Calling all ColdFusion Enthusiasts: Go Offline at Adobe MAX!

As a vibrant, active online Community of ColdFusion developers who largely interact online only, lets get together at Adobe MAX in Vegas to chat and network in person.

Members of the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group can meet at the MAX Community Lounge. If you're not already a member then join us! We could either have a free form networking meeting, or better yet, I'm thinking that we could do a type of speed-networking type of meeting where we'll seat people in two rows (or something similar) and each pair of people will talk for 5 minutes and then we'll all shift seats by one position to speak for 5 minutes with the next person, and so on.

I first saw this speed-networking idea on Alan Williamson's blog entry Do We Still Need Conferences? where Stephen Moretti linked to this site that contains a Google video of how it works: http://www.dott07.com/go/dott-blog

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I've been Schmapped!

Schmap Brussels Guide
This week I received an email in my Flickr account from the editor of Schmap Guides requesting the use of several of my Brussels photos:

I am writing to let you know that four of your photos with a creative commons license have been short-listed for inclusion in the second edition of our Schmap Brussels Guide, to be published mid-October 2006.


Schmap Guides are described as:

Every Schmap Guide comes with dynamic maps, useful links, playable tours, top picks, plus photos and reviews for 100s of sights and attractions, hotels, restaurants, bars, parks, theaters, museums...


I'm thrilled to be included this interactive guide that is free to download and run (Windows only though). I've read some thoughts on this from other bloggers about Schmap's creative marketing strategy, but I won't over analyze it here. Rather, I'll just say that I'm pleased to freely share my photos for non-commercial purposes whenever possible so long as attribution is given, something formalized in the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution Share-Alike license. Sure, they might generate revenue with Ads, but they don't charge for the use of the Schmap player to browse cities. No doubt, this is a Web 2.0 idea.

Otherwise, this has been a good year for getting my photos into publications. I'm considering moving into professional photography, at least on the side, and for now I'm trying to gain some exposure, so to speak. This year started with a bang when my photo of Main Street's Market and Cafe was selected for the cover of New England Print and Publisher magazine. Most recently, The Writer magazine requested a different photo of the same cafe on Main Street in Concord, MA for use in their upcoming December 2006 issue. I've also had numerous requests to use my photos in newsletters and other small publications, including Indiana University Faculty Newsletter, the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture, and the online Concord Magazine..


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Connect to your home computer from anywhere

The October edition of MacWorld magazine includes a walkthrough of how to remotely and securely access your computers at home even though you may have a dynamic IP address which may change at any given moment. The article, Remotely Access Your Mac, considers the situation where you might be on the road but need to access files on your home computer, but without known your home IP address this would be impossible. The author carefully describes how a company DynDNS solves all that. With a DynDNS account choose a host alias or provide a full domain name, then you run software on your home computer which periodically maps that name to your home computer's (or home firewall/router's) IP address.

The article mentions briefly the concept of running a home webserver with this configuration, although a reference to a July 2005 article on MacWorld is cited, The Weekend Website, which provides very basic instructions for using Mac utilities for setting up a home website or web-based photo gallery.

For a comprehensive article regarding how to setup and secure a Linux server at home, see a recent article in Red Hat Magazine, How to Setup a Home Webserver.

ColdFusion 10th Birthday Event on Google Video

Take a walk down memory lane with the founders of ColdFusion and Allaire Corporation on the occassion of ColdFusion's 10th Anniversary, July 2005 in Newton MA.

JJ Allaire, Charles Teague, and Sim Simeonov

Watch on Google Video

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How to set up a home web server

Red Hat Magazine has a new article that describes how to set up a home webserver from scratch, including recommedations and advice on hardware, installation, security, and even how to deal with a changing IP address on your DSL connection.

How to set up a home web server
By Jefff Goldin

Two day seminar in the Boston area: Deep AJAX

At this week's Boston CFUG presentation of AJAX by Rob Gonda, a new member informed us of an upcoming, comprehensive seminar on AJAX sponsored by the Greater Boston Chapter of the ACM. At Harvard University's Maxwell Dworkin center, this two day conference Deep AJAX will feature speakers from Yahoo!, the Dojo Toolkit, and the Django Framework, running the weekend of October 14th at a cost of $495. I won't be able to attend it unfortunately, but just wanted to get the word out if you're in the area.

Deep AJAX
A two day deep dive into developing real world applications using AJAX
AJAX - more an approach than a technology - is one of the hottest topics for Internet developers. AJAX builds rich interactive applications using standard browser technology, enabling delivery of sophisticated user experiences without the problems of distributing and updating client software.

Two Upcoming Online Meetings: FusionDebug and ColdFusion Security

Thanks to Charlie Arehart and Adam Wayne Lehman, the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group will conduct two online events in October. Be sure to check out Charlie's blog for a multi-part series on FusionDebug.

Please note the time: The event times are in US/Eastern Timezone. For timezone conversion, see:
http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc.tzc

Click on the event link below to RSVP. On the event detail page, see the link under MORE INFORMATION for the Breeze Meeting URL. Then at the specified time and date, go to that URL and enter as a GUEST using your name, but on the login page please use the form field towards the right which does not require a password.

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Rob Gonda on Ajax for ColdFusion Developers... Watch it again!

If you missed tonight's Online ColdFusion Meetup Group event, you can still catch all the lessons and demos from Rob in the archived Breeze Meeting recording. Rob tailored his AJAX presentation to compare related technologies or libraries including Spry, dojo, Flex, Flash, and more, and provided copious demos and a thorough background.

Ajax for ColdFusion Developers
http://stevenerat.breezecentral.com/p34597793/


Look for new event listings soon. Booked for October we have Charlie Arehart on Fusion-Debug and Adobe's new ColdFusion Evangelist Adam Wayne Lehman on ColdFusion Security Best Practices. I'll be posting those event schedules tomorrow.

New event for The Online Coldfusion Meetup Group: Rob Gonda on AJAX

Welcome Back ColdFusion Enthusiasts!

The summer is winding down, and most everyone has returned from vacations, so the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group is getting fired back up. To kick off the first online event this fall, Rob Gonda will present on AJAX, in the context of ColdFusion applications.

If you have ideas for topics or speakers you'd like to see, please contact me to let me know. Nate Nelson is preparing a couple talks on Advanced SQL, so look for those in the near future, too.

Thanks!
Steven Erat
Organizer, OCFMG

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