Wednesday, 9 July 2008

X-World Day1

Before things kicked off (plenty of us were mighty early as it was a leisurely start) it was fun to see all these macbooks and macbookpros on people's laps using the wireless provided - lots of little lit apple logos in all directions.
The main discussions around the room were about the iPhone and the confusion around plans, options, pricing and more. Apparently NZ is really suffering with the plans being presented. It is fascinating how much uncertainty there is, but that said how much enthusiasm. Plenty of us have been holding off on dealing with our current phones in anticipation of the new baby coming.
It s still interesting to me the utter male dominance of events like this and the profession at large obviously.

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The first day was primarily 3 presentations which explored various ways that technology (mac-centric) was being used at Universities and technology coming our way. These are the brief details from the program:

Nader Nafissi - Apple Inc, USA
10 Things You Didn't Hear at the WWDC Keynote
(From Address Book Server to ZFS
)

While the iPhone 3G was the big launch at WWDC there were many other announcements made that were just as important. This feature presentation will fill you in on all the other stuff from WWDC...

Alexandre Bonucci - Université Lumiere Lyon 2, France
University Lumière Lyon 2, a "built-in" podcast University

The presentation will cover the political and technical problems encountered with the integration of podcasting in University Lyon 2's Digital Working Environment, including:
- the likely reactions, level of participation and fears of teachers, staff and students;
- the consideration of user-friendly workflow in the deployment of podcast producer technology;
- the appropriate place for podcasts in the sets of digital services that a university can offer.

James Harper - Auckland University, New Zealand
Triple Booting & Using P2P To Make It Happen

James Harper is the Chair of the IT Technical Forum at the University of Auckland and has been integral in developing a triple booting solution for large Mac labs. They recently deployed 240 Macs replacing PCs in student computer labs (by July they will have replaced a further 150) and migrated their lab image to Windows Vista (including triple-booting the Macs between Vista, MacOS and Linux), and developed a novel system of deploying OS images to both PCs and Macs using peer-to-peer network tools.

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