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Tuesday July 18, 2006
11:44 AM

Ten Things You'll Experience Only at OSCON 2006

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The latest email from O'Reilly inviting me to attend OSCON (even though I'm already registered) is really odd. It's meaningless marketing stuff that's just plain wrong.

The mail is titled "Ten Things You'll Experience Only at OSCON 2006".

Out of those top ten things, 7 of them were at YAPC Chicago (about 400ish attendees), and most of them are at most YAPCs. These are the actual things that O'Reilly claims you can only experience at OSCON 2006. I haven't changed the headings:

1) Sessions
 
2) Tutorials
 
3) Keynote Presentations
 
4) Speakers
 
6) Sponsors and Exhibitors
 
7) Events
 
10) People

The ones that weren't at YAPC Chicago don't seem all that special:

5) O'Reilly Radar: The Executive Briefing
 
8) OSCamp
 
9) The O'Reilly Booth in the Exhibit Hall

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  • I especially love the constant plugs to attend the "O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing" on Tuesday. You think someone would have figured they shouldn't spam people who are both registered, and have scheduling conflicts [oreillynet.com].
  • ... if that were all the message said. I don't remember seeing R0ml or Asterisk or TiVo or Powell's at YAPC::NA, for example.

  • In a way, we did have OSCamp. We had three days of hackathons after YAPC::NA when real work got done.

    And speaking of hackathons, keep your eyes open for future hackathon news.

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