Monthly Archives: March 2007

JustAnger.com in the context of the Kathy Sierra incident.

I first read about the personal attacks on Kathy Sierra on Graceful Flavour (one of the bloggers on MY A-List). At the time I saved the posts because I wanted to blog about them as a show of support for Kathy (I am one of her readers) but I was flat out too busy at the time. Right now I am at the Code Camp Oz 2007 conference being held in Wagga Wagga and have some WiFi access so I thought I would read some feeds and catch up with some posting myself.

It was then that I came across JustAnger.com on CentreNetworks. It is an interesting application in its Googl-esk simplicity in that it just has a text box that you can vent your spleen into and the aggregate of which it builds a tag cloud from. You can drill down into the tag cloud and see what people are saying.

As someone who has an alter-ego blog that I use for therapy I can understand the need to get things off your chest – it is healthy, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Along these lines I was thinking that JustAnger should have a “make me safe” check box which is turned on by default that essentially results in your “anger” being moderated, vetted, and potentially dropped from the cloud all together.

Not doing so potentially creates an environment where people like Kathy can be attacked at a VERY personal level. I hope the JustAnger.com insurance is good…

CenterNetworks

I got an e-mail yesterday (like a few bloggers I suspect) pointing me towards CenterNetworks. The basic idea is that it is a web-site to connect ideas people with money people. The ideas people record a pitch, and money people view the pitches. It also looks like it is a general start-up news site which is actually the reason I have decided to subscribe.

One thing that would be interesting is something like this turning into a micro-funding system where small time investors can pool dollars to help fund the smaller start-ups.

One of the interesting things I found was JustAnger, more on this later. As a side note – CenterNetworks better watch out, there logo has a shape that could attract some attention . . .

Latest updates about CodeCampOz 2007.

Greg took the time to write up the following e-mail and send it out to all folks who have registered for CodeCampOz this year but I thought I would post it here as well.

Meals 

Friday night. There is a place called Montezumas in the city. It’s a Mexican restaurant and has an area out the back that they let us congregate. You need to cover the cost of any meals you have there. It’s usually a pretty good night for those that get in early and a good chance to network.

Saturday/Sunday lunch. This year, Avanade is sponsoring the lunches. We’ll have soft-drinks, garlic bread and pizzas (some vegetarian). The campus is a distance from the city so if you’re keen for anything else, I’d suggest bringing it as the lunch break is short.

Saturday/Sunday morning/afternoon tea. The folk at the IT Masters and CSU provide this for us.

Saturday wine/cheese tasting. This is always a favourite and is again courtesy of our friends at IT Masters and CSU.

Saturday night. There is a buffet restaurant called the Golden Seasons. It’s got a mixture of food and is pretty low cost. It again has a large area out the back that we occupy when we’re there. You’ll need to cover the cost of it yourself. Make sure you ask about the buffet option though when you enter as it’s often not obvious that it’s available. Most people seem to prefer it.

Travel 

Most people would have organised travel by now. If you have specific issues and need some shared travel help, as always Corneliu will do his best to help. You can get him at travel@codecampoz.com.

The sessions will be held at Wal Fife Theatre which is at the main campus north of the city. See http://www.csu.edu.au/about/maps/wagg-map.html for more info. Anthony Chan (CSU lecturer) has kindly created signs that will guide you to the event.

Laptops 

I’ve had a number of people ask if you need laptops. No, you don’t. The sessions are held in a university-style lecture room. Many people find using a laptop helpful to take notes or try things but you don’t need to. There is wireless internet access available (web proxy only) while we are there. Please don’t abuse this (download wise) as we need to cover the costs of downloads. Normal email or web-browsing is fine.

Other 

If you have any other questions, please just send them to info@codecampoz.com. If you are no longer able to come, please also advise us at registrations@codecampoz.com to help with catering.

Otherwise, have a safe trip and we look forward to seeing you there.

Thank-you John Backus…

Paul Stovell sent around an e-mail a day or so ago about John Backus’ passing at the age of 82. I’ll leave it as an exercise to the reader to read that link but I’d like to send out a thank-you to John Backus who’s language influenced so many of the languages that I have worked on (I’ve only ever played with Fortran myself).

If you are a .NET developer you could pay hommage by writing a Fortran program to run on top of .NET! Here is one:

program hello

    print *,”Good-bye John Backus!”

end program hello

Matthew Cosier presenting at the APAC SharePoint conference in May.

That little bird that I was talking about the other day has tweeted (not twittered). Matt will be presenting a session on how to setu alternate membership/role providers in SharePoint, and having seen someone do this recently it is a session well worth attending because there are a few tricks above and beyond what you have to do in vanilla ASP.NET 2.0.

So, are we ready for CardSpace already?

A link to this article about a fairly horrific exposure of usernames and passwords was doing the rounds on the internal mail system today and it caused a little bit of conversation. I feel sorry for everyone involved in these situations because no one deliberately sets out to see this happen (except for maybe hackers).

This is one of the reasons I maintain a password database with unique passwords for most of the different sites I visit. I couldn’t event tell you what most of then are except for a few that I reguarly use each day.

One thing is for sure – as this kind of stuff continues to happen the case for technologies like CardSpace gets stronger and stronger. I used Daniel’s CardSpace module for DNN today and it worked fairly well (one glitch that I reported) – the user experience was good and I know that I just need to backup my cards before I rebuild my machine.