Last week I participated in the first Rails Girls Lisbon along with 10 other coaches with the goal of introducing programming and tech to women.
Its not a easy feat.
Usually computer science is an area dominated by men and theres alot of mystification and misconceptions about programming.
It was a thrilling experience, around 30 women left their confort zone (some of them didn’t have any experience with tech or how the web works) and came seeking new knowledge on what a website consists of, how a web application works and the experience of programming in Ruby.
Some of them came out of there knowing how to prototype a basic app, others got the tools to understand better the job of developing a website but in overall most of them left at the end of the day better prepared for a world where technology is increasingly everywhere and shaping the way we do things.
We rely on tech to communicate, to get information, to produce and sell goods and it’s only going to get bigger.
Some movements like code.org and railsgirls.com are pushing the envelope, we need more people programming and we need to show them that tech is nothing to be scared of.
Installing imagemagick on Ubuntu for use with your Rails application (if you user Paperclip for example) should be pretty easy using apt-get:
April 1st became a fun, repeatable event everywhere on the internet. Some jokes go all the way, with video, webpages and even some real testemonials, while others try to go for something more simple.
Here’s the Think Orange homepage for April 1st which reflected a drastic change of business direction: Continue reading
If you’re a designer build some icons and share them, make some textures, draw a template, invent a grid system or build a theme for your favorite CMS.
If you’re a illustrator start a blog, share a drawing everyday, dribbble, give advice or create a web comic. Continue reading
Stop what you’re doing tonight.
Get out of the couch, turn off the tv, don’t watch a show about some interesting imaginary life, this is your opportunity.
Another quick post with some tips on installing the ImageMagick library on CENTOS 5. Continue reading
Quick post with some notes on how to install GIT on CENTOS 5 easily.
And here it is, ready for the next update. Now it’s just a matter of time until Apple aproves it.
Btw, Think Orange has completed 2 years so there’s a special birthday SALE going on until 23rd November. Enjoy!
Mechanical Pomodoro was featured in November’s issue of Holland Herald – the Inflight Magazine of KLM.
Everyone at Think Orange is thrilled and honored to appear in such awesome magazine.
Catch the full photo on Flickr.
Mechanical Pomodoro is an easy iPhone App developed by Think Orange that helps you implement the Pomodoro Technique (TM) for increasing productivity and improving your focus.
Quick post to let you know Mechanical Pomodoro is on sale until November 1st.
So head down to the iTunes Store and buy it for $0.99. Happy Halloween!
The Amazing Mechanical Pomodoro is a beautiful iPhone application that helps you implement the Pomodoro Technice (TM) for improving focus and productivity.