has been fixed. The formatting kept the "download" link from appearing. I also changed the spelling. :-)
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                    Vlogging in Utah

                    Phil Burns and his vlogging tool, Blastyx, are featured in a Salt Lake City Weekly editorial (of all places) on vlogs. Maybe CW is branching out into high tech. Applying their unique style of vicious mudslinging and blatant disregard for the truth to high tech reporting would certainly liven things up.
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                    Salt Lake Tribune News Quiz

                    I scored 105 or 125 on the Tribune News Trivia Quiz. I took the Salt Lake Tribune's News Trivia Quiz and scored 105 out 125. That qualifies me as an official news junkie. I missed questions about entertainment--the one thing that doesn't interest me much. Try it and see how you do. I'm surprised they don't have ads on the quiz--lot's of page views. The quiz has a bug in the HTML form presenting the questions. The top radio button doesn't have the same name as the bottom two, so it's possible to select more than one answer. Of course,
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                    What Does This Data Tell You?

                    I ran across this article about the State of Mississippi's Web site. What caught my eye was the information that the site had jumped from 49th place in Brown University's study to 9th place. Now, I'm sure they all worked hard and that this is a great accomplishment, but the very fact that you can jump so far in a single year underscores the assertion that state Web portals really aren't offering very much. The truth is that we are still just playing around at level 2 of a four level eGovernment maturity model. The state eGovernment portals built
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                    Geek Dinner Report and Pictures

                    December's Geek Dinner at Los Hermanos I have a few pictures from last night's geek dinner. My talk went pretty well, but the Internet was out just when I was talking (worked before and after), so some of the demos I wanted to show involved some handwaving. One of the hardest questions to answer on microformats is "why would I want to do that?" Reminds me of XML in 1998. The place was packed--well over 60 people. Phil Burns did a good job of running the dinner and keeping everything humming. Pete Ashdown was there and got a loud round
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                    Geek Dinner Tonight

                    I'll be speaking on microformats at the geek dinner tonight. See you there.
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                    CTO Breakfast for November and December

                    This Friday is the CTO breakfast for November and December. We'll meet in the conference room near the food court at Canyon Park Technology Center (Building L). See the CTO Breakfast page for more information and directions. Also on that page are dates for future meetings, so mark your calendar. Our next meeting will be on January 26, 2006. Come prepared with a few new things you've seen over the last month that other's might enjoy.
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                    Geek Dinner Wednesday

                    Paul Allen, Phil Burns, Aaron Zupancic, and Jamis Buck are hosting a geek dinner Wednesday Nov 30th from 6 - 8 pm at Los Hermanos Restaurant (395 N State St in Lindon UT). I'm going to take 20 minutes or so to talk about microformats. If you're interested in going, drop by the Web site and RSVP.
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                    Micron and Intel in Lehi

                    John Dougall notes that Intel and Micron will manufacture some of the flash memory in their new joint venture at Micron's Lehi, Utah plant. That plant was built eight or nine years ago and has never really been at full capacity. It would be nice to see more happening there. John also mentions the new Apple retail store in Salt Lake--just in time for the holidays.
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                    Ben Galbraith at UVLUG

                    Ben Galbraith will be speaking at the Utah Valley Linux Users Gpoup meeting next Saturday at 2pm. Ben's a good speaker and I'm sure this will be a great presentation. He's competing with the BYU/Utah game for audience though.
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                    CTO Breakfast Report

                    I really enjoyed this morning's CTO breakfast a lot. At the suggestion of some attendees, I tried to moderate it a little and keep it more focused on new and interesting technology. Here are some of the things we talked about: Riya is a new photo sharing service that includes face recognition. You can identify people by selecting their face and typing in something (name, keyword, etc.) The service then will identify that same face using that keyword in any other photos you've uploaded. Very cool. There are some obvious privacy concerns... Right now, it's invitation only and I'd
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                    Speedpitch Lunch

                    If you're a Utah entrepreneur, or are willing to fly, Paul Allen and FundingUtah.com are hosting a speedpitching lunch on Nov 8. Here's how it works: Ten of Utah's top entrepreneurs will give five-minute pitches to several groups of 3-5 accredited angel investors rotating in a fast-paced, musical chairs style. After the end of the event, entrepreneurs will be available for question and answer sessions on an individual basis. SpeedPitching will enable promising entrepreneurs to present their ideas to a large number of angel investors in an intimate setting. In addition, angel investors will learn about Utah's most promising
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                    October's CTO Breakfast

                    Next Friday at 8am we'll get together for October's CTO Breakfast. I'll just be getting back from two days at the Internet Identity Workshop, so I'm sure I'll be fired up about that. I've also had several people lately ask about building quality assurance organizations and their role in software development, so I thought that would be a good thing to discuss with the group. I'd love to know what people are doing now and think they ought to be doing. Of course, any technology-related topics you're interested in are welcome as well. As usual, we'll be holding the
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                    Cogito Is Hiring

                    Cogito, a Utah-based company that makes a very unique graph-based data storage and analysis system, is hiring. Here's what they're looking for: UI Developer - C#, .NET experience, enough development experience so as to not require much hand-holding. Lots of hustle ? prolific. Must want to be a heads-down developer, not a leadership position. Data Broker Architect - Significant enterprise application development experience with emphasis on back-end DB, integration and meta-data experience. Java enterprise experience. Familiarity with the major enterprise applications and databases. This position will require large scale design and small team leadership abilities. Data Broker Developer -
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                    Business Ignitor

                    Thursday Rick Adams, CEO of Adam Air will be speaking at this months edition of the Business Ignitor series. Rick's talk will be at the Ogden Airport at 3:30. Adam Aricraft recently announced that they're going to locate their manufacturing facility for their new line of planes in Ogden. Makes sense: Ogden's got a nice big airport and there's plenty of skilled aircraft workers from Hill AFB. Rick will speak for 15 minutes or so and then I'll moderate questions from the audience. I'm planning on flying up from Provo--I don't need much of an excuse to fly. Sorry,
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