Evan Prodromou's favorites

Open Source Bridge 2013

Favorite sessions for this user

* !done - Hacking IRC Bots for Distributed Teams

When our company was acquired we needed a way to see everything that was done each day all in one place. Teams were using different methods to do this: standups, written reports, emails and meetings. Nothing stuck. Done reports introduces a simple IRC command: !done. Team members say !done and what they just did. These !dones are put into a daily report. !done becomes a part of everyday at work, not a strained task that’s easily forgotten.
Culture
Amber Case, Aaron Parecki

* Custom Markup for Working and Writing

We show how both doing work and writing about work are enhanced by special purpose markup hosted by federated wiki plugins.
Hacks
Ward Cunningham

* FirefoxOS

FirefoxOS is Mozilla's response to the problems that it sees with the mobile space. Walled gardens, platform fragmentation, and single-purpose SDKs in non-web programming languages threaten to close off the open web from the mobile space. In this presentation I will be covering the basics of FirefoxOS, and how it is the only mobile OS that answers to nobody but you.
Chemistry
Benjamin Kero

* Hacking social software with pump.io

pump.io is a platform for people who love writing social software and hate ever-changing terms of service. It's an Open Source, federated social network that works! And it's fun, too.
Chemistry
Evan Prodromou

* Just Don't Lick the Cookie: an open discussion about organizational dysfunction

When someone claims a task and then doesn't do anything with it, we call that "licking the cookie." Nobody in their right mind would pick up and eat the licked cookie or finish the project. In this session well talk about common forms of organizational dysfunction, and then facilitate a group discussion about working around, over, under or through organizational dysfunctions you've encountered.
Culture
Kellie Brownell, Sumana Harihareswara

* Low-Friction Personal Data Collection

Have you ever wanted to track your movements, sleep, what you eat, who you spend time with, and all sorts of other personal data? In this talk I'll describe the tools I've been able to successfully use to track aspects of my life.
Cooking
Aaron Parecki

* Mobile Sync, HTML5, and NoSQL

Mobile database sync helps insulate your users from unreliable wireless data connections, so your app feels faster, and is always ready when your users need it.
Chemistry
J Chris Anderson

* More Code, More Problems

Some people will tell you that you need a large, full-stack framework to do web development The Right Way. These people are wrong.
Cooking
Edward Finkler

* Morning Keynote: Ashe Dryden

It's been scientifically proven that more diverse communities and workplaces create better products and the solutions to difficult problems are more complete and diverse themselves. Companies are struggling to find adequate talent. So why do we see so few women, people of color, and LGBTQ people at our events and on the about pages of our websites? Even more curiously, why do 60% of women leave the tech industry within 10 years? Why are fewer women choosing to pursue computer science and related degrees than ever before? Why have stories of active discouragement, dismissal, harassment, or worse become regular news?
Culture
Ashe Dryden

* Open Sourcing Depression

In the spirit of open source, I'd like to shine a spotlight on depression. Not because it's easy, but because it's important. Mental illness affects many of us, but the stigma attached to it dissuades most people from talking about it openly. That's not how we make progress. With this talk, I want to do my part.
Culture
Edward Finkler

* Quantitative community management

In this talk, you will learn the state of the art in community measurement, common mistakes made in surveying, and how to actively use data to improve activity within a project.
Culture
Asheesh Laroia

* The Perl Renaissance

The Perl Renaissance is in full swing. Join internationally acclaimed speaker and White Camel Award winner Paul Fenwick as we explore some of the most freakin' amazing developments in the land of Perl!
Chemistry
Paul Fenwick

* The problem with passwords on the web and what to do about it

Handling user passwords safely is hard, but replacing passwords on the web in a reasonable way is even harder. Really, this should have been in the browser all along. This is where Persona comes in.
Chemistry
François Marier

* Training the trainers

This long session is a tutorial, with exercises, on how to run welcoming, effective outreach events targeted at bringing newcomers into your communities.
Cooking
Asheesh Laroia

* Using Secure Boot for the powers of good

Secure Boot is a technology for limiting the files that computers will boot. Used wrongly, it restricts user freedom and turns computers into appliances. How can we use it for real improvements in security without losing the ideals of general purpose computing?
Chemistry
Matthew Garrett

