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April 2005 Entries

INETA Activities at Teched 2005

INETA (International .NET Association) will have a number of activites... The major ones planned so far are:

1. On Sunday, June 5th, INETA will hold a User Group Leaders Summit. This all day event is jointly hosted by both INETA (Developer User Groups) and Culminus (IT Pro User Groups). There will be both an IT Pro and a Developer keynote address plus common and separate sessions and a series of workshops. Any user group leader or people involved in the user group community is welcome to attend but you must register by sending you name, email, city/state and the user group you attend or run to: teched@ineta.org.

2. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings there will be a series of almost 60 Birds of a Feather sessions that will be held in the cabana areas from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. As of this writing the detailed schedules have not been posted but this should happen within a couple of days.

3. INETA will have an booth / area in the community lounge. Details are still hush hush but will be available soon. Be on the lookout for the prized “INETA Badge Insert”.

To get the INETA newsletter which will have updates, up may subscribe at: www.ineta.org.

 

Tech Galaxy - Sat. April 23rd - 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

An alternative to Earth Day in S Florida is the Tech Gallaxy held at Nova Southeastern University in Davey. More info at: http://www.techgalaxy.org/

Doors open at 9:00 am, admission is Free.

This is a gathering of various user groups in the area with each hosting a mini ug meeting featuring a typical topic they might cover.

1. Tech Galaxy table (registration and info)
2. Jeanette Lawrence - South Florida Java Users Group (SOFLOJUG)
3. Raul Salazar - South Florida Macromedia Users Group (SOFLOMUG)
4. Alex Funkhouser - .NET Miami Users Group
5. Shervin Shakibi- Florida .NET User Group
6. Adam Glass - FLUX
7. Ron Minkoff - ColdFusion
8.Markus Vogl -ACM SIGGRAPH Fort Lauderdale Professional Chapter
9. Michelle Smith - Women In Technology, Int'l, South Florida Chapter
10. Jeff Bisbee - Perl Mongers
11. Brian Hall - Palm Beach County Linux User Group
12. Orlando Luna - South Florida Final Cut Pro User Group
13. Rose Lynn/Esver – Gold Coast Macintosh User Group
14. Marli Lutz - South Florida Tech Alliance
15. Mike Strum - Natmac National Macintosh Computer Society.
16. Jeffrey Brown - All Headline News Corp.

More Florida Code Camps Comming!

Two more code camps have been scheduled in Florida:

July 16, 2005 Tampa - http://www.floridadev.net/Default.aspx?alias=www.floridadev.net/tampacodecamp

August 27, 2005, Jacksonville - http://www.jaxdug.com/CodeCamp/tabid/118/Default.aspx

Be sure to sign up early as these “sell” out quickly.

Dave in the press....

From the Ft Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Business section on 4/11/2005:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/local/sfl-ybindependent11apr11,0,576432.story

They only keep the story live for 14 days, then you have to purchase it but here is the headline.

STEPPING OUTSIDE MANY SMALL BUSINESSES ARE USING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, BUT THEY MUST BE HANDLED WITH CARE.; [Broward Metro Edition]
Alexandra Navarro Clifton Business WriterSouth Florida Sun - SentinelFort Lauderdale, Fla.: Apr 11, 2005. pg. 16

and here is my section:

When Dave Noderer founded computer software company Computer Ways Inc. in 1994, he knew he didn't want a traditional employee- employer system. He started with a handful of independent contractors doing custom software development. But as business improved, Noderer opened an office in Deerfield Beach, and then hired about 20 full- and part-time employees.

"Taking on the responsibility of having employees was a hassle," Noderer said. "It's just a different attitude when someone comes in as an independent contractor and feels like he's working not for me, but for the client."

Noderer soon went back to mostly working with independent contractors. Today, he has four part-time employees and works with as many as 20 independent contractors. There are some disadvantages, Noderer said. Although Noderer says he could hire inexperienced software programmers who command a much lower fee, he chooses to work with more experienced and better-trained contractors. That means they're paid more.

"It's not like I'm making a ton of money," Noderer said. "I could hire college students for a lot less, but then I'd have to train them and watch after them."

 

Teched 2005 BOF Submission and Voting closed...

The BOF's are now under review, due to be published on April 27th.

Thanks everyone for submitting and voting!

Teched 2005 - Florida Developer BOF

UPDATE!! The session was not accepted as it in late and did not get enough votes. There will still be various gatherings during the week, if you are a User Group Leader in Florida, please stop by the INETA booth in the Community Lounge.

I've submitted a session for voting at the Teched BOF site: http://www.msteched.com/cfp/bofvoting.aspx (vote early, vote often!).

This session will provide a forum for user group leaders, mvp's, developers, regional speakers and others interested in the Florida developer community to meet and share resources and ideas. The INETA Florida liason Morgan Baker will be there to answer INETA related questions. Find out about the developing www.floridadev.net that MVP Stan Schultes is spearheading.

I'm hoping this will be a chance for a number of people to meet each other and their local user groups. It will also be a great place for anyone that might be planning to start a user group to get some ideas and suggestions from existing user group leaders.