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Stewart Smith: Is Python the new BASIC

Mon 15th Sep 2014 11:09

Today I managed to finally find a way to express what I’ve been thinking for a while: “Python is the new BASIC”. Think about it: it’s easy to get started in, there’s books and tutorials on it everywhere, a bunch of real world software is actually written in it and with all the different versions and modules (and versions of modules) there’s a billion subtle differences to trip you up.

There’s also the group of people (like me) who don’t particularly like it, for a bunch of quite valid reasons. The lack of being strongly typed is a huge barrier for me.

I am of the opinion that the ideal language with the ideal compiler would not let buggy code compile. It may not be as easy to program in this hypothetical language, but seeing as code has to exist and be debugged for order of magnitudes more time than it takes to write it, making it harder to write bugs is a good thing. After all, my experience with Python apps is that bugs manifest themselves at run time, to the user, rather than to the developer at the time of writing. Also, compiler error is better than unit test failure.

Discuss.

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BlueHackers: More exercise and happiness

Mon 15th Sep 2014 05:09

So I managed to last one hour the.other say doing boxing related exercises. After I had cooled down I felt great. Those endorphins are so good for me. I want more but I’m not good at wanting to exercise..

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Sridhar Dhanapalan: Twitter posts: 2014-09-08 to 2014-09-14

Mon 15th Sep 2014 00:09
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Linux Users of Victoria (LUV) Announce: Adjourned 2014 LUV Annual General Meeting

Sun 14th Sep 2014 14:09
Start: Sep 20 2014 15:30 End: Sep 20 2014 16:15 Start: Sep 20 2014 15:30 End: Sep 20 2014 16:15 Location: 

Boardroom, Electron Workshop, 31 Arden Street, North Melbourne

Link:  http://www.electronworkshop.com.au/

Confirmation of adjourned LUV 2014 AGM

This notice is to confirm that Linux Users of Victoria Inc. will be holding the adjournment of its Annual General Meeting, on Saturday 20th September 2014. The meeting will be held in the Boardroom of Electron Workshop at 3.30pm.

Electron Workshop is on the south side of Arden Street, about half way between Errol Street and Leveson Street. Public transport: Route 57 tram, nearest stop at corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets; Route 402 bus runs along Arden Street, but nearest stop is on Errol Street. On a Saturday afternoon, some car parking should be available on nearby streets.

LUV would like to thank Electron Workshop for making their boardroom available for this meeting, also Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting, and BENK Open Systems for their financial support of the Beginners Workshops.

Linux Users of Victoria Inc., is an incorporated association, registration number A0040056C.

September 20, 2014 - 15:30

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linux.conf.au News: Linux.conf.au 2015 announces the Multimedia and Music Miniconf

Sun 14th Sep 2014 12:09

Linux.conf.au 2015 are pleased to announce that the Multimedia and Music Miniconf will be part of the programme in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Miniconf’s website is at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2015_mmm/ where the Call for Papers and other information will be published soon.

Multimedia and music are a significant part of how information is produced and consumed in our increasingly connected world. The Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) ecosystem provides a rich collection of software tools allowing the consumption and creation of multimedia. The Multimedia and Music Miniconf at LCA 2015 will bring users and developers together to present, discuss and experience what FOSS multimedia and music software has to offer for content consumers and producers alike. The miniconf will close with an informal demo/jam session to allow FOSS community members to showcase their creations and inspire others.

This miniconf will appeal to a broad range of community members who have an interest in multimedia and music on open source platforms - users and developers alike.

The Multimedia and Music Miniconf is being organised by Jonathan Woithe and Silvia Pfeiffer who have also convened previous Multimedia + Music miniconfs at lca in 2011 - 2014. Previous years' proceedings can be found at http://www.annodex.org/events/lca2014_mmm/

Jonathan, a Linux developer from Adelaide, Australia, has been a user since early 1990s, both privately and at work. Jonathan's primary open source focus is presently on software related audio and video production. He is one of the primary developers of the FFADO project (Free Firewire Audio Drivers ) and maintainer of the Fujitsu laptop driver in the Linux kernel.

