Quick summary - download the flyer!
Con is a low cost conference for hackers and technology enthusiasts.
You can't get much more low cost than this:
Caves Beach is a sleepy little town on the Central Coast of NSW. The
same geology which makes this area a rich coal field also provides some
beautiful sea caves along the coastline. Nearby are great surfing beaches,
numerous National Parks and reserves, and plenty of fishing.
The Breakers Holiday Complex is right on the beach at Caves Beach. It
will be about 100m from our marquee to the surf. There is fresh water,
electrons for the laptops, and coin operated warm showers.
The Breakers is a little over two hours north of Sydney by car. See
whereis.com.au for driving
Imagine a Code Con in this relaxed setting. We have a marquee, a data
projector, and a collection of coders. There is room for plenty of people
in tents. Two nights and a whole day of hacking and talking.
Organizer: Peter Miller, with administrative help from Liz Carroll,
and sponsored by AUUG Inc.
Dates: Friday 17-Sep-2004 to Sunday 19-Sep-2004. That gives us two nights
of good data projector / laptop use. Two nights of hacking and yakking.
The Breakers Holiday Complex Mawson Close, Caves Beach NSW 2281 Telephone:
(02) 4971 4610
The marquee is an older canvas one (i.e. not translucent white) so there
is a good chance the data projector will be effective for some of the
day, as well. I'll bring a bed sheet for a screen (unless someone can
bring a real one).
Cost: $50 for AUUG members, or members of Linux Australia or SAGE-AU. $55
for all others. Non-participating partners and children $12 each.
There is a slim possibility the resort may have a couple of cabins left
if you would prefer not to sleep in a tent. This will have to be at your
own expense, in addition to the AUUG event free. You will need to hurry
to book them.
Bad weather contingency: that's what the tents are for (as if Australia
will escape the drought any time soon).
Register: by filling out the Registration Form (page 2 of the flyer).
Further queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each participant is expected to prepare a 5 to 30 minute talk on a
project they are hacking on at present, or a hacking-type subject.
To date, we have:
- Programming languages suck, Erik de Castro Lopo. A general
broadside at the misfeatures of all your favourite hacking
- Square Wheels, Conrad Parker. A post-modern approach to
Any hardware geeks out there? Can someone present a project for
an inexpensive 12V-to-15V laptop charger for in-car use? Seems
appropriate for this weekend. :-) Or maybe some neat DIY USB
Frazer Beach No formal activities have been arranged during the
day for Saturday 18-Sep. Some suggestions are:
- Go surfing at Caves Beach, Moonee Beach, Ghosties Beach or Frazer
- Go fishing on any of the beaches or numerous rock platforms between
Caves Beach and Frazer Beach
- Walk the coastline between Caves Beach and Frazer Beach, looking
into and photographing the numerous sea caves along they way. This
distances is 10Km (3 hours) each way. Maybe lunch and a car shuffle
is in order.
Don't forget to bring...
As much of the following as you can:
- A tent, or share with a friend who has one.
- Gas Stove, or fuel stove, or share with a friend who has one. The
resort also has coin-operated gas BBQs.
- Food and drink of your choice. Caffiene and/or ethanol
optional. You may want an eski.
- Water: the site has bore water, labeled "not suitable for
drinking", so bring at least 10L of water per person.
A folding chair will be a good idea (you need a lap for the
laptop). Folding table optional.
- An extention cord or a powerboard with a long cord.
- If you have it:
network switch or hub,
lots of blue string,
some red string,
other geek toys.
One more time - the flyer - including
registration form!! Spaces are limited!
The original venue was to be Frazer Beach, and NPWS did accept our booking, including permission
to use the neccessary generator. A week later they changed their minds,
and said we could no longer use a generator. If you were especially
looking forward to camping at Frazer Beach, I apologise for any
inconveniennce the change of venue has caused.
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