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Thinking about startups?

Posted on 24 July 2007 by Demian Turner

Do you have a great idea for a software product? Been staying awake late at night dreaming of starting a startup? Wondering how to go about getting investment to bring your app to the next level? Then you need to checkout Seedcamp.com. Put together by Saul Klein, partner at Index ventures, and Reshma Sohoni, associate in 3i’s Venture Capital business, Seedcamp is basically the YCombinator for Europe and is looking for hot talent now.

Competition is already stiff, and deadline for applications is midnight August 12th, 2007, so ensure you get moving on your application asap and don’t forget to check out the rules.

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OSS Camp in New Delhi, September 8-9, 2007

Posted on 14 July 2007 by Demian Turner

I’ve been contacted by the organisers of the upcoming OSS Camp
event in India, looks set to be quite interesting with the focus for
the PHP section clearly set on frameworks, my favourite subject 😉

There is already a talk planned by Rakesh Kumar
comparing the major PHP framework players, I’m glad to see Seagull in
the list. If any Seagull devs can easily get to New Delhi in the first
week of September and would like to present something I encourage you
to contact the organisers .

Here’s the official release for OSS Camp:

India’s biggest Open Source Unconference "OSS Camp" has been scheduled for
September 8 – 9, 2007 in New Delhi.

Embedded in the OSS Camp is India’s first community-driven PHP Camp. PHP
Camp will bring together the PHP community in a distinctly "unconference"
setting. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction
from all participants. Participation is free of cost!.

Some of the tracks for PHP camps are Frameworks, Unit Testing, PHP
Security, Performance Management, High Availability beside product specific
themes like Joomla, Drupal, EZ, Dot Project camps.

Participants can add up their sessions on

http://www.osscamp.in/OSSCampDelhi/index.php?title=PHP_Camp
. You should
restrict your sessions to 40 minutes (90 minutes in case of workshop). Your
sessions should be hardcore PHP specific sessions.

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Setting up PGP in Mail.app

Posted on 13 July 2007 by Demian Turner

It’s pretty straightforward to setup PGP signing and encryption in OS X’s Mail program:

  • install PGP on your machine
  • install the PGP keychain access app
  • create yourself a public/private key pair with the above app – I chose the default 1024 bit encyption and it took a few seconds to generate, Tom chose 4096 and it took > 5 mins on his Quad Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz
  • install the Mail.app PGP plugin and restart the program

After that you get a box to tick if you want to sign your messages, which prompts you for your passphrase if you don’t set your Preferences to remember it. And for any addressee whose public key you’ve imported into your keychain access app, you can send an encrypted message.

UPDATE: I regret recommending this plugin, as reported by Wes in the comments I also found unread message began to report incorrectly for my IMAP account. Removing the plugin solved the problem. From the author’s FAQ

To uninstall GPGMail, you only need to delete the file GPGMail.mailbundle located in $HOME/Library/Mail/Bundles.

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Realtime Teenage Angst Meter

Posted on 02 July 2007 by Demian Turner

This is one of the best uses of technology I’ve seen in a long time:

http://meteorserver.org/examples/angst

Brings new gravity to the familiar theme, "it’s all about me" 😉

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