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Recap of the Squirrel Hordes

Recap of the Squirrel Hordes

I gave my PyCon talk this weekend–“Militarizing Your Backyard With Python: Computer Vision and the Squirrel Hordes.” I was not prepared for the number of people who caught me after the talk and throughout the conference telling me about their own battles. Thanks again for all the recommendations about how to improve my firepower, tracking, and classification accuracy. As requested I’ve posted the presentation on SlideShare and here’s the final squirrel encounter video and the …

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Surveying Mechanical Turk to Validate a Startup Idea

Surveying Mechanical Turk to Validate a Startup Idea

I was intrigued by Lindsey Harper’s post, “How I Used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to Validate my Startup Idea.” If you’ve ever worked with market research firms, built your own panels, or have hit the pavement trying to collect your own market research you know it can be expensive and/or time consuming. The idea of having a broad and cheap sounding board available online was very appealing. I figured I would give it a shot and run a …

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Python + Django vs. C# + ASP.NET: Productivity Showdown

Python + Django vs. C# + ASP.NET: Productivity Showdown

People are often asking me how and why my department shifted from an ASP.NET environment to Django. I’ve finally gotten around to writing about the process leading up to our decision. I hope people out there find it useful in their own development groups and discussions. Almost two years ago I was in a rather unlikely situation in that I was running a software engineering department containing both a C# team and a Python team. …

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