More conference speaking engagements!

My blog has been sorely neglected. Work had taken over pretty much all free time, but I’m starting to get a handle on things again. That being said, I’m diving deep in to Flex 4 development, and I should have my first iPhone application finished this summer. Oh, and I’m speaking at a couple conferences.

cf.Objective() – April 22-24, Minneapolis
I’ll be presenting “Build a Better Search with Apache Solr”. I will not be covering CFSEARCH in ColdFusion 9. We’ll be looking at the real Solr engine, and everything it has to offer. If all you’re doing is sticking a few flat files into Verity, and you’re happy with the results, this isn’t for you. If you’ve ever hit Verity’s custom field limit, if you need to search structured data, or if you ditched using Verity for expensive database queries, then you need to see what Solr can do for you. You do NOT need to be running CF9 to implement Solr.

CFUnited – July 28-31, Lansdowne, VA
I’ll be presenting two topics, the same Solr talk as cf.Objective (scroll up just a little bit if you forgot), and “Getting the Most Development out of your Mac”. This is a fast-paced session in which I’ll be covering some of the best free and commercial tools to get your job done, along with plenty of tips & tricks, shortcuts, and things you probably didn’t know your Mac could do.

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ColdFusion conference speaker hat-trick!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been accepted to speak at bFlex/bFusion. This makes for the third conference I’ll be speaking out in the next couple months. Here’s my schedule:

CFinNC (Oct  17-18)
Topic: Searching with Apache Solr

bFlex/bFusion (Oct 24-25)
Topic: Learn Apache Solr in 90 Minutes

RIA Unleashed (Nov 13)
Topic: Getting the most Development from your Mac

CFinNC and bFusion/bFlex are both free to attend, but you need to register. RIA Unleashed tickets are $50.

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Healthcare Reform thoughts

Ok, so the town-hall shouters are not helpful in any way, so I pose this question to you, my intelligent peers, friends and family. Grandma’s not going to be killed by a death panel, we’re not plotting the destruction of the private insurance sector, and medicare isn’t going to get killed off next year. What are the actual issues of this reform bill? I find it hard to believe that the bill is so perfect that the only arguments against it are imaginary ones. Surely there are actual points to debate and try to get changed before this bill gets passed?

Feel free to retweet this, I want to get as many opinions as I can. http://twitter.com/iotashan/status/3313014450

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Adobe Creative Suite does not work on Case Sensitive file systems

I spent a few hours yesterday formatting my Mac Pro and reinstalling OS X. When I formatted the drive, I thought that it would be great to set the file system to be case sensitive. A few hours later, with my OS updated & set up how I wanted, I started installing applications. I went to install CS4, and got a lovely dialog box telling me that CS4 will not install onto case sensitive file systems. Apparently, CS has had this limitation forever, and Adobe has ignored many, many complaints about this.

There really is no good excuse that I can think of. There are workarounds if you go into the adobe folders and start changing the case of the first letter of various directories & files, but then the Adobe Updater will fail when you go to install updates. Adobe, please fix this. I know it’s not a huge feature you can blow your horn about, but it’s very, very annoying to have to format & reinstall an OS because of a silly limitation.

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