Time for even more hackathons. First up this month, I’ll be at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon, where I’m planning on building a PSaaS. Just what is a PSaaS? You’ll have to wait and find out (no, Google won’t help). Rest assured it will be radical, impactful, and not very transparent.
It’s obviously very early on and very cumbersome, but I have successfully got my new iPhone 4S to charge from my old Palm Pre’s Touchstone inductive charger. I may not be using WebOS anymore (sadly), but the spirit of my Pre lives on. My goal is to bundle this up in a nice package that can be easily added to an iPhone 4 or 4S, and look good doing it. I’ll post updates when I’m closer to that goal.
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Over the past few days, some friends and I have been working nonstop on a windows phone application for the intern Windows Phone app competition. Tirelessly programming Saturday through Monday, we have created a pretty darn good RSS reader application, Headliner. I personally coded for 42 hours straight from Sunday morning until Monday night.
I have been coming up with a lot of Web 2.0-ish ideas recently, but I often spend too much time trying to come up with a name that is an available domain name as well. There are some sites (such as my personal favorite, domainnamesoup.com) that attempt to help you with this, but they end up taking quite a long time as you try various combinations of words and synonyms.
Back in March of 2008, Yahoo held a programming competition here at GA Tech, with the idea being that you take some web services (preferably Yahoo services) and mash them up to make something cool. Dubbed “HackU", the idea was to hack something together in a week; it didn’t have to be pretty, but it should do something different, novel, or useful.