Twin Cities Drupal 2018: Exactly right weather and learning that a turn of a corner means a very different neighborhood experience in Minneapolis

A drupal drop with a skyline outline of Minneapolis in the background and the words Twin Cities Drupal Camp 2018

It might not sound intuitive, and I think this might sound like an advertisement, but I think I get some of my best work done inside the United Lounges at SFO, including the vast majority of this post actually. There are these back cubical co-working spots that feel like a place I used to work at in Oakland when I was first figuring out the Bay Area. A place that forced a good work ethic because you definitely did not want to lip down further on the rungs of quality of labor choices. And the fluorescence flicker is at a temp that raises your anxiety just enough that you fall into quicker rhythm while hacking at something or writing something up. I was getting a lot of work done on a Wednesday morning as I was about to fly out to the Mini Apple for Twin Cities Drupal Camp 2018.

“There are only seasons in the cities,” my Lyft driver stated dryly as we left the airport and ran into a traffic delay. She let out a light sign and continued “Winter and construction.” This was not a joke, as traffic delays getting into the city made me very glad that I could get to almost everything on foot, which is my preferred mode of travel these days. I have found walking in a city reveals more about the character than reading millions of data points. Knowing how the lavender smells and realizing how much I have taken the wild lavender of California coastal climates for granated. Seeing co-working/art/loft spaces that could be in any city ever next to Starbucks which are in every city ever. I came with a different eye this time, evaluating the subtleties of one of the few cities I can say I am frequent enough that the bartenders and KJ’s at the karaoke spots remember my face from last time. It cast a wonderful underglow to the whole trip and made me re-see how really wonderful so many people I already thought the world of really and truly are.

Food and the Fun

Wednesday Night Baseball

Just by happenstance about 12 of my amazing Pantheon teammates were in the area, which is not too surprising give than about 7 of them live there and work from our Downtown Minneapolis office. Thanks to the wonderful and thoughtful Tessa Kriesel the whole gang got to go out the ballgame and see The Twins play the White Sox. It might not have been a great night for the Twins, but it was a great night for us all.

Speaker Dinnner

I always love these things, even when I go into them a little under the weather. Coming out of it I felt on top of the world. Hanging with the crew that put on the camp, all of them volunteers giving of themselves freely to make something bigger than any of us could accomplish alone. Hell’s Kitchen in downtown took very good care of us, helping us all feel full and making sure to cater to our dietary needs. I even learned about this awesome whole repo for FOSS android stuff, F-Droid, which I will be searching first from now on. FOSS FTW!!!


Coffee was coffee enough to fight the sleepy off for the morning and a light selection of fruits and yogurts met us as we arrived. Lunch was on our own and while it felt a tad antisocial, I did something I have never done before at a camp. I bought groceries and made a salads for both days. I was not the only person to choose to stay at the venue and I got to hang out with a pretty awesome crew of people, so it ended up very social after all!

Friday After Party

Drupal and WordPress differ on a number of philosophical points, that have nothing to do with code. Drupal Camps feel like a reason to have a sprint day and an excuse to get together and play board games, with the sessions remaining very serious and important, but secondary to those two goals. This camp, for instance, had 2 after parties, one after each camp day. The first of them was at one of my favorite art collective spaces I have ever visited, The House Of Balls. This place used to be an underground punk club that transformed into something you would imagine only could exist at Burning Man, but here it is in the middle of the midwest. No real way to explain how this place feels, but there was DrupalKaraoke so you know it was magic.


Coffee once more flowed but this time, our voices in the tea drinking community were heard and we had some lovely teas to choose as well. Green for me please. Lunch was again on our own and my prepped salad in a bag was the envy of the table where I sat. Eating high fiber never tasted so good.

The Saturday After party lacked some of the flare of the Friday night fun, but it was so great to see so many people just relaxed and engaging as people, not as work colleagues or business contacts, over great Chinese food and more board games, like The Thing at Advantage Labs at Flock MPLS. 1/2 the place felt like a recycled saw mill operation and the other felt like what happens to lawyer offices if the lawyer suddenly goes out of business. Neither of these things are bad, especially in the context of a co-working space. I had an early flight and did not stay until we all left, but I did get a chance to swing through Otter’s Saloon, my favorite karaoke experience outside San Francisco and would feel bad if I didn’t give them a shout out in this post.


