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Fruits of Effort

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 05/09/2003

Dear Mac Reader,

Lots to update this week, so I'll get right to it.

I want to thank everyone again who participated in the online survey. Many good things have emerged from this endeavor. One that will affect you right away will be the influx of new writers and ideas appearing on Mac DevCenter.

I've already booked tutorials on Using ODBC with OS X, Cocoa Memory Management, Storing Web Site Files, and a series on Active Directory. Plus, your comments got through to Mike Beam, and we have a new column from him that we'll publish this coming Tuesday. Break out the beer and corn nuts!

I have a couple of other hot potatoes to toss around too. The Mac Innovators Contest resumed on Thursday with two categories: "U.S. Residents" and "International." That means we'll have four stars to celebrate at the Open Source Convention instead of two. I'm really happy about that. And later I'll talk more about the Honorable Mention winners who'll be recognized in October at the Mac OS X Conference. Bottom line, get your entry in by June 16.

Speaking of the Mac OS X Conference, I'm hoping for a killer event this year. I think the best way to do that is to get as many Mac DevCenter brains as possible speaking at the gathering. The deadline for proposals is next Friday, May 16. You only have to be accepted for one session to get a free pass to the entire conference. This is clearly a win/win situation for all of us. The conference runs October 28-31 in Santa Clara, California. October is a great month to be in Northern California...

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Finally, we need a little feedback from you. We're trying to architect the best Mac conference possible, and we'd like to hear what's most important to you. I have a little list here, and if you could drop a note to: derrick@oreilly.com and let me know what two things are biggies for you, I'd really appreciate it:

  1. Speaker lineup.
  2. Pricing (and if you want, how much you can afford for a week).
  3. Content (and if you want, topics that are most important to you).
  4. Proximity to home.
  5. Other (the stuff I forgot to mention in 1-4).

I'll feed back the highlights to you in the next newsletter so you know what your peers are thinking.

OK, that's it for now. As always, thanks for hanging out.

Until next time,
Derrick
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Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor


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