Recording and December meeting wrap up.

Item! The Dec. 2007 Web414 recording is up and available at the Mighty Click through to the archive to download this 1 hour and 17 minute recording so that you have something to listen to on your next train ride.

Item! My fantastic and information-laden presentation on Prism is is now publicly viewable.

Item! Thanks so much to those of you who made a donation to our Winter Family Project. If you want to make an online donation, I've set up a Google Checkout form at The layout is kind of broken, but it works. Use your favorite credit card to send a donation to me. Every little bit helps.

web414 photos for flickr

Hi -- the photos I took at the web414 meetings are posted to the Web414 flickr group.

Let me know if you don't want me to photograph you in the group meetings or if you do a presentation that you don't want photographed--just send me a private email or let me know--it would be no problem.

Or if you want specific actions not photographed, let me know. For example, Kevron doesn't want to be photographed while eating. No problem. He poses for photos fine otherwise.

I also make the photos Creative Commons license for use for web414 publicity, posters, projects, etc.


Web414 Can Adopt a Needy Family in 2007

Hey Web414ers.
I'd like to ask for your help.

My wife Jenifer and I run a "Winter Family" project (Jenifer does most of the running, to be honest) at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc. Every year, employees adopt a needy family to help through the holidays with gifts of food and supplies, and a few presents for Christmas morning. This year we have small family of 3 to help. We hope to send the family enough food, clothing, and a few extras to make the Holidays a little easier on them.

Our family this year is a mother, grandmother, and granddaughter. The father is out of the picture due to severe mental illness. The 9-year-old daughter has severe ADHD and they cannot afford for her to have effective treatment. The mother and grandmother spend a lot of time helping her with reading, math, and life skills.

Here's where Web414 comes in. I would like to try to raise enough money to buy the 9-year-old a Nintendo DS and a copy of Brain Training. I think -- and Jenifer agrees-- that the mental concentration exercises and basic math skills that Brain Training emphasizes could really help her work with her ADHD issues. It would make a great present for a little girl who, in spite of being aware of her family's financial situation, still believes in Santa Claus.

Working with the folks at Rogers, Jenifer is handling trying to get other gifts and necessities together for the family. A couple of bucks from each the Web414ers would go a long way to help us afford to give the girl a Nintendo DS. In exchange, I'll plug a few Web 414 cards in the gift pack and be sure to note the donations in any PR the hospital might do surrounding the program.

I'll be taking collections at Thursday's Web414 Meeting, so if you can bring a few bucks, that would be great. In the past, the families we've helped have really appreciated the support. This is a great opportunity for your donations to go directly into real-world applications of good will.

Thanks for your time and attention.

ASP.Net/VB.Net Developer Position

We are looking for both full and part-time candidates for a ASP.Net / VB.Net developer position.

You can learn more about the position here:

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, at the corner of Wells and Plankinton - within walking distance of lots of great restaurants and new condos. Although most of your hours will be worked at our office, there is the potential to work some hours telecommuting.


I noticed that there was no Web414 page on Wikipedia. There is now.

I am certain that there are Wikipedians among us who can do some of that Web414 magic and put all kinds of better information on that page, link it in to all the great and fantastic categories that it should be in, edit and change it and break it into a billion peices.

But that ain't me.

Upcoming + Flickr = Scrapbook

If you take photos at a Web414 Meeting, and you have a Flickr account, and an Upcoming account, there is one more step you can do to tie them all together.

For the Web414 November 2007 meeting, go to the Upcoming page, and you'll see where it says "Photos" and then click on "Add your own..." and it will provide you with a tag. The tag for the November 2007 meeting is upcoming:event=309878

Now, just add that tag to the photos you took at the meeting, and the photos will show up on that page.

Anyway, it's just one more cool way to get your stuff out there with minimal effort. Enjoy!

Nov. 9 Meeting Recording.

Here's the Nov. 9th meeting in audio form. It's roughly 2 hours and 15 minutes long and was prepared for the internet archive in the rock'em sock'em open source audio editor Audacity.

