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Radiohead - Creep
I've loved this song since I was 15 years old, so after 25 years it definitely deserves a place in my favorite music list. When I watched this recording, I stopped breathing for a while. Beautifully devastating. Don't mix this song with alcohol.
OpenSense Labs: Best Security Focussed CMS - Drupal 8
Best Security Focussed CMS - Drupal 8 Shankar Sun, 04/28/2019 - 18:05 One of the most significant terms used on this planet is ‘Security’. You get to read about nutrition security in reports like the UN’s State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World in 2017 that laid out pointers to bring in nutrition policy reform. Or, you get to hear about cybersecurity which needs to be integrated into every aspect of policy and planning in this age of digitisation. Often, you also get to see the emphasis being put on national security, an integral part of every country, and surveillance becomes important to ensure the safety of citizens.
Security also plays a key role in the web development arena. Website security is one of the most significant aspects that every business considers to thrive on and dominate the internet space. Vulnerabilities in your sites can give hackers the upper hand in finding a key to the safety vault. Drupal 8 stands out as the most secure Content Management System (CMS) which comes bundled with a plenitude of advantages over other leading content management frameworks. Security Features With a proven track record of being the most secure CMS, Drupal has been performing much better than its competitors in the CMS market. It has stood resilient to critical internet vulnerabilities. Thanks to Drupal Security Team for actively validating...
Vardot: 4 Digital News Media Trends 2019
Firas Ghunaim April 28, 2019 From Donald Trump's consistent accusations to lack of ad revenue caused by the shift in media consumption behaviors, the digital disruption that hit the media industry left the majority of media outlets considering their next steps knowing that being left behind in the digital age meant the end for them. Focus shifted from simply reporting the news to delivering the most engaging and comprehensive digital experience possible for their readers.   Al Bawaba News - The Largest Independent News Platform in the Middle East (Built by Vardot)   News and media platforms need to remain vigilant and embrace the tech trends that impact content publishing in the near future. Here are the trends that are expected to impact the digital news and journalism industry:   1. Contextual Experiences We are more likely to be doing more than one thing at the same time and news media outlets should have that in mind when considering how to develop their UX. For example, you are taking a run on the gym treadmill and a relevant news article was just published; would you interrupt your routine to read a long-form article? The most likely answer is no. The desire...
DrupalEasy: DrupalEasy Podcast 218 - Michael Hess - Drupal Security Working Group
Direct .mp3 file download. Michael Hess, (mlhess), Senior Technologist and Adjunct Lecturer at University of Michigan and member of Drupal's Security Working Group joins Mike Anello to talk about recent Drupal core security updates, security release processes, Drupal 7's future end-of-life, and the new Drupal Steward program. Interview February 20 Drupal core security advisory (8.6.10) Announcing a Drupal security bug bounty program paying up to €15.000 Drupal 8 automatic updates initiative DrupalCon Seattle session on automatic updates Drupal 7 end of life - November, 2021 Interested in your organization becoming an Drupal extended support provider? Email d7es@drupal.org or go to PSA-2019-02-25. Interested in joining the Drupal security team? Visit security.drupal.org/join Introducing Drupal Steward. DrupalEasy News Drupal Career Online - the 12-week (3 half-days/week) best-practice focused training program begins August 26, 2019. Learn more at one of our free Taste of Drupal webinars in June, July, and August. Professional local development with DDEV - 2-hour, hands-on, online workshop held monthly (May 8, June 12). Local Web Development with DDEV Explained - new book from Mike! Upcoming events DrupalCamp Chattanooga - June 7 and 8, 2019. DrupalCamp Asheville - July 12-14, 2019. Midwest Drupal Summit - August 8-11, 2019 - Michael is the primary organizer - for more info,...
OPTASY: What Are Some of the Best Drupal Blog Posts this Month? Here Is Our Top 5
What Are Some of the Best Drupal Blog Posts this Month? Here Is Our Top 5 adriana.cacoveanu Fri, 04/26/2019 - 13:55 April's been unexpectedly generous with us. It has spoiled us with plenty of high-quality content on Drupal. From “enlightening” tutorials to articles raising awareness of certain limitations, to useful tips and actionable advice, to blog posts announcing life-saving module releases... reading our way through the pile of Drupal blog posts this month has been a true dare. Then, trimming down our bulky list to just 5 posts has been an even bigger challenge... Nevertheless, we did manage to make our selection. Here's what we kept:
 
Agiledrop.com Blog: 5 key benefits of remote staffing
What with a constantly shifting digital environment and an ever-increasing need for developers, it's become common practice for businesses to rely on remote staffing. In this post, we'll dive into the main benefits of deciding for this kind of outsourcing strategy. READ MORE
Promet Source: Drupal Experts Weigh in: What’s Exceptional, What’s Demanding, What’s Developing
At DrupalCon2019 earlier this month, Promet Source tapped the collective brainpower of attendees with a Human-Centered Design activity that asked this question: “What are the key advantages, the main challenges, and the emerging opportunities of Drupal as an Information delivery platform?”
