Web414 November - Joomla! & Bucketworks

2011-11-10 19:00
2011-11-10 21:00

Join us at 7:00pm, Thursday, November 10 for an exciting night at Bucketworks. We will have two great guests from the local web community on hand to talk with us.

Intro to Joomla for Developers - Gabriel Wahhab, Savvy Panda

Learning a CMS can be a daunting task. If you have ever wanted to learn more about Joomla without a big time investment this is the right opportunity for you. In this presentation Gabe will show you the ins and outs of Joomla everything from basic CMS usage and the Joomla road map to code resources and the new command line interface.


Gabe is the President of Elm Grove, WI based Savvy Panda a Joomla development firm he founded in 2001. An early adopter of Joomla, Savvy Panda has been using Joomla since shortly after it forked from Mambo in 2005. Gabe and his team develop Joomla based websites for small businesses, national clients and Fortune 500’s. His specialties include ecommerce, new media, usability and internet marketing. Gabe remains quite active in the Joomla and Wisconsin web community, uniting the Milwaukee community at monthly Joomla User Group Meetups which he co-hosts.

Bucketworks Updates - James Carlson, The School Factory

Exciting things are always happening at Bucketworks. James will update us on the latest things going on with Bucketworks as well as their recent SAFE party. James also recently attended the Chaos Communication Camp in Finowfurt, Germany, described as "an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. It provides a relaxed atmosphere for free exchange of technical, social, and political ideas." He will give us a short run-down of his time at this exciting event.


James is Director and founder of the School Factory, a non-profit organization that supports hackerspaces, makerspaces, artist, and other co-working spaces where learning communities develop and grow, Co-founder of Bucketworks, described as a health club for the brain providing meeting and coworking space among other things, and Co-founder of the Bucket Brigade, a company that teaches organizations how to collaborate internally using social media, for greater transparency, accountability, speed, and democracy.

Bucketworks presents: SAFE

Safe from Bucketworks on Vimeo.

In the middle of Bucketworks is a safe. What's inside? We have no idea, but we're about to find out.

November 4th at 7pm, DC414 will crack the case when Bucketworks presents: SAFE

Watch the video above for the lowdown.

Web414 October Meeting

Thusday October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy the great warm indoors at the October meeting of Web414. This month’s main session will feature an informative social media debate in the style of Shelby Sapusek and Jim Raffel of She Said He Said.

Shelby and Jim have developed an ever-growing list of topics that apply directly or indirectly to social media, marketing and communication. These are topics that occupy a large percentage of their working days. Normally, they publish about three topics that will be addressed, then one of one of them selects a topic from the list and throws it out to the other for an opinion. Next, the originator of the topic responds and they go back and forth a bit. Anyone participating in the #shehechat is, of course, encouraged to jump into the conversation. The conversation is normally spirited and often sparks ideas for future #shehechat topics. Learn more about She Said, He Said by visiting http://jimraffel.com/shehechat/.

Also on the October agenda, James Carlson, director of BucketWorks, recently attended the 2011 Chaos Communication Camp in Finowfurt, Germany. James has volunteered to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share his exciting experience with us. Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. It provides a relaxed atmosphere for free exchange of technical, social, and political ideas. You can learn more about Chaos Communications Camp by visiting http://events.ccc.de/camp/2011/.

Last, but not least, Clint Laskowski will give an informative presentation on developing a web project using various prototyping tools (Balsamiq, JustinMind, etc.).

BucketWorks is located on S. 5th Street, just north of National Avenue. As always, admission is free, and there's plenty of free street parking after 6pm. Come down and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!


Web414 September - Rackspace Cloud and BarCampMilwaukee6

***PLEASE NOTE - We will be starting the meeting at 6pm this month and finishing at 7:30 to not conflict with the Packers season opener that night***

Join us, as always, at Bucketworks for the September edition of Web414. This month's meeting will be at 6pm on the second Thursday of the month. That means September, 8. We have an exciting show for you this month.

