[colug-432] Publicizing technical events (Re: Hadoop interest ?)

Tom Hanlon tom at functionalmedia.com
Wed Dec 15 14:33:31 EST 2010


On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM, Jeff Frontz <jeff.frontz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Argh, I keep forgetting that this mailing list is set to "replies only go
> to the original poster" (is that a per-subscriber setting?  I HATE it...).
>  I sent this out yesterday, but only to Christopher.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jeff Frontz <jeff.frontz at gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM
> Subject: Publicizing technical events (Re: [colug-432] Hadoop interest ?)
> To: Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>
> Several of us have been talking about how to better publicize technical
> events around town.  The default answers seem to be "put it on techlife
> columbus and tweet it up to everyone you know, as well as put it out to
> every sect's local mailing list that you can find".  These aren't the most
> satisfying.  Techlife columbus, er, ohio (a meetup) tends to be dominated by
> marketing, finance, SEO, and other non-technical things -- as well as lately
> being the target of spam -- and is eschewed by a huge proportion of the
> technical contingent; twitter similarly suffers from lack of mass appeal
> (I'm assuming because of the even lower SNR and otherwise "toy-like" sense
> about it-- it reminds me of netnews suffering from ADHD).  And the whole
> "figure out all the lists, which ones are still active, which ones require a
> secret handshake,..." is not a lot of fun either.
> I keep hoping there will be a solution that makes itself apparent but
> nothing seems to spring up.  I think there needs to be something that can be
> tailored to your interests (both technical as well as geographic) but that
> still alerts you to things that attract larger than usual interest (e.g.,
> tell me about linux, C/C++, and embedded things in the 614 and surrounding
> area codes, tell me about anything that registers above a 5 on the
> I-just-made-this-up-techno-buzz scale in the 614 and surrounding area codes,
> above a 10 across the state, above a 20 in the surrounding states, and above
> a 20 in the 408 area code -- where the technobuzz scale takes into account
> local as well as non-local interest, weighting a little heavier on non-local
> interest).  There is a site that could be almost like this (the name escapes
> me, but it's based in the UK and focuses on software developers) but it
> hasn't quite gotten the critical mass it needs.
> Anybody want to work on something to make a site/service like that?
I would work on it only if all participants got to use their favorite new
We could mongo/mashup/membase/hadoop it :-)
Rails it Grails it Groovy and lighty it !!

Enough joking around.. What would perhaps be useful and might be a subset of
the functionality that you envision.. would be an aggregator of all the
local mail lists, group blogs, individual publications that  are somehow
Columbus or Ohio based, and technical and then use lucene or other full text
document indexer to deliver a faceted search interface to the sources.

Of course.. Spam, anonymizing emails etc come into play.

Just a thought.. I did  not know for example that there was a Ruby Brigade.

With Lucene as your indexer faceted search comes for free. I have no
experience configuring it, so just a pointer for now.

Another note..
Both MySQL and Cloudera Hadoop community seem to favor using meetup.com. At
least pre borged MySQL that is.


> Jeff
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM, Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Is there a better place to bring this topic up (hopefully to get a bit
>> more traction)?
>> -s
>> On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Scott Merrill <skippy at skippy.net>
>> wrote:
>> > On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 10:05 AM, Christopher Stolfi <stolfi at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> >> I'm more of an Operations guy, so learning how to make these things
>> >> withstand failures is tops on my list....
>> >
>> > +1 from me, for the same reason.
>> >
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