Category Archives: Interesting Items
Since this summer, a number of disturbing news reports have come out that highlight the amount of ongoing surveillance of the Internet by the National Security Agency. Mainly due to leaks to leaks from former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, these have outlined a huge systematic government effort to watch everything and everyone online. “Controversial” and “important” do not even begin to indicate just how vital and contentious these game-changing revelations really are. The basics facts now known about\ these programs is outlined in this month’s SWCP Portal, in an article called “The Spooks in the Machine.” It is complete with links to all the original stories. So check it out, especially if you’ve been wanting to follow this important story but haven’t had the time. So stay tuned – you can depend on the Portal continuing to cover this in the future, with analysis of what it means and what, if anything, can or should be done.
This month, the Duke City is hosting it’s very first Tech Fiesta. This is a series of get-togethers from 7-15 of September celebrating the very clever people in our fair city working to create a thriving community of technical innovators. Panels, speakers, pitch contests and other fun happenings will be featured. One event is a Coworking Crawl in which SWCP’s own coworking space, Ideas & Coffee, is included. Tech Fiesta week finishes up with the third WordCamp Albuquerque, September 13-15, an intensive weekend of meetings devoted to WordPress, the versatile and most widely-used open source blogging tool in the world. Developers and users, from newbie to pro, come together to share insights, tricks, ideas and inspiration. If you’ve ever wanted to set up your own website to share your ideas, media, or sell stuff, this is for you. Join the fun! Details are available on the websites linked above and are also listed in the September Portal. See you there.
WordCamp is an informal, community-organized event that is put together by WordPress users of all levels. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. More info. Panels at WC 2013: (Saturday 9am-5pm) Clean eCommerce Solutions for the Responsive Web You Too Can Write a Plugin Strategy for Traffic Building for Beginning Bloggers WordPress and Mapping There’s a Filter for That Blast Off Your Blog with Social Media! Making the Leap from Designer to Designer/Developer Anatomy of a VIP Code Review Online Newsletters: Benefits and Challenges DNS and Website Migration Avoiding Scope Creep by Writing a Proper Statement of Work SEO for WordPress Sites: How To Find and Implement a Sweet Strategy for Getting Noticed Choose and Modify a Theme with the End User in Mind Anatomy of a WordPress Hack Organizing the WordPress Backoffice: Eight Plugins that Help! Think Before You Install – A Call to Action Hacked! How they hack it and how you clean it Integrating Online Communications with WordPress Other Events WordPress Hackathon (Friday night) Absolute Beginner’s Intro to WordPress (Sat morning) WordPress for Kids (Sunday morning) WordPress Hackathon Wrapup/Presentation (Sunday morning)