I was lucky to be able to attend this year, as work had agreed to send me on it, and hadn’t reneged when I’d handed in my notice, although I did end up volunteering to pay for the travel and take holiday, so its only some impact for them..
Most impressed with the trains from Peterborough to Leeds – clean, on time and with free Wifi (for 15 mins, then chargeable), and power sockets at every seat. Makes me wonder what the hell the cambridge operators are doing when the Leeds line can obviously muster this.. Also most impressed with Google maps/Navigation on my HTC Wildfire. It directed me walking from the train station to event, and hotel, flawlessly. Pity the battery didn’t hold out all day, though. I really should be able to listen to a couple of hours of music, walk for 30 mins with the GPS on and make a couple of phone calls without using up all the juice.
Conference was good and increasingly attracting the DevOps crowd, which is a very good thing – preventing the conference from fading into obscurity and obsolescence. Inspiring talks from Matthew Macdonald-Wallace and Adrian Kennard in particular, although I enjoyed the talks on Ceph, Git and DNSSEC also, and have some new projects to investigate as a result.
Thanks to Google for the excellent stationary swag, and for paying for dinner at the excellent Leeds Armoury.
Good fun, interesting talks and people and not too much intrusion into work for those attending via that. Bloody good value.