OSCON People and Random Tidbits

03 Aug 2006

One of the great things about OSCON is how it brings people together, and this year's conference was no different. I had the privilege of meeting a number of people for the first time:

I may have forgotten a few people, and if so, I apologize.

Laura blogged about her T-Shirt Index, an idea that uses the number of free t-shirts available at OSCON as a rough approximation of the economic health of the industry. If more vendors would realize that XL shirts don't fit everyone, I might have picked up more than two. :-)

Ted Leung mentioned a cool idea from Zak:

Zak Greant of the Mozilla foundation discussed how he is using a bug/issue tracker to deal with community issues. This sounds like a no brainer kind of activity, particularly for open source projects, but I am not aware of any other community that is making use of this practice.

This reminds me of another tip from Zak's blog, Don't get pwn3d: Why Professionalism Matters In Community Discussions.

Other topics of interest from OSCON include the PHP trading card game (which you can now download), the PDXPHP meeting, the PHP Security Hoedown, the OmniTI book signing (another photo), and sponsored events at establishments like American Cowgirls.