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Birds of a Feather Sessions

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BOFs can be organized for individual projects or broader topics (best practices, open data, standards). BOFs are entirely up to you. We post your topic online and onsite and provide the space and time. You provide the engaging topic.

BOFs will be available Monday 6 - 10 pm, Tuesday 7 - 8 pm, and Wednesday 8 - 10 pm. If you're interested in moderating your own BOF, please fill out the questionnaire, today. If you have any questions, feel free to email Vee McMillen.

Please note that audio/visual equipment, including projection equipment, will not be available for BOF sessions. If you require any audio/visual equipment, you may contact Good Company Productions, the official conference audio/visual producer, for rental rates.

The following BOFs have been scheduled for the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference.

Monday, September 30

Perl and Mac
Date: 09/30/2002
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Stevens Creek
Perl and Mac OS X.

Mac OS X Wireless
Date: 09/30/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: San Tomas/Lawrence
Moderated by: Cliff Skolnick, BAWUG

Experts in 802.11b (the technology used in the Apple Airport Products) will answer any questions and lead discussions in the following areas:

  • Extending the range of the Airport Base Station
  • Increasing the range of an Apple Titanium
  • Interoperability with non-Apple hardware
  • Software Base Station and OS X
  • Wireless networking security

Bay Area Wireless User Group (BAWUG) Meeting
Date: 09/30/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: San Tomas/Lawrence
The Bay Area Wireless Users Group (BAWUG) will hold a special meeting at the Westin Santa Clara in conjunction with the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference. BAWUG was founded to promote wireless use for the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. This meeting is open to the public. Visit the BAWUG website for more information.

Welcome to an O'Reilly Conference
Date: 09/30/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Stevens Creek
What is a BOF? Where do I get information about the wireless network? What time is the afternoon break? What's for lunch? How do I give feedback to the conference team? Join Conference Program Chair, Rael Dornfest, and Director of Conferences, Gina Blaber along with other members of the conference team for an introduction to an O'Reilly event. We'll cover what makes an O'Reilly conference unique, each day's special events, and answer all your questions.

Tuesday, October 1

Databases and ODBC on Mac OS X
Date: 10/01/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Camino Real
Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Director of Technology Evangelism, OpenLink Software

An informal discussion about the issue and benefits of using Mac OS X as an enterprise database server platform, covering items such as availability of RDBMS's, tools and IDE's available for database application development, and issues of data access covering ODBC and JDBC including an explanation of the architecture acheived by OS X 10.2's inclusion of an ODBC Driver Manager and the iODBC components. We will also open up discussion around the availability of RDBMS's that can serve Web Services to enable using the Mac as a central Web Services platform in the Enterprise.

Wednesday, October 2

Clusters Are More Than a Rack of Hardware
Date: 10/02/2002
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Bayshore
Moderated by: Kevin Barron, Director of IT, KITP, UC Santa Barbara

Clusters can be used for numerous purposes -- everything from render farms to scientific "supercomputing". The Xseve is a particularly compelling platform for building a cluster. But where do you start? After amassing a goup of machines in a rack and networking them together -- then what? What are the pros and cons of running OS X versus Linux? Does it make a difference if you plan on a small cluster of a dozen nodes versus one comprised of 50 or more? Also, what are the best ways to manage a cluster in terms of job and performance monitoring?

OpenOffice.org and MacOS X
Date: 10/02/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Camino Real
Moderated by: Edward Peterlin, Lead Macintosh Developer, BIOPAC Systems, Inc.

You may have heard about OpenOffice.org on other platforms. While still in development, it is coming for MacOS X. Come and find out more about what OpenOffice.org is, where our efforts are today, and where we're hoping to be going. Whether you're wondering when it might be available, a developer wanting some technical details on how to get started, interested in helping beta test the software, thinking of migrating from other office productivity suites, or have never even heard of it before, come and ask questions about all aspects of this large project.

Find out how you can lend a hand and help speed up the process and help us deliver a professional quality open source office productivity suite for MacOS X!

Date: 10/02/2002
Time: 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Bayshore
RSS users, developers, and pot-stirrers gather for a discussion of the current state of, uses of, and future for RSS. All are welcome; being a conference attendee is not necessary. Notes will be taken on #RSS on irc.openprojects.net and those who cannot be present will be channeled in as much as possible.

TidBITS Talk
Date: 10/02/2002
Time: 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Bayshore
Join several TidBITS editors and a number of our contributors to discuss hot topic issues like the role of copyright in the digital world, ways of acknowledging the perceived value of content such as our PayBITS experiment, Apple's position in the computer industry, the future of the computer press, and anything else that happens to capture the collective imagination of those present.

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