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SCALE 9X: It’s a wrap

March 1, 2011 2 comments

Yeah, it’s over, but it was an absolutely great show. Visit the site for some of the details, and see you next year in L.A.!

Just call me the ADD Poster Boy: After winning a Palm Pre 2 from the HP booth, I am finding that I now own a phone that is smarter than me. While I search far and wide regarding its hackability — like, Google: “Can I install Android?” (heh heh heh) — I have to say much of the Sunday/Monday learning curve has taken me away from this blog.

But now that I’ve figured it out, I can report back about Sunday, the weekend and everything else SCALE 9X. Like:

More people: SCALE had been flirting with overwhelming success all weekend. Friday’s “problem” at registration was that the folks in that department faced a lot more people than normally come on a Friday, to the point of where 800 of the attendees for the weekend came on Friday. The final tally — 1,802. So 1,002 folks came over the weekend to make this a record year for SCALE, and as a result, it makes the outlook for FOSS this year really robust. So get out there and FOSS it up, folks.

Better venue: The Hilton went above and beyond to help SCALE be a success. The larger venue made for easier traffic flow in the aisles to the point where it appeared that there were less people at times due to the fact that there were less human jams, save for booths holding raffles (like the HP booth, where yours truly won a Palm Pre 2. Did I mention that?). Most booth folks I spoke to said they were incredibly happy with the event, as were many attendees.

Better connectivity: The wireless, which was choked last year, performed well after a small hiccup on Saturday morning. Bear in mind that when you get 1,800 geeks in the same area at the same time, your wireless performance may be . . .. how can I put this tactfully? . . . taxed. But the SCALE communications staff nailed it this year and there were few, if any, of the holdups that the show suffered from last year.

But at this point, you’re probably asking, “But Larry the Free Software Guy, what about Sunday?”

Sunday was fairly uneventful, as they usually are. Jane Silber of Ubuntonical gave her keynote talk on “The Cloud and Human Beings,” which was well attended. Booths on Sunday took the usual breather since there were less people around — and this serves as a hint to those attending shows: Want to have a longer, more engaged talk with folks in a booth? The second day — in SCALE’s case, Sunday — is the best day to do this. At the Fedora booth, we were able to help some folks with Fedora related problems and got to take more time with issues that came up. Not only this, it allowed me a chance to go swag hunting and this year, rather than taking one of each and backing in the fork lift, I took things I was actually going to read and/or use.

A couple of notes:

Nexenta a server darling?
A couple of server vendors had booths at SCALE, one of which was Pogo Linux, and the server folks seem to have latched on to Nexenta, a Solaris-based OS, as their operating system of choice. Maybe it’s a sign of things to come, but it’s interesting that they’ve taken this Solaris based distro and made it their own.

Best swag: Rackspace didn’t have the tattoo sleeve at SCALE, so the best SWAG — stuff we all get, for those of you keeping score at home — goes to Softlayer for their flying rings. Honorable mention also goes to The Positive Internet Company for their giraffe toy.

The legend lives on: The borders on the OpenSUSE booth structure this year are black, where once they were grey. They were grey when I accidentally — accidentally, I swear — spilled coffee on it and possibly stained it when Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier gave me a stuffed lizard for Mirano that year and I spilled coffee on the booth. The legend of the coffee spill lives on and it has grown to become that I had spilled a pot of coffee on the booth, as well as I might have spilled a pot of coffee on Zonker himself in my zeal to trash the OpenSUSE booth. None of which is true, but it makes for a great story of which William Randolph Hearst (“never let the facts get in the way of a good story”) would be proud.

Meanwhile, 40 minutes later . . . .: For those of you still keeping score at home, I am told it took approximately 42 minutes for Jane Silber to say the word “Linux” in her keynote on Sunday. I wasn’t there — I had a couple of other things to do, so I’m never able to make keynotes — but this was relayed to me by someone who thought that was peculiar. Indeed.

