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Installing and Running MongoDB on a Mac

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 21st, 2011
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MongoDB is a very powerful schema-free, document oriented database.  The following steps will show you how to get MongoDB up and running. Install MongoDB I used the Homebrew package manager to install mongodb. If you have Homebrew, run the following commands: $ brew update $ brew install mongodb You will see output like the following: … read more

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SXSW Closing Thoughts

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 17th, 2011
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Tech
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With this being my first conference, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  As the week progressed I was overly impressed with how the conference was setup and run and very impressed with the people in attendance. Keynote Speakers All keynote speakers were not just big names, but very good, intelligent presenters.  I enjoyed almost … read more

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SXSW Day 5 – Freelancers, TOMS Blake Mycoskie, Trade Show, Web 3.0

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 16th, 2011
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Tech
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Freelancers: You’re Five Products away from Freedom Goal of a freelancer should be to create product that generate reoccurring revenue.  How do you get your products to create: $100/day $100/week $100/month If you’re a freelancer and you only create products that generate a 1 time income amount you will become tied down to your job. … read more

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SXSW Day 4 – UX, User Engagement with Gaming, Felicia Day Keynote

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 15th, 2011
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Tech
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5 Steps to Bulletproof UX Strategy The 5 steps to UX: measure – use analytics in your site to learn about your users.  Are you users coming to content pages?  Are they leaving after the first page they view (bounce rate)?  What devices are your users using?  Is there a big demand for mobile?  If … read more

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SXSW Day 3 – Google’s League of Extraordinary H4ckers with some Angry Birds

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 14th, 2011
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Tech
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I’m becoming an ever increasing fan of SXSW and conferences in general.  There are times when you get so tied up in your own company development ecosystem and processes that you feel like that’s the only way it’s done.  It’s great to hear other peoples views on different topics that break you out of your … read more

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SXSW Day 2 – Great Sessions, Great Seth Priebatsch Keynote, Etsy Microconference, and DiggNation

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 13th, 2011
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Tech
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Transportation from the hotel was a bit nightmarish.  It was quite hard to pile so many people in to so few shuttle buses. Make sure you get to your sessions early!  Popular sessions will fill up and will even have lines to get well after the session has even started. Stop the Bleeding! Immersive Simulations … read more

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SXSW Day 1 – Opening Day

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by Troy Grosfield
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March 12th, 2011
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Tech
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It’s a beautiful day in Austin, Texas.  Home of the SXSW conference.  Walking around seeing all the latest and greatest technology from booths is very interesting.  One being Microsoft.  It was the first time I’ve really been hands on with a Windows 7 phone.  It really resembles a magazine which is a very different experience … read more

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