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ApacheWeek: O'Reilly Open Source Conference: Day 1 & 2

Jul 26, 2000, 00:27 (0 Talkback[s])

"Apache Week had the pleasure of visiting Monterey in July to report on the 4th O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention. This seemed like the ideal assignment; we get to fly to California in July, avoiding the British weather, and spend a week right on the West Coast just a few hours south of the Bay Area. That was the plan, but the reality started to kick in on our drive down the coast on Sunday to the conference centre when it was cold, windy, and raining. The conference was being held in the Monterey conference centre, an impressive building joined to two hotels. We knew instantly that we had the right building as whilst registering we were approached by a fellow attendee who explained how he had worked out spoofing the Internet hotel connections to avoid paying for them."

"7.45am on Monday morning is not my most favourite time of the week, and it didn't help that we were greeted with the sight of over a thousand tutorial delegates jostling for seats to eat the provided breakfast. The first two days of the conference were dedicated to longer tutorial sessions, each one scheduled for 3.5 hours allowing the presenters to really get into the depths of their chosen subject. With 13 simultaneous tutorial sessions on the first day, and only two Apache Week staff, we found it really hard to choose between them. Other delegates we spoke to were similarly overwhelmed by the choice."

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