Samsung stellt Movie Maker ein

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 10:00
Mit dem Update auf Android P beendet Samsung den Support für seine hauseigene Movie-Maker-App, die auf zahlreichen Samsung-Smartphones vorinstalliert ist.

Passwort-Tresor Webbrowser: Firefox pfuscht seit neun Jahren beim Master-Kennwort

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 10:00
Ein Sicherheitsforscher warnt erneut: In Firefox und Thunderbird gespeicherte Passwörter sind nicht effektiv vor Datendiebstahl geschützt.

Apple macht gegen Supercookies mobil

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 9:30
Laut Apple wird die Sicherheitsfunktion HSTS aktiv ausgenutzt, um Nutzer durch sogenannte Supercookies über Webseiten hinweg zu tracken. Eine Anpassung des Safari-Unterbaus WebKit soll dies stoppen.

Datenskandal um Cambrdige Analytica: Facebook sieht sich als Opfer

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 9:00
Facebook sieht sich einer Untersuchung im Zusammenhang mit dem Datenskandal der britschen Analysefirma Cambridge Analytica ausgesetzt und fühlt sich selbst als Betrogener. Der Börsenwert von Facebook sinkt.

Großbritannien jetzt zwölfter Partner beim Röntgenlaser European XFEL

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 9:00
Seit September arbeitet der Röntgenlaser XFEL in Hamburg und nun beteiligt sich ein weiteres Land an dem Forschungsprojekt. Großbritanniens Teilnahme sei vor allem angesichts des Brexits ein wichtiges Zeichen, freuen sich die Betreiber.

Elektroautos: Volkswagen zeigt E-Rennwagen-Prototyp "I.D. R Pikes Peak"

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 8:30
Im Juni will Volkswagen im US-Bundesstaat Colorado mit einem Elektro-Rennwagen am Bergennen Pikes Peak teilnehmen.

VR-Brille für 880 Euro: HTCs Vive Pro kommt am 5. April

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 8:30
Sie hat hoch auflösende OLED-Displays und integrierte Kopfhörer: Die Vive Pro ist die neue Spitzen-VR-Brille von HTC. In Deutschland kommt das 880-Euro-Headset am 5. April in den Handel. Die Standard-Vive gibt es künftig günstiger zu kaufen.

Digitale Schulen: Bitkom fordert Verdopplung der Lehrerzahlen

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 8:00
Der IT-Branchenverband Bitkom wirbt nicht nur dafür, dass der milliardenschwere Digitalpakt zur Infrastrukturaufrüstung von Schulen endlich greift. Er will auch viel mehr Lehrer eingesetzt wissen. 16 weitere Schulen sind nun "Smart Schools".

Hack Back: Grünen-Innenpolitiker spricht sich gegen Wettrüsten bei der Cyberabwehr aus

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 8:00
Aktive Cyberabwehr ja oder nein? Während die Bundesregierung aktive Maßnahmen zur Cyberabwehr erst noch prüft, verurteilt der Fraktions-Vize der Grünen im Bundestag, Konstantin von Notz, ein mögliches cyberpolitisches Wettrüsten.

Umfrage: Viele sehen negativen Einfluss der digitalen Kommunikation auf Schriftsprache

heise online Newsticker - 21. März 2018 - 7:30
Viele für eine Studie Befragte denken, dass sich die digitale Kommunikation in Messengern, SMS oder E-Mails negativ auf die Schriftsprache auswirkt. Dabei versuchen zumindest die meisten, sich an die Regeln zu halten.

Frankreich geht gegen Hasskommentare in sozialen Medien vor

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 19:30
Der französische Premieminister Édouard Philippe will im Internet schärfer gegen gegen Rassismus und Antisemitismus vorgehen.

Manifesto: Write once, chat anywhere: the easy way to create chatbots with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 19:08
Historically, we have many ways of serving content digitally: through a website, through mobile apps, via social media, RSS feeds, RESTful APIs (allowing content to be consumed by other apps, websites etc), and email. Now we have a new player in the game: chatbots and personal assistants. Conversational interfaces promise a more natural way for. Continue reading...

Dries Buytaert: Responsive accessible HTML tables

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 18:56

A very thorough explanation of how to build responsive accessible HTML tables. I'd love to compare this with Drupal's out-of-the-box approach to evaluate how we are doing.

Bitkom: Mehrheit der deutschen Bevölkerung befürwortet Informatik als Pflichtfach

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 18:30
Schüler müssen mit der geplanten besseren digitalen Ausstattung an Schulen auch umgehen können. Eine Mehrheit der Deutschen spricht sich deshalb für Informatik als Pflichtfach aus, sagt eine repräsentative Umfrage des ITK-Branchenverbandes Bitkom.

