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  • Job Transition to Schematic, by Ben Ramsey
    from my home forty miles outside the city In fact this is a job I must drive to everyday So why the change I ve decided to accept a Software Architect position at Schematic who has an office in Atlanta This wasn t a flippant decision and there are several key reasons I chose to work for Schematic Schematic is very community oriented One of the main filtering questions I ask of prospective employers is how they feel about speaking at conferences my involvement with Atlanta PHP and other PHP community activities and writing articles books Believe it or not most companies I ve spoken to are very hesitant to touch these issues and prefer a we ll discuss that after you start working with us policy Schematic encourages these activities and they hired me because of my community involvement rather than in spite of it Schematic is already very active in the Flash developer community and they appear to be positioning themselves as a leader in the PHP community Schematic is dedicated to open source I ll be working in Schematic s Open Source Platforms Group This group develops software using the LAMP stack and other open source technologies The OSPG also has plans to contribute and give back to the open source technologies it uses I should be able to post more about this in the future I needed a promotion Since I left Eureka Interactive in 2004 I feel like I ve taken a few steps backwards on my career path I started at Eureka in an intro level position and quickly worked my way up to a decision making position of responsibility I was not just another programmer but I had responsibilities to our clients and small team of junior developers Leaving Eureka placed me in

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/03/job-transition-to-schematic/ (2016-04-26)
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  • PodCamp Vlogging Panel, by Ben Ramsey
    about vlogging However PodCamp Atlanta didn t have any vlogging sessions scheduled at the time So in the spirit of the unconference I decided to pull together a group of vloggers from across the Southeast to form a vlogging panel moderated by yours truly The vlogging panel will take place on Saturday March 17 at 1 45pm in the Governor s Hall room Here s my little description of it Meet the Vloggers Vlogging is a new medium of podcasting that is catching on quickly This panel of experienced vloggers will share their vlogging experiences reasons for vlogging advice helpful tips and tools and answer audience questions The panelists are Grayson Daughters of TrueGritz Ajit Anthony Prem of SquiggleBooth and Ticklebooth Erin Nealey of Mom s Brag Vlog Chris Daniel of Chris Daniel s Video Blog and nTune tv Kary Rogers of Good Commitment At this moment there are still 30 spaces left for PodCamp Atlanta there are only 200 available spots If you re interested in attending the vlogging panel or any of the other sessions sign up now to reserve your spot By Ben Ramsey Posted on 12 Mar 2007 PHP Groups Announcement Job Transition to Schematic Tweet

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/03/podcamp-vlogging-panel/ (2016-04-26)
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  • PodCamp Atlanta, by Ben Ramsey
    I m interested in creating a vlog for another website perhaps more details on that later or maybe I ll just be a tease and make you find it on your own but I m not sure if there will be much discussion about podcasting related to vlogs Nevertheless I ll try to make it if only to hear about the various podcasts in Georgia If you re in the

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/01/podcamp-atlanta/ (2016-04-26)
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  • PHP Groups Announcement, by Ben Ramsey
    user groups to become more aware of each other find out what works and what doesn t and share ideas and potentially some resources I think the overall PHP community will benefit from this kind of exchange at the grassroots level the user groups said Ben Ramsey the organizer of the Atlanta PHP user group and one of the founding members of PHP Groups Every month PHP net lists events for over fifty PHP user groups However there may be as many as 200 or more PHP user groups around the world PHP Groups seeks to unite these user groups and provide a means for them to communicate with each other User groups are clubs focused on the use of a particular technology PHP user groups focus on the PHP programming language and related technologies such as Linux the Apache Web server and the MySQL and PostgreSQL databases The first PHP user group formed in Chicago in 1997 At present PHP Groups provides a mailing list where user group leaders and those interested may subscribe and take part in a dialog with other user groups I hope that part of our accomplishments will involve uniting and bringing together for an open dialog all of the PHP user groups across the world said Ramsey I hope this mailing list can get that conversation going To subscribe to the PHP Groups mailing list go to www phpgroups org About PHP Groups PHP Groups networks PHP user groups into a tighter community provides a means to share information and resources among its community members and aids in the formation of new PHP user groups About PHP PHP Hypertext Preprocessor or simply PHP is a widely used general purpose scripting language designed with the Internet in mind Commonly implemented to manipulate databases and dynamic

