LCA09 - hectic first day
Well, pretty sure I was in the last batch of people to turn up today.
Conference officially starts tomorrow but there were two days of
tutorials on the Monday/Tuesday which the majority attended. I managed
to make it to the latter-half of the security tutorial which was good.
I still need someone to explain to my how SELinux isn't completely
overkill in real-world situations.
New netbook (eeePC 1000h) is going well - except the microphone refuses
to work under Ubuntu. I've had to resort to dual-booting back into XP to
get my Skype fix. Hopefully I'll be inspired by all the geekyness here
this weekend to fix it.
Tomorrow the conference sessions start and I'm hoping to get an early
rise happening with a walk around campus before breakfast. Hopefully it
will make up for all the squash I'm missing out on back home. University
of Tasmania has to be the hilly-est University I've ever seen so its a
decent workout just getting from A-to-B.
On my way to Hobart
Currently sitting on a Virgin Blue flight on my way to Hobart for
Linux.conf.au . People that know me know that I'm not generally an
angry person (sic), but air travel is really starting to get to me. I've
been unlucky enough to see the effect that cheap-airfares have had on
the industry over the past 8 years, and as such, I'm going to list my 5
pet-peeves of modern day cheaper-than-a-decent-meal air travel.
1. Unrealistic expectations - "What do you mean you won't let me check
in, I still have 5 minutes before the plane leaves !"
2. Backpackers - "I have 17 separate plastic bags of luggage. Please
check them all in separately"
3. Transfers - The combined cost of two taxis and my train fare added up
to more than the flight itself.
4. People that don't read - You are in the domestic terminal, you are
standing under the sign that says "Domestic Checkin". No, you cannot
checkin to your international flight here. Don't act surprised.
5. Inconsiderate tools - You are using your mobile phone, on the plane,
during the safety demonstration, after already being asked to hang up by
the attendants. If the plane crashed on a desert island, I vote we eat
Now, time to enjoy the conference :-)
 Linux.conf.au - http://www.linux.conf.au