Drop Guard: How updating a Critical Drupal update costed a Drupal agency 1,750.00€ minimum

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 18:30
How updating a Critical Drupal update costed a Drupal agency 1,750.00€ minimum This article is meant to be a further step to raise agencies’ and also customers’ awareness of the huge expenses when it comes to update management in Drupal.

It’s not about promoting a single solution or product. It’s about getting more sensitive for processes which could or should be way smarter and efficient than they are in most companies right now. It’s about creating processes which are ressource friendly, customer focused and support automation.

 

Drupal Business Automation Drupal Planet

Domain-Inhaberdaten und Datenschutz: Medienaufsicht beklagt Datenschwund bei sparsamerem Whois

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 18:00
Jahrelang diente das Whois als Datensteinbruch für Neugierige, Spammer, aber auch Aufsichtsbehörden. Die Ankündigung des DENIC, die Veröffentlichung von Whois-Daten auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren, ruft auch die deutschen Landesmedienanstalten auf den Plan.

DIYbiosphere: Einstieg in die Biohacking-Community jetzt einfacher

heise online Newsticker - 20. März 2018 - 18:00
Die weltweite Biohacking-Community wächst: um den Einstieg in eigene Projekte einfacher zu machen und die verschiedenen Labore und Initiativen besser zu präsentieren, gibt es nun die DIYbiosphere.

Aten Design Group: A Tool for Estimating College Tuition

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:50

Every generation is a little different. They bring different beliefs and perspectives tied to their upbringing. Generation Z, those born in 1995 or later, have been brought up in a world where information is at their fingertips. They are digitally connected through laptops, tablets and smartphones. If they have a question, all they have to do is pull out a device and ask Siri, Google or Alexa. They have a drive for getting information, learning new things and making an impact.

Gen Z students interested in Stanford are no different. We've often heard Stanford describe their students as adventurous, highly motivated, and passionate in their desire to come together and deepen their learning. During their time at Stanford, they will discover what motivates them and how they can impact the world after graduation. This is true of full-time Stanford students, as well as visiting students participating in the Summer Session. Stanford’s Summer Session provides current Stanford students, high schoolers and students at other universities with the unique opportunity to complete a summer at Stanford – getting a full experience of the coursework and college life Stanford offers.

The program isn’t cheap, and not every student can afford it.

We recently worked with the Stanford Summer Session communications team to combine the high school and college level websites into one site with a fresh design and structure. We kicked off the project with a discovery phase that included user surveys and stakeholder interviews.

The Problem Image 1 The old tuition tables from Stanford Summer Session. Students had to navigate the fees and add all the relevant fees up on their own.

As we learned from the user surveys, students are cost-aware individuals, just like Gen Zers all over the nation. Corey Seemiller and Meghan Grace in Generation Z Goes to College couldn’t have put it any better: “Anxiety over being able to afford a college education is forefront on the minds of these students.” Prospective Summer Session students were specifically looking for ways to make the program fit within their budget. This message was amplified by the interviews we conducted with the Summer Session staff, who noted that tuition information was buried, and in some cases, scattered throughout the site.

Through more discussion with stakeholders and students, we learned that students struggled with deciphering the available tuition and fee tables, inhibiting them from learning how much the program would cost (see Image 1). Additionally, as fees and tuition changed every year, staff found it painful and time-consuming to update information in the old system.

The Solution

So what did we do to help these students out? We created a one-stop-shop to get an estimate of the cost – welcome the tuition and fees calculator. By answering a few simple questions, students can get a true estimate of the total cost for their summer at Stanford. If they’re not happy with the results, they can tweak their answers to help make the program fit their budget.

As an added bonus, the system makes it really easy for staff to update the costs each year! On the admin side, each question and list of answers are fully editable. The dollar amounts can be changed for each student type to ensure the estimate will stay accurate for each coming school year. On the front end, the questions are organized, options are shown or hidden depending on previous answers, and the total amount is tallied on the final screen. Vue.js allowed us to build a complex interface simply, while making the static data more engaging.

How We Got There

Hopefully you’re in love with the solution we came up with, and maybe you’re wondering how we got here. Well, you already know we did some research – surveyed current students and interviewed staff – to learn about the problems they were facing. We then brought our two teams together to brainstorm ideas using the Core Model exercise.

We took a few minutes to sketch out the proposed solution.

These ideas were then further refined in wireframes and design:

And finally developed in Drupal 8.

The tuition and fees calculator was designed to provide Gen Zs with the information they need to financially plan their summer at Stanford, but all generations can benefit from it. Since launch in November 2017, the calculator has appeared in the top 10 visited pages of the redesigned site, with an average of 3000 pageviews per month.

