Archive for June, 2006

Apachecon days 1 of 2, and more

Posted on June 27, 2006, under general.

So, Apachecon days 1 and 2 have been great, of course. I’ve been run off my feet getting network up and running. We’ve been donated an STM-1 from the great people at BT Ireland, over which we have provisioned 100 Megabits of connectivity to the HEAnet network. The guys at BT did a great job getting the fibre provisioned in time, with a lot of work outside working-hours to get it done, but it took us a lot of work on the Apachecon side (including running our own fibre within the Burlington) to be able to use it properly.

The hackathon has been going really well, and it’s been great to catch up with a lot of people I havn’t seen in a while, though I havn’t done much hacking yet.

Vincent and I

In other news, Vincent Jackson was elected to Lord Mayor of Dublin, which is an amazingly big deal for Vincent, his wife Veronica, the rest of his family, everyone else who knows him, including me and my family. Noirin and I went along to the Mansion House last night to help celebreate, and she’s uploaded a flickr set of the event. Hopefully it will be a great year!

Exciting times

Posted on June 24, 2006, under apache, general.

So, Apachecon Europe 2006 is upon us. It’s been a somewhat hectic time preparing for it, but it looks like it’s going to be totally worth it. We’re going to have several hundred Apache developers and enthusiasts in the Burlington during the week.

The keynotes are going to be great too, we have Canonical and Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth to give the opening plenary, and – somewhat unusually – we’re going to have Microsoft Ireland’s Robert Burke delivering a sponsored keynote on Microsoft Atlas, their AJAX framework (which is permissively licenced).

There’s going to be a hackathon, and a docathon too, which Noirin is particularly looking forward to helping with. Sun are very kindly sponsoring Noirin to be at the Con, and are putting her up in the hotel, so I’ll be staying with her, despite only living about 10 minutes walk away. Now that’s lazy!

It’s not too late to register for the con, and if you’re based in Ireland, you can still just turn up as late as the Wednesday or Thursday and pay there and then. If you havn’t been to an Apachecon before, keep an eye on the wiki for the KeySigning event, as that’s one of the best ways to get to know people (it’s what I did!).

Some shoes

On a completely unrelated note, a new Lidl opened right around the corner from my parents’ house, where I grew up. As usual, it’s got some cool deals, and I bought some shoes. Normally I dislike shoe shopping, to the point where my last two pairs have been bought online. But the lidl shoes are great, really comfortable and they seem durable and well made. Best of all, they cost me a mere €12.99!