I’m now sitting in Arniston, on a horribly slow GPRS connection, after *camp, which was this weekend, at AIMS. It was a BarCamp-like “unconference”, organised by the geekdinner crowd. I put off having the weekend at Arniston for *camp, and for me, I think that was worth it.
The event was really good. I haven’t been very involved in the organising, and didn’t come prepared with a talk (just equipment). At the start, it felt like there were never going to be enough talks to keep us going, but as soon as it started, it began rolling, and continued for 2 days. The talks were varied, from technical, to psychological, to practical. I was really impressed. The quality of the talks was quite high - I was rarely bored (although I did have IRC distractions).
As usual, I had Jonathan Carter’s camera, and videoed everything. I’m going to go home to around 8 hours of video that needs editing, synchronizing, encoding, and uploading to archive.org. It’ll take a while, guys, be patient.
Today, I got involved with setting up the lab for practical demos. We had 9 PCs lent, and needed Ubuntu on them. Of course, the natural approach is netinstall - I’m familiar with netinstalling Ubuntu, and it is a great way to set up a pile of computers. However, we ran into problem after problem.
routerDHCP option. This seemed to break dnsmasq - PCs stopped accepting leases and DHCPDECLINED them. I’ve never seen that before. So I had to route through my laptop - no biggie.
So, lesson for next time, test your netboot setup in advance, don’t assume that a mirror will be in working shape. We should have set up the lab on day one, for use on day 2.
The upshot of this is that I didn’t see any talks today (excepting a practical in the lab, on scribus, once it was up). I’ll have to watch the videos later.
Now, I’m going to enjoy a few days in Arniston, and then come home to graduate.
I’ve touched up the CLUG wiki GPRS/3G page today. It’s now a complete dump of my knowledge on the subject - a page I wish had existed when I started mucking with mobile data.
Now I’m just waiting for the 3G card that I bought on eBay to turn up, so I can get a slightly more usable connection than asthmatic GPRS when I’m on the run.