BloggerCon Infrastructure session

I’m thinking about what sorts of folks could help make the BloggerCon Infrastructure session a big success. I think people who want to learn about the infrastructure will be there by default. The trick is to make sure there are knowledgeable people there to answer questions and keep the discussion going. Here is a list of profiles to help with figuring out who to reach out to:

A writer who is famously obsessive about tracking their rankings and inbound traffic. We would expect this person to be expert on how Blogdex compares to Daypop and Technorati. They may also be familiar with how desktop editors work.

A reader who has searched for, and maybe found, the “perfect” news aggregator. This person will have tried various aggregators and can talk about how centralized aggregators compare to desktop aggregators.

A lone developer who has used the infrastructure to build something totally different from what came before. Like the writer and reader, this person is a customer of the infrastructure. This person should be able to explain what “pings” are and explain basic distributed computing ideas to a non-technical audience.

An entrepreneur or other centralized service operator who has to worry about keeping servers alive and paying the bills.

These are just profiles, of course, many of which may live inside the same person. Also, we are not limited to having just one person per profile. The more the merrier! Can you suggest articulate people who meet these profiles and can be in New England on October 5?

The Linux wars continue

If you haven’t been following, there has been some back and forth Open Letter writing in the Linux wars this week.

SCO CEO Darl McBride: Open Letter To the Open Source Community

Linus Torvalds: Open letter to Darl McBride — please grow up (Linus’ letter is reproduced at the bottom of the article)

Eric Raymond and Bruce Perens: Response to Darl McBride’s Open Letter

First impressions: McBride: most polished, Torvalds: most amusing, Raymond and Perens: most important. Read the Raymond and Perens letter.

Seth thinks I look a lot like Fernando Lorenzo Lamas.

Lorenzo Lamas Me

Believe what you have to believe. All I’m sayin’ is, nobody’s ever seen the two of us in the same place at the same time.