MilwaukeeDevHouse, FTW?

MilwaukeeDevHouse, FTW? Presentation

I gave a presentation at Web414 last night about MilwaukeeDevHouse.

Because I am FAIL! at using office suites, I did the presentation in S5, and it's called MilwaukeeDevHouse, FTW?

MilwaukeeDevHouse1 will be taking place Friday, March 14th, 2008 at Bucketworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Get there around 7PM, stay until you fall over.

Photos in the presentation provided by Scott Beale aka Laughing Squid. Inspiration for MilwaukeeDevHouse courtesy of SuperHappyDevHouse... Thanks yo!

(Originally posted at RasterWeb!)


2008-03-14 19:00
2008-03-15 02:00

MilwaukeeDevHouse1Friday, March 14th, 2008 — 7pm

MilwaukeeDevHouse aims to be the premier regularly scheduled hackathon event that combines serious and not-so-serious productivity with a fun and exciting party atmosphere.

If you’re a coder, designer, or just someone who enjoys software and technology development, MilwaukeeDevHouse was made for you...

MilwaukeeDevHouse is intended for passionate and creative technical people that want to have some fun, learn new things, and meet new people.

1340 North 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Also listed on Upcoming and Facebook.

Oh, one more thing... Feel free to come before 7PM, as Bucketworks will be open for all, and TMJ4 will be there filming for a 10PM news story.

Web414 March 2008 Meeting

2008-03-20 19:00

March 2008 Web414 MeetingThursday, March 20th, 2008 — 7pm

Topics: F1 Web Site Challenge, SXSW, MilwaukeeDevHouse1, and two presentations!

Team Web414 will give us a recap of their adventures at the F1 Website Challenge (and yes, we plan to do one of these in Milwaukee) and then Ashe, Mike, and David will fill us in on their SXSW experience, and we'll also talk about what happened at MilwaukeeDevHouse1 (and maybe MilwaukeeDevHouse2.)

We also have presentations from Tracy on Adobe Photoshop & Bridge and from Chris on web-enabled Linux-based display systems.

People seemed to like Bucketworks (maybe too much, as a number of us stuck around an extra 45 minutes) so we'll meet there again.

Dinner: Chipotle, as usual?

1340 North 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Also listed on Upcoming and Facebook.

One more thing... We'd appreciate if you use the signup here (you must be logged in) even if you signed-up on Upcoming or Facebook, just so we get a good idea of how many people plan to attend.

What will you do at MilwaukeeDevHouse1?

MilwaukeeDevHouse1 MilwaukeeDevHouse1 will take place March 14, 2008, and we hope to see you there.

Sure, we hope to combines serious and not-so-serious productivity with a fun and exciting party atmosphere, but what do you plan do when you are there?

SuperHappyDevHouse23 just took place, and here's a few things people had on their TO DO list for it:

  • solar-powered Arduino
  • Hello World in Adobe Air
  • home automation web UI
  • trying to learn how to write a stored proc in Postgresql
  • reading about hotel software.
  • Working on a coupl'a Facebook apps
  • Working on a random heatmap overlay generator

I've already had one person say "I'll bring nasty toxic chemicals to etch PC boards and make something" so already, we're looking at something interesting happening. :)

Looking for help...

Frogneck is looking for help. We're a LAMP shop (PHP, not PERL), and we need a developer with PHP, CSS layout, and javascript skills interested in committing to 20-40 hours per week on contract. Some onsite work would be expected because of the nature of some of the projects we're working on.
Here are some of the projects, if it piques some interest:

  • Homegrown Content Management System
  • Content Management for Newspapers
  • e-commerce

Here's some sample work so you can see our style:

Please contact me directly if you are interested. You may contact me via web414, or at the email address posted at

Web414 Members Attending SXSW Austin in March

Just an FYI that Ashe Dryden, David Overbeck and I are confirmed to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin together, just a little over a month from now — March 7th through the 11th.

SXSW Interactive

Somehow we organized ourselves and managed to book the same flight on Midwest (though thanks be to Ashe, we'll be waking up at 3am to make the 6:25 flight) and are also staying at the same hotel in Austin, TX.

We are all very excited to be at this happenin' event in Austin. Based only on what I have read and the podcasts I've heard, this should be a spectacular opportunity for Web414 members to have a positive impact on the greater web community, and get to know some people from around the country and the world.

If other Web414 members or readers of the site are attending SXSW Interactive this March, please contact Ashe, David or myself so we can absorb you into our Borg-like collective. :-)

We will also be reporting back on Twitter and on our blogs (including this one) as we experience SXSW for the first time.

