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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Awesome time at LinkedCincinnati LIVE last night



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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

LinkedCincinnatiLIVE Tonight!


Tonight I and over 200 other folks from the Greater Cincinnati area will be meeting together for LinkedCincinnatiLIVE (more details below). I am so glad, too, that my schedule freed up at the last minute for me to do so. I hope to connect with as many of you as possible.

Here is a recent picture of me, in case you're looking to connect:

LinkedCincinnati LIVE - Details

If you have not signed up for LinkedCincinnatiLIVE tonight, August 27th, you need to do so right away! Over 200 attendees have pre-registered, and we’ve got some seriously incredible items up for grabs in the silent auction.

For those in the local recruiting community, we have a FULL ADMISSION ticket to SourceCon 2008 in Atlanta in just one week for auction, a FULL ACCESS ticket to ERE’s Fall Expo in Hollywood Beach, FL at the end of October, AND a ticket to RecruitFest coming up in Toronto on Sept. 19th. The RecruitFest ticket is worth $220, the SourceCon admission ticket at $1,195 and the ERE Fall Expo ticket at over $2,000. You’ll want to make sure to come to LinkedCincinnatiLIVE and put your bid in for one of these can’t-miss events!

In addition to these event tickets, we have some really cool things that will be on the auction tables, including:

  • Design/promotional/marketing consulting services
  • Recruiting services
  • SEO consulting services
  • DBA services
  • Skin consultation services
  • A B&B weekend package in WV
  • A guided upland hunting trip
  • Books written by some of our attendees
  • A private flight tour from a local pilot
  • …and much more!
The silent auction is optional participation, and money raised from these auctioned items will go to help fund an aid trip to South Africa being taken by two LinkedCincinnati members, Jennifer McClure and Amybeth Hale. The $5 door cover will go to offset the facility rental and refreshments and will enter you into a raffle drawing during the course of the event. Cash bar will be available: soft drinks: $1.95, beer: $3.25-$3.75, wine: $5.00, cocktails: $5.50+.

Our auction items range in cost from around $10 all the way up to $3500 so there is something for everyone to check out. Business owners and managers, consider bidding on some of the consultative services for your company.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet other local professionals in the Cincinnati area (and beyond – there are people from as far away as Florida attending!). Bring your business cards and get ready to mingle! Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Special Date Functions in SQL, Part 1

For our internal dashboard work, we're looking at metrics for the previous month. While I could create a SQL Server stored procedure to pass these dates from a user form, I really want to create a SQL view that will show last month's information. That way, whenever the view is opened, it always shows data for last month.

I know in VB that there are FirstDayOfMonth and LastDayOfMonth functions, but I've been unable to find similar functions in SQL. In my research, I've found "Date and Time Manipulation in SQL Server 2000" helpful. I came up with this SQL:


SELECT
CAST(CONVERT(CHAR(10), DATEADD(dd,-(DAY(GETDATE())-1),GETDATE()),101) AS smalldatetime) AS StartDate,
CAST(CONVERT(CHAR(10), DATEADD(dd,-(DAY(DATEADD(mm,1,GETDATE()))),DATEADD(mm,1,GETDATE())),101) AS smalldatetime) AS EndDate,
CAST(CONVERT(CHAR(10), DATEADD(dd,-(DAY(DATEADD(mm,-1,GETDATE()))-1),DATEADD(mm,-1,GETDATE())),101) AS smalldatetime) AS PrevMonthStartDate,
CAST(CONVERT(CHAR(10), DATEADD(dd,-(DAY(DATEADD(mm,1,GETDATE()))),GETDATE()),101) AS smalldatetime) AS PrevMonthEndDate
It returns these results:
StartDateEndDatePrevMonthStartDatePrevMonthEndDate
2008-08-01 00:00:002008-08-31 00:00:002008-07-01 00:00:002008-07-31 00:00:00
The SQL seems a bit convoluted, especially since I'm going to be using the start and end dates as criteria in a WHERE clause. So, I'm going to create a User-Defined Function (UDF) for each. I'll share scripts for those in a follow-up post.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Moving to WordPress!

