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FlexBloggers.org is going 'Bye-Bye'

I have been thinking of doing this for quite a while and have decided that I am taking FlexBloggers.org down.

The site does not generate a whole lot of traffic and occasionally, the script that aggregates entries locks up my server (I have tried to troubleshoot many times, but have never been able to reproduce the issue)

If anyone wishes to take over running the site, I will gladly hand over the code, database and domain name. If not, FlexBloggers.org goes bye-bye in 2 weeks.

Flexbloggers.org is Down..oops

Just wanted to let people know that Flexbloggers.org is currently unavailable. You see, I am in the process of moving my domains off of GoDaddy and over to Hover. Now, when I started the process, I was smart enough to update the DNS records for the domain, however, I was not smart enough to update the Name Server records. Oops....

The name servers have been updated, but as we should all know, it sometimes takes a while for changes like this to propagate across the Internet. Thanks for your patience.

My cf.Objective() Presentations

Thank you to everyone who attended my 'Multiscreen: What is it and Why Should we Care' and 'Intro to Solr' presentations at cf.Objective().

I have uploaded the slides and code for both presentations to SlideSix for you to enjoy.

More cf.Objective() News

Dave Ferguson, has just announced that the 100th episode of CFHour, which will be broadcast live at cf.Objective(), will be co-hosted by none other than...well....me!

I am honored to be a part of this special broadcast. I am sure it will be a good time.

cf.Objective() Notes

First, you have registered for cf.Objective(), right? If not, what the hell is wrong with you? Go do so, now....

Ok, now that the important stuff is out of the way, we can get on to some scary stuff. In what can only be classified as an extreme lack of judgement, the folks who run cf.Objective() have asked me to be a part of the opening day Keynote, along with other notable ColdFusion peeps such as:

  • Ray Camden
  • Jason Dean
  • Mark Mandel
  • Bob Silverberg

While everyone listed above will dazzle you with their intellect and discuss some very cool ColdFusion and other related topics, I get to be the 'Master of Ceremonies'. That is right, I am going to be the emcee. To be honest, I am not sure exactly what that entails, but I think they expect me to be funny..or at least try to be funny. Either way, I am equally honored and terrified to have this opportunity

Lastly, we are in need of speakers for the 'Lightning Talks' (In previous years this session was called Pech Kucha - I think the name was changed because no one knew how to pronounce Pecha Kucha). 'Lightning Talks' are very short - 6 minutes, I believe - presentations on pretty much any topic you want. I have never attended one of these sessions, but I hear they are great fun. Anyone can give one of these talks, it is not limited only to conference speakers. If you are interested, please submit a topic at http://engage.cfobjective.com/

Looking forward to seeing you guys at cf.Objective() next month!

FlexBloggers Gets a New Look

As I have talked recently, I am in the process of updating the 'brand' of AllYourFlexAreBelongToUs.com to FlexBloggers.org. Well, recently, I decided it was time to give FlexBloggers a new look.

I am happy to announce that I have just published the new design. Why don't you go on over to FlexBloggers, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Dear Open Source Developers - Do Whatever Is Necessary To Keep Producing Badass Software

Dear Open Source Developers,

Yesterday, Peter Farrell published a letter to 'open source developers' pleading with them...no, actually, demanding of them, to stop asking for personal donations or even accepting 'wish list' items. Today, I am here asking you..no, actually, I am demanding of you, to do whatever you feel is necessary in order to continue to produce free, badass software.

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FlexBloggers Update With 'Ping'

As I talked about here, I am in the process of 'rebranding' AllYourFlexAreBelongToUs.com, the Flex blog aggregator I operate, to FlexBloggers.org.

I recently took the next step in the process and started doing a 301 redirect from AllYourFlex to FlexBloggers. So, unlike previously, you will no longer see AllYourFlexAreBelongToUs on the site at all. This lead to some issues with the scheduled task that processes the blog entries as well as the 'ping' process.

Yes, I know I can update the code to handle this but, I would rather just be able to drop the 'AllYourFlex' name completely. So, if you have your blog set up to ping FlexBloggers, please make sure to change the URL to http://www.flexbloggers.org/ping.cfm?burl={YOURURL} where {YOURURL} is the URL as it appears in the feeds list. If you do not make this change, the 'ping' will not work and you entries will not appear on FlexBloggers until the scheduled task runs.

Thanx!

My CFHour Interview

I am a little late in posting this, but a while back, I was interviewed by CFHour about my upcoming cf.Objective() sessions.

If you would like to hear me ramble on about what I will be presenting, as well as some other stuff, you can check it out here.

And, while I am on the subject....have you registered for cf.Objective(), yet? You haven't? What the hell are you waiting for? Go...now....that is an order!

More FlexBloggers Updates

As I mentioned here, there have been some issues with the RSS Feed for FlexBloggers.org over the past few days.

I thought I had them all worked out, but there were some lingering issues with posting new entries to the FlexBloggers Twitter bot. I am fairly certain that I got them all worked out. So everything should be working as expected.




PS: For those who did not figure it out, pretty much the sole purpose of this post is to test to make sure that the Twitter Bot is working.

PPS: UPDATE: For those who did not figure it out, its still not working. :(

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