On conferences

Well. My attendance at @media 2005 didn’t happen in the end. Simply too much to do once I got back in the office after my period of full-time fatherhood. A real shame, but good Lord, if I’d actually attended the conference, I wouldn’t be typing this now, I’d still be frantically working. And I don’t want to be doing that on a weekend, thanks all the same: it’s that sort of thing that led me to giving up accountancy some seven years ago in favour of IT!

So, whilst I await conference reports from a few of my colleagues (Mr. Marshall especially!), I can rest easy in the knowledge that the worst is done: yesterday, I worked a solid thirteen hour day. On top of a week in which I had already put in some fifty hours. Ooof. But it’s been worth it: my J2EE chops are gradually geting there! I also know a lot more about Java cryptography code, key stores and WebSphere than I did at the beginning of the week. Lumme.

Back to conferences. There’s one that I certainly will not be skipping soon: the Collaborative Technologies Conference 2005 in New York City. Woo hoo! I fly out on Saturday for that one, should be good. Especially as I am attending with m’colleague / partner in crime John Barrow. We are meeting up with Michael Sampson who is also presenting at the conference. Should be a good ’un.

Finally, looks as though Jens-Christian Fischer has been having lots of fun at reboot in Denmark. The conference had some pretty big-hitters speaking, and I recommend you check out this post right now. Very cool!

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