Hi folks! I am making the move from Blogger to WordPress, so if things may get a bit wonky in the meantime.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

New Media Cincinnati - August 2008 Meetup Information

At the request of several of the members, we are moving the location to be more central to the Cincinnati area.

New Media Cincinnati meetup:

When: Saturday, August 9, 2008 2:00-4:00 PM EDT
Where: Panera Bread Company, 3806 Paxton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45209 (map)
This is an informal meetup for people in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton areas involved with or who have an interest in new media (podcasting, video podcasting, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, social networking, etc.). The purpose of the group is to promote awareness of new and social media in area.

Everyone is welcome to come.

For more information on the store, please visit their local website: http://www.panera-centralohio.com/

The restaurant management has reserved the meeting room for us and politely requests that the group collectively spend at least $25 while we're there. I don't think this will be a problem.

The store has free wi-fi, so feel free to bring your recording equipment (audio and video) and laptops.

** If you're unable to make it to this meeting but have some opinions, or if you have any specific announcements you'd like to make, please contact me.

If you have any questions about this event or the group in general, please contact:
Daniel Johnson, Jr.
(513) 373-4442
danieljohnsonjr [at] newmediacincinnati [dot] com
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Facebook Group: http://www.newmediacincinnati.com
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/newmediacincy
Jaiku: http://jaiku.com/channel/newmediacincy
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/newmediacincy/
Wiki: http://newmediacincinnati.wetpaint.com

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=21878733892

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing TeleForum Notes

Today I participated in a NOREX member TeleForum on Business Intelligence (BI) and Data Warehousing (DW). I'm including my notes taken here:

  • Started off by defining BI and DW. I like the Wikipedia definitions myself. Also discussed what Master Data Management is; i.e., managing data that has become aged and may or may not be needed as much as current data. (The company I currently work for doesn't really think of what I do as BI and DW, but developing Decision Support Systems (DSS) is really at the crux of what I do here.)
  • Two polls on where participants are in implementing BI and DW in their organizations. Most are either currently using or evaluating, versus implementing.
  • Discussed scope of data definition and data modeling that should be done before getting into BI/DW. One caller will be building theirs from scratch versus buying something that was developed for someone else in their industry. (I wonder if different BI solutions have been developed for different industries.) Data cleansing is so vital when doing modeling. (Amen to that!)
  • Discussed risks in software selection and implementation. Licensing brought up as part of risk. Making sure that appropriate number of licenses (user vs site) important. How solution builds report cubes (pre-calculated or built at run-time) can affect performance and user experience. sBase(?) mentioned.
  • Practical support from vendors also brought up as consideration. Everything works great at the demo, but on the implementation there could be issues. Ask for references. NOREX mentioned that's part of the service they provide for members.
  • Discussed tools that are used, and pros and cons of each. One member mentioned Sybase IQ. Others are using Business Objects, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Oracle tools. Crystal Reports also mentioned.
  • Someone asked for experience with the Obvient strategies tool. No one on the call mentioned having any experience.
  • Any local government entities using data mining tools? No one on the call had any comments. Topic to be passed on to the government members outside the call.
  • SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services - how is it being used, other considerations. Has a lot of capability and interacts well with Visual Studio. Another member, however, saw a demo at Microsoft- some problems with creating a cube and error messages hard to decipher.
  • Discussed how to implement SQL Server Reporting Services through Sharepoint. (We use Windows Sharepoint Services as our company's intranet and are looking at how to do this.) No one on the call had any expertise to offer.
  • Discussed whether anyone uses Excel 2007 as a BI client. Some of the new functionality of Excel lends itself to an entry-level BI implementation. Some accountants in one organization using Excel to manipulate data from their other BI system. No one taking advantage of the BI capability yet. Concerns raised about quality of data, security, and versions.
  • Poll on whether anyone using SAS to access Star Schema data: dimensional modeling vs entity-relationship modeling. (Not really applicable to us in our organization.)
  • Release management best practices from Dev and Test to Production environments sought. How to manage things that are not necessarily files that can be version-controlled? Really speaking about reports and dashboard components.
  • One member mentioned his process is such that a developer will create a report and work from it at his desktop. Then when it's ready for deployment, he will publish it.
  • Other members mentioned a more rigid change management structure with development, QA, and production environments. (I guess it depends on the specific tools and systems being used.)
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Friday, July 11, 2008