Opening Remarks:

Drupal and the Music Industry: Learning from Our Success
Matthew Tift

If you really stop and think about it, case studies are literally the final output of a project. Everything that has ever happened in every attempt to solve the issue, process improvement that resulted, new system integrated with or written along the way, should in an ideal world make it into a case study. I love them and think they are the most valuable pieces of content ever produced. A session that would discuss multiple case studies in one of my favorite industries of all time seemed like the exact right thing for me to attend. I actually ended up seeing this session as the natural follow on to Michael Schmitt’s Keynote which had happened at the previous week’s Texas Camp. While Michael focused on the government use of the tools, Matthew had an aguabaly sexier topic of the music industry, of which he has a deep knowledge. If you want to be able to brag about someone who everyone has heard of using Drupal for all it can do, be proud that list is as far ranging as Beyonce to Tom Petty and from Berklee School of Music to MTV. Be proud Drupal community, we make the world sing.

Raw Notes:
A way to connect live coding and the music industry
Who sponsors Drupal?
You can now acknowledge who paid for you to do that piece of research and development
not a technical session
how the Drupal community has successfully found a niche in music industry
Dreis published 27 posts that talk about musical acts using Drupal
not the ‘official truth record’ but a trail that shows how Drupal was adopted
MTV using Drupal in 2006, 4.3
real developmental period with a lto fo contracts
Many other music sites Dreis did not blog about though…
before that, let’s talk about D.O redesign
for 3 personas
for Marketers
non-profit, Healthcare, Higher Ed, Media and Publishing, Government
Here is where Drupal is successful
used Wappalyzer to who what sites are Drupal
so many sites are Drupal, overwhelming
tom petty, cardi B
labels use Drupal, Atlantic, Nonesuch, RHINO, Warner Music, many others
Also, Music Schools
SO many higer ed
Berklee school of music, ASU, etc
Good for business
you can drop names on clients
you can use it without caring that much about the underlying philosophy
lot of business value we can point to via this success
also Cause and Effect
Standardization – across so many brands, one solid foundation
Cooperation and working together is throughout all this
Sony + Drupal – sponsoring multilingual work in D6
not just building the functionality for themselves, share with the world
not just that people are doing this, but a sense of sharing
this marked a move to the ‘serious developer’ out of the hobby category back in 2009
Sony Lessons
Engage with the community, makes it all better
Working with Drupal core, not against it (don’t hack core)
Fix Core too
Developers like to get to do it right
Went through the commits to see who else has pitched in
Universal music was only other one – environment_libraries from 2015
something special about the Sony case then
Music is content and we do content management
Most of the web does not need the complexity
audio on the web, internationalization
not everyone has a lot of content, maybe don;t need as much CMS
Dries pushes this idea
‘Ambitious Digital Experiences’
on the front of D.O
there is a whole other level going on with this
a lot of people listen to music and have special relationship with it
many people in Drupal also musicians
Jeff Robins of Lullabot was in ‘Orbit’
A sense of Belonging
Musicking by Christopher Small
we like process of creating and there is something about music that makes it a good fit
Our community likes to get together and there is a lot of music sometimes
Drupal songs!
Robin Hood
taking money from the ‘big evil corporations’ and using it to share code with the community
public good
money to give things away
Metta (kindness in sanskrit)

Progressive Decoupling: A case study with PRI
Brandon Hundt

Having grown up and discovered NPR and PRI on my own as a teen, this organization and all the hours and hours of driving they helped he endure in the first parts of my adulthood hold a special place for me. To hear someone working there personally thank my company for making their life better was more than heartwarming. It was one of those moments that reinforced that I am not really working a job, I am answering a vocation. Technically I found this a very keen piece. If you are considering decoupling, this is a very good session to see as homework.

