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Web Centric newsletter - April 2008

A former member
The April Web Centric Meetup will be on Wednesday, April 9th on the third floor of the Fiddler's Green Pub on Wellesley Street in Toronto. Show off your geek-fu with your favourite state-of-the-art GPS-enabled quantum-based open source teleportation nano-AI flashy-thingy!

Web Centric's mandate is threefold: 1) To educate, 2) To share and support, and 3) To socialize. Some say #2 is actually two different mandates and so there are actually four, but we in Web Centric like to say, "Oh, quit mincing hairs and have another beer!"

What did you miss last month? About 20 people showed up to hear Michael McDerment, CEO of Freshbooks, speak to us about business on the Web, marketing your business and how he successfully pioneered two startups. The floor opened up fairly quickly and many people had questions for him. We hope he'll speak again for us some day.

Here's what's happening this month (oh the suspense):

- Mingle & network (7:00pm - 7:30pm)
- Introductions (Starts 7:30pm sharp)
- New Faces - quick introductions
- Door prize. Paul will actually try to remember to bring it this month.
- "News You Can Use" with John Ross, who will explain in detail how Pakistan managed to bring down YouTube for a couple of hours in March (don't try this at home, boys and girls! Let a highly-trained technical professional like John go to jail for it!)
- Show Off Your Stuff - Just don't break any decency laws. No teleporting into the ladies' room (unless you're a lady). Wireless Internet Access onsite
Our guest speaker this month: John Ross!
YouTube under attack. How Pakistan was able to accidentally knock YouTube off the air.....This will be an analysis of how one ISP in Pakistan was able to knock YouTube off the air 24 February 2008, and what can be done about it. We'll start off with a brief lesson on how routing works, then a step-by-step analysis of what happened. We'll end by discussing the security implications of current routing protocols.

Who the heck is this John guy anyway? He has over a decade of experience in the IT industry. During that time has has worked for small startups, national Telcos and a bank. He currently works for the IT security firm MessageLabs. Over the years John has gained extensive experience with all aspects of Internet technologies including systems, networks and security.

In order for us to continue providing a venue, speakers and more, we need to continue to raise money. So we've set up an affiliate program with Site Point to provide you with some of the best books out there. Site Point covers all our topics of discussion and all our group themes in a way that can profit your business by increasing your knowledge. Please visit the Site Point book store through the link below and don't forget to use your affiliate link before buying any of their books. Here's the link: http://www.sitepoint....­

If you would like to be a guest speaker, let Co-Organizer Paul Sobocinski know - it helps if you can give him a rough outline of what you'd like to speak about.
We also request that you give a small donation (passed around in a beer pitcher at every meeting) to help defray the costs of running on Meetup. This helps Paul Rochford pay the monthly fee to use the site, and anything left over at the end of the year goes toward bail money for members who took really good notes during John's talk.

In the news...

Wired magazine had an excellent article this month on how free (as in I don't give you no money) is the new gold mine on the Internet. It's the new economy of "freeconomics" -­

And very bad news for Web Centric members - beer has been linked to poor performance and crappy papers in the scientific community - how long will it be before it's linked to abysmal code???­

Then again maybe not: http://science.slashd...­ (Whew!)

See you on the 9th!

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