mark :: blog :: red hat summit
Nalin gave a great presentation in the last summit slot about single sign on. One of his slides read simply "Passwords Suck. More Passwords Suck More". I think this is a useful phrase that I am going to now subvert for a short rant:
American Airlines Experiences Suck
More American Airlines Experiences Suck More
First was the debacle which was a 7 hour delay getting to Nashville after a flight was cancelled. Now, at 9pm the day before my 6am flight from Nashville to London tommorrow they cancel my flight and are unable to get me to London in time for my Monday meeting. So I miss my meeting and total for the week I'll have had 18 hours of delays. Although perhaps I shouldn't blog this until I'm home as I'm still in Nashville and, nice that it is, don't want to spend another year here. So thats four out of my last six AA trips that have gone significantly wrong, and I only used AA this time because I wanted to upgrade and had miles left.
However, rant aside, this trip was all about the Red Hat Summit. I was pleasantly suprised by how smoothly it ran and how useful it was to have face-to-face meetings with some of the people I interact with daily by computer. There's a few cool things that the trip acted as a catalyst for, but you'll need to wait to find out ;) I tried to speak to many different attendees over breaks in the days, and consensus was positive with all the first-timers wishing to attend again in the future.
a few of my photos from the summit
After a busy day yesterday at the Summit we partied over at the Wildhorse Saloon. Popped out for an hour with a couple of colleagues to grab a few local geocaches, and saw some sights in Nashville we'd otherwise have missed.
After completing all my presentations yesterday I was able to relax at the conference party. Perhaps we relaxed a little too much.
I did eventually make it to Nashville, although with a 7 hour delay in Chicago. Yesterday was mostly catching up and a little local geocaching.
Earlier today we made public a new service from the security team: OVAL patch definitions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4. Some summary information is available at our OVAL FAQ, or if you are at the Summit pop along to my talk starting in about 45 minutes.
Previous flights to the US have all ended in disaster so I've been avoiding travelling for some time. However this morning I set off from Glasgow to Nashville for the Red Hat Summit. I'm giving a couple of security presentations on Wednesday. Except that's Glasgow to Chicago and Chicago to Nashville. And the Chicago to Nashville flight got cancelled due to Air Traffic Restrictions (whatever that means it means AA didn't want to take responsibility). Then the bad weather hit and, well, I'm still here 5 hours later, with no sign of the last flight of the day being actually able to leave. Fortunately I flew out a day earlier as I kind of predicted the risk that this sort of thing would happen.
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