Web414 Upgraded

We've completed the upgrade and migration of Web414, and we are now running the latest version of Drupal (as of this post) and running on a new server, courtesy of Distance Software.

All of the modules have been updated, and minimal testing took place. If you come across something that does not work, please let us know. We may be adding new features as we go, and we just added the CAPTCHA module to help prevent automated registrations.

The big thing we need now is a new theme. We'll be working on that next. If you're interested in contributing, or creating a theme, feel free to do so.

That's it for now, we're back and ready to roll!

Web414 February 2008 Meeting

2008-02-21 19:00
2008-02-21 21:00

February 2008 Web414 MeetingThursday, February 21st, 2008 — 7pm

Topics so far: F1 Website Challenge, BarCampMadison2, MilwaukeeDevHouse, Bucketworks...

Update: Join us for Dinner at 6PM at the Chipotle on Ogden Ave.

The F1 Website Challenge is coming up, and Web414 is one of the teams! Let's do some pre-planning for the team so they are ready to hit the ground running. I've also heard mention of a similar challenge here in Milwaukee to help non-profits get up-to-speed on the web. Can we start planning this?

Other topics... BarCampMadison2 is (hopefully) right around the corner, and we'll have a MilwaukeeDevHouse before that (Don't know what a "DevHouse" is? See SuperHappyDevHouse for more info.) And Bucketworks? Well, this is the first official Web414 Meeting there, they've really improved the place, and it might be of interest to Web414 members.

1340 North 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Also listed on Upcoming and Facebook.

One more thing... We'd appreciate if you use the signup here (you must be logged in) even if you signed-up on Upcoming or Facebook, just so we get a good idea of how many people plan to attend.

DrupalCamp WI Live Video Feed

Recordings of the sessions at DrupalcampWI are available at the show's page at

January 2008 Web414 Meeting Recap

The January 2008 Web414 Meeting was held last night, and it was fun. Someone yesterday said it didn't look like very interesting topics, but hey, it's as interesting as you make it, I always say.

We had about 23 people in attendance, even with the snowy weather conditions. I think the community is really beginning to gel. We've got a lot of great people involved, doing a lot of really cool things, sharing their knowledge, working together, it's a nerdy love-fest...

Jeramey on Greasemonkey

Jeramey showed off Greasemonkey, and showed how he uses it on Flickr. I mentioned the Greasemonkey script I wrote for WebGrader. (If you are unfamiliar, Greasemonkey basically lets you re-write web pages in your own browser, so you can add new features, or disable things you don't like.)

Game Software

Next up I demoed the Asus Eee PC, the little laptop that runs Linux. I showed the default interface, the full KDE Desktop running on it, Firefox, Penguin Racer, and Potato Guy, which was quite the hit. I then passed it around the room so everyone could get a chance to see how light and small it is, and give the keyboard a try. By the time I got it back, it was running Ubuntu and streaming video of the meeting. (I'm just kidding.)

Kevron checks in via video

There was some video streaming and such though... Thanks to Media Master Gabe for setting up Ustream (though it silently failed a bit, that's ok, it was the first attempt.) Gabe and Tracy also showed off Seesmic and the silly video conversations they have there. (KeVroN missed it!)


Oh, and there are a ton of photos in Flickr's Web414 pool thanks to Tracy Apps and John December.


And the Eee PC was not the only little Linux device, as Tracy brought a Chumby, but sadly, we could not get it on the wifi because we could not authenticate it to the network.


Elias Holman of Distance Software gave a "running a business" talk Pecha Kucha style, which involves showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each and talking over them. I thought it turned out really well, and we should consider the Pecha Kucha thing again.

The new v. the old

Wait... more? Oh yeah, held a Book Swap & Loan, where people could bring in a book and let someone borrow it, or just give it away. Sadly, I brought like 80% of the books, but it looks like we just started a Web414 Library.


2008-01-19 09:00
2008-01-19 22:00

DrupalCampWisconsinSaturday, January 19th, 2008 — 10AM-10PM (Registration starts at 9AM)

DrupalCampWisconsin is a 1-day event focused on the use of Drupal. Don't know what Drupal is? Here's what says: “Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to power scores of different web sites.”

DrupalCampWisconsin will be much like a BarCamp event: It will be free for attendees, and we encourage everyone to participate. We do want to cover various topics from the basic to the advanced, so there may not be a completely open schedule grid like many BarCamps use, but we definitely want time for anyone to lead a session.

