By barton808 on Jan 18, 2007
Well Im really excited because tomorrow morning at 9:00AM I jet off to Hawaii to speak at the Pacific Free and Open Source Convention (PFOSSCON.)
I weaseled my way into this since Im the only member of the Free and Open Source Group at Sun that was born and raised in Hawaii. Not that being from the islands was a prerequisite but that didnt stop me from putting myself forward as the most appropriate candidate. I even got to do pre-press for the event by doing an interview on KTUH, the university of Hawaii at Manoa's student radio station which is also streamed live on the web.
At PFOSSCON, I will be sharing the bill with none other than the prophet of the Free Software Movement himself, Richard Stallman. Ive never seen Stallman speak and since I will be managing Sun's relationship with the Free Software Foundation, this will be a great opportunity. Also speaking will be Dave Roberts. Dave is VP of strategy and marketing at a cool looking company called Vyatta that is pursuing open source networking.
The conference is on Saturday, so I will have Sunday to relax with friends and relatives. Monday we are off to Waimea on the Big Island to do a mini conference to the astronomer community and other interested parties. Waimea is fascinating since its a small little town that is home to some of the world's top astronomers. The reason for this is that it is at the foot of Mauna Kea which, given its height and location in the middle of the Pacific, hosts some of the most advanced observatories on earth. Observatories such as the Keck, Gemini and CFHT.
I plan to take a bunch of pictures and post some in future blogs. I may even blog from the isles while Im there...but then again, the risk of getting sand in my laptop may be too great and I may have to keep it zipped up in its case.
Pau for now...