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I’m not really a “hacker” in the network security sense, nor am I really into network security. I went to Defcon last year because a coworker who was planning to attend convinced me I would have fun. I have other friends who attended in the past and enjoyed it. I mentioned it to a few friends, they were interested, so we went!
I discovered that Defcon is not just for Internet Security Geeks! There are different types of “hackers” not all of them computer related. Defcon hosts a Lockpicking lounge and a Hardware Hacking lounge in addition to a variety of talks covering a variety of subjects, not all internet security related.
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I went to <a href=”http://www.linuxfest.org”>linuxfest</a> this past weekend and really had a great time. I had volunteered to help out at the Ubuntu Lo-Co team table but they had it pretty well covered. I think a Pacific Northwest Lo-Co is a bit broad since we’re too spread out to really meet. Several people and groups in Seattle do use Ubuntu so I think it’s a shame there really isn’t a LUG or Seattle Ubuntu Lo-Co. Being at the conference also, to me anyways, emphasized a need for a Linux Chix chapter in Seattle, and I might just have to revive it (as if i don’t have enough on my plate already).
My favorite sessions were Copyright, XUL, One Laptop Per Child, and Asterisk. A few big names had sponsored some events which made it fun – SecondLife, Google, and Pogo. I’d really love to get involved with some game programming on OLPC, especially since they are using PyGame, but I have no idea where or how to get started, there wasn’t much info on their wiki. XUL was neat as well as an alternative to Adobe’s Apollo/Air. When I started playing around with the samples, however I realized it’s a mess. Air is way easier to use out of the box and is better documented. Hopefully Mozilla works to improve this because XUL could really be a decent Free alternative.