Seeking an Opportunity

I am currently seeking a unique and special opportunity for my extensive and valuable skill set. California has been my home for much of my life, but I am eager and open to a career adventure in another region or state. This post will highlight the types of opportunities that are of particular interest at this time.  This is not an exhaustive list. What I Can Contribute The most interesting opportunities are ones that utilize a wide [...]

2019-04-17T09:37:35-07:00Categories: News|

Property Management Certification for Real Estate Investments

Yesterday I completed the requirements to earn a certificate in property management by the California Association of Realtors®. I decided to add this designation to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing today's investors and property owners.

2018-05-23T15:39:50-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

Seattle WordCamp 2013 at University of Washington

I am excited to attend this year's Seattle WordCamp 2013. I've been lucky enough to attend WordCamp in SF, but this is the first time in Seattle. This is also the first time I will be speaking at WordCamp. As a seasoned DrupalCamp speaker, I am excited to get more involved in the WordPress community. Seattle WordCamp 2013 - University of Washington June 8h For the last few years I have been working more with WordPress than I have with [...]

2013-05-08T22:17:00-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

LinkedIn Security Breach

If you have an account with LinkedIn you should read this email. The social network giant has had a major security breach in their password database and a file with 6.5 million hashed passwords appeared in a forum based in Russia. The posted file does not include user names or any other data, however that may mean that the hacker simply did not post that part of the stolen information. It is advised that you change your LinkedIn password Read [...]

2012-06-07T02:04:15-07:00Categories: News|

In the Community

Last week we released a new edition of It contains three slide show galleries: People, Places, and Things.  The photos in the exhibit were taken in a variety of cities and were typically taken outdoors at community events.  The slide shows have musical accompaniments, so be sure your speakers are on. Thank you for visiting our gallery. […]

2019-01-06T08:21:17-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

Getting Settled In

The announcement that the SBBTC was closing was discouraging at first, but when I began to consider the possibilities I immediately saw this as an opportunity to move Avalon MIS closer to some important constituents.  Over the last several months I have been working with several organizations that are in Northern California. A move further north in California would give me more "face time" with these clients. That is how I came to the decision to seek a new address, this time [...]

2012-03-12T09:03:09-07:00Categories: News|Tags: |

Social Media for Candidates

Quick Social Media Tips for Political Candidates As the political season heats up it is time for some quick tips for your social media campaign. Here are 10 things that every candidate needs to do. 10 things that every candidate needs to do Either create a CMS website or use Campaign Partner Open an Instagram account. Open a MailChimp account. Create a list called "Your Name for Congress". Create a Facebook Page using PageModo.  Start by logging into your Facebook [...]

2019-01-06T08:25:46-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Stop Censorship in USA

On Wednesday Jan. 18th thousands of sites will go dark to protest SOPA & PIPA, two US bills racing through Congress that threaten prosperity, online security, and freedom of expression. The White House opposes the bill and announced last Friday that the legislation "reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet". The Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) has faced tremendous opposition and today's Black Out is an indication of the attitudes of the companies [...]

2018-11-15T09:53:33-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

Connecting Point

I attended the Sacramento's 2011 Regional Connecting Point event at the Citrus Heights Community Center and it "rocked". The event was energetic, great workshops, panel discussions, and tons of small business resources and networking opportunities. The sponsors included the Sacramento Public Agency Consortium, also known as SacPAC, the City of Citrus Heights, and the Citrus Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce. Personally I found the event to be a good use of my time and was far superior to the Gov [...]

2011-11-25T23:44:01-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

eLearning Package

Avalon MIS is working on a white label eLearning project to provide training and documentation to a Fortune 500 company. The services that we are providing are white label, which means we are working as a sub-contractor on this project. The prime contractor is developing a Drupal powered Website and Avalon MIS is providing the documentation, instructor-led virtual training, and a modest eLearning Website. Project Deliverables Online Learning Environment 65 Page Website Handbook 2 3-hour Interactive Training Sessions

2018-11-15T09:23:58-07:00Categories: CMS, News|Tags: , , |

Drupal Camp LA Presentation

Drupal Camp LA was held at UC Irvine in Early August. This year Laura Scroggins made two presentations including "Huff, Puff, and Webonomics".  The second presentation was called "She Codes Like a Girl" which targeted women programmers who are active in the Drupal community and over the age of 40. This very small group of important and skilled women were asked to develop a list of skills and traits that they believed have helped with their career and to identify potential barriers that younger women [...]

