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Mac OS X Conference Tracks

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 04/16/2004

Dear Mac Reader,

I'm working on the Call for Papers for our upcoming Mac OS X Conference to be held in Santa Clara, California on October 25-28. Based on our feedback from the first two conferences, I have a pretty good idea about the core tracks we should develop:

  • System Administration
  • Programming and Scripting
  • Enterprise Computing

But I'm interested in adding one or two other tracks as well, and I want to run some ideas by you for feedback. Here's what's on my mind.

Digital Music -- I've learned over the years that musicians who use the Mac tend to be pretty savvy under the hood. I think a digital music track that deals with everything from low latency performance to getting your stuff published would be of interest to many in our audience.

Home Automation -- Our session last year by Gordon Meyer was very popular and so have been the follow-up articles we've published on Mac DevCenter. I could see a comprehensive track that deals with everything from using your Mac to control home lighting, to security, to advanced operations.

Digital Photography and Imaging -- Most of us are using digital cameras, but not to their potential. This track could deal with everything from image capture, to intelligent editing, to workflow. We have some real Photoshop experts on board now, not to mention a Hacks book that really digs into this subject.

Mobile Computing -- I'm amazed at the convergence of technologies that enable us to work from just about any urban setting. But there's always more to learn and master, from optimizing performance, to security, to interoperability. This track would tackle the ins and outs of high-performance mobile computing.

Life Sciences -- Mac OS X is very popular in the life sciences community, with estimates that Apple has a mindshare of at least 35 percent. This track would cover the tools available to biologists now, provide resources for sharing information, and explore the viability of Mac developers moving to LS as a career.

I'd love to hear your feedback on these ideas and for you to lobby for the tracks that you'd like to see added to our next Mac OS X Conference. If you have a moment, please drop me a line before end of day, Tuesday, April 20 at

Until next time,

Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

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