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  • Learning to Say "No", by Ben Ramsey
    down being unable to pull through and finish certain things Early last year I saw Guy Kawasaki s Art of Innovation presentation at N TEN s Non profit Technology Conference In his presentation he mentioned that he was offered the CEO position at Yahoo in the mid 90s but he turned it down thinking that the company would go nowhere I guess something like this goes through my mind when I m considering an exciting opportunity whether it s writing a book or looking at some potential side project However now I m going to have to start drawing the line and putting my foot down I need to learn to say no to things I know I can t handle right now even if I think I m passing up an awesome opportunity This is what s best for me and my family For the first time in two years I have no side projects other than Atlanta PHP and it feels good I feel like I am actually in charge of my time management and I m not overwhelmed by the weight of various projects all around me I do have a few things lingering around but I

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/learning-to-say-no/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Business Case for PHP, by Ben Ramsey
    using PHP highlighting its strengths and even noting its limitations In short it would answer the question why is PHP suited or not suited for the task we need to complete I was particularly interested in these white papers for Atlanta PHP to use and distribute to the local business community Well three years have passed and I don t believe anyone has ever published any white papers on PHP giving it a business case and while we have companies like Zend OmniTI and eZ Systems providing support for PHP I haven t seen any documentation from them like this So last Thursday when Stuart Herbert announced his Google Group for developing a business case for PHP I took notice and joined While I know that this group isn t trying to advocate the use of PHP over other languages I hope that it can generate white papers that will explain the benefits advantages of PHP and why it is well suited for particular tasks Also I think these white papers would do well to outline how PHP can work alongside other languages like Java and how PHP has excellent support for XML and SOAP making it a good choice

    Original URL path: https://benramsey.com/blog/2007/02/business-case-for-php/ (2016-04-26)
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  • IT'S A BOY!, by Ben Ramsey
    labor for about 22 hours and almost had to have a caesarean section because of the length of the labor We re still at the hospital and Mom and baby are currently resting well More details and many pictures to follow at BenandLiz com UPDATE If you d like to leave a comment please do so here My wife wants to keep track of them all in one place for

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  • Death and Birth, by Ben Ramsey
    much more time My mom has been making frequent trips to south Georgia and yesterday my dad brother sister and nephew made the trip down to see my grandmother Things were not looking good for her so we all knew it was time to visit Unfortunately I was unable to go Liz s due date is Feb 2nd which means the baby could come at any moment and I have to be here Then yesterday evening while close family gathered round my grandmother passed away My sister called me at the very moment it occurred at 9 08pm I was grateful for that because I was able to feel a little bit like I was part of the experience but still I ve not really been able to deal with it emotionally like I know I would if I were with my family Now as one member of my family passes on so too another member enters the world Our baby could be born at any minute and the death of one family member and the birth of another makes me think about how life is a sort of cycle with the older generation passing its knowledge and lessons learned

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  • Robert Swarthout Has a Blog, by Ben Ramsey
    I also noticed today that Robert has a blog which is why I m writing this post so I decided to check it out Looks to me like he ll be sharing some of those same experiences with scaling their sites from hardware issues to helpful scripts to build a standard install of Apache MySQL and PHP on new machines Good luck with the blog Robert While writing this post Robert sent me the blurb for the talk he and Zack will give at the Atlanta PHP February meeting If you re in the Atlanta area on February 1st feel free to attend the meeting Here s the blurb So what happens when your pet project is no longer a small little site but rather a site with thousands of visitors a day This month we will talk about the growing pains and code changes we have experienced in taking our pet project to a site that has in excess of 650 000 page loads a day Can your site scale What kind of hardware database and software has it taken to scale our site PaperBackSwap com We will share our experiences with these issues and many other problems we

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  • Quoted in InfoWorld, by Ben Ramsey
    ve tossed such a message aside assuming that it s either spam or someone in Nigeria wanting me to build a PHP application for them after I give them my bank account and routing numbers so they can deposit the funds necessary to complete the work but I noticed that this message was sent by an Editor at Large from InfoWorld So I decided to give it a shot and send my number back to him Shortly thereafter I received a phone call from Paul Krill who was writing a piece about Zend Core 2 0 specifically with regard to Microsoft support the Zend Microsoft partnership and the new CEO of Zend Apparently Zend was announcing their new CEO and releasing a beta of Zend Core 2 0 on the 16th which they did Strangely enough I find it odd that the PHP community remained virtually quiet literally on these issues this week Nevertheless InfoWorld ran Paul s news story on the 16th and I was quoted in it I think this is the first time I ve ever been quoted outside publications in the PHP world Luckily for me I was not misquoted By Ben Ramsey Posted on 20

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  • Atlanta PHP Call for Proposals, by Ben Ramsey
    all means please let me know From the official post at Atlanta PHP Atlanta PHP announces its official Call for Proposals Atlanta PHP meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7 00pm Eastern Time in midtown Atlanta We seek a wide variety of presentation topics of interest to intermediate to advanced Web developers with a focus on PHP and related technologies Atlanta PHP connects and unites PHP users across the Southeast provides world class support and resources to the community and advocates the adoption of PHP to local national and international businesses If you will be in the Atlanta area on the first Thursday of a month and would like to present a PHP related topic at an Atlanta PHP meeting please contact Ben Ramsey ben at atlphp org and include your talk title brief synopsis of your talk full contact information including phone number and desired meeting date At this time we cannot provide a speaker compensation package though this is being investigated for the future If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities allowing Atlanta PHP to provide speaker compensation packages please contact Ben Ramsey ben at atlphp org for further details By Ben Ramsey Posted on

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  • PHP Throwdown Registration, by Ben Ramsey
    competition PHP Throwdown is in a nutshell a competition to see what can be accomplished with PHP in a span of 24 hours I m one of the judges and I look forward to seeing what you and your team will create on Saturday January 27th By Ben Ramsey Posted on 9 Jan 2007 Zend Executable Debugger Eclipse Plugin Atlanta PHP Call for Proposals Tweet Vote on Hacker News Please

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