... not dead yet!
Looming it is, this conference. We've nearly sold out of non-keynote tickets as well now - 5 left!
This means we can shift the focus of promotion to Open Day, on February 2. We're hoping to attract lots of interested people and have cool stuff to show them. Donna did some posters yesterday, which we will put up at libraries and other public places around town.
In other news, there is a silly competition for LCA-goers. If you're attending you should bring a pencil sharpener and upload a photo of this sharpener to Sharpenr!
All attendees get to vote on the best/silliest sharpener and the winner receives a prize - provided they can both produce the sharpener at the conference and use it to successfully sharpen a pencil in front of an audience.
A mere three weeks from now we'll be in the middle of set-up for LCA.
Earlier this week the conference bags arrived at our storage facility (2 pallets!) and we've now organised a date and time to stuff the bags with conference shwag.
The badges and booklet designs are being finalised, so we can get them printed next week and we'll be confirming the various social events this coming week.
Slowly but surely, things are taking shape :-)
Nearly one week ago tickets for linux.conf.au sold out, leaving a lot of people with a tentative (unpaid) registration - unable to attend the conference, as we have a hard limit of 600 on our keynote venue.
These people with tentative registrations are now on a waiting list, and as spaces are becoming available when we process cancellations, we will offer newly freed spaces to the people on this waiting list. Mini-conf speakers get priority, then we'll go in order of original registration date.
With just on 38 days to go before linux.conf.au opens, we have
13 12 11 9 8 7 6 tickets left to sell, and they're going fast.
If you've registered - but not yet paid - you're probably missing out as you read this! Your place is not guaranteed until you've paid.
So, if you did miss out and you still want to go, consider volunteering. As a volunteer you won't be able to go to many talks, but you'll certainly be part of the buzz.
Well, as it turns out Rasmus Lerdorfs filter made apache segfault, so I've disabled it again. XSS indeed!
On a lighter note, this work of art was created last night during the OSDC dinner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfVL_4uRLSo
Well, as it turns out there is a ready-made fix to some of the horrid inser-input-filtering problems I - and probably any PHP coder - encounter.
This morning was the first time I saw Rasmus Lerdorf speak and, although his views on web security want me to give up coding in general and become a potato farmer more specifically, he did point out some tools to make it a lot harder for a macilious user to abuse any web app you write.
Yay! After four days of madly running around with my hair on fire, the VITTA conference is over. I get (part of) my life back!
Tonight is time for either drinking and passing out or just plain passing out, but first feet must be soaked in something nice.