Solo tech presentation for nagw


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  • Made up slide – but true in general More work than time, staff or money (never met a tech who described themselves as underworked or overpaid) Today: Cloud-based tools to make you more productive and tips for keeping your hardware running without running you ragged
  • Evaluate all the things – do an environmental scan, know what hardware, software, staff you have in place before starting a new IT project. Tech plans – some have details of environment Spiceworks – closed source, free, handy for monitoring, trouble tickets and environmental inventory Network capacity – what can you support out of your building? Know what you do in-house, what can be done outsourced, what needs to stay with you
  • Many definitions, many uses of the term Can you pinpoint where your data lives (server? Data farm? State? Country?)? No? That’s the cloud Cloud (or web) scale – easily expandable, use (and pay for) only what you need (no excess computing power going to waste in your server room)
  • File Management (image and code storage) – Dropbox, Dropbox – 2GB free, more space costs (eg 50GB is 10.00 a month per account) has “Teams” accounts ($800 for 5 members) that makes collaboration easier. Individual accounts have public folders for sharing, private folders Box – 5-50GB free, Business account $15/user/month, more sharing features
  • HTML-Kit (, (code editor in browser with integrated FTP client – includes mobile apps), WYSIWYG developers? Pretty much out of luck – Dreamweaver rocks, is pricey.
  • Drupal Gardens,, and Amazon Web Services
  • BitNami WebPack provides a pre-configured, ready to run bundle of the most popular open source web applications: WordPress, Joomla! and Drupal. It includes ready-to-run versions of Apache, MySQL, PHP and phpMyAdmin and required dependencies. It can currently be deployed as an AMI  to the Amazon cloud . BitNami WebPack is distributed for free under the Apache 2.0 license.
  • Mailing Lists – NAGW, Web4Lib, Drupal support, etc. Google Conferences
  • VNC (Tight VNC, etc.) LogMeIn MSTSC RDP – iPad/iPhone/Android compatible
  • Training: W3Schools, Codeacademy (Javascript, Python, Ruby)
  • There are no panaceas – no easy answers. If you use the tools I’ve given you today, you will have to decide what, exactly, you will give up in return. Even free tools cost in terms of time to learn and implement (Good and Cheap, not fast) and picking something that is fast to learn and cheap can limit the “good” part of that triangle.
  • Solo tech presentation for nagw

    1. 1. Solo TechHow to keep up as a solo web worker
    2. 2. obin Hastingsformation Technologyoordinator – Missouri Riveregional tp://www.rhastings.netides:l Images from Nasa.Gov or created by me
    3. 3. Balancing Act…
    4. 4. Evaluate Your Whole Environment
    5. 5. What Is The Cloud?
    6. 6. File Management
    7. 7. Web Development
    8. 8. Web and Intranet Hosting
    9. 9. Tech Help
    10. 10. Remote Computer Management
    11. 11. Training
    12. 12. Pick Any Two!Good Fast Cheap