2018-11-15T09:23:42-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

eLearning Package

eLearning projects bring a certain amount of excitement to Avalon MIS, especially when the environment is supplemented with learning materials and interactive training. The client on this project is a large Web developer and SEO strategist who was awarded a contract to develop 12 Websites for a State government agency. The CMS developments are powered by Drupal, so Avalon MIS was hired to provide training and training material (collateral). ** Sub-Prime Contract Project Deliverables Online Learning Environment 25 Page Website [...]

2011-06-29T12:13:21-07:00Categories: CMS, News|Tags: , , |

WordCamp SF 2010

Just got back from my first WordCamp and was inspired by my experience. I've attended Joomla® Camps and Drupal® Camps, and this was my favorite for many reasons. First I want to discuss the similarities. The venue was definitely packed with people who were eager to learn. There were some great speakers and overall I learned tons of information. Now, how were they different? WordCamp had more swag, more diversity, catered lunch, and great music. I was lucky enough to [...]

2018-11-15T08:01:59-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Web 2.0 Expo

Had a great time at the Web 2.0 Expo and was particularly impressed with a young man who pitched open{subnet}. I searched the Internet and found the company Kiwi Commons who's mission is to "To provide the best Internet safety resources for parents, educators and youth workers across North America. To encourage proactive strategies for youth and online safety through education, discussion and community building." If I had kids, I would definitely check out this company's offerings. [flickr-gallery mode="photoset" photoset="'72157626259192707"]

2018-11-15T08:02:00-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |

San Diego Drupal Camp

  San Diego Drupal Camp 2009 attracted some amazing talent including: Andrew Root, Mike Stewart, Christoph Weber, and Karl Scheirer just to name a few. The camp was held at Platt College San Diego, a graphics art school in east SD. The room were comfortable and as with most camps were full of knowledgeable teachers and eager students. The volunteers who worked on SAND Camp should be congratulated on created an event that focused on learning. The classrooms were small [...]

2018-11-15T09:22:27-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Drupal Camp LA 2008

I am excited to announce that I've been invited to speak at Drupal Camp LA 2008. This is the second annual DrupalCampLA and last year's event was fantastic. If you are a Drupal developer, designer, or end user this event is for you. If you've never been to a DrupalCamp here are a couple of pointers: Register early and remember to bring a friend. Be prepared to meet people and don't be shy. Volunteer if possible. Wear comfortable clothes, bring [...]

2008-07-29T13:46:05-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Linux Expo

My first Linux Expo was informative and easy to navigate, much like a good database. I arrived in Los Angeles early Saturday to a full parking lot. That is usually a good indicator that an expo is going to be successful. As I entered the expo registration area I was directed by a perky greeter who pointed me to the self check-in area. Within three minutes I moved through check-in, got my printed badge, bag, shirt, and schedule and was [...]

2018-11-15T09:14:45-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Berkeley Drupal

  Just attended my first meeting of the Berkeley Drupal Users Group at the UC Berkeley campus. Thanks to Tao Starbow for making me feel welcome. I became interested in this particular user group after presenting at BADCamp 07. BADCamp attracted such an interesting and diverse crowd that I had to see if it was reflective of the Berkeley Drupal Users Group and I am happy to report it was! The most important information that I learned from this meeting was that each installed module will impact [...]

2018-11-15T09:09:36-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Drupal Camp LA 2007

  Wow ... thank you to AOL for such a great venue and Crystal ... you rock! Some of the interesting things I learned at Camp Today: 1) Still more men in technology but wow, these were an amazing group of guys. 2) Drupal seems to attract smart, fun loving, collaborative folks who are eager to share and help out. 3) There are more opportunities than there are developers. 4) Developing modules may be easier than I thought. I am [...]

2018-11-15T09:08:38-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Joomla! Day West 2007

Recently held in San Francisco Joomla! Day West 2007 was a great way for about 100 people to acquire new information on Joomla 1.5 and a great way to hook-up with Joomla resources. Here are some of my thoughts after the unconference: Allen Gunn flawlessly moderated the unconference. iJoomla is a private company that creates Joomla modules. iJoomla products look terrific. Merav Knafo, the founder has tremendous commitment to her products and customers. Ron Severdia shared Wow, he is [...]

2018-11-15T09:10:55-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Brave New Web was featured in a cover article in Financial Planning Magazine® in 1999. That article begins with: “One of Laura Scroggins clients is a woman living in Japan. The two women have never met, nor have they spoken on the phone.” Official Magazine of the International Association of Financial Planning "A Brave New World“

2018-11-15T09:07:17-07:00Categories: News|Tags: , |
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