My 15,000th Update!

Twitter.comI would consider myself - and many others would probably agree - a power user of Twitter. I update over there. A LOT. In fact, I recommend that those who start following me immediately turn off device notifications, unless they have an unlimited text plan.

Twitter by far is THE most useful tool in my social networking arsenal. I know for a fact that actual business has been conducted through my use of Twitter.

I started using it back in August 2006, so I have had ample time to grow and develop community. Imagine my surprise earlier when I saw something magical about to happen:

Daniel Johnson, Jr. danieljohnsonjr Whoa. My next tweet will be my 15,000th. Send me an @ reply and I'll put you in it. You have 10-15 mins. Starting.... now.
I initially thought I'd be able to string everyone who'd replied into a 140 characters or less message. I mean, what's the likelihood that many people would be paying attention at that precise moment. I must have forgotten what my previous post said:
Daniel Johnson, Jr. danieljohnsonjr Okay, now, where are all you followers coming from?
I checked and I have close to 2100 people following my updates. Some are dormant accounts or may have not updated in awhile, but still, that's a lot of potential people to see my 14,999th post.

So, since I couldn't fit everyone into a 140-character "tweet", I hope this suffices. Thank you so much for enriching my experience thus far. I sincerely hope I've been at least half as valuable to you as you have been to me. Here are the people who replied, in the order they came in:
  1. doctoranonymous: Hi @danieljohnsonjr. Have a great weekend!
  2. purpletrout: @danieljohnsonjr Congratulations Daniel!
  3. mikeward: @danieljohnsonjr what if we dont wanna send you a tweet
  4. melgallant: @danieljohnsonjr congrats on the tweet record!
  5. chrbutler: @danieljohnsonjr Congrats on the 15,000th tweet!
  6. TeriLussier: @danieljohnsonjr nice tweet up! ;-)
  7. cossondra: @danieljohnsonjr put ME in there :-) we are such nerds arent we??
  8. audiojunky: @danieljohnsonjr haha congrats on the 15,000...thats a lot im reaching my 1,000 soon
  9. kate_the_great: @danieljohnsonjr OOH! Pick me! Pick me!!
  10. zaldor: @danieljohnsonjr 15000 tweets?! That's insane! Congrats! And here i'm not even at 5k!
  11. kflake: @danieljohnsonjr congrats on the 15,000th tweet!
Because I'm a good sport and love you all, I'm including this direct message I received
editvdo me, too...me, too...me, too
and this message that came in while I was typing up this post:
akirk45239: @danieljohnsonjr I'm late. I'll go for the 15,001st. Congrats from Monfort Heights
Thank you and everyone else I know from Twitter for making it a fun journey thus far. Now, onto that 15,001st update.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Managing Multiple Online Identities - Podcamp Ohio Presentation

Here is the presentation I gave at Podcamp Ohio, entitled "Managing Multiple Online Identities", and the folks from Coefficient Media recorded the audio and have posted it to the Podcamp Ohio Podcast.
PodCamp Ohio, June 28, 2008



Thank you to everyone who attended the session! I feel like I learned at least as much from you as you may have learned from me.

