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Howdy! I’m Devin. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial. I’m a technologist living in Denver, Colorado.

TechStars Boulder 2013

Congratulations are in order to the newly announced summer 2013 class at company incubator and accelerator, TechStars Boulder. It’s hard to believe this is already the 7th group of companies to spend their summer in Colorado.

Where do you post your job listings?

I’ve been involved with hiring dozens of fine folks at Crowd Favorite over the past few years and I (think I) know what has and has not worked for us. While our sample size isn’t large enough to draw definitive conclusions, and our industry (web design, development) is unique is some ways I’m curious what others have found to work well.

When Did You Choose to Be Straight?

Obviously this is a compilation of hand-picked interviews, but this video certainly shows a refreshing amount of “a-ha” moments after asking a different (better?) question.

I was surprised to learn this was conducted in Colorado Springs given the composure of the community (very large population but not very diverse demographically, very Evangelical Christian and politically Conservative).

Capsule — The developer’s code journal built on WordPress

The team at Crowd Favorite has been working on a solution to a problem a lot of designers and developers (and folks that work with designers and developers) didn’t quite realize they had: when working on a project you typically take notes on the side… but you usually throw that away and lose the snippets of code, outlines of todos, open questions and decisions, etc.

Capsule replaces that scratch document you have open when you’re coding. It creates an archive of your development artifacts.

Instead of keeping a text file open when working on a project, using Capsule means you can have a simple archive of all those notes and easily reference them in the future.

Initial reactions and reception have been very positive from the development and WordPress community so we’re all very pleased.

Be sure to check out Alex’s post on Capsule to read more about the thinking and decisions behind this (free) product.

Save to foursqure WordPress Shortcode

I created a quick WordPress shortcode to add a ‘Save to foursquare’ button to posts.

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2013

From Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing on WWDC 2013:

Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.

Schiller intentionally mentioning iOS and OS X seems like mis-direction. I’m fully expecting Apple TV OS (iTV OS? iOS?) announced in June.

Ship My Pants

I don’t know what’s more surprising: this video was produced and released by a major national brand… or that Kmart still exists.

“It’s not a web app. It’s an app you install from the web.”

From the Forecast Blog:

…if it looks and feels like an app, and lives on your home screen, it’s an App. With a capital “A.” I’d go as far as to say the best weather App in the world right now is a web app. I may be biased, of course, but the fact that Forecast is even a contender is kind of a big deal. It raises the question: why aren’t there more high quality mobile web apps that have the look, feel, and performance of their native counterparts?

Some of my favorite apps are “just” web apps or bookmarked mobile sites on my home screen: Forecast, COTrip, OpenSnow, TestFlight, GameTonight, Untappd, Techmeme and on and on.

I don’t know many folks outside the web industry that realize this is a feature. I hope apps like Forecast continue to pave the way…

Nate Silver correctly picks NCAA tournament winner

Louisville is in fact the nominal favorite to win the tournament despite its tough draw, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. Still, Louisville has only a 23 percent chance of doing so, just ahead of Indiana at 20 percent.

He and his models picked all 50 states for the US Presidency and the NCAA tournament winner? Stay in school, kids…

Google going own way, forking WebKit rendering engine

From Peter Bright at Ars Technica:

Of particular interest to Web developers: there won’t be any -blink or -chrome CSS prefixes; like Mozilla, all new experimental features will require developers to enable them in the browser’s options page.

Shucks. I was really looking forward to trying -blink-text-decoration: blink.