Silvia has a long history of working on open media technologies through Annodex, Xiph, and more recently Mozilla and Google with the HTML5 video element and accessibility. At Google, she also became a WebKit/blink contributor. She is co-editor of the WebVTT and HTML5 specs at the W3C and now works for NICTA in Sydney. As well as the LCA Multimedia and Music Miniconf she has helped organise the LCA Digital Arts miniconf in 2006, and was an organiser of the Foundations of Open Media Software (FOMS) developer workshop in 2007, 2008, 2009, the two in 2010, the FOMS track at OVC 2011, and the ones in 2012, 2013. Silvia wrote the "Definitive Guide to HTML5 Video" in 2010.



Linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. The next conference, LCA2015, will be held on 12 - 16 January 2015 at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.

Linux.conf.au Miniconfs

Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.

LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Linux.conf.au 2015 Date: 12 - 16 January 2015

Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.

City: Auckland, New Zealand

Web: http://linux.conf.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCA2015

Twitter: @linuxconfau

Hashtag: #lca2015
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Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 226: Play date, Science Friday, more baking, a trip to the airport and a dinner play date

Sat 13th Sep 2014 21:09

I'm so over baking. The pumpkin scones were a total fail. The dough was so sticky I couldn't work it, so it got consigned to the rubbish bin.

Matthew came around for another play date, this time with his mother, Mel and little sister, Olivia. I baked a couple of loaves of gluten free bread while chatting with Mel and the kids all had a good time, and then we had some lunch.

For Science Friday, I thought I'd get some dry ice and put it in water. I'd found a dry ice place over in Woolloongabba, and so I popped over there and grabbed a 5 kg block before Sarah dropped Zoe off in the morning. Matthew thought it was pretty cool too (no pun intended). Unfortunately, Zoe tried picking it up before I had a chance to tell her not to, and got a bit burned on her fingertips, but after 10 minutes under running water, she was okay. The block in the water did some interesting things. The water around the block froze, and so the reaction of the dry ice and water slowed down, but occasionally the ice would crack with a big pop and more vapour would escape. It was fun to have just bubbling away off to the side while the kids played.

After lunch, we all played with the kinetic sand for a bit before they went home, and then I headed over to Mum and Dad's to pick up some more baking that my Mum had made. As I hoped, Zoe fell asleep in the car on the way there, and I managed to do the pick up and return to drop all the baked goods off while Zoe napped.

Anshu's flight was delayed, which worked out well, meaning I could drop off the baked goods before picking her up from the airport, even if it did mean more criss-crossing around town. We still ended up with about an hour to kill at the airport, which was fine. We wandered up and down the terminals, and got to watch all the airport operations. A random old man gave me a CD of nursery rhymes, which I'll be examining before Zoe listens to them.

While we were at the airport, Eva and Layla's Mum invited us over for dinner, which suited me fine, since the house looked like a bomb had hit a Kindergarten/bakery combination, so we headed straight to their place for dinner after Anshu's flight got in.

We had a great dinner there, and the girls had lots of fun playing with each other. It ended up being quite the late night, so I was grateful that Zoe had had a bit of an afternoon nap.

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linux.conf.au News: Debian Miniconf returns to Linux.conf.au in 2015

Sat 13th Sep 2014 12:09

We are excited to announce the return of the Debian Miniconf to Linux.conf.au after a a break of 6 years. The Miniconf will run by Andrew Ruthven for a full day of Linux.conf.au 2015.

Debian was the earliest Linux distributions to be open for every developer and user to contribute their work. It continues to be the most significant distributor of Linux that is not a commercial entity (and even then, a number of commercial entities base their distributions on Debian).

Debian remains a key part of the Linux ecosystem, this miniconf will collect together people from across the distros as there are a number of common interests.