The presentation has been getting some buzz from others in the blogosphere:Some folks mentioned the presentation on Twitter:
I also set up an RSS feed for the PodCampOhio Social Media Firehose, in case you want to track all the social media conversation related to PodCamp Ohio.

Also, if I've missed your link and you'd like me to include it, please leave it in the comments. Thanks again!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Media Cincinnati July 2008 Meetup/Picnic!

Sunday Picnic, by su-linWho wants to come to a new media picnic/party? What happens at one of these events?

The Buehlers are opening up their home from 4:00 PM to whenever on Saturday, July 12, 2008 for the First Annual New Media Cincinnati Picnic

JTM Burgers and dogs will be provided along with all the condiments, some baked beans and a macaroni salad or two, just to make sure the picnicking basics are covered.

We will be outside, but John will have a couple of fair sized tents setup to keep the sunburn factor down. He will see if he can find a wireless access point and run it out the back door to improve wireless access.

John Buehler's (the 10MinuteLesson Guy) house
6543 Jayfield Drive, Hamilton (Fairfield Township), OH 45011 (map)
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
    PodCamp Ohio, June 28, 2008
  • Bring a chair, or you'll find yourself sitting on the ground!
  • Bring whatever you would like to drink - Adult beverages too! (Please drink responsibly ;-)
  • Bring a dish to pass or a bag of chips if you get a chance - Don't go overboard, there's always too much food leftover at these things!
  • Bring your family
  • Bring a friend or two who are interested in new media
  • Bring a tip/trick/website/other new media item you've recently learned about to share with the group
  • If you recently attended Podcamp Ohio, come ready to share your thoughts on the experience with those who were not able to attend.
CONTACT INFORMATION

If you have specific questions about this particular event, please contact John Buehler at john [dot] buehler [at] 10minutelessons [dot] com

For questions or comments about the group in general, please contact:
Daniel Johnson, Jr.
(513) 373-4442
danieljohnsonjr [at] newmediacincinnati [dot] com
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ABOUT NEW MEDIA CINCINNATI

New Media Cincinnati is an informal meetup group for people in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton areas involved with or who have an interest in new media (podcasting, video podcasting, blogging, micro-blogging, social networking, etc.). Members come together to network and share thoughts and tips on using new media.

Wiki: http://newmediacincinnati.wetpaint.com
Facebook Group: http://www.newmediacincinnati.com
Google Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/2caxxp
Twitter: http://twitter.com/newmediacincy
Jaiku: http://jaiku.com/channel/newmediacincy
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/newmediacincy/

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Preparing for PodCamp Ohio with the Jeff Pulver Method

I'm speaking at PodCamp Ohio, June 28, 2008This Saturday I and my family will be attending the very first PodCamp Ohio. This will be my first time at a PodCamp.

I was reminded by Chris Penn of Jeff Pulver's method for preparing for an upcoming conference.

JOIN the Community. I've been involved in promoting the event and am speaking in one of the sessions. I'll be there representing New Media Cincinnati, of course.

Set your GOALS. I am looking to connect with other bloggers, podcasters, and folks in social media and re-connect with folks in Cincinnati. I am especially looking to connect with people who have been successful in merging programming skils and new media technologies in their jobs, since that is where I'm heading.

Say HELLO. Hi there. There are several ways you can get in touch with me. Here are a few:

Here's a recent picture of myself, just in case you're wondering what I look like. In fact I just took this picture!

CHANGE your eMail Habits. I definitely won't be checking email much - if at all - during the event, but I'll try to stay in touch where I can. The best way to track me down is via telephone or a direct msg on Twitter. Call me. I'll catch up with emails when I get back home.

STUDY the Map of the conference. Google Maps says it will take us about 2 hours to get to PodCamp Ohio from our home. We'll probably allow 2.5. Gonna print out what I can to take with us.

