Hitting this wall, I decided to take a deep dive in scraping data from a local paper who I freelance for’s rosters to create code replacement files to use in Photo Mechanic in this upcoming season. This makes captioning faster and easier, making photos available quicker to the paper.
I was able to attend the Gateway to Innovation conference in St. Louis for the first time this year, thanks in large part to Joe Parker being in London last week and giving me his ticket.
The conference celebrated its 10th year of bringing technology-based innovation speakers and vendors to St. Louis. While the conference focuses largely on the business side of innovative technologies, there was a handful of talks on new tech. and how businesses are implementing it. (My favorite was a talk on Microsoft’s development of an Internet of Things platform.)
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Awhile back, a friend of mine, Nate Papes, ran across Scott Walker, director of enterprise and investigation at Alabama Media Group, who had retrofitted a newspaper machine to display newspaper front pages digitally. (Update March 13, 2016: This link is dead; it appears Walker removed the post.) We talked about creating our own, but never followed through.
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