128Kbps MP3 128.9M
Ogg Vorbis 33.1M
64Kbps MP3 64.5M

The recording is released under the Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. I expect a remix.

Second Web262 Meeting.

Road Trip!
Come out to glorious Lake Country for the Web262 Grand Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM at Qdoba on Golf Rd in Delafield, Wisconsin.

The Waukesha County offshoot of Web414 will be meeting for burritos and the ceremonial exchange of a broken Macintosh.

Overnight Website Challenge

Our neighbors to the north (Sierra Bravo in Minneapolis to be more precise) are planning an event called the 'Overnight Website Challenge' described like so:

We're challenging our fellow web professionals to a friendly competition: each team donates 24 hours to build a complete website for a Minnesota non-profit and the best site wins!

A few Web414 folks have expressed interest. It'll require a field trip, so it's not for the faint of heart, but if you're up to the challenge and want to form a team, go for it!

For more details, visit

Countdown to BarCampMilwaukee2

Hey folks, we are just days away from BarCampMilwaukee2, which is happening Oct 13/14, 2007 in beautiful Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

I'd like to thank all the members of Web414 that helped to plan this event, and are making it happen. If you are not a member of Web414, feel free to join us, we meet every second Thursday of the month, and most of us are always online (be it Twitter, Flick, Facebook, or elsewhere.)

For the full scoop on BarCampMilwaukee2, please visit

Software For Your Head

Have you ever been on a great team? A great team is 10x better (more fun, more passionate, more productive, more healthy) than an average team.

We don't get many chances to experiment with teams in our jobs. Which is a shame considering how much potential could be unlocked if we could get past boring staff meetings, Gannt-charts, email overload, and the busyness of the typical business.

A mind-blowing team experience is something I want to explore further, so I'm recruiting Milwaukee folks to join me in learning The Core Protocols- a blueprint for forming great teams- and then directing our efforts towards creating a great community improvement project. Will you join in?

WHEN: starting Sunday, October 7, 2:30p
WHERE: Cafe at the Milwaukee Art Musuem

BarCampMilwaukee2 - Soon!

As I write this, we are just 3 weeks away from BarCampMilwaukee2. It's set for October 13th and 14th, 2007. I'm hoping it all goes well. I'm pretty sure it will, but I'm at that point where I start to worry about such things.

Will you be there? If you haven't signed up on the BarCampMilwaukee site yet, please do so now. And... Invite some friends. Let's spread the idea of BarCamp, sharing and learning in an open environment, a culture of participation, in thinking and doing, not just consuming.

Will you join me there? Will you tell others about it?


Web414 card -- final call -- expires midnight Thursday!

Hi -- the following folks will have all the domain(s) they requested on the web414 card:


If your email is not on this list, and you wanted to be on the card, contact me before 11:59 pm on Thursday, Sep 13th, as of midnight, I'll then send the final domain list to Mike Rohde for artwork.




The Sustainability Cafe

I know, I know... it's not exactly web related, but it is being hosted by yours truly, and I figure many geeks are on board with the green movement. It would be great to see you come!

Paths to a Sustainable Future presents:
The Sustainability Cafe

When: Tues, September 18th. 6pm-8pm
Where: Urban Ecology Center (2nd floor)
RSVP to (and bring a friend!)

Engage your fellow community members in a casual cafe-style atmosphere! Enjoy light refreshments while exploring powerful questions reflecting on what the climate and energy crises mean to us, and to share our hopes for the future, individually and as a community. The Sustainability Cafe is part of a growing global movement to support conversations that matter.

Suggested donation of $2 (UEC member)/$5 (non-member) supports the Urban Ecology Center.

Child care available for a fee. Register at 964-8505.

web414 card -- still space available

Still space available -- see the post at:

web414 card

It would be great to finalize this on at our September meeting, so bring $3 per domain you reserved (unless you made arrangements with me to front the money for you). I believe everyone who is on the list so far will get their 1st choice... as it is, there will likely be room for 2nd choices.

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