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Financial Support for United States PostgreSQL User Groups

JD Wrote:

As the United States PostgreSQL Association continues to grow we are extending the services we provide to our members and the PostgreSQL.Org community in the United States. I am pleased to announce that we have budgeted for 4000.00 USD to be provided to United States based PostgreSQL User Groups from September 2010 through December 2010.

A great opening to SeaPug

JD Wrote:

After performing perfunctory commercial duties by teaching a class in Seattle on the 9th, I was given the honor to providing the first talk at SeaPug. As mentioned previously the talk was titled Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance and is the talk I have given half a dozen times at various groups in the PNW over the last three months. I am excited to see the Seattle group launch. The first meeting had 14 people (including myself). If you are in the Seattle area and would like to attend SeaPug, point yourself over to their website.

Seattle PostgreSQL Users's Group

JD Wrote:

Last West, a sign up sheet was sent out for people who were interested in starting a Seattle PostgreSQL group. I am please to say that this group has started. Their first meeting is February 9th, 2010. I have the honor of being their first speaker. I will be speaking on Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance, which is the same talk I have been giving at various user groups around Seattle (Python, Django, Perl). You can check out there website here.

Speaking at SPUG January 18th

JD wrote:

Continuing our efforts in reaching out to tertiary communities, I will be giving my Dumb Simple PostgreSQL Performance talk at SPUG on the 19th. If you are in Seattle you should stop by. Here are the details:

Pre-Meeting
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If you are so inclined, please come to the pre-meeting at the nearby Elephant & Castle pub on 5th & Union (see map below). We'll be there from 5:00 pm to 6:19 pm.

Meeting Location
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Marchex
520 Pike Street, Suite 1800
Seattle, WA 98101

PgUS Community Member Update 11/09:

JD wrote:

So what is going on and what has happened over the last year?

First and foremost, I should mention that PgUS is about to have an election for 3 board seats. The current nominees are:

Michael Brewer
Joshua Drake
Kevin Kempter
Bruce Momjian
Greg Smith

You need to be a Professional or Student Member to vote. In order to update your membership to a voting membership open your favorite web browser and go to:

https://www.postgresql.us/join

Member Expiry (did you know you are not a member?)

JD Wrote:

As most of you have seen at this point, United States PostgreSQL is about to have elections for three board seats. The seats are currently filled by myself (JD), Bruce Momjian and Michael Brewer. You can read more about the election here. In order to vote, you must be a current member of PgUS. Unfortunately we haven't been as good as we should be about communicating expiring memberships to people. Most of our original members became members at West 2008. The majority of those memberships have now lapsed.

PostgreSQL Conference West: Academic registration open

JD Wrote:

Just like all United States PostgreSQL Conferences, academic registration is free. If you are a student or professor don't hesitate to register here.

PostgreSQL Conference West: Talk descriptions up

JD Wrote:

The draft (mostly solidified) list of talks are now up for PostgreSQL Conference West. You can view them here.

PostgreSQL Conference West 09 registration open

JD Wrote:

After a brief battle with our SSL certificate provider that delayed us two weeks, we have succeeded in beating the naysayers into the ground and are ready to begin accepting registrations for PostgreSQL Conference West in Seattle Washington. The conference runs from October 16-18th and is being held at Seattle Central Community College.

Registration Links

PostgreSQL 8.4 Released!

JD wrote:

For those sleeping in PostgreSQL.org just released PostgreSQL 8.4. This is an exciting release with many new features including:

  • Parallel Database Restore, speeding up recovery from backup up to 8 times
  • Per-Column Permissions, allowing more granular control of sensitive data
  • Per-database Collation Support, making PostgreSQL more useful in multi-lingual environments
  • In-place Upgrades through pg_migrator (beta), enabling upgrades from 8.3 to 8.4 without extensive downtime
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