Last night, December 9th, marked the last ODUG meeting for 2008. For this final meeting, we had Janie "Calamity Jane" Whitty come in and talk to us about Malware, and how it affects us all. Janie is a Microsoft MVP in Consumer Security, and a forums administrator and consultant for Lavasoft. She comes from a background of 30 years in banking, so the ideal of security is already in her blood.
Admittedly, I had no idea what to expect from this talk. I know more about malware than the average person, but what would she tell us that we didn't already know? After all, we are a pretty techie group, right?
I must say, that I was pleasantly surprised by her presentation. It turned out to be more of a chalk talk, where we basically had a question and answer format. Our attendees had some really great questions. Aside from a spam question (not her area of expertise), she did not hesitate to have an answer shoot right back at us. She knows her stuff! There was a miscommunication between her and I when setting this up, so she didn't have a slide show prepared or anything, but it didn't matter. Even our viewers who watching our meeting online were pleased with the presenatation.
If you, your company, or your user group want to know more about malware and how to effectively prevent it from ruining your year, you should look her up.
We had a low turn out this meeting, but we pretty much agree that that was due to the time of year. There were 8 physical attendees, and we broke our previous record of 5 virtual attendees watching us online. There were 8 concurrent viewers for most of the duration of the meeting. We also had some great chat room and Twitter interaction.
Our next meeting, January 6, 2009, brings Stan Schultes in to us from Sarasota to speak to us about module development in DotNetNuke® v5.00.00. He is also a co-author of the Professional DotNetNuke 5 book due to release in February, by Wrox. This presentation will certainly take up the full 2 hours, so plan accordingly. If you know any DNN developers, let them know that this is a meeting that you should not miss!
,Orlando DotNetNuke Users Group