Now it’s on to Linux Fest Northwest.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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SCALE 9X, Day 2.0: Sunday morning coming down

February 27, 2011 2 comments

Yeah, it’s the last day, but there’s no reason why you can’t join in. Registration is still open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X wraps up at the end of the day.!

First on the to-do list when I get home: Lobby the legislature to make days longer; 36 hours apiece, maybe. The reason is that I can never get enough things done during the course of a 24-hour day, especially where shows like SCALE 9X are involved.

As for Saturday, SCALE 9X was — in the words of Jim Rome — “phenomenal,” and it appears that Sunday is looking pretty good, too. The Fedora booth was well attended and superbly staffed — Tom Callaway, Alex Acosta, Robyn Bergeron and Scott Williams (and, of course, yours truly) — and with a team like that in a booth, you can be sure that Fedora is putting its best face forward.

SCALE 9X is in a bigger venue this year, with more booths, however the “traffic” problem that has been an issue in years past at the Westin was not evident. In fact, the masses of people descending locust-like onto booths were not as cramped as in years past, and the fact that nearly 1,700 badges were made — for those of you keeping score at home, those are the people who paid and attended — attest to the fact that SCALE and the Hilton may be doing more business for years to come.

Another point that needs magnifying is the wireless at SCALE 9X. With a couple of hiccups, the wireless has been very good at the show overall. Bear in mind that when you have 1,700 geeks running around with wireless capability, you’re going to have glitches mostly borne of heavy use. For those of you who don’t get that, and have blasted the show because you couldn’t get on line at one particular point or another, you need to reassess this.

Again, with my duties as a Fedora booth babe and a SCALE official, I didn’t have the time to be one of the aforementioned locust, but I’m hoping that the typically slower pace of the show on Sunday will lend itself to some swag runs. In addition. I’ll report back with the best swag of the show in a later missive.

Time to suit up in my hockey jersey . . . .

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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SCALE 9X, Day 1.0: Saturday morning

February 26, 2011 1 comment

Yeah, it already started, but there’s no reason why you can’t join in. Registration is still open for SCALE 9X — register now by clicking on the winking penguin. Better do it quick, though — SCALE 9X is this weekend!

To put Day 0 to rest, the evening started out with a nice dinner with fellow SCALE Publicity Co-Chair Orv Beach and my family, which was followed by the UpSCALE talks. The talks, patterned after Ignite Talks where speakers are given five minutes with slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds (so that’s 20 slides per speaker), are a challenge and fortunately for me, Mimi and I were up to the task. Each of the talks were very interesting and funny, whether it was Mark Terranova in his penguin suit or Amber Graner giving us the true Southern translation of the expression “bless your heart.” Rikki Kite’s presentation about media hit close to home and, as a newpaper guy, I was glad to see her “tips” for techies get out into the wild.

Another thing about last night: I received my SCALE hockey jersey. Those of you who know me know I don’t like hockey — it’s a difficult sport because a.) it involves ice skating, b.) it involves trying to keep an object ahead of you while ice skating and c.) it involves trying to stay upright while your opponent tries to knock you down while you try to keep the object ahead of you while ice skating. However, truth be told, if there’s any jersey I can wear without looking like a complete idiot, it’s a hockey jersey. So Gareth Greenaway made up jerseys for the SCALE chairs, complete with name on the back, and I proudly wear mine. Just don’t blame me if you find me in the penalty box periodically during the course of the show.

Saturday morning, so far, has been catching up and a distinct longing for coffee before heading downstairs to get said coffee and setting up the Fedora booth, all along with a nagging suspicion that I should have brought more media. I parsed out swag and media for two shows — SCALE and Linux Fest Northwest — and with attendance numbers seeming to eclipse last year, I might have brought more. We’ll see.

This is report 1.0. Report 1.1 will follow, but for now I hear a cup of coffee calling my name from 16 floors below me, and its siren song cannot be resisted. More later.

[FSF Associate Member] (Fedora ambassador Larry Cafiero runs Redwood Digital Research in Felton, California, and is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation. He is also one of the founders of the Lindependence Project.)
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