Raw Notes:
50 -60 RSS feeds built into views
needed a custom platform
Rest API was decided
project did not go well
4Kitchens helped them figure out custom was not the way to go
needed a Viable platform
New Paths Forward
Decoupled D7 was the path after all things considered
What they did
started with the home page for decoupling
RESTFul API – had to develop this for them
Restful module, JSON compliant APIs
read points and CRUD endpoints
robust front end
React to make a component library for UX
using Storybook
it became the favorite tool for whole team on project
live storybook ~
Next JS Frontend
1.0 launched in April of 2018
some advantages but also challenges
pros: It works! The goal was met that it functioned
40% faster overall
In part thanks to the edge cache from @getpantheon
Mitigated risk
no migration! this is big, limited budgets meant this was too time consuming
used what they had, saved a lot of work
also set them up for migrating to D8 at some point
Modern framework – a dev said “I really enjoyed working on this stack”
that is a super positive!
stakeholders where satisfied
Not all wine and roses
increased support burden on a small team
time is $$$ and cost is a real challenge
initial thought was he would have plenty of time to rebuild the site year to year
Prioritization is a challenge
not really managing users at all,
traffic is mostly not logged into anything, over 90%
can you tell from React if logged in?
not really, but can get to it if they go down that path
different direction on that now, in the works

The Next Big Thing And Why Should I Care?
Dan Moriarty

I went into this session with no cear idea on what Dan even meant by that title. I was delighted to be able to hear Dan quickly give a brief synopsis of the forthcoming tech and his pros and cons to it as well as a very simple ‘should I care and when’ judgement. Throughly researched and well thought through, I only wish this session had been longer so we could have had a longer and deeper follow up discussion. Hopefully Dan will keep giving this kind of talk as tech ever changes and that change keeps accelerating.

Raw Notes:
Missed intro
CSS grids vs Flexbox
only have so much mental capacity or time
Skeptic vs Cynic
Skepticism is good in general, asks questions
Gartner Hype Cyle
predicing the future based on trends
1. Voice Search
smart speakers
does not have one yet
why care?
20-25% all searches by voice
location based search
more and more popular
Comscore thinks 50% of all search will be made by voice by 2020
What should I be doing
Have online content you can search (duh!)
Plain spoken, natural language, understand how search is differnt with voice
Easy to understand
His call: Learn it now!
2. VR and AR
what do we mean by VR?
360 videos
360 video, VRML was predecessor, for house tours
no special devices needed
low bar of entry
no interactivity
VR and Web VR
Traditional VR using devices for an immersive experience
Occulus Rift, Cardboard, etc
leaving the real worlds to work within VR
WebVR is experiencing VR within a web browser, as a progressive enhancement
Only on special versions of borwsers like Firefox Nightly
Augmented Reality
overlaying real world in your device view
Brining virtual objects into the real
Apps like Ikea PLace and Pokemon Go
Apple AR kits
Google called 2018 the year of AR
My call: Dabble, still 2-3 years out from hitting web designers
AI – what does that even mean?
pattern recognition on a large scale
machine learning algorithms
machine learning
predictive algorithms
speech and image recognition
chat bots
impact to the web? some
tools to enhance you content
Tools to help users
tools to improve UX
Tools to increase engagement
Tools to improve efficiency
to replace your job uiKit
What to know
Be informed about the tools exist
Use tools like Google AI.API to contruct tasks
My call, Dabble, 3-4 years out from real tools
4. Chatbots
logic trees based on user input
guide for searcihng/sorting
initial interface for easy to answer questions
NLP to understand requessts, as an example of a chatbot AS a website UI and a service that builds chatbots
Users spend more time in messenger apps, less in social media
want instant info, just by asking a bot
Delivering info to the user
How to use them
Slack, FB, other applications
Create your own
his call: Dabble now!
5. Blockchain
shared data and resources
can I use it?
used in crypto currency
could be used in financial transaction, big ticket items
His call: ignore for a few more years
6. AMP
Accelerated mobile Pages
publish mobile optimized content making loads fast
Cched by google
AMP module from Lullabot
Should be be using it?
On article heavy content, easy to implement
Google promoting loading webpages inside email
not for dynamically hanging data
does it create a walled garden??
De we need instant loading
His call: could know and now
Progressive Web Aps
PWA, alternative to native apps
using HTML and JS
Dynamic like an app
Data can be stored offline for phone or tablet
Should tou learn?
8. GDPR – Geeneral Data Protection Regulation
sets rules on how companies can use your data
site visitor may be from abroad
His call: do it now!
Feel good about yourself if you don’t know everything.
It’s OK to not know everything!

