Why my phone is silent during LCA talks

I don’t especially like Tasker’s interface, but setitng one’s phone to silent is nice enough to bust it out, so I thought I’d explain how I do this during linux.conf.au. A bit of background: Tasker is an Android application (not free in either sense of the word) that does things to your phone when certain conditions (called contexts) are true. For example it could change the wallpaper (task) when you have unread text messages (context). I have, for example, Tasker tasks that turn my phone to silent between 10:30pm and 7:30am local time; and to run rsync backup (which copies … Continue reading Why my phone is silent during LCA talks

Teach me py.test (Haecksen miniconf, Tuesday)

I didn’t manage to go speaking-free for LCA2013 after all, because I have volunteered to help out my roommate Brianna Laugher with the py.test presentation in the Haecksen miniconf. The plan is that we will do “Teach me py.test” along the lines of Steve Holden’s “Teach Me Twisted” session at PyCon 2008 (see Catherine Devlin’s report). The idea of the session is that I (genuinely new to py.test, although not to either Python or to unit testing in general) will hook my laptop up to a projector and learn how to write tests in py.test, with Brianna teaching me. We … Continue reading Teach me py.test (Haecksen miniconf, Tuesday)

Fun at LCA 2013: my picks for Thursday and Friday

Thursday I rarely go to LCA’s tutorials, but really, after years of not having to worry too much about distributed version control systems due to having in-house technical support from my husband, a (now former) Bazaar developer, it’s probably time that I came to grips with git. Hence Git For Ages 4 And Up (Michael Schwern) is tempting, hopefully it’s OK for those of us who do use terms like “directed acyclic graph”. This does mean missing Wiggle while you work (Neil Brown) though: apparently you can’t be a git beginner whilst being interested in newfangled patching algorithms. After lunch … Continue reading Fun at LCA 2013: my picks for Thursday and Friday

Fun at LCA 2013: my picks for Tuesday and Wednesday

I’m currently regarding LCA 2013 as my last LCA for a while. Never say never: LCA 2014 bids came in from Sydney (so, local to me) and Perth (where I’ve never been and would like to go). But I first went to LCA in 2001 and then later went to 2004 and since 2007 I’ve been to LCA every year, except for 2010 and that only because I had a baby in the middle of the conference. LCA used to be my main way of reconnecting with open source while I was working on my PhD. But now I work … Continue reading Fun at LCA 2013: my picks for Tuesday and Wednesday

2012: resume fodder

Because I had quite a difficult year in several respects, especially health-wise, some short notes on my 2012 accomplishments. Ran AdaCamp. AdaCamp is really originally my baby and AdaCamp Melbourne was significantly my work (with Val, and Skud as local organiser). AdaCamp DC was significantly less so (because I was on study leave between March and May), but still, even on the day they’re a lot of work. Delivered three talks at linux.conf.au. We gave an Ada Initiative update and an allies workshop at the Haecksen miniconf and our Women in open technology and culture worldwide talk at the conference … Continue reading 2012: resume fodder

linux.conf.au: program choices

I’m all but all booked in for linux.conf.au in Ballarat! (Need some accommodation in Melbourne for AdaCamp and to book the train to Ballarat.) So, time to share my early picks of the program: Saturday (in Melbourne): ADACAMP!!! Monday: Haecksen miniconf. Tuesday: EFI and Linux: the future is here, and it’s awful by Matthew Garrett IPv6 Dynamic Reverse Mapping – the magic, misery and mayhem by Robert Mibus Wednesday: Developing accessible web applications – how hard can it be? by Silvia Pfeiffer and Alice Boxhall Helping your audience learn by Jacinta Richardson Mentoring: We’re Doing It Wrong by Leslie Hawthorn … Continue reading linux.conf.au: program choices

Idea for the taking: Freedom Fest

Note: this isn’t commentary on linux.conf.au 2011 in particular, I’ve been thinking about this vaguely for a couple of years and it’s time to release the ideas into the wild where someone might actually do something about it. Also, it should in no way be read as a commitment to me actually ever doing this. Steal this idea. Consider the linux.conf.au miniconf system, in which there are single-day community organised streams occupying the first two days of the conference. Now… consider that as its own conference. That is, I envisage an Australian open source conference that has the organisers take … Continue reading Idea for the taking: Freedom Fest

"Just leave if you don't like it"

A note on the arguments following Mark Pesce’s keynote. There’s one in particular that bugs me: “just leave if you don’t like it.” The thing is, it isn’t normal at linux.conf.au (unlike at a Bar Camp) to just exit a talk from, say, the front section in the middle of a row. Unless you are at the very edge of the room, it’s considered rude to just leave, to the point where some speakers or session chairs might actually yell at you. (I had university lecturers do that.) And I suspect LCA, for organisational reasons as well as for speaker … Continue reading "Just leave if you don't like it"

Powerful people: Mark Pesce’s linux.conf.au keynote

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. Warning: this entry discusses a sexualised presentation, and links to slides from that presentation. Images linked include stylised sexual violence. Note to LCA2011 attendees and other members of the technical community: discussion at Geek Feminism is restricted by our comments policy. If you want to make commentary that does not adhere to that policy, you need to do it somewhere else. Discussion of Pesce’s technical content or the importance of his main subject matter is also off-topic for this post and will not be published. … On Friday at linux.conf.au 2011, Mark Pesce … Continue reading Powerful people: Mark Pesce’s linux.conf.au keynote

linux.conf.au 2011: dinner activities

linux.conf.au has a charity auction over dinner. There are various failure modes: it’s a year of big corporate budgets, so bidding reaches about $5000, no one else can compete, and then it stops it’s not a year of big corporate budgets, so bidding reaches about $500 from a private individual and then it stops bids aren’t high enough, so there is some pressure for someone to donate something precious. This was how Bdale Garbee ended up being shaved by Linus Torvalds at linux.conf.au 2009. This can be fun, but it also at least tweaks and sometimes outright triggers people’s fear … Continue reading linux.conf.au 2011: dinner activities