Andrew is a Developer from Wellington, New Zealand, he has been running Debian on his home boxes since Bo was released and installed it using a shoebox full of 3.5" floppies. His first Bo install has been continually upgraded ever since, motherboards may have changed, RAID disks replaced, but it is still the same computer: cerberus.

In addition to using Debian at home, Andrew has been able to run Debian at every workplace he's had, both on workstations, laptops and servers. In 2012 Andrew became a Debian Maintainer and intends on upgrading to a Debian Developer when he has time.

He was the co-director of Linux.conf.au 2010

Linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. The next conference, LCA2015, will be held on 12 - 16 January 2015 at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.

Linux.conf.au Miniconfs

Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.

LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Linux.conf.au 2015 Date: 12 - 16 January 2015

Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.

City: Auckland, New Zealand

Web: http://linux.conf.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCA2015

Twitter: @linuxconfau

Hashtag: #lca2015
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Tridge on UAVs: APM:Plane 3.1.1 released

Fri 12th Sep 2014 12:09

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.1.1 of APM:Plane. This is primarily a bugfix release with a small number of new features.



The main bug fixed in this release is a bug that could affect saving parameters and mission items in the FRAM/eeprom storage of PX4v1/Pixhawk/VRBrain. The bug has been in the code since January 2013 and did not cause problems very often (which is why it hasn't been noticed till now), but when it does happen it causes changes to parameters or mission items not to be saved on a reboot.



Other changes in this release:

  • support for using a Lidar for landing for terrain altitude (see the RNGFND_LANDING parameter)
  • improvements in the landing approach code, especially the glide slope calculation
  • added LAND_FLAP_PERCENT and TKOFF_FLAP_PCNT parameters, to control the amount of flaps to use on takeoff and landing
  • the default WP_RADIUS has been raised from 30 to 90. Note that the L1 controller may choose to turn after the WP_RADIUS is reached. The WP_RADIUS only controls the earliest point at which the turn can happen, so a larger WP_RADIUS usually leads to better flight paths, especially for faster aircraft.
  • send gyro and accel status separately to the GCS (thanks to Randy)
  • support setting the acceptance radius in mission waypoints (in parameter 2), which allows for better control of waypoints where actions such as servo release will happen
  • fixed GPS time offset in HIL
  • added RELAY_DEFAULT parameter, allowing control of relay state on boot
  • fixed sdcard logging on PX4v1
  • added GPS_SBAS_MODE and GPS_MIN_ELEV parameters for better control of the use of SBAS and the GPS elevation mask for advanced users

Happy flying!

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Andrew Pollock: [life] Day 225: Baking, baking and more baking, with a spot of scootering thrown in

Fri 12th Sep 2014 07:09

I've decided I really despise bake sales as a fund raising exercise. I actually totally hate fund raising that requires excessive parental input, and for me a bake sale is way over that threshold.

A bake sale to me is a double whammy. You donate your time to do the baking, and you donate your money on the ingredients. It would be more time efficient if I just donated a bunch of cash and skipped all the baking.

With that rant off my chest, I spent most of yesterday baking. I baked my late grandmother's traditional date roll, in some of her heirloom date roll tins (they're just old school tin cans that are taller than your contemporary tin cans). I baked some red velvet cheesecake brownie, and this time I made sure it set properly in the middle. I've made a massive batch of Quirky Cooking's gluten free bread dough, which I'll bake today, and I'm also going to bake some of Flo's pumpkin scones. I've deliberately tried to make some more uncommon stuff in the hope that it sells.

Zoe handled the inside day pretty well. She did a good job of entertaining herself for most of the morning. She helped me with the baking for a bit, but at the moment, the novelty value is washing up. She loves putting on my rubber gloves, and actually doesn't do too bad a job, considering the handicap of massive over sized gloves. I did need to mop the floor afterwards though.

I let her watch some bonus daytime TV after lunch, and by about 3 o'clock I was ready to get out of the house, so I suggested she scooter with me to the health food shop to get some ingredients for the bread. She wanted me to rollerblade with her, so I put on my rollerblades as well and that was a great way to kill the better part of an hour. It was a good bit of fresh air, sunshine and some exercise.

