September 2013

Posted on September 20, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Amazon’s Civic Apps Contest Disappears

This post was updated at 2 pm PST with Amazon response, cached contest documentation and prize amounts. Amazon has apparently “unlaunched” and postponed its $100,000+ Civic Apps Contest for AWS. Amazon AWS PR spokespersonĀ Kerri Catallozzi wrote, “We accidentally pushed this out early, but please stay tuned for more information on this program later this year.” Read More

Posted on September 18, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

First Indications of Affordable Care Act in Washington Look Awful

I knew that the Affordable Care Act was likely a disaster, essentially handing over billions in annual subsidies to for profit health insurers whose overhead is 18-20% vs. Medicare’s 6%. However, I wanted to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt that the health exchange would allow me to buy insurance from out of Read More

Posted on September 5, 2013 by Jeff Reifman

Open Source Mailing List Application for Mailgun’s PHP SDK

If you’re a developer looking for a simple streamlined mailing list service – or a super scalable one, check out my tutorial at Mailgun’s blog: Open Source Mailing List Applet Using the Mailgun PHP SDK. This project is also written in PHP inside the Yii Framework, which I’ve found to make development very efficient. You Read More