Drupal 8 Migrate: It’s not rocket science…
Jack Franks

Jack is an immediately likable fellow, in my opinion and his ideas and thorough understanding of migrations in general struck me as a real asset to the community as a whole. Getting to chat with him at the speaker dinner about content deployment and how we might approach that in Drupal effectively made my head spin with the possibilities of using Migrate module for ETL. This talk didn’t exactly address my postitnow use case but it points to at least a viable path which he is already looking down. THis session also should get an award for best use of NASA data for any session ever delivered at a Drupal Camp.

Raw Notes:
But we are playing with a lot of rocket/space data
Not coving D6-D7
Not talking about D8migrate and d7 Migrate
Not Multi language imports
How does this Migration thing work anyhow?
Source -> process -> destination
for the most of our use cases we mean Drupal
can also mean out of D as well
What does it look like?
1. Start with Source plugin, where data comes from
2. Results of source are converted and mapped to your destination with Process plugins.
3. Destination determines where it ends up
This sounds grat, how do we do it?
Migrate is in core, but you need some other things too
Something that makes stuff way easier
Migrate_devel – print source and map
config_update –
how do we do it?
Create a moduel. (just a .info.yml file or Drupal gm in concole
Create a config/install dir
Ass a config file

run it
Testing is tricky
code is at
Helper module
Let’s dissect a source plugin
screenshots and demo code
process plugins
using lando locally to debug, pretty cool
ton of plugin ids
see if data is what it is supposed to be format
then process and return it
simple, most of them only do one thing
PDF parser example
live demo time
custom destination plugin
every file in every directory of the system
now to the NASA data
rovers on Mars
machine crash…oh no!
demo keeps going
pulling data from NASA API
see this data structure

Antaeus At Work; Human Centrism in Experience Design
Christopher Stephan

I honestly went into this session based on the misguided belief that Antaeus was a framework for design. I am not kidding. Workng at a place called Pantheon that has internal project names like Valhalla and Styx and meeting rooms named Dionysus and Hera, it is not too strange for me to make this kind of mistake. Also, I did not read the session discription too thoroughly after learning that Christopher was from The Nerdery and I knew I would be in for a treat regardless of the topic. All those points plus the exploration of Experience Design, of which I have little direct formal experience, made this one of the first ones I highlighted as a ‘should attend’ on my schedule.
I am very glad I did. Not only did I learn another new story from the seemingly boundless inherited tapestry of mythology, but I also gained some wonderful insight into how others have used the idea of active listening to improve all our lives. Christopher is a wonderful presenter and I feel this is one of the more engaging sessions I have been in at any camp.