* Zero to root in 12 months / How We Mentor “Rock Star” Students

The OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and PSU Computer Action Team (theCAT) provides an amazing program for undergraduate students to learn about system administration. Many of our students have moved on and created their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. This session will cover how OSUOSL and theCAT mentor our students and create rock stars in the industry.
Culture
William Van Hevelingen, Kenneth Lett, Lance Albertson, Spencer Krum

Favorite proposals for this user

* cassis.js: Code That Runs in both JS & PHP - Natively

This talk is about how I use language hacks to run the same code natively on PHP and Javascript (JS), which I call CASSIS for Client And Server Scripting Implementation Subset. I'll describe how I discovered CASSIS, how to use the open source library cassis.js to write middleware logic once for both client & server, and real-world use cases including where I've successfully deployed cassis.js for years (even as an essential part of my own site tantek.com).
Hacks 2013-03-22 00:13:53 +0000
Tantek Çelik

* Community Infrastructure in Free Software

To succeed, projects need to do so many things well, and usually they need to do them alone. This is daunting for all projects impossible for new ones. Community infrastructure will let us band together to get more projects to their goals. Here's how.
Culture 2013-03-05 19:58:16 +0000
James Vasile

* Comparing Ganeti to Other Open Source Private Cloud Platforms

Private cloud computing has become an integral part of global business. While each platform provides a way for virtual machines to be deployed, implementations vary widely. It can be difficult to determine which features are right for your needs. This presentation will discuss the top open source private cloud platforms against Ganeti and provide analysis on which one is the best fit for you.
Chemistry 2013-03-11 00:44:47 +0000
Lance Albertson

* Conference Presentation Mind Control

Have you been at a talk which sounded great on paper, but was lackluster in delivery? Have you discovered that some presenters can seem to make *anything* interesting? Do you want to know how to hack audiences to convince them that your talk is *freakin' amazing* even though it's content-challenged? Want to use your conference presentation skills to kickstart your career in world domination? BYO tinfoil hat.
Hacks 2013-03-10 05:06:32 +0000
Paul Fenwick

* Engaging sport communities through Wikimedia projects

Wikimedia is a key source of knowledge for centralized knowledge of women’s sport in Australia. There are over 1,500 articles covering some aspect of women’s sport on English Wikipedia which, if printed in a paper book, would be over 4,000 pages long. They cover a broad range of topics from competitor biographies, to team articles, to league and federation articles, to information on individual season performance, to broader topics such as specific histories of women’s sports in Australia. During the Olympic period, interest in Australian women’s sport peaked, with over 2 million total views to these articles, many of which linked back to Australian sport federation and government websites. Beyond Wikipedia, Wikimedia hosts a large number of free to use pictures on Commons and a number of stories about women’s sports have been published on Wikinews, a project that feeds to Google News. This material is re-used on sites like Facebook, linked on other sites like Twitter, and has a longer online visibility profile than traditional news sites.
Culture 2013-03-12 07:32:39 +0000
Laura Hale

* Gitolite: Git on the server

Gitolite is next generation git server software. In this talk you'll learn about basic setup and advanced configuration. Awesome things such as branch-specific access controls, ldap/puppet integration, git hook madness and integration with redmine.
Cooking 2013-03-19 02:15:31 +0000
Spencer Krum

* Introduction to Linux Containers

Need to isolate an application but don't want to spend the resources for virtualization? Linux Containers allow you to create quick isolated environments with minimal resources
Cooking 2013-03-22 20:34:36 +0000
Brian Martin

* MoSQL: When SQL meets NoSQL

I will present MoSQL, an open-source tool for mirroring data from MongoDB to PostgreSQL. I will argue for mixed SQL/NoSQL environments, and talk about my experience using MoSQL to expand the availability of easy access to data internally at Stripe.
Hacks 2013-03-17 22:57:48 +0000
Nelson Elhage

* OpenSocial as the platform of social business middleware

Learn how the component model of OpenSocial enables creating ecosystems with ease.
Chemistry 2013-02-01 14:00:22 +0000
John Mertic

