OSCON: Closing thoughts

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Robert Kaye
Aug. 08, 2005 03:48 PM

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First off, OSCON's new digs at the Oregon Convention Center worked out really good. Aside from one false fire alarm on Tuesday evening, things seemed to go smoothly. Most sessions had enough space for everyone to sit and in general the conference didn't feel as cramped as last year. The WiFi had a hard time coping with so many laptops during the keynotes, but really, if these were the biggest problems then it must've been a good conference.

Attendance at the conference was up -- there were plenty of new faces and plenty new exhibitors. Some cool expo schwag was to be had -- the Tux beach towel will soon be a wall hanging in my office -- its too nice to use as a towel.

I was also pleased with all the talks I attended -- I noticed a trend that the people with the most slides and fastest paced presentations kept my attention better. As I mentioned earlier, some presentations were like getting smacked with an O'Reilly book and ingesting the information via impact-osmosis. I'd walk out of the presentation a littled dazed, but the info from those talks really stuck in my brain.

And once again, the first Southwest flight from Portland to San Jose after the conference could be dubbed the "OSCON San Jose Geek Express". The density of geek discussions on the flight was amazing -- I ended up chatting about Patents nearly all the way back to California.

I certainly had a blast at the conference. Meeting up with old friends at the conference and making new ones always gives me a nice warm and fuzzy feeling. Too bad ETech is so many months away. :-(

Robert Kaye is the Mayhem & Chaos Coordinator and creator of MusicBrainz, the music metadata commons.