Mobile Apps are Coming

Mark is attending Portland Start-up Weekend where he had teamed up with Fat Cat GameWorks to Build to new apps for the Windows Phone platform. Look for a new sister site CodeChops.net that will showcase the mobile apps.

Collaborative Space in Eugene

A few months ago a friend sent me a link to a Kevin Rose interview with Philip Rosedale who is trying an experiment called “Coffee and Power” in San Francisco. The part I found interesting was the coffee-shop atmosphere/group workspace concept that would be conducive to attracting tech workers. I’m interested in doing something similar in the Eugene area. The rules would be simple: if you are there then you should be working on something and we get to know you, put your face up on the board.  Pay rent if you like or help make the place better.  We’ll figure out the details as we go.

Downtown Eugene is a perfect place to build a similar space.  There is some retail space available, and new construction is going on in what has been a pretty dead zone these last few years.  I’m giving up my current office and looking for a space.  I’ll add some couches and tables and cover the walls with white-boards.

I’m going to talk to the tech folks I know in town and see who else might be interested in trying this experiment.  I’ll be looking for solo techies who would like a place to work downtown from time to time as well as local businesses who could be sponsors.

Here is the list of things we need so far:

  1. A semi-retail space around 700 square feet.
  2. A coffee machine.
  3. More power strips.

.Net and Android

The fine folks at Mono have introduced a Visual Studio plug-in which allows .Net developers to produce native Android apps via C#.

It’s not cheap, at $499 for a single developer (more for enterprise versions), but if you are already proficient with C#, the savings in ramp-up time may be worth it.

For more information, check out the Mono for Android site here:
http://mono-android.net/