The great thing about conferences like OSDC is that even if you are covering the event from an editorial perspective, there is still the opportunity to have ideas and talk about them.
This happened in the Planet RSS Aggregator talk yesterday given by Macquarie Uni PhD student and linuxchix Planet admin Mary Gardiner. This talk flowed over into a group discussion afterwards where some ideas for creating and running Planets were exchanged. Importantly, the features and direction of Planet's successor Venus was given a high percentage of airtime. It appears as though many of the failings of Planet will be addressed.
Later that evening we attended the OSDC Dinner. The dinner was served in the spirit the catering has achieved at this event. Fortunately it was all saved by the highlight of the conference so far, an exceedingly entertaining and enjoyable talk by Dr Damien Conway titled "The Da Vinci Codebase". If you have the opportunity to see this talk it comes with the highest recommendation - telling you anything about it could constitute a spoiler but Damien tells us that once he done touring the talk that it will be downloadable. Something to look forward to indeed.
Thursday morning began with a keynote from Richard Farnsworth talking about the Australian Synchrotron. While the talk would not improve one's code, the interest value was very high and much geek factor was on display from those present.
Random thought: The number of first time conference attendees is quite high at OSDC. They are able to be spotted with a star on their nametags and means that the level of success of the conference will leave quite an impression.
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.