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Archive for January, 2010

CFP deadline extended to February 7th. Early registration deadline February 1st!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

For numerous reasons, we are extending our Call for Proposals submission deadline one week, to Sunday, February 7th, 2010.

In addition, tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of our discounts for early registration (including the $50 group rate, which goes up to $60 on February 2nd).

So get your registration in now and your proposal in by next week!

Next Cleveland Hackerspace Meeting

Friday, January 29th, 2010

The next Makers’ Alliance meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 @ the Burning River ProtoStudio space.

Eric Meyer: The Future of the Web (Is Now)

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Tonight I had the pleasure of hearing former Notacon Speaker and CSS Celebrity Eric Meyer speak about the future of the web at Tri-C West Campus. A brief bio of Eric from tonight’s talk can be found here.

In the presentation Eric covered the current and future of web browsers and programming. The primary focus of the presentation was HTML5 and CSS3 and how much these technologies have changed to become what they are today. Eric also talked about what he believes the future of HTML and CSS will be.

Here are three specific examples that he used to illustrate HTML5 and CSS3:

  • html5 audio/canvas experiment
  • html5 drum kit
  • CSS 3D Transforms
  • I look forward to seeing many demos coded in HTML and CSS. I also recommend following Eric Meyer and Complex Spiral Consulting and seeing Eric talk if you have a chance.

    Also, if you are involved in web design and haven’t heard of A List Apart, allow me to introduce you to a treasure of a resource. Also check out the An Event Apart conference. Look for one in your area, or make a vacation out of it!

    Congratulations to the first acceptances for Notacon 7.

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

    Notacon early presentation acceptances happened on December 15th. We would like to formally announce the first 6 presentations and performances accepted for Notacon 7.

    Angus Blitter – “Do You Want To Play A Game?”: Game Theory And Simulated Cyber War
    Tod Detre and Gina Hoang – Computer Geeks Can Do Humanitarian Work Too
    Tom Eston, Chris Clymer, Matthew Neely, The Confused Greenies – Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
    Guybrush – Proce55ed Synaesthesia for Fun and Profit
    Nicolle “rogueclown” Neulist – Hey, Don’t Call That Guy A Noob: Toward a More Welcoming Hacker Community
    Project Ruori – Performance

    Remember, speaking and performance slots are still available. CFPs are accepted until January 31, 2010. Submit your idea today.

    An Open Letter of Apology

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

    Last night, while tired, weary and working on various Notacon projects, I sent out an email to almost everyone who registered online for Notacon 6. Unfortunately, I neglected to put the recipient list in the bcc: field and instead put them in the to: field of the email. Hence, approximately 195 people now have eachothers’ email addresses. No other personal information was shared. In short, I, Paul “Froggy” Schneider, fucked up.

    This is a huge embarrassment not only for Notacon as an organization, but for me personally. However, it reminds me of a fact many of us are too familiar with: The weakest link in infosec is always the human involved! Even those of us who spend our lives working in the field are not immune to making mistakes, myself included.

    We wanted to openly acknowledge this mistake and assure all Notacon participants that we do take the issue of privacy seriously and that we are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

    While most of the people involved have already contacted me and expressed their understanding, a few have, understandably, expressed their concern and anger. A very small contingent decided to re-share the list to other sources. Obviously at this point there is little we can do since the genie is, essentially, out of the bottle.

    We have changed our practices such that issues like this should not arise in the future. If you do have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me personally to discuss the issue. We appreciate everyone involved respecting our mistake and ask them not to re-share the list if at all possible.

    Notacon Food Options

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

    As we begin the final stages of planning for Notacon 7, one of the problems we often encounter is food availability. We have thrown together a brief survey on food vending. Please take a moment to answer so that we can use the results in negotiations, both this year and in years to come.

    Early registration closes in 1 month!

    Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

    Just a reminder that the early registration discounts expire in one month! On February 2nd, registration rates for Notacon 7 will move to their regular prices.

    Register early and save some money!

    @party registration open!

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

    @party registration officially opened New Year’s Day. If you are interested in supporting this newest North American Demoparty, please register. Registration is open from January 1, 2010 until February 14, 2010 and space is limited. Froggy and I hope to see you there.

    Visit the @party site for more information.