Some bag stuffing, move AV setup, and network kit starts appearing.
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It was hot the other day, so we went for a swim. Notice how hard I am working on the conference in these shots.
This is the third book in the Marsbound series. The Others have just turned off all electronics on Earth, and now we need to survive. One problem with this book is that it jumps straight into the action — I had to go back and re-read Marsbound and Starbound in order to understand what was happening in this book. That was ok because those two books are excellent, and I enjoyed re-reading them. In fact, those two are probably a little better than this one.
Overall Earthbound is pretty dark, and there isn’t a lot of hope presented — its just a series of scenes where the main characters attempt to deal with an all powerful adversary. Perhaps if the Others weren’t so powerful this would be a better book, because you just know that everyone is doomed. I also respect authors who are willing to kill off lead characters, but that happens a lot in this book, which sort of bothered me. Perhaps that’s what combat is really like though — people you have an attachment to just stop being there. There’s no warning or explanation.
The end of this book isn’t very satisfying. There better be a sequel or I’m going to be annoyed.
I think it will be pretty hard to spot us given how cunning our camouflage is.
Some of the linux.conf.au 2013 team took the chance to rock on over to ANU today and do some final AV testing. While I was there I took some pictures of the various theaters, as I figure it will help answer some of the questions our speakers have.
“Ducky” is the current code name for the as yet unreleased Child 3.0 project.
I promise to stop taking pics now…
So, my EOS 650D arrived and I had to have a play. Here’s some random pics I took. I’m very very pleased with the outcome given I’m a photography n00b. I think the next steps will be a Canon GPS logger and a Speedlite flash.
As some of you might know, I’m the Director for linux.conf.au 2013. I’ve tried really hard to not use my powers for evil and make the entire conference about OpenStack — in fact I haven’t pulled rank and demanded that specific content be included at all. However, the level of interest in OpenStack has grown so much since LCA 2012 that there is now a significant amount of OpenStack content in the conference without me having to do any of that.
I thought I’d take a second to highlight some of the OpenStack content that I think is particularly interesting — these are the talks I’ll be going to if I have the time (which remains to be seen):
- Cloud Infrastructure, Distributed Storage and High Availability Miniconf: while not specifically about OpenStack, this miniconf is going to be a good warm up for all things IaaS at the conference. Here’s a list of the talks for that miniconf:
Delivering IaaS with Apache CloudStack – Joe Brockmeier
- oVirt – Dan Macpherson
- Aeolus – Dan Macpherson
- Ops: From bare metal to cloud space – Phil Ingram
- VMs on VLANs on Bridges on Bonds on many NICs – Kim Hawtin
- OpenStack Swift Overview – John Dickinson
- JORN and the rise and fall of clustering – Jamie Birse
- MongoDB Replication & Replica Sets – Stephen Steneker
- MariaDB Galera Cluster – Grant Allen
- The Grand Distributed Storage Debate: GlusterFS and Ceph going head to head – Florian Haas, Sage Weil, Jeff Darcy
- The OpenStack Miniconf: this is a mostly-clear winner for Tuesday. Tristan Goode has been doing a fantastic job of organizing this miniconf, which might not be obvious to people who haven’t been talking to him a couple of times a week about its progress like me. I think people will be impressed with the program, which includes:
- Welcome and Introduction – Tristan Goode
- Introduction to OpenStack – Joshua McKenty
- Demonstration – Sina Sadeghi
- NeCTAR Research Cloud: OpenStack in Production – Tom Fifeld
- Bare metal provisioning with OpenStack – Devananda van der Veen
- Intro to Swift for New Contributors – John Dickinson
- All-around OpenStack storage with Ceph – Florian Haas
- Writing API extensions for Nova – Christopher Yeoh
- The OpenStack Metering Project – Angus Salkeld
- Lightweight PaaS on the NCI OpenStack Cloud – Kevin Pulo
- Enabling Compute Clusters atop OpenStack – Enis Afgan
- Shared Panel with Open Government
- The Open Government Miniconf: this is the other OpenStack relevant miniconf on Tuesday. This might seem like a bit of a stretch, but as best as I can tell there is massive interest in government at the moment in deploying cloud infrastructure, and now is the time to be convincing the decision makers that open clouds based on open source are the right way to go. OpenStack has a lot to offer in the private cloud space, and we need to as a community make sure that people are aware of the various options that are out there. This is why there is a shared panel at the end of the day with the OpenStack miniconf.
There aren’t any OpenStack talks on Wednesday, but I am really hoping that someone will propose an OpenStack BoF via the wiki. I’d sure go to a BoF.
- Playing with OpenStack Swift by John Dickinson
- Ceph: Managing A Distributed Storage System At Scale by Sage Weil
- Openstack on Openstack – a single management API for all your servers by Robert Collins
- Heat: Orchestrating multiple cloud applications on OpenStack using templates by Angus Salkeld and Steve Baker
- How OpenStack Improves Code Quality with Project Gating and Zuul by James Blair
- Ceph: object storage, block storage, file system, replication, massive scalability, and then some! by Tim Serong and Florian Haas
So, if you’re interested in OpenStack and haven’t considered linux.conf.au 2013 as a conference you might be interested in, now would be a good time to reconsider before we sell out!