Wam's Ramblings

PyCon 2015 notes posted

TL;DR: My PyCon 2015 notes as an exported mindmap

For roughly the past 10 years, I've been attending the US PyCon conference. This is my favorite conference series of all the various tech conferences I've been to (including: OSCon, Usenix, Blackhat/DefCon, CanSec, SAGE, Strata, Network World/Interop, and others). While at PyCon (and other conferences, for that matter), I try to take decent notes. My note taking tool of choice is FreeMind (XXX: perhaps a blog on why Freemind will be forthcoming). So my conference notes generally are in the form of mindmap documents.

Anyway, the conference notes for PyCon 2015 (Montreal) are now posted. I've exported the mindmap into a variety of formats, including:

First and foremost, these notes are meant for my own use, so if the presenter talked about content that I well understood I might not have put the effort into taking notes. Conversally, if a presenter talked about a topic I might not have known very well, the notes might not have gotten recorded if I got lost. Or, perhaps I just got sidetracked by the conference twitter and/or irc feeds...

pyoh.io now registered

After a night out on the town in Montreal last night, I had the opportunity to chat with Asheesh Laroia about a variety of topics (including the very cool project/company Sandstorm). Among the other topics we discussed, he pointed out that PyOhio actually ends with io and that it would be cool if the conference had the domainname pyoh.io. He was obviously right, so I went ahead and registered the domain and have set up some redirects to pointing to the official website. I'm also exploring some other cool things we can do with it.

ls_display posted to github

I've decided I'm going to start treating more of small utilities I use as real projects. One of these small little utilities is ls_display, a tool I use to take a stream of input (stdin) and output it in columns, similar to how the UNIX ls(1) displays file lists. Notably, this means dynamic number of columns, width of columns, and the rendering of data vertically down columns rather than just horizontally across tabstops.

Yet another new Wamber.net

I've quite literally lost track of how many iterations of wamber.net there have been. I'm now writing off the the prior version of the site as a complete disaster. The use of a content manager to manage my personal site seemed like a good idea at the time; but not only did it not accomplish the goal of a CMS (making the site easier to use); it actually impared my use of the site. It's pretty embaressing how little I actually I used my site while it was configured with a CMS. My workflow is much more aligned to writing my thoughts down in a text document than writing using my favorite editor than writing content into a text widget. Consequently, the tool I chose to help me manage the site kind of did the job, but only because I avoided using the site and thus didn't have anything to manage.

So, for iteration n+1, I'm going old school and adopting a static website. I'm now using the nikola static blog generation software. I think this probably is more in line with how I generally want to use the site. Write some ideas down in a text file and publih them in a way that can actually be well integrated into a website. We'll see if this reduction of complexity actually ends up improving the usability of my own site.