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Ultimate Mac OS X Experience

by Derrick Story
05/24/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

I remember a conversation I had a couple of months ago with Gina Blaber, O'Reilly's director of conferences, when she said to me:

"For our fall conference, I want to do something really cool. Something different than we've ever done before. Seems like we have a growing community around our Mac Web site. How do you feel about a Mac OS X conference?"

(OK, now you'll understand my thoughts in the next few sentences because you probably share my feelings about OS X.)

So I say to Gina, "Really, a conference on Mac OS X? That sounds worth exploring." (Inside my head I'm thinking, "Geez, it's about time!")

She says back to me, "Yeah, I think we could really pull together a good show that Unix, Java, and Mac people would like." (I'm thinking, "Yeah, I've just watched our whole department switch from Windows to Mac OS X with their own money. Folks are definitely willing to invest in this.")

Then the ultimate question ... "Do you think we'll get enough people?" (I'm thinking, hmmm, there's never really been a conference on Mac OS X before. Seems like we could draw enough to break even. At least I hope so ...")

So I answered out loud, "Oh definitely. We'll have so many people, we'll be turning them away at the door." (Inside I'm thinking, "Geez, why did I have to go and say that??")

So guess what? We have a conference on Mac OS X planned for September 30th at the Santa Clara Westin and Convention Center. I'm on the planning committee, and we already have some great speakers and sessions lined up, and we're still looking for more.

If you'd like to speak at the conference, and I encourage you to consider it if you have expertise in a Mac OS X-related technology, then please fill out our online proposal form (by June 14) at:

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/cs/macosx2002/create/e_sess

You can learn more about attending the gathering at:

http://conferences.oreillynet.com/macosx2002/

Either way, I'm telling you this is going to be something special (I mean it!). I just returned from our conference on Emerging Technology, which was one of the most satisfying conference weeks I've ever enjoyed. And many of the same people who made that show a resounding success are already gearing up for Mac OS X in September.

Take a look at the details, consider speaking, and feel free to write me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you might have. I want to hear from you. And even more, I want to see you in Santa Clara on September 30th.

Until next time,

Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com


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