ApacheCon Europe CFP opening soon!

Yes, Louisiana, there’s more to life than just ApacheCon US. The Call for Papers for ApacheCon Europe 2009 will be opening soon – and please note, it will be a short CFP, so get your talk ideas ready now! ACEU09 will return to Amsterdam once again next 23-27 March.

I’ll also mention that:

  • ApacheCon US 2008 early bird prices (for everyone) will go up next Friday, October 3rd
  • ASF Travel Assistance for attending ApacheCons may be available
  • We need more fastfeather-2008-us submissions at apachecon.com – soon!
  • If you want to do something at BarCampApache, then sign up on the Attendees page on their wiki!
  • If you or your company are interested in sponsoring ApacheCon, you should contact the lovely Delia, of course at apachecon.com – there are always opportunities!
  • The print deadline for ads in the program guide is this coming Monday, September 29th

Maine is dark

Really dark. You just can’t believe how vastly deeply inkly dark it is. I mean you may think it’s awfully dark in your bedroom when you turn out the lights and close the door, but that’s just twinkles compared to Maine. And you haven’t stayed in Maine until you hear the loons on the lake in the middle of the night. Spooky, unless you’ve heard them before, and then it’s just eerie.

We had a lovely family vacation up at a cabin on the lake. Yes, it’s near Waterford, and no, it’s not at Papoose Pond, although one set of our previous neighbors stay there, and several other neighbors stay within a town or two of us. It’s odd how many New Englanders we’ve met who not only spend summer vacation in Maine, but spend it within a few miles of where we do.

Sadly, cell phone service is only on the highways, my dial-up was less than anemic, and the nearest wifi was over 20 min drive away, as well as my firewall acting up, hence I’ve been offline for the past weekend. Although I feel bad about missing a few things, it really was relaxing. I went just over 3 days without using a computer at all, and I can’t remember the last time I’d done that for… possibly years. While it’s a good thing to get completely away from work and such for a while, it still could have been useful to use teh internets for all those little convenient things, like ordering something online, checking the weather, and good gods, Google Maps would have been handy for exploring around there.

In any case, the weather was beautiful and we not only took out the canoe but also the little outboard skiff and got to cruise through the ponds. Quite spiffy.

Anyway, I’m back now. We’re all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

Trapped behind port 80

/ Too hurried too rushed /
/ dial-up an eternity /
/ cafe wi-fi slow /

A lovely vacation in the wilds – well, almost wilds – of Maine is enforcing a stay away from the internet. Both my dial-up and the local (well, 30 min away) free wifi at a cafe block nearly everything except port 80, and are… well, you know, slow. Sigh.

But the weather’s beautiful, and Maine is definitely a good northeastern vacation destination. It’s actually quite amazing the number of friends and aquaintances who say, hey, we go to Maine too! Where? Oh, it’s a little town, you wouldn’t know it… yes, that’s about 20 min east of where we go – do you know Melby’s, used to be Tut’s? Oh, yeah, that place!

Small world. But very slow, ethernetally.

ApacheCon gives back to New Orleans

If you’re attending ApacheCon US this November, please consider volunteering with us to help beautify (a very small part of) New Orleans the Saturday following the conference.

The ASF through it’s software projects has done an amazing job at what it set out to do: provide software for the public good. Through the example of it’s communities and it’s governance model, it’s been a leader in the open source realm, changing how the world thinks about and uses information technology and computers.

Now, with ApacheCon in New Orleans, we’ll have a chance as a group to directly help people in the real world as well. When making your travel plans, consider staying for the following Saturday, and help volunteer.

7 Days of Resolution

I will not read local blogs, news blogs, or random blogs I find on teh internets.

Except for planetapache.org, but only to keep up with friends, not to ponder geek issues.

Except for ApacheCon, which I will kick up the noise on.

I will not watch any live TV. That’s easy, I admit, since I rarely do anyway.

I will not read or worry about the news of world affairs. My bank is solvent and my mortgage fixed rate, so I can afford not to worry about part of the world economy crashing for a week.

I will exercise my franchise and vote. Duh.

I will write a minimum of one blog entry per calendar day.

Storrow Drive Loves You

Seen above this morning’s commute, a professionally printed white banner with foot-tall red letters:

I LOVE YOU

It’s hanging on the railing of the footbridge immediately after the BU bridge. Driving by it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling this morning all over. And then I thought…

It’s maddeningly inspecific. Is this message for me? Or perhaps – glancing at the solid bolus of cars from the Elliot bridge stoplight speeding along beside me – for someone else? Is this some private message, who’s real meaning is known only to the intended recipient? If so, it’s not very private anymore, as several thousand people have seen it so far at least.

Is this a message from Storrow Drive itself, or perhaps James’ or his wife Helen’s ghost; one of affection for the thousands of drivers who rely on it daily to get them to work, and sometimes back home again. Or could it be an altruistic message of hope; one put up by an anonymous do-gooder who was seeking to spread the fuzzy warm feeling like I had this morning to all their fellow citizens?

Who knows. Only the internet – and the person who put up the banner – will tell.

Please: I’d love to see a photo of this one, if anyone can snap one.