Be AWARE of the Event Schedule. Be in CONTROL of your Schedule. ALLOW for serendipity. The session I'll be conducting is in the first time slot. Aside from that, I like that the event is occurring in one spot, which means that it will be easy to move around from session to session if I want. It also means that there will be opportunities for serendipity to happen.

Don't be SHY. Contrary to what I might convey online, in a crowd of people it still can be easy for me to be shy. I'll make an effort to meet and talk with as many folks as I can, understanding that a single conversation will still make a difference. I'm not going to be one of those guys who constantly scans the crowd for the next person to talk to.

BRING Business Cards. Taken care of. If you want a business card, come and meet me.

Understand some meetings will not HAPPEN. This is something I've sometimes struggled with whenever I attend meetings like this. I've sometimes hesitated even reaching out to others because there is so little time. Nevertheless, I hope to keep realistic expectations.

ENJOY yourself. Okay then. Our family is considering this a mini-vacation. Sort of.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Is social networking bringing us closer together?


Jacob posted a great question on LinkedIn:

Social Networks, Bringing Us Together or Keeping Us Apart?
Here's what I offered:
Good question, Jacob!

I still believe that the telephone is one of the best social networking tools around, and, at least for me, there is a point when you want to take your online connections into the real world. Last year, I began creating opportunities to network away from the computer.

During the week, I meet with folks I've met through social media periodically for lunch. Last October I founded New Media Cincinnati, a meetup group for folks interested and passionate about new and social media to get together. We hold conversations in real life and online.

Social networks are the people; not the tools themselves. The tools exist just to facilitate the real-life connections.
What do you think? Are social networking tools bringing us together or keeping us apart?

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Utterz from the Road-Podcamp Ohio and me


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Podcamp Ohio and my next career?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Troubleshooting with SQL Profiler


One of the Payroll Specialists called us today, wondering if her session in Darwin was hung up and needed to be killed. Darwin, as I may have mentioned before, is a Microsoft Great Plains Dynamics product customized for the Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry. We have SQL Server as the back-end.

The IT Manager asked me to put a trace on her session in SQL Profiler so that we could ascertain whether her session was indeed hung or not. As I saw the actions scrolling on the screen, I called the Payroll Specialist and told her whatever she was doing was still processing.

I began examining the items in the trace to see what was going on. For those that are unfamiliar, GP Dynamics hasn't named their tables, views, and stored procedures in a very intuitive way. Nevertheless, I have been able to deduce from their stored procedure naming convention the base tables involved.


In addition, this exercise has helped me learn and understand SQL programming better. I usually open the procedure as a script in a Create New SQL window. Inside these procedures that were being executed in the trace, I saw nothing more than a serious of SELECT statements. It looks as though Darwin (or really the code behind it) is getting information from the table in groups of 25 at a time.

This particular recordset has close to 5000 rows. Getting 25 rows at a time means that it will execute this stored procedure 200 times. If the program takes 5 seconds to execute each batch, then it will take about 17 minutes to go through the entire recordset. I guess it's no wonder that the process seems hung to the user.

I'm guessing that something is going on behind the scenes as Darwin is preparing and and posting a payroll. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the code behind it. This may be something we'll want to bring up with Thinkware, the vendor who provides this software to us.



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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Successful online monitoring with Google Alerts and RSS



Are you using Google Alerts and RSS feeds to track your company's presence on the internet? How about competitors?

Since this blog reflects me personally, I choose to omit specific company names. As the disclaimer says, opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own and not of any employer, past or present.

A few months ago I set up some Google Alerts and RSS feeds to track mentions of the company as well as its other web properties, and the names of key management personnel. Also, at the management's request, I set up some additional alerts for another company against whom the company has taken legal action.

Most of the time I get false positives or results I'm already aware of. Yesterday, however, I saw an article (and several subsequent links to it via Google Alerts/RSS feeds) about that other company and forwarded it to the COO.

