23 Jan 2001 mtearle   » (Journeyer)

Obligatory post linux.conf.au diary - doesn't everyone have one?

arrival - Arrived in Sydney safely, and caught a taxi with other compatriots to UNSW. I disagree with rmt's view of Sydney taxi drivers, the majority bar one were very pleasant and helpful, much moreso than the taxi drivers here in Perth, Australia.

tutorial day - Went to the "Threaded Programming" tutorial, it really opened my eyes and explained things quite cleanly to me about how threads work. Registered, got recognised by jdub. Encountered mbp and raph. This was quickly followed by the GNOME talk by mjs and vicious. Held a calendaring BOF, Skud arrived just in the nick of time as I was flailing madly at attempting to explain things to the rest of the people participating. On reflection, it went well and it was nice to meet people face to face. Went to Oxford Street for dinner with all the other West Australian expats, a lovely that restuarant called Thai Panic. I kinda agree with Skud, if Oxford street is the queer central of Sydney then it's really quite dull - thoroughly prententious and no sign of real personality. Cripes The Court in Perth can do better.

wednesday - Attended the Alan Cox keynote. I'd attend the talk that Linus had given in Australia (the penguin incident trip) several years before, it was quite a thrill to see how far the kernel had moved since then. Met telsa at some point that day. Attended the OpenH323 talk, must investigate if it can talk to work's 5300. Attended ajv's talk on large scale OSS, it was a pity there were few cluey software engineers in the audience it could have triggered some interesting discussion. Went to the Qt/Embedded talk, sexy to say the least. Watched the eye canday at Rasterman's talk. I feel kinda sorry for taj talk that happened at the same time, i would have liked to go to both of them. Went to Newtown for dinner, lovely BSE-free steak :)

thursday - Saw Dave Miller's keynote, went to the GNOME talk, followed closely by Wichert Ackerman's Debian Talk. Met Zebee, Clare @ work's daughter. Went to the init script talk and finished the afternoon with Rusty's kernel come generic linux hacking talk. Skud's comments about the gender cliqueiness of the free software community ring especially true, at UCC we suffer the same problem, the CS/hacking community doesn't seem to attract many females - where's the glass ceiling? Went to the dinner, lovely food, too much wine, and was certainly guilty of revisiting my earlier student drinking days. I'd agree that it was not what I had hoped for, not enough mingling, most of the crowd disappeared early, too much Australian ockerism and not enough of a direction to the whole evening. Watched gbowland laugh at taj - something about GNOME/KDE? Went to the pub afterwards, drank more, met hypatia, went back to International House and went to sleep.

saturday - missed most of Saturday morning (see above), heard that the Perl 6 talk was fixing some of my pet peeves about OO perl. Went to the conference review, truly astounded about the percentage of developers at the conference versus plebs. Then wandered around Sydney with about 50 other linux hackers, lots of fun! hypatia reminding me that I really need to buy some platform shoes :) Caught up with another old friend of k's, the M lady.

sunday - went down to Nowra to visit relations, Sydney trains are great, pity there are so unclean. Lost an hour of my life that I'll never get back in Dapto, oh well.

monday/tuesday - back to Perth, catching up on sleep and catching up with work. Must deal with some of the calendaring stuff. Oh well, I think I've mentioned enough other hackers in this diary tonight to make up for yakk's blatent name dropping all last year :)

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