Saeed Gatson

Software Developer

How Small Towns Can Win A Big City Game

People don’t give smaller towns enough credit. It’s easy to think that cities like San Francisco have everything going for the tech industry. But smaller towns like Eugene Oregon have plenty of advantages.

Let’s talk about the advantages of Eugene Oregon’s tech sector, and show how small towns can win a big city game.

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5 Ways the Downtown Fiber Network in Eugene Is Great for Normal Folks

So if you’ve been living in Eugene, Oregon you’ve probably heard about the downtown fiber initiative. Basically buildings downtown can get access to superfast internet.

It might feel like the fiber network will only be good for a few people, but that’s not the case.

High-speed fiber internet isn’t just good for business, tech folks, or city officials. Access to cheaper and faster broadband is good for everyone. That mean normal folks like you and me.

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Eugene Is Building for the Future with Downtown Fiber

So if you’ve been living in Eugene you might have heard about the downtown fiber initiative. Business and residents will now have the option to get access to super fast internet.

Construction of the publicly owned fiber network will be starting soon. It will connect about 120 downtown Eugene buildings to world-class internet.

It might feel like the fiber network will only be good for a few people, but that’s not the case. Access to cheaper and faster broadband is good for everyone. It means Eugene is building for the future with downtown fiber.

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The Tech Scene In Eugene Oregon Has A Media Problem

For the short time that I’ve been living in Eugene, Oregon there’s one problem I can’t escape.

It echoes through slack channels and even over casual beers. The issue appears during high-brow parties, and at local meetups.

I’ve spoken to a Wall Street Journal reporter and city level organization directors about it. The problem attacks local business owners, University of Oregon professors, and fellow software developers.

The problem appear in the form of a question. How do we get local students to know about opportunities in Eugene? How do we hold on to our skilled talent? How can we keep up with all the great things happening in town?

These all seem to be questions around awareness. I think the tech scene in Eugene, Oregon has a media problem. We can help change that.

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Building A Side Project Meat Grinder

If you’re anything like me you have a lot of ideas. So much so that it can be hard to figure out what to execute on next. That’s when you need an idea meat grinder.
 
You use an idea meat grinder to find good ideas by filtering out all your bad ones. Take every idea and ask yourself some predefined questions about the concept. If the idea fails one question it’s filtered out and you should move on to the next one. The end resolute should be a nice pile of ideas to start executing on.

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Top Post from 2016

If a blog post gets a lot of views then I’m happy and if it doesn’t then I’m happy. Why? Because I write for myself pageviews haven’t been the goal.

Part of me is intrigued by traffic patterns. Understanding reading behavior and data is helpful. I can understand the mindset behind basing goals on pageviews. Right now that just hasn’t been a focus for me. If I was more strategic I would actually do something with a lot of this data.

Anyways, if you were still interested I wanted to share the Top 5 Most Viewed Posts of 2016.

And, if it makes sense, I’ll provide a bit of context and perhaps an explanation for the views.

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