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Month: October 2006

The Mac Observer Reviews Seasonality

Jeff Gamet at the Mac Observer writes:

Depending on your occupation or personal interests, weather tracking can be a necessary task, or an interesting diversion. Seasonality 1.3.2 from Gaucho Software covers both bases for you.

The review gives Seasonality a 4 out of 5 rating. Thanks Jeff!

Buffalo Snow Storm

I just wrote a post on the Gaucho Software Forums about a snow storm that hit Buffalo a little over 10 days ago. It brought almost 2 feet of snow to the area and caused a lot of damage. I happened to be in the area at the time, so I was tracking the storm pretty closely, and I even took a few pictures of the aftermath. If you’re interested, check out the story here.

The story posting is part of a new weather discussion area I added to the forums. If you have any weather stories to share, feel free to start up a new topic and tell everyone about it. Also, bring along any questions you may have about anything relating to weather.

C4 Abridged

Daniel Jalkut of Red Sweater Software posted a nice write-up of the conference, complete with a summary of each presentation:

"Live from Chicago (recorded earlier), it’s C4 as heard by Daniel Jalkut, October 21-22."

C4 Followup

A great time was had at C4 this past weekend. My trip started out Friday when I met up with John before the conference. I haven’t seen him since this past June, so it was great to hang out again. We went to this excellent Chinese food restaurant, and he showed me around the area a bit that afternoon.

The conference kicked off Friday evening with Wolf giving an introduction and Gruber following up with what was almost a UI state of the union address. After that everyone piled into a couple of busses to head over to Jaks. There I got a chance to talk with Elliot, who has been beta testing Seasonality now for almost a year. He’s working on a new add-on feature for Seasonality that I’ll post more about later.

Saturday kept the ball rolling with some excellent presentations by Brent, Aaron, Gus, Steve, and Brian. Brent talked about web services, and dropped a few references to Seasonality during his presentation (thanks Brent!). Gus gave a great introduction to Lua, which looks like an awesome embed-able scripting language. I’m toying with the idea of adding Lua support in Seasonality. Aaron gave some tips on how to get started with Cocoa and talked about going after the enterprise market. Steve talked about the programming language he created, Io, and how it handles concurrent programming, which was pretty cool. Finally, Brian gave a pretty good overview of Subversion and where the project is going in the near (and far) future.

All this great content was concluded with a panel led by DB. Several topics came up during the talk, like suggestions to Apple from the independent developer standpoint, what technologies and frameworks are under/over utilized, and of course some shouting over DRM. 😉 Afterwards everyone headed over to Gino’s for some grub. Speaking of grub, the food at this conference was much better than WWDC. Jamba Juice was brought in Saturday afternoon, plenty of caffeine was available at all times, and the other meals were excellent.

Since the content of this conference isn’t under NDA like Apple’s WWDC is, there were a lot more people taking photos of the sessions and events. You can check out my photos here. John Gruber got a shot of me looking like I’m about to attack. 🙂 I look a lot friendlier in a photo James Duncan Davidson took of the audience.

Thanks go out to Wolf for doing an excellent job of putting the conference together. Here’s hoping for a C4 2.0 next year.

C4

I’m getting ready to head off to C4 tomorrow morning. I was pretty excited when I first heard Wolf was putting together this conference, and signed up the day after he publicly announced it. With people like Wolf, Gruber, Brent, Gus, and DB all presenting there, along with some people I haven’t met (Steve DeKorte and Brian Fitzpatrick), this should be a really good conference. Things have been pretty crazy here the past few months, so it will be good to get away from the usual work and spend some time socializing with other developers.

While I’m in the Chicago area, I’ll also get a chance to spend some time both with John and my cousin, so that will be pretty cool as well. I’m hoping to have some time left-over for photography, but we’ll have to see how it goes. The Chicago Marathon is this Sunday, so that might give me a chance to practice some action photography.

Anyway, if you see me at C4, be sure to say hello.

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