Community posts: Help Us Review and Update the Drupal Code of Conduct
Earlier this month at DrupalCon Seattle, the Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) announced plans to begin the process of reviewing the Drupal Code of Conduct. The Drupal Code of Conduct, which is maintained and upheld by the CWG, governs interactions between community members. It is distinct from the DrupalCon Code of Conduct, which governs interactions at DrupalCon and other in-person events and is maintained and enforced by Drupal Association staff. The current Drupal Code of Conduct was adopted in 2010 and last revised in 2014. Over the last two years, the CWG has received consistent feedback from the community that the Drupal Code of Conduct should be updated so that it is clearer and more actionable: A set of recommendations for improving the Code of Conduct was shared as one of the high-level findings from the community discussions facilitated by Whitney Hess in April and May 2017. 63% of respondents to a community governance survey held in July 2017 said that updating our codes of conduct should be prioritized as part of the process of overhauling community governance. Improving the community code of conduct so that it is clearer and more actionable was also one of the key takeaways of the community governance discussions that occurred in the fall of 2017. Over the last year, the CWG has been working on implementing changes to its charter to make the group more...
Duo Consulting: Have No Fear, Extended Drupal 7 Support Is Here
Every year, the Drupal community gathers in a new city for the annual DrupalCon show. More expansive than regional camps, DrupalCon gives attendees from all around the world the chance to collaborate and learn from each other face-to-face.   The expansive audience of the convention makes it an ideal venue for Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to address the community. In his “Driesnote,” Dries usually focuses on highlights from the past year and upcoming developments for the platform. As such, the upcoming Drupal 8.7 update got a lot of spotlight, as did the efforts of star contributors working to make Drupal so robust. And with Drupal 9 coming in the not-so-distant future, Dries’ address this year demonstrated the advances being made at the cutting edge of Drupal. While Dries focused on the present and future benefits of Drupal 8, he didn’t neglect users still on Drupal 7. First launched in 2011, Drupal 7 remains the most widely deployed version of the platform, even though Drupal 8 was released in 2015. The reasons for the relatively slow adoption of Drupal 8 are numerous, ranging from incompatible modules to the standard costs of a redesign. Dries understands that, and in this year’s Driesnote, offered words of support to those who have not made the change. “There’s no need to panic,” Dries said. Indeed, he said that Drupal 7 will continue to be officially supported...
Springtime in Tuscany
We ditched the crowded streets of Seattle for a short vacation in Tuscany's beautiful countryside. After the cold winter months, Tuscany's rolling hills are coming back to life and showing their new colors.
State of Drupal presentation (April 2019)
Last week, many Drupalists gathered in Seattle for DrupalCon North America, for what was the largest DrupalCon in history. As a matter of tradition, I presented my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 32 minutes) or download a copy of my slides (153 MB). Making Drupal more diverse and inclusive DrupalCon Seattle was not only the largest, but also had the most diverse speakers. Nearly 50% of the DrupalCon speakers were from underrepresented groups. This number has been growing year over year, and is something to be proud of. I actually started my keynote by talking about how we can make Drupal more diverse and inclusive. As one of the largest and most thriving Open Source communities, I believe that Drupal has an obligation to set a positive example. I talked about how Open Source communities often incorrectly believe that everyone can contribute. Unfortunately, not everyone has equal amounts of free time to contribute. In my keynote, I encouraged individuals and organizations in the Drupal community to strongly consider giving time to underrepresented groups. Improving diversity is not only good for Drupal and its ecosystem, it's good for people, and it's the right thing to do. Because this topic is so important, I wrote a dedicated blog post about it. Drupal 8 innovation update I dedicated a significant portion of my keynote...
Seattle by night
It has been awhile since I added to my "Cities by night" photography series. Below are some photos from Pike Place Market, Seattle's epicenter of fresh produce, flowers and independent businesses.

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