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RailsConf 2007 in style

Posted by Mon, 08 Jan 2007 15:50:00 GMT

Wow, this is pretty cool.

CDBaby is sponsoring conference passes AND twenty rooms at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland, OR during RailsConf 2007 to the top 20 contributors to the Ruby on Rails project from during January.

Start submitting patches!

Working in Portland Coffee Shops and Cafes Reviews, part 2

Posted by Sat, 06 Jan 2007 21:02:00 GMT

During the summer of 2005, I wrote a post that listed several coffee shops in Portland, Oregon that I found to be really good places to work on your laptop at. I’ve gotten bored with my regulars and have recently begun to look for new places to venture to.

Pier Coffee

Pier Coffee is in a weird part of Portland that is somewhat isolated due to the train tracks that will block you in when a long train is moving through town. It’s a very short walk from Allison’s place and they have Oregon Chai, which has become my replacement for drinking coffee. The chairs in Pier Coffee are very comfortable and they have an electrical outlet at most of their tables. When you get bored, you can walk over and play darts, or get a glass of wine. The wireless works really well and when it’s not raining, you can sit out front and overlook the train tracks and downtown, while hacking on your laptop. Pier Coffee is what I would consider an easy place for me to feel productive. There usually isn’t too many people here and I believe most of the customers are from the two condo complexes next to it. The staff is very friendly and their music tastes aren’t annoying.

Backspace is about a half block from the PLANET ARGON office. They don’t serve Oregon Chai, so I usually only get a tea, a viso, or a hot cocoa while there. They have a few tables and couches and I haven’t found this a good place to be productive. It’s a good place to have a short meeting with a coworker though. Music tastes are better here than most places, and they have a food menu now that caters to my vegetarian diet. There are a few electrical outlets, but the seats near them are often occupied.

Three Lions Bakery is about a block from the PLANET ARGON office. They do have Oregon Chai, so I stop by here often in the morning to get my fix. Not many electrical outlets, so your visits are usually not very long. They have a few sandwiches that are quite good. This is a good place to stop by if you’re in the mood to work for about a hour and have some chai and an excellent (and freshly baked) cookie.

If you’re in Portland and have some recommendations, please do share. I’m looking for a few places that are open later in the evening.

Portland Public Transporation and the Zen of Office Management

Posted by Tue, 10 Oct 2006 17:33:00 GMT

One of the coolest parts about my job (aside working with cool people everyday)... is getting a say in where we spend some of our money as a company. One of the things that Allison and I decided that we really wanted to do as a company was encourage sustainable business and growth in our local community. Everyone here loves Portland, Oregon.

This screenshot was taken after we took headshots for our transportation passes.

Head shots for public transportation passes

Our awesome Office Manager, Nicole Fritz has started a blog, which she plans to, ”...not only to let people know what goes on behind the scenes at PA, but to give other startups hints and tips about cool admin things that I have learned along the way (from taxes to how to get the right people “on the bus”).”

Nicole has posted an article, which introduces people to some of the great tax credits that small businesses like PLANET ARGON can take advantage of… in particular how we are now taking advantage of a tax credit for public transportation, bike storage, carpool programs, and more.

If you’re a customer of ours or are running a small business… you might consider subscribing to her feed.

Want to move to Portland?

Posted by Thu, 05 Oct 2006 22:56:00 GMT

While at AjaxWorld, several people asked me about our team, processes, and if we had any job openings. The answer to that is… “yes!”

We’re always looking for more developers. There is one catch though… we want you to be located in Portland, Oregon. Many people have responded to our ads as remote contractors, but what we’re really after is great people to join our team here in Portland.

If you’re interested in joining our team, send a thoughtful cover letter and your resume (plain text… no word docs) to jobs@planetargon.com.

Update Since a few people emailed to ask more about Portland... here are some interesting facts and links. :-)

Portland a hub for Open Source?

Posted by Fri, 02 Dec 2005 02:28:00 GMT

I saw the following article posted on O’Reilly Radar.

Oregon city builds a reputation as a hub for software revolution

We have tons of Open Source stuff in this town… from OSCONOSL to OSDL (where Linus himself works)... to tons of local user groups. Starting a business in Portland, Oregon that focuses on Open Source technology is so common place that it’d be nuts to even attempt to list all the companies that I am aware of.

PLANET ARGON was started in Portland, Oregon and as we are slowly moving our way into other regions of the country with some of our extended developers, we are so excited to be part of the Portland scene.

We’re looking forward to meeting so many of you next summer at OSCON 2006!

If you’re a reader of this blog and in the Portland area… leave me a comment!

I wonder how many readers are located in the Portland area. :-)

I <3 Portland.

Small Ruby groups acting small

Posted by Thu, 06 Oct 2005 16:21:00 GMT

Portland Ruby Brigade

The Portland Ruby Brigade is kicking into full gear. We actually hit 20 people in our IRC channel this morning! Not bad for a group that has less than 40 people on the mailing list right now. We had ~30 people show up to the last PDX.rb meeting on October 4th.

Why are local user groups so important?

Rails has flooded the Ruby scene. We have people seeking more help in several mailing lists, IRC channels, and forums. This is where local user groups comes into play. Reading the manuals online, the books, and list archives are all great ways to learn something but often times it is the interaction with other human beings that really pushes our knowledge. Getting to meet up with local Ruby and Rails fans a few times a month, listen to discussions in the flesh, and having a beer with some really talented people is truly a great experience.

What can I do?

If your local area does not have a Ruby/Rails group… take the plunge and start something up now!

What if I live in Portland?

Just go there on the map on the first Tuesday of the month!

If you live anywhere near Portland and just a little bit interested in Ruby, you should swing by the PDX.rb IRC channel on Freenode or signup on the mailing list.

You can also read the PDX.rb blog here.

This is just the beginning… :-)

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