I recently did a joint presentation at DrupalCamp Colorado with Jeremiah Wathen, my project management counterpart at Colorado Interactive. We talked about Pacific, Colorado.gov’s Drupal-based hosting platform for hundreds of state and local entities, and what Colorado.gov has learned with each increasingly ambitious project since the initial decision to adopt Drupal.
This week I spoke at the DBUG Drupal meetup in Denver about an unglamorous but very important thing that comes up for any technologist: turning around applications that have, for one reason or another, left their users unhappy.
I also had no idea that DBUG meets in a TV studio and is broadcast live on public access TV and the web. Thankfully, my doctor has me on some really good blood pressure meds.
My talk covers some of the strategic, technical, and personal things that people can do to fall back in love with their Drupal applications again. (The non-technical aspects are really applicable to any software.)
(I start my talk at the 19 minute mark.)
Slides are at http://zeke.ws/DrupalParachuting .
This year, all the uninspired rants against my generation got a bit too much to handle:
I just cooked up a Chrome extension called “Millennials, Begone!” to make every invocation of “millennials” say what it really means:
This summer, I finally followed through on a couple of experiments I’ve had nagging at the back of my head for a while:
- Seeing if I can tolerably get by on standard IMAP email hosting after 9 years on Gmail, just to know if it’s a viable alternative in some kind of hypothetical doomsday scenario
- Moving my blog – the one place where I’m not a CMS/blog developer, but a writer – from a traditional server to one of the more modern “app-as-a-hosted-service” platforms. ZekeWeeks.com is now hosted on WordPress.com Business – I’m just at the start of this experiment after a few years of “not good enough” attempts on various managed WordPress services, and will write about it later if anything interesting comes up. 🙂
Even though I was interested in seeing the current state of email outside a proprietary host, I approached that experiment with skepticism and low expectations. And I certainly didn’t expect it to turn out like it did!