Antaeus at work
got to do the work
imagine a hammer, everything needs hits
but need to figure out how to specifically do with it
what do we know about Antaeus?
not much
Antaeus was a child of gods, Giant in greek mythology
used to challenge people to wrestling
as long as his feet were on ground, invincible
Hercules liften him and beat him
His power was connection
HUman centrism
the approach we take and solutions we arrive at are based on…
serving needs
deep empathy
Building that ase is work
needs have to be determined
The needs you serve have to be determined
You can get business values, but not the list that reflects the needs of the populations served
You don’t build empathy secondhand, must be direct working relationship
feedback won’t come looking for you, well bad does sometimes, good does not
We do research to find needs
We do work in person to build empathy
SO that means
You have to get up close and personal with the people you are trying to help
you have to forget about what you want and hear what they want
Terry Pratchett’s ‘first sight’
You’ll need a foundations understanding of the pressures and motivations in play
Iteration is key
Need to share work and accept it’s problems as fuel for improvements
That every change you make, opens the door to new potential improvements or issues
tech is constant change, always new was to fall behind
The needs and expectations of the people you serve is itself a moving target
Needs of the same person at 10:00am are not the same at 3:00pm
or first of month vs end of month
but it is worth it
innovation comes from observation and recognition of emergent needs
You will find opportunities to serve your users instead of someone else’s
but let’s be cautious on Best Practice, that normally means borrowing someone else’s solution
no idea how they were formed for the most part or what issue they were originally trying to solve
Human centrism only works when we make contact with, and learn from, those we want to serve
so why Antaeus anyhow?
when was he strong and when was he weak?
What does this imply about human centrism Experience Design
What happened when le lost touch, he got squished
so will we
Probable Benefit Density Chart
He made it up
y=operating expertise | x=constituents contact
none-> consistent
quadrants Satisfying
anyone can do usability testing
decent usability testing just means plunking someone down and watching what they do with the thing you built
the more consistent you make the contact, the more yor expertise grows
the more adept at applying methods AND analyzing results, the more value you get
avoid predictive questioning “will you…”
“future me is an unreliable bastard”
Like Anteaus hman centrism relies on contact
never one and done
there is no merit badge, or cert for this
finite shelf life on anything you learn
true iteration means a loop of articulation and testing
prototype just gets a conversation and data, can be a single sktch or a full fleshed out dummy site
The moment you lose touch, you are not Human Centric
this weems like a lot of change
and there is ALWAYS a reason not to engage
timeline too tight
Budget is too small
no access to right people
Changing course is not an option
what happens when we don’t engage
disconnecting is a stakeholder saying you can’t
If you care about experience, you have to stay in touch.
What an I do now and without a budget?
Gather a pool of users, to give feedback or participate in research when needs arise
your intentions and their intentions don’t align, but you can get them in alignment
review ticket queues, analyze it!
look for recurring issues and requests
then you can understand the enduring issues in the system
start planning to conduct research and testing as basic components of every new feature and build
make time, appropriate funds, gather resources
just start engaging with Drupal users and do not stop…EVER!
investing in contact will get us there
Iterative trigger theory
internal iterative trigger
contextual iterative trigger – you and the stakeholders and other devs, etc
external trigger – outside your team completely but cares about the ting you are trying to enable
we already do this with code quite often, this is a further step to the outside

Rediscover Google AMP: Learn to integrate AMP with your Drupal project
Jason Want

As someone who has installed and activated the AMP plugin for WordPress and considered it for Drupal, I went into this talk with a true novice perspective. When I left I had a new vision for how I could think about content and delivery. Rather than HTML, what if we design with an AMP first position that, when breaks, defaults back to plain HTML. This is a new idea in my head but the scalability implications, especially for news and updating information websites seems like it is well worth exploring. Though Google driven, this is actually all open source at the end of the day, so there is that as well.

Raw Notes:
Icebreaker, literally a pic
asks us some questions around news
we are not using apps anymore really
install, use it once and then back to normal
FB, Chrome, Amazon, ect
using mobile for browsing
increase in retail on mobile more and more
pre-2016 – Fliboard
Apple news with iOS9
2015 AMP annuonced
2016 – AMP results start appearing top story of mobile search
FB supports IA in articles
AMP Preview
Apple News 2 releases with iOS10
AMP in all search results globally
WP – AMP’d up tens of millions of sites
Reddit – Bing – Ebay
SO, what is AMP?
Open SOurce Library that provides straightforward way to create web pages and email that are compelling, smooth, and load near instantaneously
AMP on Github
3 core peices
1 AMP HTML – slightly mod HTML for performnce
2 AMP JS library
-manage resource loading async
-sandbox iframes
-precalc layout of every element
-disable slow CSS selectors
3 Google AMP Cache
using HTTP2
does not serve non-valid AMP pages
straightforward way
basically header does it
AMP components incude their own JS
amp-sidebar, amp-(fill in the blank)
No External Sytlesheets or inline Element Styles
instead use inline stylesheets
max 50kb of inline style
but include tag for fonts from some sources (limited)
disallowed CSS
Margin: 0
fiter: greyscale
only GPU accelerated
disallow regular markup, alternatives in component library
requires amp-form-0.1.js
uses Ajax and more involved of a setup than normal CMS forms

