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Last Updated : 2/20/2007
A post-crash tech startup? In Ohio?
Many geeks dream of ditching the drudgery of a "real job" and striking out on their own. It is actually possible to pull off, even in Akron Ohio. This talk will touch on my experiences starting and running a company that designs and manufactures robot electronics. With topic headings like "Mom, Dad, I'm back!", "Honey, I'm leaving you," and "Are we rich yet?", the grim realities and shimmering possibilities of running a tech startup will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to mistakes we made and lessons we learned along the way. An interesting talk if you want to be talked into - or out of - starting your owntech company.
John Bellinger co-owns and runs Dimension Engineering LLC, a robotics startup that's grown from humble beginnings in 2004 to... well we're still in the same ugly concrete block building, but there are more of us now! John has been involved in various tech-related entrepreneurial ventures for the past ten years, and has only briefly held one "real job." He has a degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Joseph "Stormgren" Bender
Surviving a Network Upgrade
In late 2005, I managed and designed the upgrade of a corporate wide-area network. This involved a switch to a new provider. Hilarity ensued from day one. In this presentation, I'll be talking about my lessons learned from it, so that others may be spared from similar fates. Subjects include dealing with vendors, managing the cut-over schedule, and what to do when all hell breaks loose. There will also be a questions and answers session at the end.
Joseph Bender is the owner of Bendorius Consulting, LLC, a network engineering and telecom consulting firm. He has spent most of his 15 year career working with all aspects of telecommunications, including project management, hardware, wrangling service providers, and disaster recovery. Somehow, he has managed to retain most of his sanity. He currently is involved in several network re-engineering projects and new product development for his clients. When he's not pushing packets, he's playing with radios and herding his four cats with lasers.
Jon "Bohack" Buhagiar
My goal is to cover all of the elements of a good spam gateway and not to go thru each command in a laundry list fashion. The system to be presented upon is called MailScanner
written by Julian Field of South Hampton University. We will walk thru the definition of a solid Linux install with the Debian distro. I will then explain how email is transferred thru the Internet and which components are necessary for creating a successful gateway server. The Mail Transfer Agent to be discussed in detail will be Postfix; other MTAs will be spoken of briefly. Spamassassin configuration will also be discussed in great detail and all of the supporting elements that plugin to extend spam and virus detection. The plugins to be covered will be Clam Antivirus, DCC, Razor, Pyzor, RBLs and SARE. I will also discuss how to properly tie Postfix to an Active Directory network for recipient IDs and why this is necessary. By the end of the presentation I hope to inspire the use of open source spam/virus scanning systems and raise the awareness of open source software in combating spam.
I started in computer programming in 1985 with the Apple II, TRS-80 and Commodore computer line. Through out the 1980s and 1990s I was also involved with several proprietary systems and IBM based computer systems. In the late 1990s I had pursued and attained certification in the field of computer systems.
I currently reside in western Pennsylvania and I am continually pursing education and certification in the field of computers systems. I am currently employed by Pittsburgh Technical Institute as the Network Administrator and oversee a large educational network consisting of 1200 nodes. I am also an Adjunct Instructor for high level certification programs that Pittsburgh Technical Institute teaches. During my employment with Pittsburgh Technical Institute I have acquired many unique skills and practices and continue to do so.
LAN for Life Charity Events
I would like to share the methodology that we have used when planning and executing our "LAN for Life" events. This method has been the result of over two years of careful study of our events as well as other LAN party events. I'll begin by discussing the initial steps of planning the event, such as setting a proper date and finding a suitable location for an event. Next, I'll discuss the process of acquiring local and national corporate sponsors. Next, I'll discuss at the prep work for the event, such as area decoration, preparing gaming servers, and event planning. Finally, I'll discuss the execution of the event and share the most common pitfalls that can make a LAN party a disaster. By following our methods and learning from the mistakes we've made, any group can use a LAN party to effectively raise money for any charitable cause they desire.