* Pinoccio - Building an Open Hardware Company, Year 1

From starting an open-hardware business, to designing user-centric products, to running a successful crowdfunding campaign, to managing manufacturing and fulfillment. There are lots of unknowns. We'll cover all the gory details of how we started Pinoccio, including lucky breaks and silly mistakes.
Business 2013-03-20 18:22:29 +0000
Eric Jennings, Sally Carson

* Pulling off Privates in JavaScript

Private properties are not built-in to the JavaScript language, but can be attained through various mechanisms in the language. We will explore tricks to associate private state with objects while taking full advantage of prototypal inheritance.
Hacks 2013-03-09 21:11:01 +0000
Nathan Wall

* Sane Database Change Management with Sqitch

Database change management has always sucked. This talk introduces Sqitch, the SQL change management application that doesn’t suck. Come see how it works, learn the few simple rules you need to get the most out of it, and liberate yourself from the suckitude.
Cooking 2013-03-22 06:48:01 +0000
David Wheeler

* TeleHash - Replacing REST APIs With a Messaging-Passing DHT for Apps

The age of REST is in full swing for building a modern app but it's starting to show strain: increased development complexity across multiple APIs, managing state in mobile apps, and a reliance on centralizing services to solve problems.
Chemistry 2013-03-20 19:39:51 +0000
Jeremie Miller

* The Linux Way: Rebuilding The Unix Way for a New Era

The development of GNU/Linux has resulted in major parts of the platform evolving away from UNIX's core tenets.
Chemistry 2013-02-01 08:37:58 +0000
Andy Grover

* The reality of building an open source photo platform

Lessons learned from quitting my job to start an open source photo platform.
Business 2013-03-17 02:24:43 +0000
Jaisen Mathai

* What Hath Von Neumann Wrought?

I've sub-titled this presentation "skeptical musings of a reluctant cyborg." I'm mostly going to talk about computational journalism, but don't be surprised if some science fiction finds its way into the discussion.
Culture 2013-03-24 03:38:55 +0000
M. Edward (Ed) Borasky

* You Can't Do That at Wordpress.com

An in-depth comparison the differences between WordPress.com hosted sites and self-hosted WordPress-powered sites from the experience of testing on self-hosted then trying to migrate changes to WordPress.com.
Cooking 2013-02-17 02:27:40 +0000
Susan Langenes, Faddah Wolf

Open Source Bridge 2012

Favorite sessions for this user

* Building and Testing REST APIs in Node.js

Learn about techniques, libraries and patterns useful for building REST APIs using Node.js
Cooking
Russell Haering

* Easy Beats Open: The Challenge of Growing Open Source

"Open Source, in its majestic equality, guarantees both programmers and non-programmers alike the right to alter and recompile their software." The battle for Open Source Legitimacy is largely over: in many sectors, it's actually the preferred alternative. In the task-focused world that most casual computer users inhabit, however, "open-ness" is a meaningless abstraction and the walled gardens of closed source competitors offer compelling advantages. In this session, I'll explore the reasons that people make their choices, point out why "moral arguments" about open source are unlikely to change those choices, and discuss ways that our communities can further the ideals of Open Source without demonizing Grandpa's iPad.
Culture
Jeff Eaton

* Forking and Refining Data on the Open Web

Github has revolutionized social coding but where does social data stand in relation?
Chemistry
Max Ogden

* From OAuth to IndieAuth: Own Your Online Identity

Sick of writing sign-in code? Not sure whether to support Twitter logins, Facebook logins, or both? Try IndieAuth! IndieAuth, built on top of OAuth, is a new way to sign in to websites online using your own domain name. This talk will show how OAuth and OpenID paved the way for IndieAuth, and will provide details about how to use this on your own websites.
Hacks
Aaron Parecki

* Future of Wearable Computing: Constraint, Context and Location

Google will release a wearable heads up display this fall, and it may help to usher in a new era of augmented reality and wearable computing. What does this mean for us? How do we build for the next generation of machines? Who was here before us, and how can we learn from them?
Hacks
Amber Case

* How and When to Do It Wrong

Constraints make good art. Everyone knows the right way to design and implement software — but is the wrong way really so bad? This talk demonstrates unconventional approaches to solving common and real problems and explores their benefits and drawbacks.
Hacks
Chromatic X