Segment 1 - Rackspace Cloud

Adam Hansen from Rackspace will be joining us to talk Cloud! He will give us an overview of Cloud uses in Small and Medium sized business and web and app development. He will discuss cloud in general as well as talk about his company, Rackspace. If you have any other topics that you would like discussed, be sure to let us know before the meeting. Be sure to bring your questions and Rackspace may even be giving us some swag to our group.

Segment 2 - BarCampMilwaukee6

Jeremy Jannene will be discussing the planning of the upcoming BarCampMilwaukee6. He will update us on what has been happening in planning, how you can help out, and what to expect at this year's BarCampMilwaukee.

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Web414 September Special Guest

August's meeting seems to still be fresh in the books, but September is coming up. For September, we will continue on the topic of Virtual Cloud Hosting with a special guest.

I am happy to announce that for September's meeting, Rackspace has offered to send an engineer to speak to the group.

They said he can speak on any part of Rackspace we would like and cloud hosting in general. So, I would like to put out the question to the loyal Web414 members. What would you like in the presentation from Rackspace? It's up to the community. Let us know in the comments, via Twitter (@web414), or on Facebook.

Stay tuned for more information on September's Web414!


2011-10-01 09:00
2011-10-02 16:00

BarCampMilwaukee6 will take place Saturday October 1st, 2011 and Sunday October 2nd, 2011 at Bucketworks. The event will run non-stop from Saturday morning at 9AM until Sunday afternoon at 4PM.

Plans are in development for a Friday night social event to kick things off at Brocach.

A BarCamp is a participatory “un-conference” event, where the attendees are in charge of what happens. We provide all the basic needs, and hope that people interested in teaching and learning in an open environment come together to share their knowledge and experience. What will the sessions be about at BarCampMilwaukee6? Whatever people are interested in. In past years, we’ve learned about robots, Drupal, Elevator Hacking, Ruby on Rails, video editing, technology solutions for non-profits, gone on PhotoWalks, discussed Microformats, talked about gadgets, played Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero, werewolf, seen immersive 3D environments, talked about software development, open source, closed source, web development, geeks and sex… and plenty of other things. (Whew!)

Why is it (sometimes) called an “un-conference”? Because you aren’t coming to see one person speak, or a “panel of experts” on stage. You’re coming to meet and connect with people just like you. We are all experts at our own experiences, and BarCamp is about sharing those experiences with others. If you know something, you shouldn’t be afraid to speak up and say it. If you aren’t sure about something, ask some questions. We like to say that your participation is your entrance fee. BarCampMilwaukee4 will be free (thanks to our sponsors) but you can’t just sit there and absorb… you have to get involved, and take part in the event.

Wikipedia has a great page explaining what a BarCamp is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp

Registration will open soon at barcampmilwaukee.org

MadisonRuby Conference

2011-08-19 08:00
2011-08-20 18:30


From August 18th to 20th, Madison, Wisconsin will host the Madison Ruby Conference at the Overture Center of the Arts. Madison Ruby (MadisonRuby.org) a two-track conference committed to bringing together two great communities: it will showcase the assets of the Ruby community to locals, and provide visitors with a chance to experience one of the best, brainiest, and least expensive places in the US to live and work.
The venues and layout of Madison Ruby’s events are such that we’re able to take advantage of the walkable downtown area awash in food, drink, and entertainment options.

The Workshops
August 18th will be filled with workshops for brushing up on Ruby and related skills. Scott Chacon will run “Working Effectively With Git”. Madison Ruby is also partnering with DevChix to organize and promote a free RailsBridge Workshop to reach out to under-represented demographics. In this workshop, you will build a complete web application using Ruby on Rails. This application will be fully functional by connecting to a database, reading and writing information.

