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18 Jan 2001 (updated 18 Jan 2001 at 21:44 UTC) »

I'm at the Linux conference of Australia (http://www.linux.conf.au) and it's been interesting. I've met a bunch of people I've only known from IRC, and met many new people. The last two nights I've ended up having dinner with a friend, Colin McCormack of Coldstore, and Raph of Advogato, initially because Colin & I, then Raph, wound up at the same restaurant (Coogee bay hotel) looking for other people from the conference, and last night to pick the brain of Raph about Ghostscript for a non-OSS project. Raph's a nice guy - very clueful. I only wish I felt confident enough in my own knowledge to meaningfully add to the technical conversations - at least the non-specialised ones.

It's actually something I've got to put effort into. I listen to many conversations by many people, and add small tidbits now and then - but I either don't value my own opinion too much - or think too much about the issue to either invalidate it myself, or miss the opportunity to present it. I should make it a new birth-year resolution, I suspect - my birthday is on the 24th of January. Shower me with gifts ... a Vaio would be greatly appreciated.

Before the conference, I hadn't seen a Vaio. I knew of them, of course, but hadn't taken the time to investigate. Probably because I knew I wouldn't be able to afford one. Although maybe in a few months...

Yesterday I attended the OpenH323 talk. I'm tempted to spend the $300.au or so to buy a supported hardware telephony device. I'm not sure who I'd speak to yet - but I'm certain I would have fun doing it. 8-)

To summarise... Lessons learned:

  • The Coogee Bay Hotel is good for food and conversation.
  • At an expensive restaurant with a buffet option, always take the buffet.
  • If not available, eat fast food beforehand and order soup.

Linux Conference it is. http://www.linux.conf.au.

Looks promising.

It's been a while since my last diary entry.

There's things happening towards a CALU 2000. Leaving it a bit late, but it could be pulled off. Actually, this is being changed. CALU doesn't have enough mindshare, so they're trying for plain old "Linux Conference" - at present, they're looking at January - 18th-20th - but nothing's set in stone just yet.

It's about time I do something useful with myself that pays more than $. I listened to Rusty's inspiring talk on "Why to become a kernel hacker" at the recent LinuxExpo in Sydney, and thought to myself, "Don't make eye contact."

That aside, I left Sydney with a renewed feeling that all this stuff matters.. I shall be keeping an eye out for a project to work on .. it might be nice to be able to help in a more tangible way.. and it will give me a chance to do more coding just because I want to...

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