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/03/php-groups-announcement/ (2016-04-26)
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  • ApacheCon US In Atlanta, by Ben Ramsey
    ask Rich Bowen a few questions about the conference and what Atlanta PHP can do to help promote and take part in it ApacheCon usually has a PHP track ApacheCon EU does not have a PHP track this year and Rich said he expects this conference to have the full complement of tracks It s my hope that Atlanta PHP can somehow be a part of this For now there

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/apachecon-us-in-atlanta/ (2016-04-26)
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  • LinkedIn and Google?, by Ben Ramsey
    I wouldn t mind seeing some kind of mash up of Google LinkedIn Plaxo it d definitely make managing my contacts between the three much easier There s no mention of it on Google s or LinkedIn s websites but just days after my post asking for a Google Contacts application it would seem that Google is doing something about their contacts and they re doing that something with LinkedIn It s unclear exactly where this is heading but when I logged into Gmail today I noticed a small little info image next to the name and e mail address of the sender of each message I received The first time you hover over the info image it asks you to authenticate with LinkedIn After that when you hover over the image you automatically see whether the sender has a LinkedIn profile what degree of a connection they are to you 1st 2nd 3rd etc their position and company location how many LinkedIn contacts they have and their LinkedIn profile summary You can then click on their name to proceed to their LinkedIn profile From this little window you can also invite them to your network if you are not already connected to them Now when you proceed to Gmail s contacts page there s nothing of the sort connecting your contacts with LinkedIn but this little quiet addition makes me wonder what Google and LinkedIn are up to Is there a partnership in the works Will I be able to use LinkedIn to manage my Google contacts and vice versa in the not too distant future I don t think I d be opposed to that In fact I d laud it Now if only LinkedIn would provide sync ing services like Plaxo or better yet LinkedIn and Plaxo

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/linkedin-and-google/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Mustaches and Drupal, by Ben Ramsey
    not make a website devoted to the Stache Bash Perhaps it might even become an Internet meme Thus was born StacheBash com When throwing together this site I wanted something that wouldn t require much effort I had some guiding ideas in mind though for what I wanted it to be it must be a community site with blogs user created groups forums for each group a map to show the location of each group etc So after several years of bitching about how I didn t really like Drupal because of its sucky and unintuitive user interface for typical end users I decided to give it another shot because I had heard good things about the recent 5 x release To make a long story short Drupal has come a long way and there were already modules to suit every need I had I easily made a few of the tweaks I needed added some custom blocks and I had a working fully functional community driven website up in just one weekend If you ve discounted Drupal in the past I encourage you to look again You may find yourself quite surprised Drupal even has a section on their

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/mustaches-and-drupal/ (2016-04-26)
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  • O Google, Hear Our Cries (For a Contacts Application), by Ben Ramsey
    SOHO Organizer and Contactizer but I don t use the Apple programs I use things on the Web like Gmail and Google Calendar I could go back to using programs like Apple Mail but Gmail has ruined me simply because of two simple features that seem so obvious I don t know why other mail applications don t have them tagging and conversation threading So what am I to do As a member of the Cult of Google I beseech thee O Google to overhaul your crappy contact system and make a full fledged Google Contacts application to go alongside with your suite of productivity apps like Gmail Google Calendar and Google Docs Follow your normal protocol and keep it beta indefinitely and open only to invitees but invite me first please and make it awesome as usual Help us to log our calls and all communication with our contacts much like you already allow us to see all e mail communication with a particular contact Let us schedule meetings with a contact that show up on our Google Calendars and allow us to define relationships and assign tasks Give us the tools we need for a complete virtual on

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/google-contact-management/ (2016-04-26)
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