invisible sidebar to add things to
amp carousel, specific to what it can include and individual attributes
Like Angular – change elements with the state of a selector
attributes can be set with this, so ecommerce possible, ebay biggest user right now
2017 – history again
Triple Lift serving AMP ads
canonical URL
amp-install-serviceworker for PWA
enhanced analytics
Fast Fetch ads
Adwords announces AMP pages for ads
Many devs don’t like AMP since ‘not really’ open-web
moving to web packaging (open standard)
AMP email
AMP communicates AMP-based tech and web standards
AMP Consent for GDPR
amp-geo, dynamic goe-personalization – based on CDN POP location, low effort to get
Google Mobile Search includes page speed as ranking factor
many, many resources
Drupal and AMP
D8.2 AMP Module
provides ability to enable AMP modes for content types
provides AMP formatters
GA, AdSense, DoubleClick, amp-pixel
you do not get AMP components
no sidebar
no AMP first approach
-> 8.3x
AMP is not the only way
existing solutions
component based rendering with use of my_module.libraries.yml to minimize CSS and JS assets
Responsive and optimized image assets
performance audit tools (Lighthouse)
Drupalcon session from Mike Carper Get a Perfect 100 in Google PageSpeed

Steering the Open Web
Michael Babker

Almost as a response to the last session I attended on AMP, this talk actually had to address that question of community driven vs corporate sponsored OSS. This is not a minor discussion point either, as this is one of the things that makes tings like Joomla and Drupal stand out among all the CMS projects in a way others wish they could claim. While sponsored development speeds things along, there is something to the idea of a small group of dedicated developers not only solving a difficult problem and then, on their own, with no financial or material incentive outside of altruism and a spirit of human togetherness, release their work to ther world for us all to share the benefits. This is a must watch for anyone wondering what this Free and Open Source stuff is really all about. (Hint: The Free stands for Freedom)

Raw Notes:
Joomla Background, WP, all across the web space
9 years in army
but always dabbled with HTML sites
Part of the Joomla Association Leadership Board
full time PHP, stopped doing talks for a couple years
used a phrase offhandedly – Open Source Advocate
was at Open Web Lounge at DrupalCon with WP, Joomla and Drupal there
all about OSS
top 3 CMS is 36% of web stpace
owns 78% Web Market Space
We are democratizing publishing
freedom to build! Freedom to change. The freedom to save
Security is a huge issue with us
lot of nuance
Automatic Updates – for the WP market, this is paramount, giving up some feature releases for this
Open Source is collaboration, not competition
Lot of security overlap between the projects
leaders and consumers talking together at Drupalcon
why it is important to keep it open and that is what he wants to discuss
Sustainability in OSS
even if OSS dies tomorrow, projects likely to keep going for a while
Sensio labs taking care of Symfony for example
can’t rely on take, take, take, there must be a give back

Personal Internet Security Basics
Dan Ficker

To know Dan Ficker is to immediately like him. I could spend a few paragraphs elaborating on that, but for the purposes of this blog, let’s focus on Dan’s passion for doing things the right way. His twitter game, for example, puts mine to shame I feel and his live tweets are every bit as thorough as my notes hope to be. In fact, for the sessions I didn’t go to, but Dan did, I got great overviews of the main take aways. That, to me, is the highest form of Twitter use, conveying a whole session down to a few comprehensible pics and point summaries that are very easy to consume. He brought this same elevation of the form to a talk everyone should send to all their clients and friends if you care about their online security at all.