Is DrupalCampWisconsin for you? If you've never heard of or used Drupal, you'll want to at least get familiar with it before the event. If you're already using it, consider helping us organize, and volunteering to lead a session on a topic you know about.

If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wiki page:

Multipurpose Room
1025 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Adobe Flex Pre-release Presentation

2008-02-07 18:00
2008-02-07 20:30

Join us for an evening with Kevin Hoyt, Adobe Platform Evangelist presenting the new Adobe Flex platform. Raffle prizes include Adobe CS3. If you plan to attend please RSVP to (Admission is free, but seating is limited.)

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see and hear about this highly anticipated release of Adobe Flex 3 and Adobe AIR during this special pre-release tour. Plus, in addition to giving away some one of a kind Flex/AIR branded schwag, each event will also be raffling off a copy of Adobe Flex Builder 3 Professional (pending availability) and a full commercial copy of Adobe CS3 Web Premium!

800 Main Street Harry V. Quadracci Center
Pewaukee, WI 53072

5:30 registration/check-in
6:00 event starts
6:15 Kevin Hoyt, Adobe Product Evangelist Presentation
8:15 Q&A

More info:

Designer Needed

The Hospital I work for has two items of interest to you 414-ers.

1. We're looking for a Drupal Themer that can create Drupal Theme for us based (mostly) on what you see at I've received some interest from my posting at, but I'd prefer to give the job to someone from our little family if possible.

2. We're looking to hire a Graphic Designer in our Marketing Department. As the Communications Specialist, I'm trying to move more and more of our publications to electronics, but you'll need a strong background in traditional printing, because marketing will always have to send out postcards. It's a small team and a great organization and you'd have the best lake view in the entire hospital. I shot this picture from the Graphic Designer's Window last week. Seriously. Shoot me an email ( if you're interested or curious.

Technically, the job is titled "Communications Specialist," but that's dumb. You're really a graphic designer. We just got a new iMac for the position and loaded it up with CS3. I'll let you have it if you take the job. (Anyone not affiliated with Web414 has to use the old one.)

Winter Family Project! Thank you!

Thanks to your kind donations, Web414 was able to secure a Nintendo DS and three new games for our Winter Family project! You guys are the best. I'm very proud and humbled to be part of a group like this.

Not only did we collect $80 in cash, one Web414er donated a used DS to the family, so we were able to give one little girl a _Very_ nice gift and something that she'd have gone without if it wasn't for your generosity. She got a Platinum Phat DS and a carrying case, a copy of Brain Age 2, and two other games that I'll have to dig out the receipt to recall. (One was a platformer, and the other was a drawing game.)

The Winter Family project itself managed to collect almost $300 in cash and gifts (including food and toiletries) in addition to our gift.

Happy Festivus, you guys. Bagels NO! Web414 Yes!

F1 Web Challenge

2008-03-01 07:00
2008-03-02 13:00

F1 Web Challenge

Here is a chance for us to give back. Sign up, join our team, and get some rest. We are hoping to carpool, so leave your info below if you need a ride/would like to be a ride and where you are coming from.

From the site:

Sierra Bravo hereby challenges our fellow web professionals (nerds like us) to join a friendly competition in donating 24 hours to build a complete website for a Minnesota non-profit organization — and everyone wins!

One part nerd Olympics, one part community service project and one part race-against-the-clock — Sierra Bravo’s F1 Overnight Website Challenge will partner deserving Minnesota non-profits with teams of talented web developers for 24 hours of fun collaboration culminating in a fully operational website for each participating non-profit.

Calendar and Event Day Timeline
Event Day Timeline, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 *7:30 a.m. — Registration, breakfast served
8:30 a.m. — Welcome remarks by Sierra Bravo and sponsor(s)
9:00 a.m. — Teams meet together for the first time to discuss the mission and objectives of their non-profit, as well as desired functionality of the new website
10:00 a.m. — Begin programming and countdown begins
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Lunch served, Guitar Hero Challenge
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. — Dinner served
12:00 a.m. — Midnight snack and another fun challenge (TBD)
6:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. — Breakfast
12:00 p.m. — Programming stops, judging begins
12:30 p.m. — Lunch served
1:00 p.m. — Presentations by groups, web demo of their work. This will be the final thing they will be judged on. Judges will have had two previous touch points with each team, including once at the very beginning and again circa what would be considered “bedtime” for the outside world. Winner announced. Closing remarks. Good night and good luck.

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