She watched a bit more TV after that while I worked on the bread, and then Sarah arrived to pick her up.

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WordCamp 2011: More Mini Sponsors

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

Some more mini sponsors, Flight Centre, The Events Centre, Dejan SEO & 123SEO

As you probably already know, WordPress is the leading content management system in use on the web today. Dejan SEO consistently uses WordPress when managing clients’ web pages, finding it’s user friendly attributes an advantage when collaborating with clients. Dejan SEO, always keeping on top of the latest in WordPress, also utilises a broad range of Word Press plugins, even creating several WordPress plugins of their own, with more to come in the future. Dejan Petrovic, founder of Dejan SEO will be making a presentation for the Gold Coast weekend.

123 SEO is a sister brand of Dejan SEO, focusing on providing SEO services to smaller businesses. Realising a neglect of specialised services for small businesses in Australia at a time when such businesses should be focusing on internet marketing more than ever, 123 SEO was created to fill the gap, helping to help small businesses fulfil their potential.

Dejan SEO and 123 SEO are happy to sponsor the WordCamp Gold Coast weekend, being thoroughly impressed with the speakers and topics alike.

Flight Centre Australia’s website is and continues to be one of the strongest online booking agents for flights and holidays in the Australian market. Having a massive online presence, it is usually a web surfers’ first port of call when seeking out the latest flight deals and packages.

Flight Centre is proud to be involved with WordCamp, noting its significant influence on the Word Press community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WordCamp 2011: Thanks to our Mini Sponsors

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

A special thank you to our mini sponsors. We want to thank them for coming on board to help make WordCamp possible:

EscapeTravel.com.au is a provider of package holidays, cruise holidays and more. Having a strong online presence, their website delivers an experience that is pleasant for people seeking the cruises and flights on the web.

GetPrice.com.au is a free online service that serves to compare prices of products across Australia. Done in an independent fashion, without corporate influence of product placement, the site helps consumers determine the correct product for them and the cheapest way to obtain it.

CompareCourses.com.au was set up to give prospective students a chance to learn about courses they may want to do in the future in a way that let’s them peruse the many options available. Giving web searches a comparison between different TAFE institutes, Universities and online modes of delivering study, people wanting to start study are well informed of their choices before making a decision.

YourLocalMovers.com.au is a removalist service that has taken the initiative to handpick their staff members and hire them full-time, rather than using sub contractors. This unique quality makes them a rarity in the industry, actually offering staff reliable in house jobs and, making the business solid and passing on the reliability to customers.

Dejan SEO has enlisted the help of the above sites, who are long term business partners of Dejan SEO, as sponsors of the Word Camp Gold Coast event.

TheEventsCentre.com.au  was built and officially opened in 1980 by the former Landsborough Shire Council. In December 1999 Caloundra City Council set up a task-force to investigate the concept of the Caloundra Cultural Centre being transformed into a not for profit, separate legal entity, for the purpose of managing the Centre on Council’s behalf.

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WordCamp 2011: Sponsor: BigCommerce

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

We are very excited to announce another sponsor, BigCommerce, who has graciously helped us make WordCamp Gold Coast even better.

BigCommercer is an e-commerce platform that lets you setup your own online store. It also has over 25 built-in marketing tools to attract traffic and drive orders, such as the ability to sell on Facebook, list your products on eBay, rank in the search engines, push your products to Google Products and much, much more

BigCommerce makes it easy to setup your own professional online store – no coding or design experience required. Using our built-in marketing tools, you can also drive lots of traffic to your new online store from places like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Shopzilla, iPhones, iPads and more.

BigCommerce have been in business since 2009 and have two offices – one in Austin, Texas and one in Sydney, Australia. They serve over 20,000 clients in over 65 countries and they are passionate about e-commerce and what it means to business owners.

Make sure you check out the BigCommerce website. If you have a blog with WordPress then why not compliment it with your own online store, powered by BigCommerce?

