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More Inside News on O'Reilly's Mac OS X Conference

by Derrick Story

By now I hope you've had a chance to scan the conference program for the upcoming O'Reilly Mac OS X bash in Santa Clara, California. The show begins the last week of October. And the lineup is coming together beautifully.

But the program isn't finished yet. Not by any means. And what I want to do today is give you the inside scoop on the latest speakers who have just agreed to participate, but who aren't on the program yet. (They are all Apple employees. And as you may have guessed, the approval process is extensive.)

The reason why I'm covering this now instead of next week is because the Early-Bird Discount ends on September 20 (the conference team extended the original deadline by a week). I want folks to have as much information as possible when considering whether or not to take advantage of this best price for the show. So, let's take a look at these new Apple speakers I'm referring to. I hope to have them on the web site soon. (Just a few more details to work out...)

  • Wiley Hodges -- Talking about Xcode
  • Sal Soghoian -- The scoop on Automator (as in Tiger) and AppleScript
  • Ernie Prabhakar & Kevin Van Vechten -- Inside Darwin

Plus, I'm very close to having an Apple expert come and talk about writing audio plugins for GarageBand. More on that soon (I hope).

As for our Tuesday morning feature presentation... After Tim O'Reilly welcomes everyone to the show, we'll introduce Chris Bourdon from Apple to talk about Tiger. Yes, Tiger. This is a special request from me that Apple has granted. Chris is the man in the know about the Tiger project, and he's a terrific speaker too. We're very lucky to have him join us.

I also want to draw your attention to Thursday morning's feature presentations. Andy Hertzfled will open with his talk, Macintosh Folklore. You may have visited Andy's terrific site,, or even heard about his upcoming book, published by O'Reilly. But in this talk he'll share a few stories that can't be found anywhere. And Andy should know. He was there when it all began.

After Andy speaks, David Pogue takes the stage and zooms us forward with his presentation, Toward Mac OS XX. Yes, we'll be peering into the future of our favorite platform through the eyes of one of its most accomplished writers.

You'll notice that I've made it this far without talking about Stewart Copeland. Let me just say that I'm meeting with the audio/visual folks this week to make sure this presentation sounds as good as it looks. I'll say no more for now.

And finally, I want to mention the two evening events. (You have to have evening events when in Santa Clara. :) On Tuesday night, our friend Andy Ihnatko takes us on the ultimate geek tour. I had dinner with Andy in Boston during Macworld, and I guarantee you that he is ready to roll on this talk. Then on Wednesday night, Sean Fitzroy and Vikki Merriman show us how they won the 2003 Boston 48 Hour Film Project competition with their Macs. What's so cool about their talk is that they had to use as much ingenuity as creativity to pull this off. This will be a digital media hackers dream event.

And we're still not finished. But this is all I can report for the moment. If you haven't registered yet, do yourself a favor and save some major $$$ by catching the Early-Bird Discount. I'm telling you. You'll be very glad you did when October rolls around.

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Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit

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