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This weekend several of us from Asbury went up to Ohio LinuxFest. The conference is another post.

On the trip up, there were two cars, and we had an iVAN – that is, an intra-Vehicular Area Network. In one car, we had an inverter, and a wireless access point. I was in the other car, running the IRC server. I also was streaming Old Time Radio podcasts from iTunes, which they were playing on the stereo in the other car.

Oh, yeah, and we had CB radios, too.

We got a pretty strong link between the cars when we were 2 or 3 car lengths away, but beyond that, it broke down pretty fast.

Mostly, though, it was cool just to do it. And very geeky. 🙂

Ohio Linux Fest

I’m *finally* done with my presentation for Ohio Linux Fest. Yay. And it’s only a week from today.

If you’re anywhere near the area, you really should come. It’s great.

In reviewing my slides one last time, I discovered that at the end I made a joke about Lilo coercing me to put in the plugs for irc.freenode.net. It’s always interesting to uncover these little reminders of someone who is gone. Rob always encouraged me to softpedal promotion of Freenode when I talked about IRC involvement at conferences. If you benefit from Freenode’s services, consider sending them a few bucks.

Conference TShirts

The great conference TShirt is one that, if you have to explain what it means to someone who wasn’t there, takes 30 minutes, and leaves both of you feeling like it wasn’t worth the effort.

My canonical example of this is the shirt from the first YAPC I attended. It proclaims:

YAPC 19100
Laziness, Impatience, Hubris
Pick Any Three

This has embedded in it at least 5 inside jokes/references. Or 6, depending on how you count.

Most conferences I go to try to make shirts that live up to this level of cleverness.

A good bar is like good software: Open

Trillions and Trillions Served

But I don’t think folks often live up to the YAPC shirt.

I was thinking about this while doing laundry and I came across the “hAPI hAPI joy joy” shirt from the Yahoo booth at OSCon.

Need longer days

At a time when scientists warn that autumn will kill us all, I’m starting to feel that I need the days to get longer, not shorter.

In addition to a huge deadline at work, I have three writing deadlines the first week of October, and two conferences coming up (Ohio LinuxFest and ApacheCon) in the next few weeks too. And two books that I’ve promised to do reviews for, including one preface.

Somehow I need to figure out how to sleep less and still be productive.

As DNA observed, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

20 Things You Didn’t Know Apache Could Do

In just a couple weeks I’ll be giving a talk at Ohio LinuxFest titled “20 Things You Didn’t Know Your Apache Web Server Could Do.”

I picked the number 20 mostly at random. I figured that was a good number for a 45 minute presentation. It turns out it’s hard to come up with 20 things that I think most of the audience at OLF won’t know. They tend to be a pretty knowledgeable audience.

Tonight I came up with the last few things, and I think I’m mostly ready to give the talk, although some of the items require a little more detail. Not too much, because 2 minutes per item is pretty tight.

I figure that most of the audience will find 2-5 of the things to be something that they already knew, and that a few very experienced folks will perhaps know as many as 10 of the things, but I’m betting that nobody in the room will know more than 12. We’ll see. It will be a fun talk, whatever happens.

Oh, yeah, I’ll be giving the same talk at ApacheCon in Austin. Rather different audience. I imagine there will be a person or two in the audience there who will know all 20 things. But perhaps I’ll even teach them a few things.

Photos from OSCon, ApacheCon

The last two cons that I’ve attended – ApacheCon and OSCon – I’ve hardly taken any photos. I’ve relied on the photographers more talented than I, or at least more shutter-happy than I, for my photographic memories. That seems to have worked out pretty well, but there’s something just more satisfying to having one’s own photos, even when they aren’t very good.

So I’ll try to take more photos this time around.

Keynote and Subversion

As a number of other people have pointed out, the latest version of Keynote (3.0.1 for those keeping score) blows away .svn directories when you save a file. And, for the record, it also blows away CVS directories.

It used to preserve them on save. No longer.

This means, in short, that I can’t store my conference presentations in revision control.

Given that most of my conference presentations get updated and recycled and rewritten and reused several times a year, this makes me very very nervous. Any document that’s important to me, and not in revision control, makes me very nervous. After all, laptops get dropped. Files get deleted by mistake. Changes get made unintentionally and need to be reverted. And I really need to retrieve that example that I used to have in here on slide #26, but which is gone now.

I’m really not sure what to do. I could go back to using PerlPoint (writing in POD, generating HTML – several generations removed from something TomC wrote many moons ago), but I have grown quite attached to the things that Keynote lets me do.

Oh, and when I went to the Apple bug reporting website, I got “An Exception has Occurred (click triangle to view)”.


I guess I’m just out of luck for now.

Air Force Museum

Today we visited the Air Force Museum, on the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where they’ve got (at least) one of every plane that has ever flown for the US Air Force. I had very mixed feelings about the visit.

On the one hand, I was (very literally) slack-jawed for 2 hours while looking at a simply amazing collection of planes, many of which I’ve read stories about for years. Including the Bockscar, which dropped Fat Man on Nagasaki to end WWII. Including Spitfires. Including the Blackbird, and the Stealth Bomber, and B52s, and Meserschmits, and Zeros, and several Air Force Ones, and on and on. Alas, I wanted to see a P51 Mustang, and one of the volunteers there told me that there was one, but I never did find it.

Photos here.

On the other hand, I felt a profound sense of how much death and misery this collection of hardware had caused in the world over the last 60 or 70 years. Many of the planes had markings on the side indicating how many bombs they had dropped, or how many enemy aircraft they had shot down.

I watched a number of war movies over the Memorial Day weekend, on AMC. I continue to have a difficult time understanding the concept of solving international disagreements by killing one another’s young men. And the way that we hated the entire population of various nations, at various times in our history, is very saddening.

Anyways, enough with the deep thoughts. The photos have almost finished uploading, and they are very cool. I expect Matsu has some even better ones, and perhaps can be persuaded to post them at some point.

CCCU Tech Conference

On Tuesday, we’ll be heading to the CCCU Tech Conference, where I and my colleagues from Asbury College are giving 1/3 of the talks. I’ll be giving a talk on Podcasting, one on how to evaluate Open Source projects/products, and one on Wikis.

I’m particularly looking forward to the one on evaluating Open Source projects. I’m curious to know what I’ll say. 😉

Where did I go?

In 2005, I travelled more than I have any other year, but I didn’t really keep particularly good records, and so I’m not entirely certain where I went. I suppose that if I went back through this journal, it would probably all be there, but even that I’m not certain of. Here’s where I think I went.

January: West Palm Beach, FL, Apache training.
March: New York, NY, ApacheCon (EU) planners meeting
April: Moscow, Russia, Open Source Forum Russia
May/June: Spokane, WA, CCCU Technology Conference
June: Tampa, FL, Apache training
July: Stuttgart, Germany, ApacheCon Europe
July: San Diego, CA, ApacheCon (US) planners meeting
August: Portland, OR, O’Reilly Open Source Software Convention
September: Cincinatti/Covington, KY, Kentucky Higher Education Computing Conference
October: Columbus, OH, Ohio LinuxFest
October: Orlando, FL, Educause
December: San Diego, CA, ApacheCon US
December: Bordentown, NJ, Christmas vacation.

Somewhere in there are several road trips to Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee for camping and/or hiking. At least 3 of those, but there may be more that I’m forgetting.

Sarah and I have decided that this year I will travel much less. I’m not exactly sure what that means that I’ll give up. But, it’s not like the invitations are pouring in 😉 , so I don’t expect that I’ll have to turn down anything exciting. There was a possibility of going to OSBC World Conference in Malaga, Spain, but that has fallen through for a variety of reasons. But you folks that are in that area really should go. It’s sure to be a *fantastic* conference.