* Your Open Source Startup

Are you ready to take your Open Source project to the next level? Maybe it's time for a startup.
Business
Evan Prodromou

Favorite proposals for this user

* Constructing a Next Generation Open Source Web Querying System with Node.js

Raw API data from different sites and services is the lifeblood that powers most web and mobile applications in the market. With this power comes increased network roundtrips, bandwidth consumption, and reduced product reliability from dealing with inconsistent and volatile APIs. ql.io, a new open source querying system built on top of Node.js, is an answer to these development woes. Providing a mechanism for mashing up raw data sources in an easily consumed package, as well as the ability to deploy the service from your own servers, ql.io is working towards taking away many of the sharp pains that we have all endured within our development careers.
Chemistry 2012-03-27 03:39:52 +0000
Jonathan LeBlanc

* Freedom from the web’s monopolies

The web is not as open as it used to be: monopoly platforms formed new proprietary layers on top of it. Apps always have storage attached to it, forming a package deal of »you get our app, we get your data«.
Chemistry 2012-03-31 06:57:56 +0000
Jan-Christoph Borchardt

* microformats 2.0 - the next evolutionary step for web data

microformats are published on millions of sites, providing a simple API for the data on those pages with no additional URLs, file formats, callbacks etc. Similar approaches have subsequently emerged and grown as well, like RDFa and microdata. This talk discusses lessons learned in all HTML data in general, and how those lessons have been incorporated into microformats 2.0, the latest in the evolution of web data.
Chemistry 2012-04-01 20:55:15 +0000
Tantek Çelik

Open Source Bridge 2010

Favorite sessions for this user

* Cassandra: Strategies for Distributed Data Storage

Cassandra is an open source, highly scalable distributed database that brings together Dynamo's fully distributed design and Bigtable's ColumnFamily-based data model. In this talk we'll discuss the strategies Cassandra employs to provide an eventually consistent data model.
Chemistry
Kelvin Kakugawa

* Drizzle, Scaling MySQL for the Future

Current state of Drizzle.
Hacks
Brian Aker

* Open Source and the Open Social Web

Open Source software has been instrumental in the development of every revolutionary communications technology on the Internet. The Open social Web is no different.
Chemistry
Evan Prodromou

* The Story of Spaz: How to Give Away Everything, Make No Money, and Still Win

What motivates us as developers? How do we define success? Throughout the development of Spaz, we've learned a lot about what works, what doesn't, and what really matters. Come to hear the story, and participate in the discussion of how we define success in open source.
Business
Edward Finkler

Favorite proposals for this user

* Lessons Learned from Open Source Development

Two decades worth of lessons learned around open source development.
Culture 2010-03-25 06:56:50 +0000
Brian Aker

* Should there be a free software app store?

Since free software "is a matter of liberty, not price", developers and distributions are allowed to ask users to pay for free software (though most users can easily choose not to). Musicians like Radiohead have experimented with asking, but not requiring, users to pay for music (by choosing their own price, which could be $0). What would happen if we did this for free software?
Business 2010-03-26 00:53:46 +0000
Seth Schoen

Open Source Bridge 2009

Favorite sessions for this user

* Drop ACID and think about data

Survey of current database technologies beyond the traditional ACID RDBMS
Chemistry
Bob Ippolito

* Getting Started in Free and Open Source

"All That Glitters is Not (Only) Code - Testing - Localization - Documentation - Release Engineering - User Interface Design / Usability - User support"
Cooking
Cat Allman, Leslie Hawthorn

* Open Source Development - The Dark Side

Navigating the Darkside of the Open Source Development Community. A decidedly sarcastic and hopefully humorous look at the dark under-belly of the Open Source Development Culture.
Culture
Jennifer Redman

* Open Source Microblogging with Laconica

Microblogging lets people share short status messages with their social network. Public Web sites like Twitter, Jaiku and Plurk are wildly popular with consumers, but Open Source programs allow a distributed social graph and implementation inside the enterprise firewall. Evan Prodromou, founder of Identi.ca, will describe the Open Source microblogging tool Laconica and its uses in the workplace and on the Public Web.
Chemistry
Evan Prodromou