BigCommerce is currently hiring talented software engineers in their Surry Hills office in Sydney. Go to http://www.bigcomerce.com/careers.php if you’re interested!

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WordCamp 2011: WordCamp: What you need to know on the day

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

With WordCamp this weekend, here’s some handy tips you’ll need to know:

Schedule
  • Registration is @ 8:30am and the event will commence @ 9am sharp!
  • The speakers schedule and happiness bar schedule show the times that speakers and happiness volunteers are available over the course of the weekend
Getting there

Coming from South:

Coming from North:

  • Take the Robina Parkway exit (The 2nd Robina Town Centre exit)
  • Turn Right at the 2nd Roundabout
  • Follow the Bond University signs,
  • Map: http://g.co/maps/ssb9d

Coming from the Coastal areas (Via Gold Coast Hwy): http://g.co/maps/5ckfq

Once you’ve reached Bond University
  1. You’ll enter via 2 large roundabouts drive straight through the first
  2. Turn right at the 2nd (This is the Bus Drop off zone as well)
  3. Coming up on the right after 100m is a (well hidden to some) turn off
  4. It’s requested that you park in the 2nd parking lot here (PG3) as this is the closest to the venue, and is reserved for Events usage. (If it’s full, please just park in the vicinity, being a weekend there should be plenty of parking)

PLEASE NOTE: The Google Maps satellite imagery is out of date, There’s no signs of construction work to give you a reference point!

Parking

Please park in PG3 (or vicinity) parking lot.

Train / Bus

For those of you catching Public Transport (good on you!) there’s 2 bus routes which service Bond University, 748 (Robina) & 750 (Broadbeach/Main Beach), be sure that you’re looking at the weekend schedules. It’s suggested that you aim to arrive at Bond University at 8.30 if you’re arriving by bus, as the next bus arrives at 9.10, which is when the days schedule is starting!

Once you’ve arrived at Bond university, you’re only be a short walk away from the venue. To the right of the main entrance there’s a smaller shaded path heading into the uni along one side (not along the road!) which will take you to the venue (which is inside the second set of buildings you arrive at, just follow the signs to the “Cerum Theatre”. If you’re not sure of where you are, have a look for a directions sign, there are plenty, and most people you come across will be able to give you directions if need be!

If you’re staying at a hotel which has organised a bus for transport, please check with the hotel as to the departure times of your bus.

Taxi

Gold Coast Cabs: http://www.gccabs.com.au/ 131 008

Bond University is a well known location in the area, Your Cab driver should have no problems with finding the venue, Once you’re at the venue, Just follow the on-foot directions above for public transport.

Map of the venue

http://www.bond.edu.au/about-bond/campus-map/index.htm

Wifi

There’s Wifi available on the day, but it never hurts to supply your own, so please bring your own 3G wireless adapter if you have one!

We’ve arranged for there to be wireless available on the day (What would a Blogging conference be without internet access?), however, we’d ask that if you have access to a 3G connection, that you please bring it along to lighten the load on the wireless. We’ll have limited bandwidth unfortunately due to the number of you coming so every user counts! The Wireless Network and Pass-phrase will be available when you arrive (Ask at registration if you’re not sure!)

Didn’t get your ticket in time?

Don’t worry, Walk-in Tickets ARE available at the door, $50/day, Just show up (But be early and bring the correct change please!)

Early Bird Shirts

For those of you who have ordered a shirt, They’ll be available for pickup in the morning during registration. If you haven’t pre-ordered one, we have very limited number of extras available on a first-come first-serve basis, however, those who have pre-ordered will get priority.

If you’re not at registration in time, flag down one of the Organisers during morning tea and we’ll fix you up.

Food

We’ve arranged for morning tea and lunch to be provided on the Saturday and lunch and afternoon tea on the Sunday (Check the schedule for the options)

Morning Coffees

If you’d like your morning coffee, this will be available for purchase in the registration foyer on both mornings. If you’ve got special dietary requirements (and have noted on your ticket) we’ll be accommodating you. Check with one of the organisers on the day if you’re unsure of the deal.

