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Upcoming PgUS Events

JD Wrote:

Now that the very successful PostgreSQL Conference East 09 is over it is time to start looking toward the future. We have a lot of stuff going on with various micro-pg communities around the United States. Here is my current list (things I will actually be attending on behalf of PgUS/PostgreSQL):

  • April 23rd: InnoTech Open Source Panel. I am on the panel and will be representing PgUS and SPI.
  • April 25th: PgDay Linux Fest Northwest. Organizing and Speaking at the event.
  • May 29th: LAPUG . Speaking on PgUS and taking general PostgreSQL questions. Being held at Caltech.
  • June 10th: Denver PUG . Speaking on PgUS and taking general PostgreSQL questions.
  • Sept 19th: PgDay UGA . Organizing and speaking. Being held at the University of Georgia.

I will not be attending any of the major west coast events such as OSCON or Open Source World. I believe we have other board members that will be attending though.

New board member seated

JD wrote:

Please join me in welcoming the four new board members to United States PostgreSQL (PgUS):

* Richard Broersma, Jr.
* Andrew Dunstan
* Greg Sabino Mullane
* Robert Treat

I look forward to moving ahead quickly now that the full board is seated.

Palamida Hot 25, featuring PostgreSQL

JD wrote:

I was recently requested to present at a Webinar about the Hot 25 Open Source projects. I presented for about 15 minutes (about 14 minute in) on PostgreSQL. You can view and listen below.

PgUS Update 02/19/09

Joshua Drake wrote:

United States PostgreSQL members,

I just wanted to take a moment and let everyone know what is going on with our little non profit.

* New board
* Volunteers needed
* Upcoming events
* Finances update

In the next six weeks or so we will be seating the four new board members. As a reminder these are:

* Richard Broersma, Jr.
* Andrew Dunstan
* Greg Sabino Mullane
* Robert Treat

To my knowledge all but Richard will be able to attend PostgreSQL Conference East. The current board minus Michael will also be in attendance. This is great as most of us will be able to finally shake hands (even though we have all met in the past) and start getting to work on what I feel will be a great 2009.

We are seeking volunteers for the following tasks:

* Review virtual PBX companies

This is a service we will be offering United States PUGS at no cost to the PUG. Essentially any U.S. PUG will be able to have a phone number, extension and voicemail. The voicemail will be directed as email
to the specific PUG liaison. If you can help with this, please let me know.

* Someone with some Drupal experience or that is willing to learn Drupal a bit. We will be setting up a professional services directory for PgUS members. We need some help developing/configuring this feature
on the website.

Upcoming Events:

We have two upcoming PostgreSQL educational events coming up. The first is PostgreSQL Conference East. It is happening at historic Drexel University from April 3rd to 5th, 2009.

The second is PostgreSQL Day at LinuxFest Northwest. This is a single day event taking place in Bellingham Washington on April 25th 2009.

Finances Update:

We continue our financially healthy trend with approximately 10,000 dollars in our accounts. We expect that PostgreSQL Conference East will generate at least an additional 10,000 for us. This will give us an excellent jump start on offering some grants this year.

Joshua D. Drake
United States PostgreSQL

PgUS .EDU Advocacy Guiding Principles and Goals now online

Michael Brewer wrote:

I've updated the PgUS website with the Education Advocacy Guiding Principles and Goals. Please feel free to send comments and/or feedback.

Also, if you're interested in helping with PostgreSQL advocacy to education, please consider joining our PgUS .EDU committee (.EDUCOMM); send an email indicating your desire/willingness to serve on the committee to secretary (at) postgresql (dot) us.

Thanks for all the laughs 2008!

Joshua Drake wrote:

It is now 2009 and time for a, "Thanks for all the laughs 2008!"

2008 was the year that PgUS spent getting its feet under itself. We formed our board, filed all of our legally required paperwork, paid a lot of money to attorneys, held elections and even managed to have some fun by working on parts of our mission. Many goals for 2008 were met.

We have ensured that when the new board was seated the majority of our logistical infrastructure was in place. CPA, Legal, etc...

Our Attorney is:

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
1300 SW Fifth Avenue
Suite 2300
Portland, OR 97201

Our CPA is:

Alten Sakai & Company LLP
1815 SW Marlow Ave., Suite 218
Portland, OR 97225-5187

We have retained Alten Sakai for not only standard CPA activities but also book keeping and general accounting. The goal being that those focusing on the success of PgUS are not book keepers or accountants. PgUS will be able to focus on actually educating people on PostgreSQL in the United States. Through our relationship with Alten Sakai we will be able to provide monthly financial statements to our members in a reliable manner. Expect to see the first detailed statement in March.

PgUS closed out the year with ~ 10k USD. We have no outstanding payables and only one outstanding receivable. This leaves us with enough money to handle any sundry expenses through 2009 including Accounting and Legal fees.

Our community efforts included:

Our strategy with education. Part of that conversation can be found here:


Michael Brewer who is heading up that strategy will be posting an update to the website shortly.

