Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven is a photographer, filmmaker and web consultant living in Oslo, Norway. He's the founder and author of JoomlaBlogger.

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j-and-beyond-2011-logoOn April 1st, the price for J and Beyond 2011 will increase.

J and Beyond 2011 is a three day event and they are selling three day tickets only. Tickets are just 149 Euros, if you buy your ticket before 1st April.

After that date they charge 199 Euros for a ticket.

jab-11-websiteIn June 2010, the brave knights and dames from all over Europe and from far away, gathered in a monestary outside Wiesbaden. Their quest was a noble one - to unite the kingdom of Joomla and to learn from each other. And so they did.

Word about the gathering spread far and wide, and the kingdom of Joomla (or is it really a republic?) felt like a warm and cosy place.

Next year, the knights who say J! will gather once more. In the city of Kerkrade, Netherlands, J and Beyond 2011 will have the Joomla world come together to share, learn and drink some insane amounts of Dutch brew.

The dates are May 6th - 8th 2011.

Joomla World Conference 2010

Open Source Matters (OSM) has announced that the first ever Joomla! World Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia.  OSM President, Ryan Ozimek said «the conference is a great opportunity for the global Joomla! community to meet and connect in a professionally organised event. This will bring together everyone from the lead development team to community developers, designers and end users».

impressions-illAs you know, I spent 4 days in Germany to attend the Joomla! conference «J and Beyond 2010». I had a great time! And it seems a lot of other people did, too.

I've put together a video with some attendees sharing their view on the conference.

J!OscarsToday, the J!Oscars, or the first ever global «Joomla Open Source Creative and Artistic Recognition» awards were held held at the J! and Beyond conference in Wiesbaden, Germany.

The event was led by Brian Teeman and Johan Janssens, both co-founders of Joomla!. Brian actually planned to have a Eurovision Song Contest-like voting process. But as there are 27 countries represented here at the moment, it would last all night (just as the ESC) ;)

To the cheers from the crowd, the winners were announced one after eachother. Johan picked one representative from each country to present the awards, which I found was a nice touch.

jab-registrationJ! and Beyond is the first international event for Joomla! addicts. 187 people from 25 countries across 5 continents have gathered in Wiesbaden to live and breathe Joomla! for 72 hours (and add some).

As I'm finally here, it's almost surreal. I've «met»  a lot of the attendees before - but only virtually. To meet these people in real life is a really nice experience. It's like coming home, really. It's like coming to a place you've never been before, yet the people there are like your neighbours. It's a very nice feeling indeed.

Last night, I met Rafael from Dioscouri, Joe leBlanc, Brian Teeman, Fotis Evangelou from JoomlaWorks, Nicholas Dionysopoulos, Thoma Kahl and Sören Eberhardt-Biermann from Virtuemart, Chris Davenport from the documentations team, Yannick Gaultier and Victor Drover from Anything Digital (sh404SEF) and a lot of other people from the community. We had some beers at a place in downtown - oh, the German beer is nice!

It's one thing chatting with people online, but it's when you meet face to face that you teally see the person behind the name. And, I think I need to change my profile picture. Everyone was telling me I looked very different in person. I'll take that as a positive :)

Now I have just registered and try to figure out who everyone is :)

I will report back to you all throughout the conference, so stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010 15:00

Going to «J! and Beyond» in Germany

j-and-beyond-conference-websiteA week ago, I bought my ticket for J and Beyond, the first international Joomla conference. The conference takes place in Wiesbaden, Germany, May 30th to July 1st.

I’ve been to JoomlaDay Norway once, but this will be my first attendance at a larger Joomla event. Also, it will be the first time I meet a lot of people I’ve been communicating with online during the past year. It will be a nice experience meeting these people whom I respect and enjoy communicating with on Twitter, Skype, Facebook and through blog comments.

mac-video-to-ipad1Just wanted to put up a follow-up on the post 10 things to know about Joomla and the iPad from earlier this week.

If you're a Mac user, you might want to convert video from your Mac and show it on the iPad.

For a limited time you can download a software that does this - completely free!

I thought this was a nice offer, and since many of you readers are Mac users I wanted to give you the opportunity to check it out.

crazyeggCrazyEgg allows you to track your users clicks on a website. This is especially useful when analysing page layouts and the effectiveness of page elements to call a user to an action.

The way crazyegg works is different from Google Analytics and other tracking software. It gives you visual aids to determine the correct placement of elements on a page.

I use Crazyegg to find out where people click, what elements are used by them and if people find particular menu items and links. On this site, I’ve utilized Crazyegg to determine the placement of the large ad and tabs in the right hand column, to mention some.

Cloud softwareA while ago, Anthony Olsen over at Joomla Bamboo wrote a blog post about the software he uses daily to manage his business and get things done. This post is my view on the same subject.

However, I want to focus on the cloud software I use. That is, the online software I use daily. During the last couple of years I have put more and more of my information into online services. It frees me from a particular physical workspace. Thus, I can leave my computer at home and be able to do most of my work on any computer with internet access.

This approach has several benefits as I see it. Backup is taken care of, you’re not locked to a particular computer and software updates are done in the background. Web based services are also platform independent, so I can access the same information from any computer with a browser. It's also a great advantage when people in your team are scattered across the country, or in my case, across the globe.

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