Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
If you really want to find out more, buy me a Guinness
Saturday. Today was the last day of talks. I took on Marty's 'Playing
Together', which looked at some common tools to enabled networks to talk to
each other. So DNS, DHCP, Samba and printing were all covered among others. It
was interesting to hear Marty's experiences of setting up networks, some of
which carries on from his 'GnuGuerilla' talk. He also aimed the talk at small
networks, and as such some of the tools mentioned, such as dnsmasq, were quite
new to me. By lunchtime we had docked in Dubrovnik. Several of the geeks had
planned to meet up with several Coartian Linux geeks and go for a meal in a
really nice restaurant. I went with them, just to check out the restaurant,
but the news that it was going to be expensive proved true, so I opted for a
walk arount the city. I'm glad I did, as there were several interesting
buildings, not least of which was the Irish Pub I found in the back streets.
Having survived without Guinness for a week, I thought I owed it to myself to
have at least a pint
Sunday. Going home day. At least for some. We were out of the rooms and waiting around for most of the morning. Some of us had problems sorting out bills, and the queue for paying was horrendous. About 100 people in line and each of the cashiers taking around 5 minutes per person. There were a few that had problems leaving on time, and 2 guys actually missed their flight because of the cockup with registering credit cards. It transpired later that their network was screwed and couldn't process any credit cards. Thankfully Marty, Karen and I were on the second wave off the ship, and quickly found our bags and headed for the airport. My flight wasn't until the afternoon, so I had plenty of time to sit and wait. I'm glad I did, as the two guys who had missed their flight, were not getting a good deal from the Costa representatives. I managed to step in and explain a few things as to the lack of communication and general disorganisation of the admin staff on board. Unfortunately the reps couldn't authorise payment for a hotel and another flight the following day, so the two guys were faced with paying over €1150 & €500 respectively to get home. Money they didn't have. On further investigation, it appears that Costa in their infinite wisdom, had booked a flight that required those that were travelling on it, to get off the boat and arrive at the airport with precision timing. No room for error. Given the cockup with the credit cards, if the flight had been even 30 minutes later, they would both have made the flight. I had to leave them and catch my flight, which thankfully went without a hitch, but I was concerned they were going to end up stuck in the airport. However, they did manage to get home safely. Costa have not made a good impression on anyone, although the bar staff, entertainment staff and some of the waiting staff were wonderful. From what has been said, Neil wants to come back to Europe for a Geek Cruise, but it is highly unlikely that he'll be using Costa again.
All in all I enjoyed the Geek Cruise side of things, the excursions and the company I kept. I'd certainly like to do it again, but may have to wait until 2006. I'll have to see if we can afford a family holiday in the Caribbean next year