Tips & Tidbits for Attending OSCON
Registration is located in the Exhibit Hall, located on the Exhibit level (Lower Level II) of the Portland Downtown Marriott Hotel.
Exhibit Hall Hours
The Exhibit Hall is located in the Exhibit level (Lower Level II) of the Portland Marriott Downtown Hotel and is open:
The Convention Bookstore, located in the Exhibit Hall, features O'Reilly publications. Stop by the Bookstore to view the current schedule of author signings. The Bookstore will be open:
Apple AirPort Extreme Lounge
The Apple AirPort Extreme Lounge hosts a large display of Apple computers, all installed with Panther and available for your use during the OSCON. Whether you're checking email or viewing Panther's sleek features, the AirPort Extreme Lounge is the place to be.
Stop by the AirPort Extreme Lounge on Thursday evening, 6:00 - 7:00 pm during the Apple Developer Connection Reception, to join us for drinks and appetizers.
802.11b Wireless Connectivity
We are providing wireless connectivity to the Internet at this convention via 11Mb high-speed devices. You are welcome and encouraged to use your own wireless equipment to access our network, available throughout the convention area in the hotel. We are unfortunately unable to provide technical support or assistance with wireless connectivity.
To connect, be certain that you are running the latest drivers and firmware for your wireless device. In practice, the overwhelming majority of connectivity issues have been resolved by installing the latest drivers and firmware.
Please take note that each user on the network is responsible for his or her own security. As this is an open network, you are advised to disable any open ports or shares you do not want exposed. For privacy, we recommend that you use a secure tunnel through a trusted server when accessing network services such as email and web sites.
OS X users please be certain that Internet Connection Sharing is turned off: Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Sharing -> Internet -> Press "Stop" if indicated.
Tips for Convention Goers
Derrick Story, managing editor of O'Reilly Network, has the following tips for convention-goers:
Tip 1: Bring the extension cord for your Power Adapter. Sometimes socket real estate becomes quite sparse on those power strips and there isn't room for the Power Adapter itself. Those with standard plugs will live to compute another hour while others may have to fold up camp.
Tip 2: Pack a stash of munchies. There will be a bag lunch (Wednesday - Thursday; served in the Exhibit Hall), but sometimes you might want to roll through a series of afternoon and evening events and delay your dinner until later. Have some munchies on hand to curb your appetite and give you maximum scheduling flexibility.
Tip 3: Partition your hard drive. At a convention like this, you're going to want a sandbox to play in without compromising your everyday work environment. It's a total hassle to partition your drive while on location.
Tip 4: Cut your rooming costs in half. O'Reilly facilitates a room sharing list where you can team up with another convention attendee and cut your rooming costs in half.
Tip 5: For secure connection to your server, test your VPN setup. Don't wait until you arrive at the hotel to test your VPN setup, test your configuration from home. That way, if you need to consult your system administrator, it's a friendly request when he has time and not an emergency stacked on top of the other 10 problems he's trying to solve.
Tip 6: Bring extra business cards. Yes, it's a digital world and you can send your VCard to new acquaintances via iChat or email, but sometimes introductions happen in hallways, restaurants, and elevators. A paper business card is more practical. Make sure you have a few in your pocket, just in case you make a great potential business contact.
Tip 7: Try Safari for free during the Convention. As a special service to all convention participants, this year we're offering free access to the O'Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf during OSCON. While attending the convention, you can use your free Safari access to search over 2,000 top technology books, download code, and find info on just about anything tech related. And you'll be able to build your own electronic bookshelf with up to 30 books. We invite you to see for yourself why Safari has become an indispensable resource for programming and IT professionals.
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