Bryght Gets Brighter

Local Vancouver company Bryght has scored a heavy hitter in the Drupal community. Steven Wittens announced in his blog he is moving to Vancouver to become a "Bryght Guy". Steven is one of the original Drupal developers and until February the only other core committer besides Drupal creator Dries

System Administrator Appreciation Day

This coming Friday is System Administrator Appreciation Day. Honour your SysAdmins!!!

I did that gig for 14 years. When you do it right almost no one notices. So send them a little appreciation ... the website has gift suggestions:

David Sifry Talks Leadership Hacks

Northern Voice LogoDuring a desktop file cleanup I (re)discovered my notes from this year's Northern Voice conference. Well, technically it was the Friday Moose Camp which preceded Northern Voice proper.

The following notes are from the Leadership Hacks session lead by David Sifry, a self described "serial entrepreneur", founder of Technorati, cofounder of Sputnik, and cofounder of Linuxcare.

"Google - Behind the Scenes" at VanHPC's July 27 Meeting

The Vancouver High Performance Computing group have scored Narayanan 'Shiva' Shivakumar, the founding director of Google's Seattle-Kirkland R&D center, to speak at their July 27th meeting:

Ruby on Rails Workshop on July 26

The next meeting of the the Vancouver Ruby Association is a mini-workshop on Getting Started with Rails:

From generating your first app, understanding the directory structure, to using migrations, customizing the routes, creating a few database tables, using the has_many:through concept, plus more - depending on the level of experience everyone has with Rails that comes.

It's Wednesday, July 26th from 6:30pm to 9pm at the UBC main campus.

Full announcement at

Westcoast Security Forum 2006

The organizing committee for the Westcoast Security Forum have finalized date and location:

When: November 27 - 28th, 2006
Where: Westin Bayshore Resort, Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

Call for papers is still open.

Full information at

BarCamp Vancouver: August 25 - 27

BarCamp is coming to Vancouver. What is BarCamp? I'm not sure, but here's what the website says:

BarCamp is an ad-hoc un-conference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

All attendees must give a demo, a session, or help with one. All presentions are scheduled the day they happen. Prepare in advance, but come early to get a slot on the wall.



I first heard about WorkSpace in an interview on CBC radio. From their website:

WorkSpace is a shared work environment in downtown Vancouver. Our Gastown loft has meeting rooms, a lounge & a caf

Next Vancouver Drupal Meeting Set

The next Vancouver Drupal meeting is Thursday July 20th. Information at Drupal Groups site. There's going to be some really interesting presentations - Excellent!

Enterprise Encryption

July's CIPS Vancouver Security SIG meeting was a panel discussion on encryption in the enterprise. Panels can be dodgy, so I really wasn't sure it would be worth the trip. It was.

The panel consisted of representatives from Bell Corporate Security, BC Ministry of Attorney General, Bell Alliance Lawyers & Notaries Public, Accenture Business Services and the Vancouver City Police. In spite of the diverse group there was a clear consensus on most of the issues.

Some take away points that won't run afoul of non-disclosure:


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