Conference season for 2012 kicks off in Melbourne on the weekend of January 14, with the Drupal Downunder conference being held in the Jasper Hotel -- there's sure to be PHP and hooks galore.
Commencing on Monday January 16, linux.conf.au, the country's largest free and open-source conference, swings into gear until January 20. The venue for 2012 is the University of Ballarat, with keynote speakers including Bruce Perens, Tor Project's Jacob Appelbaum and executive director of GNOME Karen Sandler.
If you couldn't make it to Canberra for OSDC 2011, videos of the sessions are beginning to appear on the conference site's schedule, or can be viewed directly on YouTube --- I've watched a few so far, and the quality is satisfactory, even if the camera angle is occasionally a bit crazy in order to get the speaker and their slides into a single shot.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.