What kind of animal are you?

O’Reilly has some “flair” for this years oscon.  Here are the animals I grabbed for my bag.  For emphasis though, I have the Perl and RegEx ones on my tag.  They also had some fill in the blank ones, so I also have a ‘LUG’ and a ‘Freeside’ animal.

And of course, you dont’ see the PHP, XML, Java, Python, Rails, etc on mine 🙂

So, which animals are you?

Also, which colors, do note that most of mine are blue.  If you need help, just look at the predominant colors of your zoo (the O’Reilly books you have).

Perl 5 Wiki / Perl 5 Wiki

The new “Perl Wiki”:http://www.perlfoundation.org/perl5/index.cgi?perl_5_wiki is now up and running hosted via the Perl Foundation. For those of you wiki lovers, you now have a better place for your information. Time to start posting some new information.

GPG Keys

So, I completely forgot to print out my gpg fingerprint for the signing party here, so didn’t go get any new sigs. But I did see a tool I hadn’t seen before: “View my GPG Stats”:http://pgp.cs.uu.nl/mk_path.cgi?STAT=EF1C0078&STATS=statistics



your key id :


And folks, don’t forget to bring a GPG fingerprint to the UTOS conference and get some good signatures, and join the Utah “Web of Trust”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_trust.

As one person mentioned in irc, “GPG is the Linkedin of the real geek world”

Connectivity in an Open Source Conference

OSCON always pushes the limits in terms of connectivity.  Let’s face it, this many geeks, fighting for the available resources.  This year has set new records in my frustration to get online.

  1. The Doubletree (where I am) hotel does not have wireless in the rooms
  2. They do have wired ethernet, but it’s not free this year
  1. I can’t connect in my room
  2. I had to spend several phone calls and lots of time with support
  3. No rebooting my computer will NOT help in this situation
  4. FINE, send the tech up to check the wire to the wall
  5. at least now they are switching rooms to one that has a cable or switch port that will work 🙂
  • The ‘Free Wireless’ that they do have is just in the lobby.  Last night it wasn’t working
    1. spr and I wound up playing Apples to Apples with sirhc and some other folks in the lobby while trying to get online.
  • The Red Lion (not the conference hotel, but closer to the conference) has free wireless in the room
    1. They have 179 rooms
    2. They can have 100 concurrent users 🙂
  • The OSCON open network is better today than it was yesterday morning.
    1. But tomorrow there will be twice as many people, in a smaller amount of rooms for the keynote
  • AT&T’s Edge network has been swamped, haven’t been able to use it after Sunday
  • A guy trying to use the verizon wireless mentioned the same results (guess it’s not just the iphone users)
  • Don’t even bother trying to use the local points for the MetroFi free wireless, overwhelmed doesn’t begin describe
  • Basically, if you’re lucky enough to connect to anything but the oscon connection (and it will be this way during the keynotes) you won’t get an IP.