Meetings & Events

The New Hampshire Tech & Creative Calendar is a collaborative project for NH tech group organizers and anyone who is interested in finding tech and creative events around the state. If you are interested in sharing your event please contact me at buzz@queencity.buzz

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By Pat Hammond

Ssshhh....Alpha Loft is Moving!

I'm not sure why this seems like some kind of state secret, but Alpha Loft Manchester is moving to the 2nd floor of 1087 Elm Street on October 1st.  

It's kind of weird since it's been in the Union Leader and I've personally confirmed it with the peeps at Alpha Loft, but you will find almost no mention of it anywhere on the web.  (Not even on Alpha Loft's website...)

I wish I could say I'm going to miss the wonky conference room floor of their old space at 844 Elm Street, but I'm not.  It was always a toss up between showing up early for a prime end-of-table spot and risking a parking ticket at the time-sensitive meters or spend an entire meeting trying to keep your chair from rolling on the steeply slanted floor so you didn't break a rib when you hit the conference table.  

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By Pat Hammond

NH Tech Hub...the things you find once you start looking

Did you know there is a website that aggregates New Hampshire tech news, tech events, tech jobs, and tech resources?  

I'm a web developer and I spend hours every week researching local business and tech events and I had no idea.

NH Tech Hub is the pet project of Joshua Cyr, Director of Acceleration and Education at Alpha Loft.  His goal seems to be to bring together the local tech community to share information and resources to build a stronger tech workforce.  

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By Pat Hammond

Welcome to the New Weekly Tech Roundup!

I know it doesn't look like it this week, but the Weekly Roundup has been getting a little overwhelming to read with all the new business, networking, and tech events so I'm giving the creative and tech groups their own Roundup.

Every Thursday Queen City Buzz will post a listing of upcoming creative and tech groups, meetups, workshops, and networking events in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, and other locations around the state.

My primary sources for creative and tech groups and events are:

Feel free to let me know if there is another tech calendar I should be following.

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By Pat Hammond

They rode into town like the Four Horsemen, but instead of death and destruction, Jeremy Hitchcock, Chris Reinhardt, Tom Daly, and Tim Wilde came to Manchester to resurrect the Queen City's fading glory.

How's that for a little hyperbole?

It may sound like a stretch when you look at today's Manchester, but when you take a minute to remember what Manchester was like in 2001, you could make an argument that whether they knew it or not, these men were destined to bring a change of an almost biblical proportion to our tired old city.

In 2001 we were less than a year removed from the Y2K panic, cell phones were expensive toys for people with more money than sense, and the country was in the middle of a recession. Read full post »
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By Pat Hammond

It's no longer a matter of if...

Norm Gentry is what I would describe as a calm man who faces challenges with a smile and an enviable amount of patience, so when he came to last month's Coffee Buzz and said "I need you to to get the message out," I took him seriously.

Gentry is an IT guy whose company, SBTI Technologies, provides computer repair/maintenance, system backup, network and resource management, virus recovery and just about every tech service a small business owner needs. He's been in the business since Windows was new and he's tackled pretty much every tech problem a business owner is likely to encounter and lately he's been seeing more and more people coming to him with ransomware problems.

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By Doug Parsons

Virtual Reality is Now -- Are You Ready?

Everywhere you look, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been gaining ground. But what does it mean to you as a developer or a business? What are some real-world things you can do - more than ride a VR roller coaster for fun?

Come join us at Alpha Loft in Manchester on Tuesday, October 25th at 6:00 pm.

Our guest speaker will be Steve Doroff.

Steve’s startup, CDBG, works with organizations developing Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality solutions improving their current processes in the following areas: customer delivery, operations, product development and training.

RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/GDG-New-Hampshire/events/234856835/

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By Pat Hammond

Let's start with a basic question. Have you ever backed up your website?

I've been a web developer for 12 years and no matter how many times I ask that question the answer is always the same. (Hint: Only two people have ever said yes.)

You know what else is the same? The excuses.

Excuse #1: I don't collect any credit card data on my website

Credit card theft isn't the only reason people hack websites.

Money is a big motivator, but when it comes to small mom and pop sites it's more about the resources. Hackers can turn your site into a zombie, they can insert malicious code so that your site becomes an infection machine, or they can use your site as a weapon in a distributed denial of service attack on larger targets. (DDOS) The one thing all three of these scenarios has in common is that your site will be down and if you don't have a backup you will have a hard time recreating it.

Excuse #2: Thinking it's personal

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By Pat Hammond

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Congratulations! It took years of trial and error, months of testing and gallons of blood, sweat and tears, but you've finally cobbled together the perfect combination of productivity tools to keep your projects on track. Your moment of triumph was a long time coming and you earned it, but don't spend too much time basking in the glory because you still have to figure out how to connect all the parts.

I feel your pain.

You found the perfect note taking tool, the best calendar and the most efficient project organizer. They each do exactly what you want the way you want, but they're three separate products.

What happens when you want to use Evernote to make an appointment on your Google calendar or move notes to Trello?

What happens when you need to work with a client who only uses Basecamp or Zoho?

The most popular apps have on board tools for migrating content to other popular apps like Google, Basecamp and Trello but they're not always easy to use and it can get tricky trying to remember which app you've given permission to.

If you're like me and use multiple apps it can get overwhelming.

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By Pat Hammond

A Conversation with Tech Guru Norm Gentry

"If you haven't planned for it you're not going to do anything but pay the money" It's a bold statement from a soft spoken man and it sends chills down my spine.

What would you do? What can you do if your computer gets hit with ransomware? What about the Windows 10 upgrade? Is it worth it? Does it really cause all the problems we hear people complaining about on the web?

Between security breaches, viruses and Microsoft's heavy handed upgrades the internet is rife with tales of tech woe so when I met Norm Gentry from SBTI Technology Solutions at last month's Coffee Buzz I jumped on the chance to pick his brain.

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By Doug Parsons

Android Study Jam (for Beginners!)

Get ready to build your first Android app! The Android for Beginners study jam series is starting on March 21st at 6 pm at UNH Manchester, room P101. This study group is best suited for two audiences:1) those new to programming 2) those with programming experience who have never programmed for Android.

This year's Study Jam is custom-designed by Udacity and Google for those of you who are looking to break into mobile app development as a beginner, and does not assume any prior development experience.

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