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Linux Conference – Canberra: Arrival

Hi blog readers, coming to you from the muggy jungle of the ACT. Hopefully I can bring you some updates so you don’t feel completely left out because of all the fun of LCA (Linux Conference Australia) and you couldn’t make it 😉

Good morning world. OMG 3-4-5 AM something and I have woken up and cant sleep!
I am in the dorm at the Australian National University, Canberra and it has been a warm muggy night and we don’t have fans or any air moving.

Flights were great. We traveled QANTAS and folks, the service I got was nothing short of excellent! For domestic travel it was great! David Lloyd, Geoffrey Bennett where were you? Nobody to do any impromptu LAN cabling across the seats and down the rows. Just miss you guys around these halls of Geekiness 😉

Leaving home at OMG-it’s-too-early-time I caught buses and trains into the Airport. Met a really nice young man who explained in his limited English that he had recently arrived from Iran as a refugee and was heading to Womens and Childrens hospital where a few days earlier his wife had given birth to their new daughter. He had a son 5 who they had to leave with relatives when they fled the persecution in that war torn country. Such a nice young man, I wish them all the best in their adopted country.

Adelaide Airport. What can I say? One day it will look really nice but at this time with all the construction going on it is shambles! The bus stop is miles away from the terminal, well it seems that way when lugging gear! Met up with Daniel Sobey and we had a fun time for the trip. You should have seen the going over he went through when the Melbourne guys checked out his backpack and the IT gear he has stuffed in there LOL

Melbourne was nice but I didn’t get to meet up with my good friend as we had planned. Hi Bernadette Dimitrov! Hope all is OK with you.

Canberra. A lot has changed since we lived here in 80-85. A lot has stayed the same. They have a lot of construction going on in the CBD. Even getting what might be called some hi-rise buildings. Well compared to what we see in Adelaide they might be sort of hi-rise 😉

The LCA crew are awesome! Shuttle buses waiting for us and those bright blue shirts! Outstanding! Checking was smooth and some nice goodies in the welcome pack. A nice touch is the goodies kit was on our beds waiting for us when we found our allocated rooms. Good one Canberra!

Uni campus is nice and quite extensive. We worked out how to get LAN and it is screaming so that’s a big bonus. Can you believe it, a linux.conf and we have Internet in our rooms before Monday. Wow <giggles>
Such a nice bunch of geeks, met up with some good friends, Hi Kylie Willison! Very helpful local crew. Romana, your Serval guys are next door. Last night they were hacking away for the presentation due later today. Not sure if they pulled an all-nighter but it looked like it was going to be a long night for them. Miss your smiling face around here. Take care. Hugs.

The dorms are … well dorms but the Kitchen facilities, wow, you would think it was a commercial catering centre but NO tools, utensils, post, pans, nuttin!

UPDATE 29/01: The lovely folks at linux.conf.au have kindly provided pots/pans/utensils for our part of the Kitchen. Way to go folks, awesome support!

I had typical student fare last night, 3 minute noodles. Jam the noodles in the plastic KeepCup and fill with water. Zap for 2 minutes, drain and stir. Eat, rinse and make Milo in it without any milk because store is 20 or so minutes walk away and too far. Talking with several others and I think we will be putting some cash in a hat and buying some cheap stuff to last us the week.

Oh yeah. You know what it’s like. You get to your destination and think of what you left home. I sure did. How about these classics, Credit card still at home, went through the wash! Loaded up a USB key last night, left it in the PC. Now hacking into the home PC through Team Viewer. Lifesaver!
At least all the power cords and connectors made the journey LOL

So, today is Monday. I managed to get flights to be in enough time to get all registered so that is all taken care of, now on with the Show!

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