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February 14, 2014
As many of you know, three years ago my Chapter Three co-founders and I started another company called Pantheon. Since then we’ve been working full-time on that, turning over the reins at Chapter Three to a leadership team who’ve made amazing things happen in our absence. While you can read all about Pantheon on its own website, we haven’t spoken publicly about the organizational changes at Chapter Three until now.
December 15, 2011
We at Chapter Three make our living online, helping our clients do good, worthy, important things. There are many challenges in this game. Sometimes we wrestle with CSS or SQL; sometimes it's the Wifi or a server configuration; sometimes, it's the law. For those of you who haven't heard, there's an absolutely wrong-headed piece of legislation hitting the US Congress as I type. It's called SOPA, and is basically creates a new Federal authority to block internet sites, intented to be exercised by rights-owners (e.g. record labels, movie studios) when they feel their copyrights are infringed upon. It's the worst of all possible worlds: technologically inept and excessively broad. It won't stop serious piracy, but as written it can be used against kids singing cover songs on Youtube (what would become of latter-day Biebers?), or anyone who has a site which posts such content. What will this mean? Boatloads of FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) for anyone who wants to work with content online, a slowdown of innovation and development as startups and new publications are forced into the role of content-cop within their sites. Also, as we saw with the RIAA there will likely some real live prosecutions of ordinary people doing what's natural with the web: sharing the things they love. Worst case? Outright censorship; abuse of this power to silence legitimate speech. Bad bad idea all around. Here's what you can do: call your Congressperson. Media lobbying groups have spent millions arguing for this thing, so their favorite representatives were bound to introduce something, but that doesn't mean that Congress needs to broadly support it. Old-fashioned as it may seem, representatives still have people who answer their phones, and they tally up the calls on important legislation yay or nay. So take five minutes and make a call, rattle someone's cadge, educate a congressional staffer, let them know this is truly a bad idea. My colleague Zack has actually been out in DC to lobby against this bill in person, so you know that we at Chapter Three are foursquare against this thing. Sometimes the internet needs to defend itself. To learn more, visit fightforthefuture.org, and do just that.
February 28, 2011
Presentation from BADCamp 2009 on high performance Drupal: how to make your website fast and scalable.
February 25, 2011
As my hombre Rob Purdie has already blogged, the fabulous Drupalists at NodeOne have posted some really fantastic videos from the most recent DrupalCamp Stockholm online.
February 25, 2011
More great video keeps emerging, this time from the fabulous folks at Four Kitchens, who helped organize the wonderful Drupalcamp in Austin last November. My colleague Matt Cheney and I were lucky enough to attend and present. I gave my talk on "Drupal in the Cloud", and the cameras were rolling...
February 25, 2011
I had a great time in Portland hanging out with the community at DrupalCamp PDX. Personal highlights for me included winning the race to loan Sam Boyer my laptop development environment for his Panels/Page Manager presentation, getting stuck for more than half of the lunch hour answering questions about PANTHEON and EC2 after my talk, and getting to meet mikey_p, heyrocker and other IRC personalities I've known and loved in person.
February 25, 2011
The secret is out – Drupal has become the ‘go-to’ open source software for the publication and management of website content. By pairing Drupal with cloud technologies there is a whole new world of user benefits well beyond scale and performance.
July 27, 2010
For the growing universe of developers turning to Drupal as a solution for mission-critical or highly ambitious applications, the question is less and less "can we build it?" and more and more "how do I scale it?"
July 12, 2010
Previously I've written about setting up APC and memcached on your desktop (or in my case laptop) using Acquia's handy stack installer (aka "DAMP"). This is another quick post in that vein.