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EuroFoo Impressions

You know you are too busy when you have to wait a week to find time to write about an event you really enjoyed. I've spent the weekend before last in Holland, attending EuroFoo together with 138+ other geeks (more details in the EuroFoo Wiki, which BTW appears to be broken at the moment). Needless to say, it's been a great fun - a big thank you to O'Reilly who have invited us all. Judging from the comments made by others, we liked the conference because it was not a conference - it was merely a gathering of similar-minded people. We were free to do whatever we wanted. So we did. The most interesting thing for me was being able to watch other people, and learn what they do for fun. I am not alone in this it seems, Jono did the same. I also got to meet Nathan Torkington, who was responsible for me signing with O'Reilly in the first place. Thanks Nat! In fact, so many things happened that weekend that I have trouble remembering it all.

I did give a talk about web security at the conference, but it was not very well attended (I was not alone in the room, mind you, but I would have appreciated more attendees). That's no wonder since I was one of few people there who had security listed in their interests. The first part of the talk was probably boring as I tried to cover too much ground. It didn't help that I didn't plan for the talk to happen (it was an impulse I had after seeing an empty space in the schedule). Fortunately, towards the end the talk turned into a discussion with the people present, and that was a much more interesting thing to do. What I learned? Do not give talks unless you came prepared!

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