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Drupal and the $6000 hosting bill, getting to the truth quickly

It's political season here in the United States, and that means it's rumor time. Research has shown that if we are exposed to information as little as eight times we are more likely to believe it. Logic, facts, reason don't necessary apply to our human brains. Political strategist know this, marketers know this and they can use it in influencing you. Journalists know this too.

Acquia launch round up: looking back on a big day

I spent most of the day yesterday reading and participating in Drupal.org threads, blog posts, press articles, forum threads, Twitter feeds, and IRC transcripts of full of conversation about our new product and service offerings.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Press Articles

Acquia Drupal and Acquia Network Subscriptions Now Available

New software bundle, tech support, and network services help developers assemble and operate Web 2.0 sites with confidence on the open source Drupal social publishing system

Talk is silver, code is gold: Acquia's code contributions to the Drupal project

In the Drupal community we have a saying talk is silver and code is gold. For over a year now, members of Acquia have been both talking and coding, and I think it's time to bring some of this to light. In future posts I'll also highlight Acquia involvemnet in Drupal code sprints and other Drupal events, but for now I'll just focus on code.

Drupal developer Barry Jaspan discusses Acquia

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At the Linuxworld 2008 conference, Drupal developer Barry Jaspan discusses Drupal, development, and the recent formation of Acquia, a software and services company for Drupal. This interview explores the functioning of Drupal and how its development will be complemented by Acquia.

Drupal in Education showcase video

Here's a video of some Drupal showcase sites. I know there are a bunch more out there. Here's a list of resources for find more Drupal education sites provided by Bill Fitzgerald:
http://groups.drupal.org/node/8136
http://groups.drupal.org/node/11258
http://groups.drupal.org/node/5309

In addition, these university Library sites could also do double-duty:
http://groups.drupal.org/node/13473

Drupalcamp LA keynote Saturday - redeye - Drupalcamp New York presentation Sunday

Wow, what a weekend.

I got up around 4:30AM Saturday morning to fly to Los Angeles. My new colleague Brenda Boggs, from the Acquia support team, was kind enough to pick me up at LAX on her way to Drupalcamp LA from San Diego.

Two weeks earlier I met with Crystal Williams, one of the co-organizers of Drupalcamp Los Angeles, in San Francisco. Drupalcamp LA was supposed to be around 200 people. However, it had blown up to 430 registered attendees. Crystal had asked me to present one of the keynotes and now I had to stare out at 400+ people before I had my second cup of coffee!

Acquia at Web 2.0 NYC this week

Acquia is sponsoring and exhibiting at Web 2.0 Expo in New York City this week at the Javits Center. Free Expo Hall passes are available by registering at https://en.oreilly.com/webexny2008/public/register with the following code: webny08com. The Conference runs Tuesday through Friday.

The Drupal taxonomy sprint with the Encyclodpedia of Life at the Chicago field museum

The history of the taxonomy sprint
Back in March 2008, Scott Mattoon, from the Open Architecture Network and Sun, contacted me regarding a TED prize alumni, the Encyclopedia of Life(EOL) who wanted to attend Drupalcon Boston. I was introduced to David Shorthouse, from EOL, and was eager to help the encyclopedia of life adopt Drupal. The TED prize wish video for the EOL project is below.

David Shorthouse and Peter Mangiafico attended Drupalcon Boston to evaluate the Drupal community and quickly embraced the potential we displayed to meet EOL's needs. A few months later Chuck D'Antonio, head of Acquia's professional services, began talking with David about how Drupal could help meet their needs for integrating with their Ruby on Rails system and some ideas they had for multi-site configuration. Some of the big technical challenges they faced were the scale of taxonomies they needed to use, and how the biology field needed richer meta-data for taxonomy terms.

Chuck, Robert, and myself helped put forth some recommendations on how to do a taxonomy sprint including goals and a recommended list of attendees. Around the same time Nathaniel Catchpole and Peter Wolanin were talking about some ideas for improvements in taxonomy module for Drupal 7. Nathaniel started a taxonomy improvements for Drupal 7 thread in the taxonomy group.

Thrilled to be here

So after 15 years leading several great engineering teams in the IP PBX industry I got a call. A start-up called Acquia was working on being the "Red Hat" of the Open Source Drupal project, and looking for someone to manage engineering using the Scrum / Agile process. While I never heard of Drupal, it was worth a look since Scrum is a passion of mine, and I believe the Red Hat model makes sense.

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