Archive for April 20th, 2005

Beginners Luck

Wow, what a day…
Firstly we had the Conference Opening…Tux came in, and brought along Linus and his twin (who is also called Linus), bizzarely, Linus & Linus haven’t been doing much except standing about watching food all day.

A picture of Tux
The organisers have arranged some great prizes, each day during the keynote talk they will give away an IBM Thinkpad, Tux almost ran away with one. (And you may now attend the keynotes…I’m not overly concerend about the laptops anymore…keep reading to find out why…hint, it has something to do with the title)

Recovering from HDD disasters was quite interesting….unfortunately due to the late night I’ve had recently, I almost fell asleep during it…I found a cure though…COFFEE

With myself awake I was able to concentrate on important stuff like what food was available…and something else…ummmmm….hmmmmmm…ah, that’s right, the seminars…nearly forgot about them…

I discovered something about automatic doors today. You can go out, but you ain’t coming back in…unless the door is nice and feels like opening the one you aren’t standing in front of.

The other seminar I attended today was the Building User Interfaces With Video And 3D Graphics For Fun And Profit…some of it went straight over the top of my head, but all in all, it was an excellent seminar. Anyway, at the end of each seminar, one lucky person will win a 1GB flash drive, Wayne (the speaker for the seminar) couldn’t decide who to give the flash drive to, so it was a game of Heads and Tails, something I’ve never played before…well, beginners luck it was, I won the flash drive 😀

One important bit of news…I can’t get the microphone audio from my seminar for about a month…so if you are good with audio and want to have a go at cleaning up my audio, let me know.

Photos from this can be found at

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

Add comment April 20th, 2005 at 08:26pm

And so the exciting LCA news starts…

Tux paid us a visit, he managed to bring along Linus as well…two of him in fact, their is a third one that can walk and talk, but he hasn’t turned up.

If you weren’t at the welcome this morning, you might have missed out on winning a laptop…three (or was it four) names were called before the laptop was given away. There will be one given away each day at the keynote, so if you don’t mind, don’t attend them…the less people in attendance, the more chance I can win a laptop…although Tux does have a habit of trying to run away with them.

I have a picture of Tux, but I forgot my card reader, so I’ll have to put it online tonight.

I forgot to mention yesterday, if you know nothing of SE Linux, the learn something about it…it is exciting, and possibly the best development in security of recent times.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

Add comment April 20th, 2005 at 01:57pm

Anybody know where I can buy a box of sleep?

This is definite insanity, even when I’m not writing stuff for seminars I can’t get to bed at a human time…2:30 was the time I got to bed…Maybe the Acton Supermarket sells Sleep In A Box. (oops, if you took that the wrong way, please re-read it in conjunction with the title 😉

Today is tutorial day, starting with the conference opening at 9am, then I plan on attending "Recovering from Hard Drive disasters" in T3…same room, and I think that was covered during the PyFlag stuff in the security miniconf…at least it will be in depth this time. That session includes morning tea from 11:00-11:30. After that session is Lunch @ 13:00-14:00. Then I plan on attending "Building User Interfaces With Video & 3D Graphics For Fun & Profit…again in T3, includes afternoon tea from 15:30-16:00, then concludes at 17:30, at which time I’ll have to head home to take my doggie for a walkies.

Good news about the video of my seminar…I have secured some hosting with…very good news indeed.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

Add comment April 20th, 2005 at 08:23am

Photos…and audio problems…

I have good news, and bad news.
Good news: I have updated my photo gallery, it now has many more photos of LCA, including various frames from my seminar video.
Bad News: The video of my seminar isn’t quite the quality I expected, the video is fine, but the audio is BAD. It is semi audible, but their is too much echo in those conference rooms, and it has picked up an awful lot of noise from people moving about. On the plus side, it clearly picked up the audio of the best question I was asked, and did a reasonable job on most of the others…even the ones from down the front…pity it didn’t pick up the audio of me, down the front, facing the camera with the same clarity.

This isn’t all bad though, it is certainly a minor setback, but I will ask an organiser if I can get a copy of the audio from my seminar (the stuff the microphone picked up…which is an clear). I really don’t see how this can be a problem, so once I have done that, I will be able to put together the video properly. I will probably use the camera audio as background audience noise…and give it some extra volume when something important is said.

If you attended my seminar (The small business network security one at 11am Tuesday in MCC T3, Security Miniconf) and asked a question, and remember what you asked, could you please drop my a line, the audio is semi-clear, and I can roughly work out some of them, but others I may have to summarise…all help is appreciated. In fact, if you attended and remember what was asked, your feedback would also be great. Comment here or email (My email address is floating about in numerous places, google search my name and follow the links!!…no spam please.)

Samuel Gordon-Stewart reporting for Samuel’s lcaLIVE

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