We worked with PostgreSQL Conference, U.S. to hold West:


We presented at Northern Arizona State.

In 2009:

We will seat the four elected members of the board:

  • Richard Broersma, Jr.
  • Andrew Dunstan
  • Greg Sabino Mullane
  • Robert Treat

We will also work with PostgreSQL Conference, U.S. to hold East, West, and LFNW PgDay.

We hope to hold several free classes and seminars on PostgreSQL as well as continue an aggressive move into education. Getting students and professors to start using PostgreSQL is a key to ensuring a strong relationship with potential new community members over the long term.

We want to hear from our members. How is it that PgUS can help our members with their PostgreSQL needs? How would our members like to participate with PgUS? Are there members out there that have just been waiting for an opportunity to participate? What is that opportunity? What talents do you have and how would you like to use them?

For those who want to help but are not sure exactly how, here are some ideas:

* Drupal expertise
The PostgreSQL.US site runs on Drupal + PostgreSQL

* Speakers (PgUS will sponsor as it is able)
We are actively pursuing every speaking engagement possible. We
need more than one person to handle these engagements.

* Tutorial writers
This can be everything from how do I perform a backup with
PostgreSQL to working with Pylons and PostgreSQL.

* Community incursion
We need guerrillas to start educating other communities on a more
aggressive level and helping make sure that their postgresql
support is top knotch. An very simple example is Drupal. They have
an open issue list for Drupal 7 that is explicit to PostgreSQL.
It can be found here:


Lastly, please make note of our address change. Our new address is:

United States PostgreSQL Association
1767 12th Street
Hood River, OR 97031

PgUS Board Runoff Election now closed

mbrewer wrote:

The runoff has now ended; congratulations to the newly elected 2009-2011 PgUS Board members!

Richard Broersma, Jr.
Andrew Dunstan
Greg Sabino Mullane
Robert Treat

Thanks again to all the nominees and to everyone who voted! :)

PgUS Election Results and Runoff announcement

Congratulations to the following new board members of PgUS!

Andrew Dunstan
Greg Sabino Mullane
Robert Treat

We need to have a runoff election for the fourth and final seat; the candidates for that seat are:

Richard Broersma, Jr.
Ned Lilly

To vote in the runoff, please go to:


If there are no objections, I'll close the elections after 23:59:59 EST on Monday, 17 November (2008). All professional and student members can vote in the runoff, even if you didn't vote in the general.

Thanks to all the nominees! :)

PgUS board elections now closed...

The PgUS board elections have now closed; we'll post the results shortly. Thanks to everyone who voted!

Talking to students at Northern Arizona State ACM

JD Wrote, on Thursday October 16th I flew down to Flagstaff Arizona to give a talk to the local ACM. It was a long talk, including questions lasting about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The talk encompassed Open Source including general governance models and licensing, PostgreSQL including .Org, .US and .EU (with spurious mentions of others such as JPUG) and the Job Market. The talk was attended by about 30 students and at least 2 professors. There were two primary items that struck me about the students. One was the general ignorance about Open Source. The other was the overall tension about the Job Market.

I opened the talk with general questions about the type of Open Source that they had dabbled with. We had one student who had submitted a patch to Wordpress and another who was a developer with/on FLTK. Unfortunately that was about it. Of course the students all had used Linux (although it was by far the minority of Operating system use in the room) and they all knew or used Open Office and FireFox. At least Open Source consumption is rampant.

On the other hand, almost none of them had contributed to Open Source. Not with code, documentation or even advocacy. This was striking to me as I thought by speaking to an ACM group (essentially a group of CS geeks) that I would be walking into a bastion of Open Source. I was doubly surprised when the primary language that the students dabbled in was Java. It makes sense that they used Java quite a bit as t is the language in their curriculum. I mistakenly felt, "Hey, they use Java because they have to, not because the want to.". The students there truly appreciate Java. The downside of this is that the students are learning a single paradigm. I am sure all of them will make astute and qualified Java developers but the limitations they are placing on themselves will likely make them lousy overall hackers. I hope that I at least opened their eyes a little bit about the opportunities that are afforded them by joining a community. As a point of accountability it is blatantly obvious that the FOSS community (at least at this Uni) is not performing their educating and advocacy role up to par.

I spent a good portion of my time speaking with the students about the Job Market. One of the first points I made was, "ignore the press the job market is fine". Yes I think we can all agree that the job market for some is in trouble, but for Open Source we are gang busters. I can barely service the amount of business that is coming through my door over at CMD let alone the popularity of many of the consultants I know. Of the specific points I made were:

  1. Design your resume around the opportunity. This helps avoid the you are over qualified problem and also shows discipline in your expertise.
  2. Your cover letter sells you. I impressed upon the students to take a business communications course (they were not pleased).
  3. Know your platform. Java isn't a platform, its a language. Be competent in the whole stack.
  4. Don't kill yourself. You belong to you, your family and your community. No job is worth 16-20 hours a day.

In all, I truly appreciated my time at NAU and I hope to come back next year. I will be posting my talk and video of the talk shortly.

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