After Party!

We’re all heading to Hotel CBD immediately after WordCamp on Saturday for a few beverages and some networking. Sunday speakers be careful how many beers you have because we need you in great form on Sunday…Saturday speakers, please drink away and be merry and all attendees can drink away to their hearts content!

Map: http://g.co/maps/6uhwk

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WordCamp 2011: Sponsor: GetShopped.org

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

We’re less than a week away from WordCamp Gold Coast 2011 and we have yet another fabulous sponsor to announce! Please welcome aboard GetShopped.org, who make the wonderful WP e-Commerce  plugin!

WP e-Commerce was the first WordPress e-Commerce Plugin to embrace Custom Post Types, making it the perfect choice for WordPress developers and theme creators alike!

WP e-Commerce is just like WordPress. From a user perspective, adding and managing your product catalogue couldn’t be easier. Use WordPress? Use the WP e-Commerce Plugin. The GetShopped crew takes every possible precaution to make sure WP e-Commerce is as secure as it can be.

WP e-Commerce is a free WordPress Shopping Cart Plugin that lets customers buy your products, services and digital downloads online. We make setting up a shop easy, and with over 1.3 Million downloads, we have unparalleled experience.

WP e-Commerce has the best Payment Gateway API out of all e-Commerce Plugins.

You can follow GetShopped on Twitter. You should also follow WordCamp Gold Coast on Twitter.

If you want to join the awesome line-up of WordCamp Gold Coast sponsors, apply now!

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WordCamp 2011: Speaker: Andy Henderson – SEO For WordPress Workshop

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

Andy Henderson

Andy Henderson has been involved with the web since the mid 1990s (yes, they even had search engines way back then), has run his own Web Consulting agency for the last 10 years, (specialising in Search Engine Optimisation for 8 years) and has been using WordPress for the last 6 years – so is very well qualified to present Sunday’s SEO for WordPress Workshop.

More recently Andy has co-founded a training organisation called In a Day – which focuses on Hands on Training Workshops – (with a BIG emphasis on Hands On), where students don’t just learn how to do stuff.. they actually do it – and at the end of the day have actually achieved something.

Their flagship workshop – Website In a Day – (which is ONLY possible because of WordPress), guides students through the process of Domain registration, Hosting setup, WordPress installation, Theme selection and customisation, and Content creation – so at the end of the day, they have a fully functioning website , that they have created themselves. Graduates also have the skills and experience to be able to continue improving and maintaining the sites themselves.

In a Day also offer WordPress Training/ Consulting, SEO, Marketing, and other courses aimed at dragging guiding small businesses into the world of the web.

The SEO for WordPress Workshop will include sections on SEO Friendly themes, and “must have” SEO Plugins (and how to configure them properly), but also includes tips, tricks and tactics for using standard WordPress functionality to maximise your online exposure.

The workshop topics include:

  •          SEO Fundamentals
  •          WordPress Out of the Box
  •          Basic Configuration
  •          SEO Friendly Themes
  •          SEO Plugins (of course)
  •          SEO Content Strategies
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WordCamp 2011: Speaker: Dan Petrovic – Google, Angry Panda & WordPress

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

Dan Petrovic

Before you begin reading this in detail, take a moment and follow these steps:

  1. Open a new tab in your browser
  2. Go to Google
  3. Type in ‘SEO’
  4. Scroll down just a fraction and notice where DejanSEO is placed for ‘SEO

Based on that quick task you have verified results that Dan Petrovic is one of Australia’s most creative and leading SEO specialists. Dan is completely obsessed with search engine optimisation and all things that relate to Google’s wonderful algorithm, so much so that it only takes a trip to his office at Brisbane Technology Park to see the equations scribbled in whiteboard marker on the office walls! This is either the work of a genius…or a crazed madmen! I’d definitely say it’s a mix of 95% of the former and 5% of the latter.

