2013 99U Conference 2014 Tickets On Sale
2013 Jeremy Waite On The 80 Rules Of Social Media
Jeremy Waite is Adobe EMEA's Head of Social Media Strategy. Jeremy recently created an Infographic entitled The 80 Rules Of Social Media. This one is truly thought provoking and well worth reading. Heck, print it out and hang it on your wall.
My favorites is #12. No, it's #71. Or maybe it's #66. Argh, I can't decide!
So, what's yours?
2013 Vincent Hardy On Open Source Involvement
Our own Vincent Hardy has written an article for Website Magazine entitled Why Do Developers Contribute to Open Source Projects?.
2013 99U's Pop-Up School
Behance is bringing 99U's first-ever Pop-Up School to NYC, offering training, workshops, and skill-building focused on three topics that are essential to making an impact with your ideas: career development, entrepreneurship, and brand & digital strategy. The first 99U Pop-Up School will be September 18th - 21st, 2013, and registration is now open.
2013 Blast From The Distant Past
Someone just sent me this link they have discovered, the original spec for vCalendar, The Electronic Calendaring and Scheduling Exchange Format Version 1.0, circa 1996. Contributors include representatives from all sorts of organizations (many long gone) including AT&T, Attachmate, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Lotus, Novell, Netscape, ON Technology, Oracle, Starfish Software, and more, and contributor #14 on the list is yours truly.
2012 Welcome To The New forta.com
With any luck (and with the cooperation of the DNS gods) you should be reading this on my new and improved personal web site. This is the first complete redesign of this site in over a decade, and I'm really pleased with how it has turned out.
2012 Yes, It Is A Big Deal
An acquaintance apparently saw my exuberantly gushing Curiosity posts and tweets, and IMd me with "that big a deal, huh?".
It took me a few minutes to figure out how to respond, how to capture the pride and emotion and admiration. But, I tried to do just that, and this is what I sent back:
2011 Tarmac Delay Rule Shocker - NOT!
Back when the tarmac delay rule went into effect I predicted that this rule would fall victim to the Law of Unintended Consequences and that airlines will do the only thing they can do, they'll cancel flights earlier or more often (that copied and pasted from an April 2010 blog post).
And so I was not in the least bit surprised to see the report from the US Government Accountability Office proclaim that our analysis has shown that the rule appears to be associated with an increased number of cancellations for thousands of additional passengers - far more than DOT initially predicted - including some who might not have experienced a tarmac delay.
I know I shouldn't say "I told you so", but ...
2011 When Lightning Strikes The Network
My home network had a bad week last week. One of my 24 port hubs is dead (well, it powers up and passes POST, but not a single data LED lights up). The WAN port on my SonicWALL firewall is fried (fortunately I had an unused port and was able to change the configuration to get back online). My Roku box no longer works on wired Ethernet (although it does work on Wi-Fi). I lost one port on my PBX. A VGA over Cat5 extender lost all 4 of its ports. The integrated Ethernet port on one of my computers is dead. It could have been much worse. I have lots of connected equipment and the vast majority of it is fine (the pattern around what was fried and what not is intriguing to say the least). Still, as I said, a bad week.
The culprit? A massive lightning storm in the area. We never lost power, but apparently the lightning must have caused a significant surge and fried lots of equipment connected to the phone lines (several POTS voice lines and a U-verse data line). Interestingly, all of the damaged equipment still works, I just lost lots and lots of ports, almost all on my LAN, and one on a PBX daughterboard.
I have significant power surge protection. But, obviously, none for the phone and data lines that come into my house. And while I know that this was a freak occurrence, it's still been frustrating and expensive enough that I've been looking into the options for protecting phone and data. And the information out there is rather ambiguous, ranging from inline solutions with mixed reviews, to comments about the impact on performance, and more.
So, I'd like your input. If you have any experience with this type of surge protection, please share - the good, the bad, and the ugly is all appreciated. Thanks!
2011 Vote For Matt Gifford
.net Magazine is running their annual .net Awards, and our own Matt Gifford is the only ColdFusion developer up for a .net Awards 2011. Feel free to help him out, go vote (category 16, at the bottom).