August 2010 Agile Beer, SAWSUG, and Hadoop in Seattle

I should come up with an entertaining title for these blog entries about the Seattle Tech Scene.  But that’s for another time, right now I’m going to focus on the events of this last week.

Agile Beer

I guess there is a bit of a history behind Agile Beer, but I wasn’t aware of it when I decided to go to an impromptu Agile Beer Meet Up @ Elysian Brewing on Capital Hill.  At peak there were 7 of us, having a good time chatting about various aspects of Agile.  Next meet up, we’d love to see more people.  This is also were someone could possibly help me out – who exactly organizes Agile Beer, and is there an official shindig related to this?  When I do a Google/Bing Search with just “Agile Beer Seattle” I get a couple different sources of information, but most of it looks like nothing is really going on.  Any word on this?  Anybody?

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

Seattle AWS User Group (www.sawsug.com)

The Seattle AWS User Group is pretty cool.  This meet we had Jeff Barr (AWS Evangelist) and Jenn Boden (Director of Corporate IT) speak on one of the new security white papers released and general topics.  Jeff & Jenn are pros when it comes to answering the hard ball questions.

The second phase of topics included a talk on Virtual Private Cloud Architecture and another on Multizone RDS.

Hadoop

Hadoop

Hadoop Seattle

The Seattle Hadoop Meet, as usual, rocked too.  I love hearing about the Hadoop and Hadoop related topics.  The big data problem always has a host of, what I consider, very interesting solutions.