"For the first two days of O'Reilly's Open Source Convention
(OSCON), if you walked around the convention center between breaks
you might have thought it was a colossal snooze-fest. Those
accustomed to the circus-like atmosphere of some conventions might
have thought they'd arrived a week early. With the exception of a
few geeks lolling around on inflated chairs in the halls, there was
no one to be seen.
"Flip open a laptop, peer up with the wireless network, and fire
up a Bonjour-compatible chat client, and the story changed: There
were plenty of people all over the place; they were just tucked
into the numerous tutorials, hands-on sessions, and
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