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Heading to Portland for RailsConf... by foot

Posted by Wed, 16 May 2007 22:21:00 GMT

Yay! It’s almost conference time… and I’m almost completely thrilled!

Why am I not more thrilled? Well, mainly because RailsConf is being hosted here in Portland, which means that I don’t get to travel by train like we did last year via The Argon Express. (ah… the memories)

One perk of being here already… is that I get to act as a tour guide to visitors. For example, earlier today… Josh Susser (hasmanyjosh) joined Graeme and I for lunch in downtown Portland, OR. It was exciting to hear about how he and his fellow Rubyists at Powerset are using Ruby and Rails for various projects. John also spent a few minutes introducing us to Merb, which some people think will become popular in near future. We’re expecting more visitors to come by the offices over the next few days.

Josh Susser and Graeme Nelson

If you’re in Portland already (Wednesday)... you might head over to the Lucky Lab for a game of Werewolf, which I believe Michael Buffington is organizing the event. I’m going to try to make it… maybe I’ll see you there!

Flickr Group

I created a flickr group named RailsConf 2007, and started to use the tag railsconf2007 for flickr photos. I look forward to seeing all your photos from the event!

IRC Channel

As of this afternoon, there are almost 20 people hanging out in #railsconf on freenode. Stop by and introduce yourself!

Portland Revealed

If you haven’t already subscribed to our feed, you might have missed that the PLANET ARGON team has been posting several articles about things to do, see, and drink in Portland during your visit to RailsConf. Here are a few that we’ve posted so far.

You can also peak around GoSeeOregon (a Rails application!) to find places around town to go see.

RailsConf is coming to Beertown

Posted by Thu, 10 May 2007 18:05:00 GMT

The team at PLANET ARGON is continuing a series of blog posts for all of you who are coming to Portland, Oregon for RailsConf 2007. Allison just posted Portland Revealed: Episode 2: Beertown, which provides a list of places to get good beer in Portland… starting at the PDX Airport to other places around the conference center. We even through in a platial map to make the beer hunt easier for you. :-)

Where is Robby?

Posted by Wed, 09 May 2007 14:09:00 GMT

Just a quick note to those who are waiting to hear back from me about meeting up during/around RailsConf... I’m finally catching up on some of the work that got set back when I recently got sick. If you’re interested in meeting up during/around RailsConf and haven’t already written, you can email me.

There are a few other updates that were mentioned here... one of which is that I’m in the process of drafting a series of articles about the business case for rails, which will correspond with my talk at Ostrava on Rails.

In other news, our team is wrapping up a few big design and development projects and are accepting new project inquiries again for future work. Feel free to contact us to discuss your project with our talented team.

Introducing Boxcar... coming soon to a train station near you!

Posted by Tue, 08 May 2007 20:35:00 GMT

As I just announced on the PLANET ARGON blog... our new hosting solution is almost here!

Last month, we put a freeze on new orders on several of our Rails hosting packages so that we could do some remodeling. Well, we’re almost done and excited about what we’re going to be reopening with. :-)

We’ll be posting updates on the PLANET ARGON blog over the coming days/weeks… so yo might consider subscribing to our feed.

Be sure to sign up on our mailing list to be amongst the first to be notified when Boxcar gets launched!

To think that tumblin' was a thing of the past

Posted by Wed, 02 May 2007 18:18:00 GMT

I’m digging the new friends feature on tumblr. If you’re tumblin’... consider adding me as a friend.

Also, you should check out the #caboose tumblr, which court3nay setup the other day with a friendly IRC bot.

Speaking at Ostrava on Rails

Posted by Wed, 02 May 2007 14:04:00 GMT

I have been invited to speak at Ostrava on Rails in the Czech Republic this June. I hear that Jamis Buck and Geoffrey Grosenbach will also be speaking at this event. Once a few minor details are set, I’ll post more information about the talk that I am giving, which will related to the Business of Rails panel, which is where you see me speak in just a few weeks at RailsConf 2007 (Portland, OR).

If you’re going to be at the conference in Ostrava, let me know. I’m thinking that I’ll also try to visit Prague before or after the event… as I’ve seen and heard great things about both cities. I believe my lodging in Ostrava will be decided by the powers that be… but if you have any pointers as to where to stay while in Prague, let me know. :-)

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