The Talks
August 19th and 20th will feature dozens of speakers, including:
• Matt Yoho, “Have Fun the Rong Way” • Chad Pytel, “jQuery Mobile on Rails” • Gerred Dillon, “Re-imagining Rails Messaging” • Rick Bradley, “Free Whiskey ... Disk” • Jessie Shternshus, “How to Give an Awesome Lightning Talk” • David Copeland, “Making Awesome Command Line Apps in Ruby” • Jeff Casimir, “Blow Up Your Views” • Matt Margolis, “Scripting Vim with Ruby” • Dan Melnick & Scott Parker, “Building the Great Wall: API Driven Applications” • Brian Hogan, “Creating RubyGems from Scratch” • Jina Bolton, “CSS Workflow with Sass” • Chris Matthieu, SaaS Panel Member • Jon Larkowski, “Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How to Test” • Stephen Caudill, “Tip of the Skinny Iceberg” • Lori Olson, “Consultants & Rockstars, Who needs 'em?” • Collin Schaafsma, “Kick Your Project in the Mouth” • Renée De Voursney, “Whose Wife Are You?” • Tim Connor, “Your Mongo Haz Seeds” • Bryan Liles, MINSWAN • Jacqui Cox, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" - Strategies for
Coping in Chaos • Jason McCay, SaaS Panel Member • Steve Klabnik, Literate Programming • Giles Bowkett, “Life On My Home Planet.” • Meghann Millard • Charlie Nutter • Barry Hess, SaaS Panel Member • Steven Bristol, SaaS Panel Moderator • Gail Ambrosius, Master Chocolatier discussing her craft • A few other non-technical craftsmen are also in the line-up. We are planning to include a brew master and cheese maker but either are subject to change.

The After-Party
While talks, and workshops are great, the best part of any conference is the after-party. You can count on a killer after-party for the inaugural Madison Ruby with live entertainment, great music, good booze, and awesome conversations.

A Little About Madison, Wisconsin
While being one of the least expensive places in the US to live and work, Madison has a lot to offer. It is home to a number of great, award-winning breweries, a few within walking distance of the conference. It's also home to the largest producer-only farmers’ market in the country, just steps away from the conference on the Capitol Square.

What Attendees Should Expect
We encourage attendees to explore the beautiful downtown area. There is no better way to experience a new city than to go where the locals go. For that reason we have decided not to provide a crummy conference box lunch and instead encourage attendees to seek out lunch at one of the more than 100 restaurants within walking distance. Including Afghani, Ethiopian, Chinese, Japanese, American, Russian and restaurants of other types and themes. A highlight is L’Etoille, or it’s lunchtime persona Graze, which is rated as one of the top 50 restaurants in the country. And wherever you choose to explore EngineYard is helping to pick up the tab ... more details soon.
Along with the scheduled presentation tracks there is plenty of opportunities to inspire or continue conversations via lightning talks and ample spaces between talks.

Web414 August Meeting

Thursday August 11th, 7pm-9pm

Join us for an exciting evening of Virtual Cloud Hosting by Rob Martin (@version2beta) of Quintessential Mischief LLC. Rob’s background includes accomplishments in networking, virtual servers, databases, and server-side programming. He will compare and contrast the various services offered by cloud hosting companies such as Amazon, Rackspace, and Linode. Escape the August heat while enjoying our presentation in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the BucketWorks facility. BucketWorks is a health club, for the mind!

Web414 July 2011 Wrapup - Mobile Web Development/Google Plus

Thank you to those attending, presenting, and watching the live stream of July's Web414 meeting. It was a nice group with some great discussion throughout.

The meeting started off with a presentation by Dave Brixius (@coderdx) on Mobile Web Development Best Practices.

It was followed by a presentation building on it entitled, "Mobile Web Development: State of the Industry, Tools, and Tips" by Dustin Filippini (@dustyf).

In the final presentation, Benjamin Pett (@benrobn), let us know about how to get started with Google+.

The night ended with a little open discussion with a lot of focus on BarCampMilwaukee6. We would also like to give a big thanks to our host, Bucketworks.