Drupal Association blog: 2017 Q3 & Q4 Financials

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:48

The Drupal Association Board is responsible for the Drupal Association’s financial health and as part of their duty, they vote to approve monthly financial statements. The board met virtually on February 27th, 2018 and voted to approve the Q3 & Q4 2017 financial statements.

Each month we compare our results against the two financial KPIs that we measure against:

  • Cash Reserve: have a cash balance of 15-30% of Total Revenue
  • Net Income Profit Margin: end 2017 with a net income profit of 10%

These two goals focus on increasing Net Income in order to build a stronger cash reserve.

Below is a summary of how we performed in the third and fourth quarters of 2017 against our KPIs. As you look at this chart, you can see that we improved on our KPI month over-month.

Prior to the start of the year, we stated that if we could achieve a 10% Net Income this would move us to the minimum percentage (10%-30%) of the cash reserve. As we move month-over-month, you can see the cash reserve build as our net income percentage increases. December has us land at a Net Income percentage of 16%, and our “money in the bank” was 11%, or $570K (not including restricted cash).

Revenue

$5.1M

Cash Balance (including Restricted Cash)

$770K

Net Income

$785K

Cash Reserve %

15%

Net Income Percent

16%

Cash Balance (excluding Restricted Cash)

$570K

Cash Reserve %

11%

Monthly Highlights

The month of July saw us move closer to our cash reserve KPI. We ended the month within 80% of that goal. As we moved closer to DrupalCon Vienna, we saw cash reserves drop because we paid expenses towards the conference. The net income goal outperformed the cash forecast due to fundraising revenue being $31k higher and membership sales coming in $11k more than forecasted. The costs for July tracked to forecast, with a small amount of trailing costs (about 4k) from DrupalCon Baltimore, and bank fees being $5k lower than forecasted.

August had supporter sales and digital sponsorships down $30k from the forecast, however this was offset by an unforecasted time and materials project for $25k. Operating expenses for DrupalCon, along with overall administration costs, stayed in line with the forecast.

September’s focus was DrupalCon Vienna. Overall, net income significantly exceeded expectations for September because of much lower than expected costs for Vienna, and a boost of an additional $46k in revenue. This increase in revenue was mostly due to fundraising ($20k over forecast) and other programs ($26k over forecast). We do expect a significant amount of trailing costs in October for Vienna that will impact the net income in the upcoming months.

Activity for October saw some trailing costs for DrupalCon Vienna, and a clear picture on how DrupalCon Vienna closed out. We were below the forecasted loss of $267k, however the trend towards a loss. Some revenue help was in trailing ticket sales and sponsorship sales, which did beat the forecast. The events team did a great job containing costs, and maximizing savings in catering, supplies and our print signage for approximately $71k of savings in those budgets. Additionally, we were able to reclaim $32k of VAT through deductions on tax returns. This moved the anticipated net margin loss from -31% to -22% on this event.

November saw trailing costs from DrupalCon Vienna, which increased the forecasted loss of $68k to $114k. (October’s predicted loss was much less than forecasted) This was due to timing issues, as these invoices were expected to come in October.

December had some variances between actual and forecasted, ending up with a $59k loss instead of the forecasted $66k. Some of the more material events were:

  • Revenue was up $50k over forecast due to VAT deductions from Vienna booked to uncategorized income at month’s end that totaled $57k.
  • Board expense came in at $4k but we had none forecast. We have updated the forecast for the recurring $4k item to be included each month.
  • IT expense in the admin section was $7k for December, but we forecasted $16K.
  • Cash ended the month (and year) at $770k, which was $119k higher than our forecasted $651k. This ends our year with our minimum cash reserve goal sitting at 10%.

With reforcasting in process, and not quite finalized, we expect cash to grow over the next four months, leading into DrupalCon Nashville in April 2018.

We will be blogging soon about our 2017 close, which includes our CPA driven financial review (a lighter “audit”), production of our 2017 990 tax return and a 2017 weather report review from our virtual CFO group Summit.

We would not be able to do our mission-driven work without the support and contributions of our community. Contributions come in many forms, through the purchase of DrupalCon tickets and event sponsorships, through our Supporters and Members, Drupal.org sponsors, recruiters who post jobs on Drupal Jobs and many other fantastic ways our community supports the Drupal eco-system. We are deeply grateful for everyone who has contributed their time, talent, and treasure to move Drupal forward.

Thank you!

File attachments:  Drupal Association - Q3 2017 Financial Statements.pdf Drupal Association - Q4 2017 Financial Statements.pdf

Dries Buytaert: Every day I'm Drupalin'

Planet Drupal - 20. März 2018 - 17:35

It's a few years old, but I don't think I've seen this Drupal rap video yet: