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YAPC::NA 2008

The 2008 YAPC::NA conference was held in Chicago this year at the Illinois Institute of Technology. It was a huge success and Plain Black/WebGUI were there to share in the fun. The president of Plain Black Corporation, JT Smith, was the presenter in 2 different sessions this year. The first was a 4 hour lab which walked new developers through installing WebGUI. The room was so packed that the staff had to get up, find chairs for incoming people, and then stand themselves! JT's second session was an hour long and talked about why WebGUI is a great framework to use when developing in Perl. This session had great attendance as well and included the great one, Larry Wall. After the presentation, Larry came over to JT and told him that he recently recommended WebGUI to a friend's church website. Because of this magic moment, we now can say that "WebGUI is Larry Wall approved!". Overall, YAPC:NA 2008 was a great success and Plain Black was proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at this year's event.

WebGUI License Plate Club

So I'm leaving a restaurant after a nice dinner and I see a Jeep with a license plate of "WebGUI". I think to myself, who the heck does this guy think he is?

Then I realize that it's my Jeep, and that I have the coolest job on the planet because my job at Plain Black is to bring the good news about WebGUI to the masses. While you wouldn't think 'selling' (I use the term loosely) a free software package would be that difficult, but actually it is when you compete in a flooded CMS market of over 2000+ products! Just trying to get the word out above all the other noise is quite an accomplishment.

That's where the WebGUI License Plate Club comes into play! Whenever I'm running errands, offroading, running from cops, or whatever else.... I'm promoting WebGUI at the same time! This is a win-win situation folks and when you think of the cost involved in this marketing campaign, it's practically nothing. Heck, I think those license plates can last like 20 years nowadays.

Get your WebGUI license plate today from your Secretary of State and start spreading the good word about WebGUI. You'll be surprised how many people ask you... "what the crap is that on your license plate..." and that's... when you hit them between the eyes with your favorite CMS.

Good luck, and don't get in my way when I'm driving.  :)

ad:tech 2009

This photo gallery contains pictures from ad:tech 2009 in San Francisco, California. The conference was held on April 21-22, 2009. Plain Black was an exhibitor at the event and brought over 2000 Gooey dolls!

EduComm 2009

Plain Black was a Silver Sponsor at the 2009 EduComm Conference in Orlando, Florida. EduComm is the premiere higher education technology conference that focuses on using technology to enhance the classroom. Kristi McCombs and Tavis Parker from Plain Black were on hand to run the exhibitor booth, run product demos, and hand out a few hundred Gooey dolls! Kristi was also a speaker and presented on "Open Source in Education". As always, Gooey won the coolest swag award and we ended up running out several hours before the conference ended. People cannot get enough of Gooey!

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Leaving YAPC::NA (Illinois Institute of Technology's L-Train platform) and headed to downtown Chicago for some good eating! Gene and Georgetti's is an AMAZING restaurant with a great Ribeye steak. Well worth the commute.

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Table Display @ Job Fair
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This was our table display at the YAPC:NA 2008 Job Fair & Expo. As usual, there was our famous (yet scaled down) "Wall of Gooey" display.

No matter where we go... We always get the vote for the coolest swag award. I think from now on we'll just bring our own trophy to each conference and prominently display it. Because there is absolutely no competition when it comes to Gooey.  :)

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This was our table display at the YAPC:NA 2008 Job Fair & Expo. As usual, there was our famous (yet scaled down) "Wall of Gooey" display.

No matter where we go... We always get the vote for the coolest swag award. I think from now on we'll just bring our own trophy to each conference and prominently display it. Because there is absolutely no competition when it comes to Gooey.  :)

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Michigan License Plate
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This vehicle is appropriately named the Plain Black Rescue Jeep. While it doesn't get the best gas mileage, (hey 16-18 isn't bad eh?), it is the trusty year-round steed for Tavisto (IRC) for which he is able to rescue potential customers from content management hell.

Actually I don't meet with customers all that much because I usually work out of my home office. However, if our potential customers were close, then the above would be true. hehe


So the point of this story is that you need to go to your Secretary of State, get a personalized license plate with "WebGUI" on it, and become the coolest person in your state.

Michigan is checked off the list. 49 more to go!

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This is a test.

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Booth Setup
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This is how our exhibit booths always start. We get the floormats installed and the pop-up backdrop. Then we begin building out the rest of our booth. Usually takes about an hour to get the basic components all setup.

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JT taking a moment for a photo with the star of the show. Gooey!

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This has been a very popular design for us and the projector is a very eyecatching thing when used with a black backdrop. We always get a lot of compliments on our booth design and are able to draw a crowd most of the time.

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It's hard to show just how many Gooey dolls we have crammed into the display. So we've included several pictures in an attempt to accomplish this. There are over 2000!

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You can begin to see just how many we brought with us to ad:tech 2009. It was our largest amount to date and we still gave them all away!

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Tavis overwhelmed by the sheer number of Gooeys. You may not know this but Tavis (aka "Tavisto" on IRC) is the world's foremost expert on Gooey Exhibit Design & Construction. Most of the 2000 Gooeys are adjusted and aligned into the proper "eyes forward" design.

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Up close and personal with Gooeys deciding to take over our table. Hey, there's 2000 of em so they do what they want!

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Gooey is a marketing genius and he likes to hang off every structure we have. In addition, you'll commonly find him taking over other people's exhibits, tables, truss, and lighting rigs.

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This is a photo from floor level. This gives you a better idea of how high and how many there are. The pile was almost 4 foot tall in some places.

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Tavis found out how scary it is to lie down next to the Gooey pile. There's nothing worse than being at the bottom of a Gooey avalanche.

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JT and Tabitha from Plain Black were on hand to answer questions, hand out Gooeys, and give live demos. Tavis was there as well and took many of these photos.

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JT giving a demo and answering questions.

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JT answering questions and helping people understand the true potential of WebGUI.

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JT educating more people about why WebGUI is the best CMS product available.


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Tabitha is a designer at Plain Black and was very busy explaining how easy it is to design a site in WebGUI. There was lots of interest at ad:tech about how to design a site in WebGUI.

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Tabitha explaining the benefits of using WebGUI. She did an excellent job considering it was her first tradeshow with the PB road crew.

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We were not short on visitors to our booth. When Plain Black has a booth, there are always a ton of people around learning about WebGUI and getting free Gooey dolls.

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