Raw Notes:
Not about how to make your company safe,
different talk
personal security
Security is an aspiration, not a state
encryption is your friend
What is encryption anyhow?
Math that keeps your data private
Internet is data packets
much like mail, many computers are sent this along the way
without encryption, they can read your data
encryption is the secret code between sender and receiver
one way encryption
also known as hashing
64 character is good
process is irreversible, no way to get back to the original data
commonly used for passwords
Public Key Encryption
Private and Public key
public key can decrypt messages written with the private key
good to send encrypted data
when is data encrypted?
HTTPS = Encrypted
Encryption keeps data secret between your browser and web server
browsers often show a padlock next to the URL
If not using HTTPS, you are sending your password unencrypted to the server
without HTTPS, any router or compoter alond the path can see file resources you are requesting. with HTTPS, they only can see what server you are requesting data from
Email can be secure, but consider it insecure in general
HTTPS does not guarantee no one will or will not see your data, but it is a risk not to use it
radio waves
assume unsecure
public wifi is never secure
with a password and WPA2, it is at least encrypting data between your machine and AP
more common one is actually ‘123456’
Come up with one or a few passwords to remember
now ee use them for everything
change occasional and a lot of just tack a number to the end
password resets, clunky
now we use hundreds of sites
sometimes banks, very secure things
some of these will get hacked and your paswords will get leaked out
Now you should probably change that same password on every site
only have a few passwords since hard to remember
Dan once had a ios app that had a site that he created a password for
that password got leaked
he got hacked, lost his netflix account to someone in Peru
got it back, not too bad
but could have been a lot worse
If you give your password to a company, they might not encrypt it
it might get hacked
better passwords
Random with alphabet, numbers and special characters
20+ characters long
unique for every site and service
no need to regularly change anymore
impossible to remember, good thing
passwork manager vault
you remember one password
optionally use multiple factors as well to protect this vault of data
Laspass, free
1Password, $35 year
iCloud Keychain, included with apple devices
KeePass, OSS
plugins for major browsers
offer to save any login info you put in browser
apps for desktop too
random password generator
notes for storing other related account data
multi-factor authentication
something you know(password)
something you have (yubikey)
something you are (fingerprint, face, DNA)
something you have or know, easier for enemies to use
better to use 2 factor, pass + one of the others
2 step verification
something you will be able to know and have
getting a code from a message for instance
not really multiple factor, but better than single factor
phone numbers are not secure
back end of a phone system is not too secure actually
coerced customer service peple may do the wrong thing
Solutions: Don’t de verification via SMS, Do it via an app on your phone
Google, Twitter, Facebook, etc allow for it
do need to deal with this on new devices
Passwords that are hard to remember
recovery questions on resets are actually a vulnerability
Solution, create random words that can be pronounced if need be
store the questions and answers in password manager notes areas
to some extent, you have to trust:
your ISP
phone company
cloud service providers
Trust no one!
LastPass or 1Password, if you lose yout password to that, you are lost
encryption means you contro your destiny and security
with great power comes great responsibility
Keep those keys safe!
have an automated backup plan for important data
backup data on-site as well as offsite
safe deposit boxes or something actually make sense here
Securty Now! podcast
Steve Gibson, security researcher
SQRL – slick new password-less login system

My Session

Nobody wants a website. They want results!

After multiple attempts at this talk, I am really comfortable with it and see another evolutionary step with it to come next time I give it. I am very grateful to the people that came out, since I learn something new every single time I give this talk due to the Q&A being a discussion that I get to facilitate rather than a ‘ask the expert at the front of the room’ type of deal. I am getting better at this approach but I still find myself stealing the spotlight by adding my $0.02 when someone else might have a new point of view in mind who was just about to speak before I monologued on and on. It’s all a work in progress.

Wrapping Up

Almost every time I travel I am grateful for it. From Memorial Day to the end of June 2018 is 5 trips, and TCDrupal was the final one. I had some reservations about doing this right before WCEU, like literally the days leading up to me leaving, being home for 24 hours before taking back off to Belgrade. But was it worth it? 100% yes, absolutely no doubt about it.

There are things I can’t express thoroughly in the limited time I have to write, but there is simething amazingly spectacular and special about the Twin Cities community. Not just the Drupal community, but the whole place. From it’s downtown tourist attracting brightlights to the still of the fields between the freeways and no-mans-lands of industrial parks, there is a something to it all. But the Drupal community above that is even more something.

On the way back home, I randomly got to sit next to Karim Marucchi on a leg of my flight. If there is someone as in love with the ideals of open source and understanding the deep, real value in that for large scale organizations, well, I have not yet met them. It made the flight seem too short for a change. This community thing is amazing. I hope it is not too long before I can yet again return to Minneapolis, maybe for TCDrupal 2018.

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