Configuring MediaWiki to use external SMTP
August 30, 2011
At my new company, I setup a copy of MediaWiki and wanted to make sure that all the notifications work. One kink was that the mail needed to be sent through an external service called SendGrid. Since I setup MediaWiki and it is for internal use only, I could probably have skipped the email service but it seemed like a good exercise. Fortunately, MediaWiki has the capability to do this and it isn’t terribly difficult.
Wikimedia Foundation – Growing too fast? Or people just scared of numbers?
July 7, 2010
Recently the Wikimedia Foundation finalized their “5 year strategy” and posted the 2010-2011 Annual Plan. I read the entire plan and found it an interesting read. Previous to this, I had heard rumblings that the Foundation was going to double in size over the next year. They are 40 some fulltimers now, and that means by July 2011, they’re expecting to be at 80-90? That’s a big jump, on top of that if you read their 5 year plan for staff they are looking at hitting about 190 staff by 2015. Wow. So… that scares a lot of people. My question is: Why does more staff scare the community?
Recent Changes Camp is Next Week!
June 18, 2010
For those who may or may not have heard, Recent Changes Camp 2010 in Montreal is coming up really soon, specifically June 25-27. It starts just 7 days from today! It saddens me to say that I can’t go, but it should be super exciting. I went to RCC2008 in Palo Alto and it was a TON of fun (my wrap up from 08) and I met some really great people. Some of whom I even still keep in touch with. If you’re not sure what this fancy “Recent Changes Camp” is, let me give you the 5 cent tour (Also known as copy and pasting from Wikipedia): RecentChangesCamp is an Open Space Technology format unconference focused on wikis. The conference is named after the “Recent changes” feature that is found in most wikis. RecentChangesCamp follows an unconference model of being free to participants and an Open Space model in having a program that is determined onsite by participants.
Wrap up: Maker Faire 2010
May 25, 2010
In the weeks preceding Maker Faire, feelings went from excitement, to nervousness to frustration and finally to the pleasant relief that it was here. As for the Faire itself? What more is there to say than it was awesome! So without further adieu, my brief wrap up of the events of Maker Faire…
Maker Faire this weekend!
May 21, 2010
<img class="serendipity_image_right" width="110" height="73" src="/uploads/800px-Maker_Faire_2008_San_Mateo_Entrance.serthb.JPG" alt="" /></a> West Entrance to Maker Faire 08 © CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jon Davis Are you in the Bay Area? Do you have some free time this weekend? If so, come on down to the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairground. It will be all sorts of kick ass. Past years have featured some of the following: Giant Tesla coils, fire breathing dragons, life (person) size mouse trap board game, RC boats firing at each other, Adam Savage, cupcake cars, more legos than you can shake a stick at, a plug-in Prius, model rockets, and a menagerie of other cool stuff too long to list. You can find a list of all the makers, but that doesn’t really convey the cool. If you know what “Make” magazine is, enjoy building things like Legos (or K’Nex), play with electricity, take care of bonsai trees, decorate in steampunk or care about recycling — this event is for you. In 2009 there were over 80,000 visitors who came to check it out. Wikinews even has a story about it. <img class="serendipity_image_right" width="110" height="83" src="/uploads/Wikimedia_booth_at_Maker_Faire_7.serthb.jpg" alt="" /></a> Volunteers & Staff at the ’08 Booth. © CC-BY-SA-3.0 Michel Deschênes If you happen to be dropping by, stop by the Expo Hall – Space #90. You’ll find me and the rest of the Wikimedia crew hanging out. Right next to us will be our good friends at wikiHow. Last year we had a blast, and I’m sure this year will be just as good, if not better! I did a lengthy write up here on the blog about my in depth experience. The one thing I wrote, that apparently I’ve forgotten was “I’ve learned my lesson about volunteering to be in charge of these things… NEVER AGAIN!“. Why? Because I’m basically in charge again this year, but it is all in fun (and for a good cause).
AndroiDev: The project so far – Wikinews Reader
April 8, 2010
A lot of the code I post and tech bits I fix are things I find while working. Sometimes I can’t explain the bigger picture, sometimes it simply doesn’t matter. Most people don’t care about the why, but simply the how (to fix something) like the “[Cannot Save Attachment]” message in Outlook 2007. But with the recent [AndroiDev posts] I can actually share with you the “big picture”, and I think people might enjoy it.
Maker Faire 2009 Wrap Up
June 3, 2009
<img class="serendipity_image_left" src="/uploads/Maker_Faire_2009_Batch_-_09.serthb.jpg" alt="" width="110" height="73" /></a> Maker Faire 2009 CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jon Davis So this last weekend was Maker Faire and damn was it busy. I read reports that said there were going to be 80,000 people at the Faire this year, compared to 65,000 from last year. It wouldn’t surprise me if there were – from what I heard parking was even worse this year than last, which I’m glad I wasn’t involved in.
Maker Faire – Next Weekend! Call to Volunteers
May 21, 2009
<img class="serendipity_image_right" width="110" height="73" src="/uploads/800px-Maker_Faire_2008_San_Mateo_Entrance.serthb.JPG" alt="" /></a> West Entrance to Maker Faire 08 © CC-BY-SA-3.0 Jon Davis Next weekend (May 30 & 31) is the 4th Annual Bay Area Maker Faire. It will be taking place at the San Mateo County Expo Center starting at 10 AM on both Saturday and Sunday. For those that don’t know what Maker Faire is, read the following:
May 14, 2008
So I’ve been totally slacking on writing blog entries. But Dvorygirl has convinced me (simply by showing me what a slacker I am) to get off my duff and write about RCC 2008. So RecentChangesCamp is a wiki related camp/conference. Where we had conference times and locations – but instead of having paid speakers – we ran our own sessions. That means we made up and ran talks about whatever we wanted that was wiki related.
January 19, 2006
I have to say I really enjoy spending time on Wikipedia. I’d say that WP is by far my favorite site on the net, and I’m not really much of a book worm. I first discovered WP along time ago and have been using it as one my main sources of research for a long while. More recently I would hit up a topic I was interested in, and follow all (or almost) the links on that page and read those articles too (rinse and repeat).
Wikipedia is good
December 23, 2005
I have a Wikipedia account – and spend a good deal of time on the site. I help fix typo’s, links, and some vandalism. I don’t write anything new – because if you’ve read my blog before you know I have terrible spelling and grammar – oh well. Regardless of that fact – why do people run amok on Wikipedia vandalizing large numbers of pages? Its easy enough to fix – but why do idiots do that?