OS X Squared Conference

I'm speaking at what looks to be one of the best OS X conferences thrown to date: the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference. Full of the rich, creamy goodness we all expect from O'Reilly products, this event has a very open source, free software, tool building/using focus that's desperately needed. The OS X kernel and BSD subsystems are good and fine, but it's all the stuff on top of that (Apache, MySQL, PHP, GNU tools like gcc, etc., etc.) that make OS X an incredible server, workstation, and development platform.

The O'Reilly conferences may, at first glance, look like other events you might have attended where droning voice present canned speeches. Not so, though. The several conferences O'Reilly has launched and repeated in the last couple of years are uniformly considered to be summits not conferences. Let me explain my definition of those: a summit is an event where the leading people in a field gather, speak, listen, and synthesize, leaving with plans of attack that result in tangible changes. A conference features slideshows and an opportunity to ask questions. The Emerging Technology conference is one that I'm still slapping myself for missing; Amazon.com Web Services is one of the things that emerged, in part, because of that event.

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