Dans’ team at DEJAN SEO has consultants in Australia and Europe who all collaborate to deliver results for all kinds of businesses, from all over the world. Dan prefers an open and transparent approach to his work, choosing to involve clients at every step of their SEO campaign, which is why he is a known and trusted entity when it comes to SEO.

We asked Dan a few questions in the lead up to his talk which he has kindly answered below:

You’ve been working with SEO ever since your university days, what was it that caught your interest about search engines and their ranking algorithms?

I was going to be a scientist you know, but my creative drive lead me to study multimedia instead. I soon realised that SEO satisfies both the scientist and artist in me. It was an obvious choice when I think about it.

Ranking so incredibly highly for the term ‘SEO’ is an amazing achievement in itself, however I would imagine that remaining in that position would be an ongoing task. How much planning and monitoring takes place in your office to maintain your ranking?

Our strategy has always been to stay focused, work hard and share all the awesome things that we discover. My team and I spend a fraction of our time each day to write something of value. This is not only good for karma, but it also generates free links.

The HTML5 standard now allows multiple heading tags <H1> tags because of the new HTML5 <article> tags. Have you conducted any experiments with this to see if Google ranks HTML5 markup in a different way because of these new tags?

No. There are much more exciting experiments in our queue at the moment. Contrary to belief of many webmasters H tags are not as potent as they are believed to be. Although they do help a fraction, I recommend that you do not obsess over it and maintain a good semantic structure of your headings to benefit both search engines and users. Here’s a good example:

-H1: Vehicles

–H2: Cars

—H3: Sedans

—H3: SUVs

–H2: Motorbikes

—H3: Dirtbikes

—H3: Roadbikes

—-H4: Harley Davidson

—H3: Sportsbikes

—-H4: Suzuki

—–H5: SFV650

——H6: SFV650 Engine Specifications

What has been your favourite SEO campaign for a client and why?

How do you pick a favorite child? But if I had to highlight one cool company we worked with it would have to be Atlassian. I think those guys have a healthy corporate culture and support their products well. It’s good to work for a brand that others love.

You can follow Dan on Twitter. You should also follow WordCamp Gold Coast on Twitter.

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WordCamp 2011: Speaker: John Ford – How Automattic Works Across 20 Countries With 95 Employees

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

John Ford

We’re very lucky to have another international speaker on our fabulous lineup for WordCamp Gold Coast 2011! John Ford can’t get enough of Australia so he’s back again from North Carolina, USA (via Budapest). John works for Automattic on VaultPress which is an invaluable WordPress plugin that provides real-time backups and security scanning of your WordPress site.

Automattic are a distributed company with employees all around the world. Running a distributed company is a rather unusual concept for anyone who isn’t running a business that revolves around technology and the internet. Automattic explain the way they work briefly on their website:

Everyone works from their own home or office, and we’re spread out all over the world — California, Texas, New York, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Bulgaria, Australia, and more. We track about 70% of our projects on P2-themed WordPress.com blogs, 25% on private IRC channels, and the rest on Skype or AIM. Because of the geographic variance, we’re active pretty much 24/7. You’ll set your own hours — what’s important is what gets done, not when or where it got done.

John will be giving us an insiders look into ‘How Things Work At Automattic’ and he’s summed up his talk as follows:

There are a number of benefits and challenges in a distributed work environment. At Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, nearly 100 employees interact on a daily basis while living all around the world. The heart of the operation is fueled by constant communication and open source tools that help build awesome products. We’ll look at how the Automatticians work on a day-to-day basis, the tools they use, and ways to collaborate on projects when you’re not in the same location as your colleagues.

I know this is a session that I can’t wait to participate in as I’m a director in a WordPress based web design firm and I’ve always wondered how challenging it would be to manage a team of developers in remote locations.

You can follow John on Twitter. You should also follow WordCamp Gold Coast on Twitter.

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WordCamp 2011: Speaker: Timothy Ferguson, Running an Online Bookclub with WordPress

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

Timothy Ferguson

The wonderful thing about WordPress is that there are an infinite number of ways that the software can be used on the internet. WordCamp Gold Coast 2011 already has a number of amazing uses of the software ranging from: capturing memories right through to running a business based around WordPress!

