Web414 January 2008 Meeting

2008-01-10 19:00
2008-01-10 21:00

January 2008 Web414 MeetingThursday, January 10th, 2008 — 7pm

We will be having dinner at 6pm at the Chipotle on Ogden and Jackson. Join us if you wish!

Topics so far: Greasemonkey, Asus Eee PC Demo, DrupalCampWisconsin, and a discussion on starting/running a small business.

Book Swap & Loan: Everyone bring a book you either want to trade, or would be willing to loan to someone.

Rosenberg Hall (MSOE)
1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Room: R101

Also, if you plan on coming, please use the sign-up that is part of this post. (We'd just like your name, so we can gauge how many people plan on coming. You need to be logged in to sign-up.)

Also listed on Upcoming and Facebook.

Recording and December meeting wrap up.

Item! The Dec. 2007 Web414 recording is up and available at the Mighty Archive.org. 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 Writelarge.com. 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: http://www.BrillianceWeb.com/Careers/

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.

Korporate-Media Encore

2007-12-08 19:00
2007-12-08 21:00

Korporate-Media EncoreSaturday, December 8th, 2007 — 7pm

David says, "The Korporate-Party this year was a MESS on the streets, so if you couldn't make it, feel free to come to the encore presentation. Info on www.korporate-media.com

1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, WI

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.

Coworking: Northside

2007-11-10 14:00
2007-11-10 18:00

We will be meeting at Caribou at Bayshore [map].

Join us to talk tech news and to get some work done!

Caribou Coffee has free wifi, reasonably priced drinks, and free parking.

Web414 December 2007 Meeting

2007-12-13 19:00
2007-12-13 21:00

December 2007 Web414 MeetingThursday, December 13th, 2007 — 7pm

Topics so far: OpenSocial, Greasemonkey, Prism, a demo of the Asus Eee PC, and DrupalCampWisconsin, which is happening January 19th, 2008.

This is the One Year Anniversary of Web414. I'm going to bring cookies. Anyone else wanting to bring a treat, please do!

1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Room: r201 (Second floor, second door on the right)

Update: It looks like the Milwaukee Web Design Meetup Group will be joining us... Neat!

Also listed on Upcoming and Facebook.

Web414 Upgrades and Changes

Please feel free to add things to this list. I'd like to get a full list and hash these things out before we start the upgrade to 5.x process (I haven't played around with 6.x too much, don't know if we want to risk upgrading to it yet?). No idea is a stupid idea. Let's get all of your ideas up here!

  • content
    • meeting nodes
      • pictures
      • meeting notes
      • audio
      • video
      • cross posted at (links to blogs, upcoming, etc)
      • in attendance?
    • page for events web414 is involved in
      • barcampmilwaukee
      • barcampmadison
      • drupalcampwi
    • site upgrades
      • openID
      • captcha
      • upgrade calendar?
      • chat?
    • design changes/ideas?
    • more in depth profiles?
    • users more prominent?
      • avatar by blog and forum posts?
    • page for web414 cards?
      • add your name & url in a comment for the next batch, give $3 via paypal?

Web414 November 2007 Meeting

2007-11-08 18:00
2007-11-08 21:00

November 2007 Web414 MeetingThursday, November 8th, 2007 — 6pm/7pm

This meeting will happen in two parts. The first part will be a dinner at 6:00 PM at Chipotle near MSOE where the organizers of BarCampMilwaukee2 will discuss how the event went. What worked, what didn't, what we have left to do, etc. If you were involved in the planning and organizing, we really want you there. Anyone is welcome to come, but the focus will be on wrapping up BarCampMilwaukee2.

We plan to finish dinner before 7:00 PM and then move over to MSOE for the actual Web414 meeting. The topic will most likely be the larger picture of BarCampMilwaukee2 from the perspective of participants. What did you learn? What did you share? We'd also like to discuss DrupalCampWisconsin planned for January 2008, and any other issues at hand. (Gabe say he will have an actual agenda. Yay for Gabe!)

1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Room: r200 (First room on the Second floor)

What else? Leave a comment...

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 f1webchallenge.com

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