Conference Organization: Speaker Agreement

At ConFoo, we use a speaker agreement to ensure that accepted speakers take their commitment seriously and understand the impact of a cancellation. We used to lose thousands of dollars due to speakers cancelling after we already purchased their flight (as a non-profit, that hurts). It’s also an opportunity to remind them to be respectful and make sure…

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ConFoo Vancouver & Montreal

We recently released the presentations for ConFoo Montreal. This giant conference will be held on March 8-10, 2017. It’s also the last chance to get tickets for ConFoo Vancouver, held on December 5-7, 2016. ConFoo is a multi-technology conference aimed specifically at web developers. It has between 100 and more than 150 presentations by local…

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Yahoo!’s Password Security

I posted this tweet recently and got many replies. Since I was answering the exact same few questions dozens of times, I’d like to summarize everything here. I will also add some new information that I gathered that will clear many things up. Yahoo: “Your password is too similar to the one you’ve used previously.” You wouldn’t know unless…

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MySQL Duplicate Entry, But Not Really

I chased an interesting bug today. MySQL was complaining about “Integrity constraint violation: 1062 Duplicate entry”. I had all the necessary safeguards in my code to prevent duplicates in tha column. I gave up on logic and simply dumped the contents of the problematic column for every record. I found that there was a record with…

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