I received this email a few minutes ago (emphasis added by me):

Dan,

Your article yesterday on [THE OTHER COMPANY] was great. I shared it with [THE OWNER OF OUR COMPANY] and there was information in that article that our attorney did not know about.

Thank you!

[NAME]
Chief Operating Officer
Rich Palmer recently shared some good thoughts on Google Alerts, too:


For more information, check out the NewPR Wiki: What Should Every Company Be Monitoring? page.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New Media Cincinnati - June Meetup!


New Media Cincinnati meetup:

When: Saturday, June 7, 2008 4:00-6:00 PM EDT
Where: Panera Bread Company, 405 East Kemper Road, Springdale, OH 45246 (map)
This is an informal meetup for people in the Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Dayton areas involved with or who have an interest in new media (podcasting, video podcasting, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, social networking, etc.).

Everyone is welcome to come.

For more information on the store, please visit their local website: http://www.panera-centralohio.com/

The restaurant management has reserved the meeting room for us and politely requests that the group collectively spend at least $25 while we're there. I don't think this will be a problem.

The store has free wi-fi, so feel free to bring your recording equipment (audio and video) and laptops.

** I'd like for us to spend some time share some ideas on where we would like to go with the group. The usual free-for-all conversations will naturally follow.

** If you're unable to make it to this meeting but have some opinions, or if you have any specific announcements you'd like to make, please contact me.


If you have any questions about this event or the group in general, please contact:
Daniel Johnson, Jr.
(513) 373-4442
danieljohnsonjr [at] newmediacincinnati [dot] com
http://twitter.com/danieljohnsonjr

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Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=17902141371

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Utterz from the Road - An Epiphany


In this Utterz from the Road, I share an epiphany I've had with respect to how I look at my life and where I fit in. Another burst of deep thinking during the commute. Thanks for listening! Feel free to share any thoughts you have.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Wikis and New Media Cincinnati?

I've been thinking about wikis lately, and these two videos have strengthened my interest in them:

Wikis in Plain English



WetPaint in Plain English




I've been thinking about the New Media Cincinnati community a lot lately, especially with respect to some things related to planning meetups. I've been getting a lot of suggestions via email (danieljohnsonjr at newmediacincinnati dot com), Twitter (@newmediacincy and @danieljohnsonjr), IM, Facebook discussion threads, etc. I keep wondering if using a wiki would be an easier and more efficient way.

So I asked the folks who follow me on Twitter, "Are you using wikis in your work/personal life? If so, how so?"

Here are some replies:

via direct message to me:
Photo_3_normal mjenkins We use a Wiki for the online staff at the Enquirer for storing and updating our production processes and best practices. It's helpful.

I asked if I could use her message in this post, and she replied:
Photo_3_normal mjenkins Sure, go right ahead. We are looking to expand the use of our Wiki across all departments (ads, HR, etc.) soon.

I also noticed some buzz on Twitter via Tweetscan related to wikis and shared that:
Daniel Johnson, Jr. danieljohnsonjr Tweetscan twitter buzz about wikis: http://tinyurl.com/5koupw

After all these responses, I asked: "Related wiki question (thx for your help so far): which sites are you using to create/manage your wikis?" Here are a couple of the responses:
  • Christian L. Quale clq @danieljohnsonjr Creating a wikimedia one on any server that supports databases is really easy. I use my own space on Godaddy, Works fine.
  • Fred Grott sharemefg @danieljohnsonjr I have used tiddlyspot to manage my tiddlywiki hosting however since tiddlywiki has no server stuff could use googlepages
Do you think we should create a wiki for New Media Cincinnati?

newmediacincy newmediacincy How might @newmediacincy use wikis?


Daniel Johnson, Jr. danieljohnsonjr @newmediacincy Suggestions for meetup times/locations?
Steve Gerl SteveGerl @newmediacincy: Contests where people have to post something, perhaps?


Should we put together a wiki for New Media Cincinnati? Feel free to continue the conversation in the comments below.

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