This week's edition takes a look at the value of your personal data, a European reaction to PRISM and reimagining items in Apple's iOS 7 style. Enjoy!
Drupal Association: When Will the DrupalCon Prague Website be Live?
In case you are waiting with bated breath to register for this September's DrupalCon in Prague - here is a low-down of the Drupal Association of when you can do so.
Java Code Geeks: 10 Productivity tips for software developers
Ilias Tsagklis shares his view on how to raise your productivity as a software developer.
Knowledge is porridge
Financial Times: How much is your personal data worth?
The Financial Times have assembled an interesting calculator to give you an idea what you data is worth to marketers. Don't be surprised to find out that it is worth a pittance.
GigaOM: Swedes say no to Google Apps for government use
PRISM brought the omnipresent dangers of cloud computing and online services to public attention in the last few days. In the meantime the Swedish government acted swiftly to mitigate the risk from their point of view.
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Kiev called before 6 am and Boris and me followed with an adventurous 12 km run through the heart of the Ukraine's 3m-capital, surf, turf and some impressive memorials included.
The camp, rich in participants, was as a great opportunity to deepen our poor Russian knowledge - however, neither Boris nor me managed to extract what went beyond the English slides. Topics covered: Symfony, Drupal 8 entities and plugins, Compass, SASS, Susy and more.
At 6 pm it was time to say Будьмо! and Alex, Boris and me headed for town to join the locals for some bowling and more:
(Amazees Boris and Alex talking Drupal)
(Amazees Greg and Alex waiting for the amazing metro)
Thanks to the Orga-Team, especially Slava (above), for being a caring host. We hope to see you soon again! Over on Flickr we've got some additional photos of the Drupal Camp experience.
It's June and the weather in Switzerland has finally acknowledged the season - here are the five stories which got our attention this week. Enjoy!
Dries Buytaert: WYSIWYG and in-place editing for structured content
Drupal founder Dries Buytaert reflected on Karen McGrane's keynote at DrupalCon Portland.
Drupal User Group Switzerland: DUG Sommer Treff
July's edition of the Drupal User Group Switzerland will take place at our shiny new office.
Quora: How much research has gone into developing the Facebook ping sound?
Everett Katigbak shares some insight on how Facebook's "ping" sound was created.
Wired: Singapore's websites must pay to mention Singapore, block LGBT content
Singapore's Media Development Authority "trailblazing" announcement certainly raised some eyebrows.
Farner: Wieso Hashtags URLs aus der Werbung verdrängen werden
Daniel Jörg, a digital strategist, shares his thoughts on URLs and hashtags in the advertising industry. Unfortunately this blog post is only available in German.
Last week Greg introduced everyone to Amazee Metrics, our spin-off company for all things Web Analytics, SEO, and Conversion Optimization. This week I thought it would be fun to show how we brought to life the Amazee Metrics brand and website.
We started by establishing a brand identity, in our case a logo and color palette. We headed several directions with the logo, but ultimately settled on this compact, graphic representation of measurement.
Next we set our sites on expanding the identity to business cards, a simple two-sided design.
With the basics in place, we designed and implemented a fully-responsive website, our bread and butter here at Amazee Labs. The design was inspired by retro, analog interfaces of the mid-to-late 20th century.
You can see here how the navigation "responds" to different device widths, in this case desktop (above) and mobile (below).
In order to create a truly unique look and feel, we designed several custom graphics for the site.
And the site showcases some rather clever CSS solutions, including the spinning wheel on the start page.
In the end we produced a brand and a website we're very proud of, and that we're confident will bring business to Amazee Metrics. We made their web work so that they can measure your success.
The TheWeeklyDrop: Session Notes Hub - DrupalCon Portland 2013
Bob Kepford, publisher of TheWeeklyDrop, took notes of the session he attended at DrupalCon Portland. A good starting point if you haven't gotten around to catch up with last week's events.
TechCrunch: Drupal.org Hacked, User Details Exposed And Reset
A short overview on the exposure of user data on Drupal.org this week. Additionally here's an extensive rundown of the facts by Drupal.org's Security Team and Infrastructure Team.
Please note: Drupal.org and a site running the Drupal Content Management Framework shouldn't be confused with each other. The latter isn't affected by this story.
Mashable: 30 Overused Buzzwords in Digital Marketing
Remember: It's all about raising the engagement and ROI by providing viral second-screen native adverts to leverage big data. How many of these buzzwords can you cram into a sentence while maintaining a straight face?
Wired: Marissa Mayer is making Yahoo more, not less, bloated. Here's why
In last week's edition we mentioned that Yahoo was flexing its muscles. Wired's Ryan Tate comes to the conclusion that rather than going on a diet and working out, Yahoo is partying at the all you can eat buffet.
Ever wondered on which tools your favorite web service relies? Here's your chance to peak behind the curtain, but keep in mind "A fool with a tool is still a fool".
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It is our great pleasure to introduce Amazee Metrics, Amazee Labs’ spin-off company for all services related to Web Analytics, Search Engine and Conversion Optimization.
What a week in technology this one has been. Yahoo flexed its muscles by acquiring Tumblr and revitalising Flickr. Microsoft announced the new Xbox and last but not least DrupalCon Portland took place. Here are five items which still got our attention.
DrupalCon Portland: Dries Buytaert - The Current State Of Drupal 8
Traditionally DrupalCons start with a keynote by Dries Buytaert and this edition didn't mess with this formula. The spiky-haired Drupal founder took the stage to present the state of the project's next major release. Protip: You can skip the first 33 minutes of the keynote's recording.
Wunderkraut: From Content to Experience — Dries Buytaert's Drupalcon Keynote
If you haven't got the time to watch the entire recording this blog post will bring you up to speed.
Medium: The Next Facebook
Josh Miller shares his view on what the ominous "Next Facebook" might look like. His killer feature stems from the internet before Facebook.
Co.Design: Even Google’s Own Developers Won’t Be Seen Wearing Google Glass
Co.Design's Belinda Lanks believes to have spotted a Google internal issue with its head-mounted display GLΛSS. On the other hand one head technology looked like a happy camper to haven gotten his hands on the device.
PaP — The Passive Aggressive Password Machine
How strong are your passwords? Here's a "fun" way to test your password's mettle.
Day three was kicked off by Michael Lopp, ex Apple and Dictator at Palantir. His keynote "THE ENGINEER, THE DESIGNER, AND THE DICTATOR" was centered around the productive battle between art, science and execution. A refreshing contrast program to the horizontal hierarchy frenzy.
What else? Sessions, BOFs and another day in wonderful Portland, so different to most US cities I know: Small cars, cyclists, coffee snobs, microbreweries, and raaaaain! Lots.
This Drupalcon has in many respects been about winning the hearts of the user: There's a constant UX track installed for the first time at a Drupalcon; Dries has used his keynote to talk about the importance of improving the web experience management (with some UXy slides!), UX expert Karen McGrane was invited to give today's keynote on the subject of multi-device content.
Her point: Lots of the tools that we build give the user the illusion that the web is print. Instead of using WYSIWYG and other (misleading) instruments, users should be able to add metadata with longer legs, making content multi channel capable. And if there's just one thing you want to watch today: Chris Blow's magically athwart presentation on Design Ops: