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After a busy morning, it's only right I have a busy afternoon. Things started to go wrong when I ordered the nachos from the hotel Quick & Light menu, only to receive a veritable mountain of food in return. I ended up leaving half of it and still arriving late to my afternoon session: Law for Geeks, by Lawrence Rosen.

Perls and Rubys

Okay, I'm back at the hotel now. Perhaps it's jet lag, perhaps I'm just stuck in my ways, but I just didn't grok the Ruby talk this morning. Large parts of the language seem very cool (I like being able to run methods on integers like 3.times { print "Ho!" }, and I like being able to add methods to individual objects at runtime), other parts just flew over my head. Granted I was busy hacking on some Mono code, so this is probably my fault. I'll have to come back to this in the future.

Facets of Ruby

It's 8:45am, I slept two hours last night, and I'm now sitting through a morning lecture on Ruby. This is a language I know irritatingly little about, so despite my body desperate trying to switch off, I'm going to sit through this and learn.

Fortunately for me, Dave Thomas is doing this particular tutorial: he's lively and clearly passionate about the language. He also has a fun dislike of other languages - "The reason we use paretheses in languages like C and Java is because Fortran needed them." Surprisingly few people seem to accept this!


3:26am and I'm awake. I hope people don't mind me yawning all day today...

Open for registration

After a busy morning touring the excellent Portland weekend market, I went back to the hotel to sleep off most my jet lag (or at least that's what I think). Awoke three hours later than planned, but still with more than enough time to go off to the convention centre to pick up my badge for OSCon.

Follow the signs to register

OSCon day -1

OSCon registration starts today at about 3pm. My wife (Ildiko) and I arrived at 9pm last night, but with 8 hours of jet lag hanging over me I only managed to sleep until 4am. Having four airplane meals in one day is enough to make anyone ill, so I guess I'm glad to have slept at all...

OSCon at 5am Sunday

Press access

It's interesting how different companies respond to my asking for an interview with one of their staff. For example, it took minutes for me to set up an interview with Greg Kroah-Hartman (a leading kernel hacker): I emailed him directly, he asked a Novell PR person, they said "Sure", and our interview is set up. However, it's not so easy elsewhere.

Wham Bam Thankyou Spam

Ah, spleen ventage. Anyone who visited the LXF forum early this morning will have found themselves in amongst a frenzy of spamming and garbage. Yes, for the first night in weeks we decided to open up the Help forum to non-registered users -- not a good move. Despite endless IP blocks, the spammers just won't halt. Ever. Grrr.

Note to self…

I'm posting this here so I won't forget in future.

My lesson for the day; finish what you're doing before going home. Last night, I was half way through making my point for my tutorial intro comment (I know, I know, what point?). I realized I'd arranged to meet someone and needed to leave in a hurry to catch the train. I left everything open on my desktop. Needless to say, looking at it this morning, I have absolutely no idea what I was going on about. It all seemed so clear before I left last night...

OSCon, LinuxWorld

I've spent the majority of today fighting off hordes of emails regarding two conferences in the US next month: O'Reilly's Open Source conference (OSCon) and LinuxWorld Conference & Expo San Francisco (LWCE:SF). Yes, I'm going to them, yes, I'll be representing LXF there, and yes, I may have the time to meet your company there - but one email is more than enough to make your point!

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