Is it or is it not AI?

MIT Technology Review logoIn an industry jam-packed with jargon, few terms get abused and misused more than “AI.” If you’re like me, the use of “AI” in marketing-babble stops you dead in your tracks and causes you to mutter suspiciously, “What exactly is artificially intelligent about this product?” Now, at last, Karen Hao of the MIT Technology Review, has given us a clean, simple way to cut through the buzz words and understand if what we are talking about is truly “artificial intelligence.”

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Chase in Sweeney Todd

Our very own Chase Stubblefield is in the new production of Sweeney Todd at the Selma Arts Center in Selma CA.

SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET plays October 5-20 at the Selma Arts Center – Rated R, Directed by Joseph Ham

You still have a few more days to catch the show. Tickets are available online at selmaartscenter.com and by calling the box office at 559-891-2238. #SACSweeneyTodd.

Open Source NYC meets up

The Open Source NYC Meetup in Boyle Software's workspaceWe have been thrilled to play host to the Open Source NYC Meetup a couple of times in recent months at our HQ at 42 West 24th. Last week’s Meetup featured a compelling discussion of intellectual property law as it relates to open source development. Topics ranged from the problem of proprietary platforms constructed upon open source foundations to more nuts-and-bolts issues like licensing. Back in July the discussion was all about GitHub in the wake of its acquisition by Microsoft, with people from GitHub as well as GitLab there to answer questions and share their insights.

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AWS Aurora Serverless MySQL Generally Available

As most of us know by now, Serverless computing allows us to build and run applications and services without thinking about servers. Serverless applications don’t require us to provision, scale, and manage any servers.

We can build them for nearly any type of application or backend service, and everything required to run and scale our application with high availability is handled for us. Continue reading

Speeding down the road with Vroom

Congratulations to our client Vroom.com for successfully securing a new round of funding worth $30M – a great start on the road to the larger goal of raising $70M over the next few months. Vroom, for whom Boyle Software has done work since 2016, has restructured this year in a push for profitability.

We wish our partners at Vroom continued success in their pursuit of being the best online marketplace for used automobiles. We are proud to be a part of the team!

How I became an Apple fan boy

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I grew up in Ukraine and got a chance to deal with computers early in my life. As an average 8 year old boy I preferred playing Prince of Persia rather than doing anything meaningful, but a few years later I wondered what is needed to make my own game and started reading about programming using Basic. This was something new, mostly because of the language difference.  It’s much easier to understand the meaning of commands GOTO or PRINT when they are your native words. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the only issue. Continue reading