Waterloo Region December Meeting: Drupal Hosting

Tonight I gave a presentation to the Waterloo Region User Group about choosing a host for a Drupal based site. We talked about the essential requirements on top of the Drupal requirements, types of hosting, and our experiences with various hosts. I think the results of the discussion can be summed up as "you get what you pay for"! I've attached the presentation slides for anyone interested.

The essential features I noted as being important include:

The Story of the Office Ribbon

I came across this great presentation about the evolution of the Office 2007 Ribbon. While I'm not personally much of a fan of the ribbon, the development process was really interesting to listen to. I found the story of "feature creep" up to Office 2003 to be a really good example of what to avoid in revisions of a product.

Research Seminar Presentation: Increasing Awareness of Privacy Policies through Graphical Representation

Here is a copy of my presentation from my research seminar. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

Trouble in MySQL Land

This amuses me to no end. Today, on Slashdot, Ars Technica, and other sites, there has been a story circulating about a blog post by Michael Widenius, one of the core developers of MySQL. The core of his post is that there are a series of significant bugs in the 5.1 release which should have been dealt with before declaring General Availability. My first thought was, "wait a minute, don't I have 5.1 on my mail server?":

kibble:~ andrew$ pkg_info | grep mysql-server
mysql-server-5.1.29 Multithreaded SQL database (server)

CISters: Computer Science, The Digital Future

Here are the slides being presented on Monday, December 1st. They provide an overview of the prospects for computer scientists today and in the future. For more information, contact CISters or the CIS department at the University of Guelph.

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