Thursday was the second day of LCA proper.
- Stormy Peters – Would you do it again for free? – interesting, Stormy is a great speaker, although not a lot new to me
- Memory-efficient and fast websites – pick two! – REALLY good! Recommended if you run some hobbyist websites. The slides are not that enlightening so best wait for the audio or video.
- By Sound and By Touch: Using Linux with Speech and Braille Output Interfaces – interesting and useful, quite technical. No slides, so wait for audio/video.
- Google, Open Source and Google Summer of Code – I’m not a huge fan of Leslie Hawthorn’s presentation style, it was a little bit “trying too hard” for me, but some interesting tidbits – including that Google will probably introduce a southern-hemisphere SoC starting in October (but aren’t uni students still at uni then?!)
- GStreamer: More than just playback – watching him type in a three-line command full of options from memory was kind of entertaining :)
- An introduction to open source animation – Elizabeth Garbee is only 15, holy crapoli. Her talk was impressive, hugely interesting and very confidently presented. And this is actually her second LCA!! Just amazing.
Big rec for today would be “Memory-efficient and fast websites – pick two”. Afterwards I got talking to the guy next to me who does some Django development, since I am planning to try and learn that sometime this year.
Also, my laptop is so noisy that running it during a talk made all the people next to me look at me :( Definite FAIL.
I forgot to mention yesterday the surprise that they gave out about a dozen OLPC laptops to conference attendees, I think there was some small proviso that they had to use them and report back about certain things. OLPC has quite a presence here. Apparently they are trying to get some into Australian primary schools? Not sure about the details. The ultra mini Asus Ee(e?) PCs are also a big hit here.
It’s interesting how simple constraints seem to create new opportunities and new markets. Less is more!
I also wonder a little bit why OLPC appear to be trying so hard to win us over. I think we are already won over. We being open source geeks.
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