WordCamp Brisbane, and other random notes

The WCBNE badge

Hey everyone, just a short post to let you know what I’m up to.

WCBNE

This weekend I’ll be headed north to attend WordCamp Brisbane. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a WordCamp, and even longer since it’s been one not in Sydney. I expect this one to be a lot of fun, and I’ll get to meet up with some old friends. It’s been awhile since I’ve hung out with Developer Steve.

Although lately I’ve been more of a Moodler than a WordPresser, I’m still a huge WordPress fanboy. And I am a WordPress instructor for the Parramatta College. If you’re local to Western Sydney and want to set up a website quickly, sign up for the spring session.

Mycroft and Raspberry Pi

In IoT news, my Mycroft has finally arrived. Mycroft is a love/hate project with me. I backed the Mycroft Kickstarter ages ago, and I have to admit, I have been a little vocal in the comments.

The Raspberry Pi logo
Everyone loves Raspberry Pi!

Now that it’s here, what do I think? Hmm, it’s a little early to review. There’s still some bugs in the system; it’s reporting that I’m in Australia now, but it’s still giving me the weather in fahrenheit. I’ve been trying some skills with it. I think the project has potential, but it’s still a hobbyist’s toy, not something for the general marketplace. I’ve found that I had to SSH into it to do anything really. It’s impressed me enough that my anger over the handling of the Kickstarter has almost subsided, but it’s not something I’d recommend yet.

I suppose I’ll have more to say down the line about Mycroft.

It has had me playing with Raspberry Pi in general again. Last night was more a lesson in pain than a success, but I’m working on some fun things here. The Magpi recently (is April 2017 recent? It is for a UK mag in an Australian newsagent) has an article on Blog In A Box – WordPress on the Raspberry Pi. You know I’m setting one of those up. Hopefully before WCBNE, but who know with work and painting and cleaning up this office.

Call for Proposals: BuzzConf

I’ve mentioned in my last update the CfP for LinuxConf and MoodleMoot Australia. I hope you’re all working away on your proposals. Here’s another one for you: BuzzConf! As you know, I’m a big fan of BuzzConf and what Rick and Ben have started. It’s a conference unlike any you have attended. I spoke at the first BuzzConf in 2015, and I loved the second one in 2016. You can bet I’m working on my proposal for BuzzConf 2017.

If you want to present, why not submit a proposal here.

Fortnightly Tips

Just a brief note about Fortnightly Tips: last week was my 10th episode! I’m very proud of reaching 10 episodes of my webinar, and I have some interesting ones planned. Also, there might be some guest hosts coming up; it looks like I might be able to wrangle Vinny, Dom or even Shane to do a tips for us, so I’m excited about this.

We are also in the process of releasing past episodes to our YouTube channel, something I’m very excited about. This Friday, I’ll announce what next week’s topic is in the Pukunui newsletter, but here’s a hint: it rhymes with schwizzes.

Join me every second Friday for Fortnightly Tips!

Brisbane LMS Training

I’ve started with Brisbane, I might as well end with it!

I’m taking my Pukunui Course Creator and LMS Manager Training to Brisbane this August. I’ve just had successful training sessions in Sydney and Melbourne, and I’d love to finish it off with a great session in Brisbane. Pukunui has some wonderful clients in Queensland and I’m hoping to catch up with a few there.

If you’re interested in learning about creating courses and managing Moodle™ sites, check out the training page on Pukunui.com.

A Brisbane Church
Brisbane – August 7 to 9.

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