Archived Live Stream on Ustream

Presentation Slides

Web414 July Meeting

Date: July 14, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Bucketworks, 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Topic: Mobile Page Design

Join Dave Brixius(@CoderDx) and Dustin Filippini(@dustyf) on the evening of July 14th for an exciting presentation on mobile page development. Dave and Dustin will cover all aspects of designing and developing for the new mobile web. This month’s topic comes to us compliments of Web414 member Paul Copsey(@PaulRCopsey). If you have a meeting topic to suggest please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen. Hope to see you there!

MKEPUG: The Evils of 777 and Other Security War Stories

2011-07-12 18:00

Have you ever installed an open source product and the instructions told you to set a folder or file to 777 (world writable)? Probably so, but this is a major no-no in terms of keeping your server secure. Hear Joel explain why this is so bad and how to properly configure your server to make this insecure setting unnecessary. Time will also be available for you to share your security war stories, as well as ask questions that may currently be stumping you on the security front.

As always, this is the Second Tuesday of the Month - at bucketworks!

Web414 Event Coordinator

In our ongoing commitment of service to the Internet and web technology community, Web414 is pleased to announce the creation of a new administrative position within our organization. Please join me in welcoming Clint Laskowski (@Clint326) as your new Web414 Event Coordinator.

Clint will be taking our ideas and suggestions for monthly meeting topics, and then following up with the legwork required to make them happen. Clint has professional experience in meeting coordination and is looking forward to applying that experience to benefit the Web414 organization. Clint’s goal is to create and maintain a monthly meeting schedule as far in advance as possible, so start sending your ideas!

In Clint’s own words, “I think the more we can set standards (meeting dates, meeting formats, topic calendar, etc.) the easier it will be for everyone to climb on board this new Web414 train”.

Please feel free to contact Clint directly with your ideas for monthly meeting topics, and any related questions you may have. Welcome Clint, and thank you for steeping up to the plate. We all look forward to the exciting and informative monthly meetings you will be coordinating from our suggestions!

David Brixius
Organizer - Web 414

Social Media Coordinator

In our ongoing commitment of service to the Internet and web technology community, Web414 is pleased to announce the creation of a new administrative position within our organization. Please join me in welcoming Benjamin Pett (@benrobn) as your new Web414 Social Media Coordinator.

Benjamin’s responsibilities as Social Media Coordinator will include maintaining Web414’s social media interfaces (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and streaming our monthly meetings live via our Web414 USTREAM.com channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/web414). Benjamin’s focus will be on providing the latest news and informative updates to our members and enthusiasts, to keep them engaged, while also providing an interface for those who are unable to participate in our activities directly. In Benjamin’s own words, “I think, over the long term, it will also help us discover the strengths and passions of all of our members and get them more involved”.

Please feel free to contact Benjamin directly with any publicity or social media related questions. Welcome Benjamin to Web414, we thank you for your contribution and appreciate your service.

David Brixius
Organizer - Web 414

Web414 Website Makeover

We are currently assembling a team of designers and developers for an ambitious overhaul of the web414.com website. If you are a designer or developer and want to showcase your work on the Web414 website, please contact Web414 Organizer Dave Brixius (@coderDx).

The goal is to make the web414.com website into a collaborative sandbox environment where all flavors of Internet and web technology have a place to be represented. We will create a strong core (probably using Drupal) and build in extensibility that allows for growth in the direction of the other individual technologies.

The way it will work is once the core is in place, suppose a Ruby developer comes forward and has an idea to add some really cool functionality created in Ruby. That person or persons will be given a directory and the developer environment required to create their branch of functionality. They will also be given the ability to link or un-link their work to the core web414.com website as needed.

This is an exciting opportunity for new and aspiring developers and designers, as well as seasoned professionals, to gain valuable experience and get their feet wet in a prominent, public facing arena, and have some fun while doing it! It is also a great opportunity to work in a team environment that will be based on agile best practices.

If you feel this is something you would be interested in, and could benefit from, please contact me and we’ll get you on the team!

Thank you,

Dave Brixius
Organizer - Web414

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