One usage of WordPress that I’d never considered before is using WordPress to manage and online bookclub! Timothy Ferguson is one of the maintainers of the Gold Coast Library WordPress site gcbooks.wordpress.com. The Gold Coast Library setup their online book club as their staff training platform for Web 2.0 and are using WordPress as part of their new Online Branch strategy in 2012! Timothy and his team have also trained people on how to set up blogs and post on a regular basis.

Timothy has been an IT trainer with various library systems for fifteen years. In his session he’ll share experiences about building communities of readers online. Timothy even uses WordPress for his own freelance writing, (19 non-vanity published books so far) at timothyferguson.wordpress.com.

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WordCamp 2011: Some more last minute Mini Sponsors

Fri 12th Sep 2014 02:09

Thanks to Vroom Vroom Vroom, Student Flights and Dejan SEO for coming on Board with Mini Sponsorship Tickets:

VroomVroomVroom.com.au is an innovative website idea, comparing the prices of car rentals for web users. This save customers valuable time, replacing numerous phone calls with a few simple clicks on the internet. VroomVroomVroom is the leading web site offering this kind of service in Australia and continues to progress in making the car rental process more transparent, nationwide.

StudentFlights.com.au is a website geared towards budget travellers. With customers such as students, backpackers and under 25 year olds; the site remains relevant to a younger, more internet savvy and price conscious customers.

Dejan SEO is pleased to be able to give back to WordCamp by securing these three internet businesses to as mini sponsors.

Freenet Antennas came to our rescue to help out with getting Wireless access for the weekend, without them, we’d have had more Wireless problems over the weekend than we had!

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linux.conf.au News: Announcing The Sysadmin Miniconf for Linux.conf.au 2015

Thu 11th Sep 2014 11:09

The linux.conf.au 2015 organisers are pleased to announce the Systems Administration Miniconf will be part of the programme at LCA in Auckland, New Zealand during January 2015. lca2015 will be the miniconf’s 9th year and it has previously been one of the most popular miniconfs at LCA. Previous years' programmes with slides and video are available on the miniconf’s website sysadmin.miniconf.org.

The Systems Administration Miniconf focuses on professional management of real-world Linux and open source environments, both large and small. The miniconf aims to include a diverse range of tools and techniques that will help keep your entire environment functioning smoothly, and accomplish more with less effort. An important goal will be to provide talks directly useful to professional Linux administrators.

Ewen McNeill is the 2015 Sysadmin Miniconf organiser. Both Ewen McNeill and Simon Lyall have worked together to organise the eight previous miniconfs, and alternated running the miniconf. Both have attended linux.conf.au each year since 2004.

Ewen works as a consulting sysadmin, network admin and developer -- and increasingly finds these are all merging into different specialities of programming, with the increase in configuration management automation and Software Defined Networks. He has been involved directly and indirectly with production operations since the early 1990s, mostly in Internet-related networks and organisations.

A call for presentations at the Sysadmin Miniconf will be issued later in September 2014. Anyone interested in presenting is encouraged to visit the Sysadmin Miniconf website later this month for more details.





Linux.conf.au

linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the Southern Hemisphere. The next conference, LCA2015, will be held on 12 - 16 January 2015 at the University of Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand.

Linux.conf.au Miniconfs

Miniconfs are one day miniature conferences, within the main LCA2015 conference, which are targeted towards specific communities of interest and offer delegates an opportunity to network with other enthusiasts while immersing themselves in a specific topic or project.

LCA2015 miniconfs will be run on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th of January 2015. Each miniconf's schedule is organised by the miniconf's organiser and will be published ahead of time, listing speakers and sessions for the day.

Linux.conf.au 2015 Date: 12 - 16 January 2015

Venue: Owen G Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road, Auckland.

City: Auckland, New Zealand

Web: http://linux.conf.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCA2015

Twitter: @linuxconfau

Hashtag: #lca2015
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