Everett Toews

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    Presentation Patterns

    04 Apr 2013
    Presentation Patterns is a book that takes the concept of software design patterns (and anti-patterns) and applies it to presentations and public speaking. This book is a must read for Developer Advocates and Software Developers who need to deliver a presentation to any size group of people. I would also recommend it to anyone in a technical position or even those in other roles as it’s filled with practical advice and actionable steps accessible by anyone. After reading the book through once and giving a presentation based on a handful of the patterns therein, I’m convinced this book can help improve or kick start your presentation skills.

    We Wrote an OpenStack Operations Guide in 5 Days!

    08 Mar 2013
    And here it is…the OpenStack Operations Guide. You can read it in EPUB, MOBI, PDF, or print. The electronic formats are free to download so click away. The print version costs $29.90 and all proceeds go to the OpenStack Foundation to support more book sprints like the one that produced this book.

    We're Writing an OpenStack Operations Manual in 5 Days!

    21 Feb 2013
    Anne Gentle, the OpenStack Doc Lead and Technical Committee member, must be crazy. She’s proposed that a group of us write an OpenStack Operations Manual in 5 days. But there’s a method to her madness. She’s assembled a group of long-time OpenStack operators and people known for their documentation skill. She’s handled the logistics of getting all of these people from across the world together in the same room for 5 days. She’s recruited an experienced mediator and open source manual maker to assist us during the book sprint. And it all happens next week. She may be crazy but we believe in her and we can make this happen.

    Swift Only with OpenStack DevStack on the Rackspace Cloud

    18 Feb 2013
    Swift is not installed by default when using OpenStack DevStack. Sometimes you want to install Swift only for some testing without all of the other services getting in the way. Here’s how to setup Swift (and Keystone for authentication) with DevStack on the Rackspace Cloud.

    Netflix Aims to be Scalable, Functional, and Portable (or How to Run a Meetup)

    14 Feb 2013
    Netflix has been open sourcing the software that makes up their platform at a torrential pace. On February 6th, 2013 I attended their first ever open house where they gave developers a bit more insight into their motivation for going open source. The whole event was very professionally run and could be used as a template for how to run a meetup with that much content.

    Innovation in the jclouds Community

    11 Feb 2013
    Last week I had the pleasure of hosting the first jclouds meetup of 2013 at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco. The number one thing that struck me during the meetup was the amount of innovation going on and the commitment of the community. We had a great turn out and 4 presentations were given by members. Without further ado, here they are in the order they were presented.