I hope everyone had a great holiday and feel fresh and inspired behind their sparkling new 27" shinny new iMacs?
Personally I am really looking forwards to this year and have a lot of plans on the horizon. To kick this year off at Meetup we are going run the 20x20 format. For those who have not seen a 20x20, it is simply that each presenter prepares 20 slides and gets to talk for only 20 seconds about each slide. Presentation last 6min 40second which means you get to see a lot of content and presenters in a very short space of time.
So far we have easily filled the first hour with some of our best presenters (except Karl) talking about some pretty cool topics (not all internet or design related either).
Finally this month we are going to be down at the Vodafone building, so don't go to the wrong venue. I am expecting this event to hit capacity so RSVP early and dont miss out.The 20x20 meetup. Vodafone.
In other news, the National Library of NZ is going to try run the NZ Web Harvest, basically they spider as many NZ sites as possible from a USA based harvester. The issue with this is that they are going to pull a "full" copy of your website via the USA which is where this harvesting service is based. For some people with large sites and potentially gigs of images this could cause some real issues because all this international traffic is going to cost site owners if their site is hosted in NZ.
You can read a PDF about the issues here. http://hurl.ws/aicj
The paper covers many of the options and according to this paper the spider cannot be proxied via a NZ server (don't get why not, this should easily be possible with squid/apache?). The NZ library are looking for suggestions and feedback so read the paper and send some feedback if you think this is going to affect you. (please don't reply to me about this).
If you are interested in speaking at this 20x20 meetup, reply to this email and send my your topic/idea.
Looking forwards to seeing the everyone at the next meetup.
John.Auckland Web Meetup