Volunteers for Flood Relief Sought at LCA2011 in Brisbane

Pia Waugh has put up a page on the LCA wiki seeking to recruit and organise attendees who might want to help assist with the flood recovery in Brisbane. It says:

This page was set up for linux.conf.au attendees who are keen to do some volunteer work to assist the flood victims in Brisbane. A few hundred attendees throwing in a few hours or a day or so to help out will make an enormous difference to people who have lost so much. […] Specific volunteer activities will be planned for the Sunday before the conference and the Saturday following the conference, and there will no doubt also be odd jobs here or there for those who find themselves with a free hour or so throughout the conference.

The page asks volunteers to list themselves there but currently they only have a couple of people on the sheet and I think they could do with some more publicity!

Unfortunately I don’t get to go to linux.conf.au these days (SC in the US is my one work conf now) otherwise I’d be pitching in too.. 🙁

LCA 2008 Day 4 Photos

I have uploaded my photos from Thursday (Day 4) of Linux.Conf.Au 2008 at Melbourne University. They are exclusively of the RepRap that was being shown off today and a gathering of people experimenting with the wireless mesh and collaborative capabilities of the OLPC XO’s that were distributed yesterday. I’ve already heard of at least 2 bugs being found through this release of machines to developers (one by Jason White).

RepRap RepRap fabricated parts Closeup of a RepRap fabricated part. A mesh of OLPC XO users Do you think it's meant to do that ? OLPC XO distance measuring application

I’ve just rearranged & geocoded all my LCA 2008 photos on Flickr into a set per day, gathered together into a single collection, which makes life easier for people who just want to see what happened on what day! I’ve updated the links on previous blog entries to point to the right set for the day in question too.

LCA 2008 Speakers Dinner and Day 3 Photos

I’ve now uploaded more photos onto Flickr from the speakers dinner on Tuesday night held at St Pauls Chapter House (near the cathedral), built in 1891, a lovely building! I don’t have any photos from the day on Tuesday as I had to work.

Speakers dinner Avi up on the balcony St Pauls Chapter House Menu for the speakers dinner.

There are also photos from Day 3 (Wednesday) where at morning coffee there were LWN cakes to celebrate LWN’s 10th birthday and we were distributing OLPC XO laptops to various chosen delegates for them to go develop amazing things with (or give them to someone else who would). It was a great buzz to make peoples day like this, especially when they tell you what they could do with them!

LWN cakes OLPC XO laptops People using OLPC XO laptops Rusty Russell gives OLPC XO laptop to Jason White, a member of LUV John Dalton with OLPC XO laptop

Hence the LWN photo..

LCA2008 – Day 0!

Well today was Day 0 of LCA2008 and I was there as a volunteer helping out with lugging things, putting banners up, folding shirts and working on the registration (( rego, in Australian )) desk.

I’ve also started uploading my photos from this to Flickr and it looks like I’m the first to do that (or at least tag them as such). 🙂

Day 1 registration opens at 8am and I’m going to do my best to be there early (Connex permitting)!