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Dave Watts
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Dave founded Fig Leaf Software with Steve Drucker in 1992, and shares Steve’s vision of Fig Leaf Software as a world-class development and training company. As Chief Technology Officer, Dave Watts drives the technology vision and enhances Fig Leaf's competitive edge by developing the company's best practices, covering server configuration, performance tuning, application development, and application deployment. Dave also manages the Google Enterprise practice of Fig Leaf Software.

Dave is a Google Enterprise trainer, and provides training on behalf of Google for Google Search Appliance and Google Apps. He works with Google customers on GSA, GSS and Apps deployments as an architect and engineer. Dave is a Certified Google Apps Deployment Specialist.

Recognized as an expert in the ColdFusion community, Dave has been developing browser-based applications with ColdFusion since version 1.5. He coauthored the best-selling ColdFusion book, The ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, first and second editions with Steve Drucker and Ben Forta. Along with Steve Drucker, Dave co-founded the first ColdFusion Users’ Group in Washington, DC. He has been the most prolific poster on the CF-Talk mailing list for several years, having answered several thousand questions on ColdFusion and related topics. He regularly speaks at industry events, such as Adobe MAX, and writes articles for various trade publications. As one of the first Macromedia-certified instructors, Dave combines exceptional teaching with course development. He received a perfect score on his ColdFusion MX Certification, and regularly pursues new certifications in other areas of interest.

When not developing or teaching for Fig Leaf Software, Dave enjoys playing with new gadgets and technologies. In addition, he serves as an expert witness on IT and internet issues in civil court systems in several states.

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Upgrading Surface Pro 3 from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 - First impressions
I've been using a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as my primary work computer for about eight months, after upgrading from a Surface Pro 2 which I could never quite get used to for doing all of my work. The Surface Pro 2 was very portable, but a bit unwieldy and cl...
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I'm very proud to have played a minor role in the launch of the new Ex-Im public site in Amazon Web Service GovCloud. I'd like to thank our onsite web team at Ex-Im who did much of the implementation work, our Drupal themers in the Fig Leaf corporate office who integrated this wonderful design, and the Ex-Im employees who worked to launch the site. Congratulations!
 
Fig Leaf Software's Drupal Practice Team and Managed Services Team helped launch a brand new Drupal CMS site for the Export Import Bank of the United States this past weekend. Ex-Im Bank's public website was migrated to Drupal CMS platform hosted in AWS GovCloud, a year after the agency's intranet, EXIMConnect, was redesigned, implemented, and deployed in AWS GovCloud by Fig Leaf Software. Fig Leaf's Marketing Team implemented and deployed HubSpot Inbound Marketing software integrated with http://sforce.co/1Fn1uZE to improve the overall constituent experience. 
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A client meeting isn't complete without a Highlander reference.

"There can be only one."
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Dave, long time no see, hope you're well.  Quick question, what's the tool that can copy and manipulate files remotely?  Thanks.  Don donli at knowledgenotebook.com
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Two of our principals,  +Steve Drucker  and +Dave Gallerizzo , will be presenting half-day preconference workshops at NAGW 2015. If you're looking at Drupal in the government space at NAGW, this will be worth your while!
 
Our founder, Steve Drucker, will be leading Hello Drupal as a pre-conference workshop at the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sign up to see keynotes from Tim O'Reilly, Rachel Andrew, Abhi Nemani and Alan Shark.

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FINALLY!

After many years, Google has finally provided controls to enforce chat history settings! This is a big deal for Google Apps in organizations that have to conform to compliance regulations.
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So, I just upgraded my laptop to Windows 10.
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Whisked cherry pie is here early this year!
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I'm proud to announce that my coworker, +Steve Drucker, has released a new coursebook. If you're interested in learning Ext JS, you should check it out!
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Two of our principals, +Steve Drucker and +Dave Gallerizzo , will be presenting half-day preconference workshops at NAGW 2015. Dave will be covering HTML5 and CSS3 - this is a good intro session!
 
Our CEO, Dave Gallerizzo, will be HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals as a pre-conference workshop at the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sign up to see keynotes from Tim O'Reilly, Rachel Andrew, Abhi Nemani and Alan Shark.

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My mobile phone stopped working yesterday as I transferred it from my personal to my business account. After approximately ten collective hours of interacting by phone with tech support over a thirty-two hour period, it is now working again.

On the bright side, I wasn't shot by a racist while just beginning to enjoy my first evening after five long miserable years, so I can't really complain.
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I'm playing RDP bumper cars today.
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