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Lightweight Disaster Recovery Simulation: Dungeons and Dragons style

Disasters happen. When they do, are you ready to handle it with grace? In general people get good at handling events that they experience regularly, but high-risk disasters are managed so they don't happen often. It's not every day that power goes out at the primary data center, but when it does you want to be sure that your auto-fail-over actually works. You want to be sure your backups actually work.However, testing disaster preparedness often takes too much time time and creates little organizational value.

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Drupalcamp Colorado 2014 Preview: Large Scale Drupal

This year, Drupalcamp Colorado is taking on the topic of "Large Scale Drupal" - a phrase that was popularized by Dries Buytaert. We're taking that phrase and using it in a generic sense to help set a focus for our event.

Matthew Saunders wrote a great overview of the camp, so if you're interested and need more convincing to come, read that. This is an update on our tracks and some great sessions that have been accepted already.

Tracks and session submission requests

We're taking that theme as inspiration for our sessions which will be across 4 tracks:

  • Business and Open Source
  • DevOps
  • Commerce
  • Design and Front End
  • Development and Site Building

Today we are excited to announce the first 9 sessions that have been selected. Session Submission is still open until July 11th. We've currently got too many sessions in /Development and Site Building/ and not enough sessions in the other categories. So...if you have something to say in those other areas, please submit a session (note, you have to login first, and you should register too).

First sessions that have been accepted:

There are some sessions we know we're going to accept because they come from great presenters on popular topics that match our theme. Below are the 9 sessions we knew we could accept now.

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  • Solution architecture: designing a strategy for project success by Diana Dupuis, Amazing CEO of Amazee Labs in the USA
  • Data Analytics and the Day After by Ron Lin, CTO and Co-Founder of CARD.com
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    my schedule

    My schedule is pretty flexible: 7 to 5:30 most days.

    Monday busy from 10:30 to 11:30.
    Tuesday busy from 7 to 9 and 4 to 5:30.
    Wednesday busy from 4:00 to 5:30.
    Thursday busy from 8 to 9:00, 10:30 to 11:30 and 4:00 to 5:30.
    Friday generally free.

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    Nexus5 Unlimited talk/text/data for $45 per month (seriously)

    You could also call this "Free Nexus5 if you switch from AT&T or Verizon." Here's a comparison of the plans and how I arrived at the idea of "Free" Nexus 5.

    Item Verizon StraightTalk
    Phone purchase price Subsidized $200 every 2 years No subsidy
    Monthly cost for 2 lines $190 $90
    Minutes included 1400 Unlimited
    Text included 500 Unlimited
    Data Unlimited originally, switched to 2GB for the same rate Unlimited (2.5GB cap, after that 3G service)

    This chart shows how much money both of these plans cost. I used a MotoX as the subsidized phone since it is similar in specs to the Nexus 5.

    Comparison of Verizon and StraightTalk plans for 2 years

    For our 2-phone-household, we had been spending $4,658 in a 2 year cycle compared to our annual of $2858. Both of those numbers feel pretty high, but at least with StraightTalk we're saving $1,800 in a 2 year cycle. Source data for that chart is in this spreadsheet

    Let me say that again: $1,800 savings in a 2 year cycle! We could actually buy a new Nexus phone (or similar) every year and still save money compared to Verizon.

    Enter the Nexus 5 and StraightTalk

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