Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tech communities in Bangkok

I've been in Thailand now for a little over two months now.  Although I miss the US a lot, I've been learning a lot of new things, and meeting a lot of wonderful people here in Bangkok.  In other words, I'm having a blast out here.

The day after I arrived, November 9 2010, I attended a Bangkok Hackerspace meetup at True Coffee (Siam Soi 2).  I walked in thinking it was going to be something akin to Jelly Chicago and community building.


Turns out, it was more about getting an actual physical location, an actual building space to have meetups and hackings-- a hackerspace (Yes, I had to look it up).  A lot of the conversation revolved around money, maybe putting together a business plan, what we would do with such a space, who would take ownership of this or that, etc.

And to be honest, that seemed a bit far from what I thought I could help out on since I'm still relatively new to Bangkok.  I'm still familiarizing myself with the tech communities forming here-- although not as much as what I'm used to in Chicago.

Some groups/resources that I attend (or will attend) in Bangkok, Thailand:
Am I missing any?

What I enjoy about some of these meetups already is that they require no space to rent out.  Meetups occur at coffee shops, restaurants, bars-- any place that has room to accomodate the attendees.  Everyone is there to talk, to network, teach, and learn.  How awesome is that?!

Also wanted to post on some stuff that I see is going on in Chicago:

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My journey from Windows to Mac

So back in May of 2010, I bought myself a Macbook Pro.  I bought it for several reasons: 
  1. I wanted a new toy/gadget to play with.
  2. I wanted to try the only other operating system (OS) I haven't really spent much time on (OS X).
  3. I wanted to get away from Microsoft technologies
Those were and are the 3 main reasons.

It's been a little over 8 months of usage and I absolutely love it.  The hardware (battery and LCD) is fantastic, the OS is pretty-- but there's still a Unix OS (BSD to be specific) underneath it all.  I feel pretty much at home with the terminal command line from my Linux/Solaris days.  I've been using Microsoft technologies less and less since May 2010.  I will perhaps blog in the future as to why I'm moving away from Microsoft technologies.  Perhaps.

Granted, I use Bootcamp and Parallels to run a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate with Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008 Management Studio, and other various tools (ahem, Starcraft 2).  I find that I can be just as productive with my computing needs on a Mac.

Some tools I absolutely love on my Macbook Pro:
I look forward to using my Macbook Pro more and more.  I'm not saying I'm never going to use Windows or Microsoft tech again, or that there's something wrong with it, it's just nice to work with other technologies for the time being.

So here's to 2011, to learning new things!