My name is Kel Cecil, and I am the chairman of a gaming community in West Virginia called "LANville", which is sponsored by the West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) Association for Computing Machinery as well as the WVU Tech Department of Computer Science. I am also the chairman/founder of a group called the Digital Hope Foundation. Through the combined efforts of these two groups, we've worked to refine charity LAN events and to discover new ways to make these events more profitable and easier to execute. We've named this event "LAN for Life" and would like to share this event with others in order to inspire others to use these events to raise money for charity.
Cleveland's Design District
Dan Cuffaro is the chair of the Industrial Design department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Formerly, he was the Director of Design at Altitude, Inc., an award-winning product development firm in Boston MA. During his design work he has won several IDSA/Business Week IDEA awards and he holds multiple patents for his product designs. He has written for Innovation Magazine, The Design Management Institute Journal, and is co-author of the book Process, Materials and Measurements.
Northeast Ohio is the home of Viktor Schreckengost, one of the chief pioneers of industrial design. Given this heritage, several people, including Dan Cuffaro, have been working to establish the "Milan of the Midwest" -- a district in Cleveland focused on design. Many Cleveland-based companies do product development and explore the benefits of good product design. Gathering product design efforts in a single location for easier showcasing and collaboration will help Cleveland gain from the opportunities and benefits of a design-based economy. Dan Cuffaro will talk about his role in building Cleveland's Design District, what they've done so far, and what their plans are.
Cross Site Scripting: MySpace.com
How to exploit Cross Site Scripting holes in MySpace.com, for session hijacking or other means. Multiple exploits will be discussed. Depending on the information present at the time, some may be 0-day. The methodology and practices involved will always be relevant to MySpace as well as many other sites containing Cross Site Scripting holes. MySpace is still filled with hundreds of unattended and undiscovered Cross Site Scripting exploits. This presentation will cover a brief overview and explanation, as well as the above mentioned. Also ways to prevent this type of attack may be covered.
Rick is a full-time IT Specialist at an established CPA firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Rick is also a part-time student working to achieve a Bachelor's degree in Networking through the University of Akron. Rick has been involved in information systems security for a few years and continues to discover and learn in order pursue a career involving such.
Keynote: Development of the Creative Economy in Cleveland
Creativity is rapidly becoming one of the most valuable assets of any business today, and any company wishing to move forward needs to have a strategy for developing creative talent. Cleveland can benefit from this shift towards a creative economy by making itself one of the best places for companies to recruit and develop creative talent across all industries. As the "tech czar" for the City of Cleveland, Michael DeAloia is working with local technology companies to make this vision a reality. He's going to talk about his work so far, what's ahead for the City of Cleveland, and what needs to happen to make and keep this city one of the best places for creative development.
Michael C. DeAloia is the Senior Executive for Technology Development, aka "Tech Czar" for the City of Cleveland. Before his present position, Mr. DeAloia was the Chief Financial Officer of BlueBridge Networks, LLC , a company that owns and operates Internet Data Centers. He holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in the disciplines of Finance and Marketing and an undergraduate degree Economics from Xavier University.
Hacking Your Finances
Why is it that hackers are notoriously bad at managing their own money? ~ Why are you just as broke pulling down six figures as you were when you're a student? Master tax code hacker Nick Farr will share his secrets learned from ten years of hacker tax preparation. Find out the ten simple reasons why hackers tend to stay broke and how open source software and techniques will help you build a solid financial future.
Nick Farr is Principal of GavinFarrMedia, LLC a media consulting firm in Grand Rapids, MI. He has an MBA in Accounting from Grand Valley State University and a BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing his CPA license in the State of Michigan.
DIY Green Energy
Consider the reduction of daily energy usage in your home or apartment in Cleveland. I would like to present simple usage of easily available, off the shelf, technology to help reduce your home's overall energy consumption. Briefly share some examples of what I learned during my time as a GEO (Green Energy Ohio) volunteer related to available public grants, regional projects, volunteer activities, and the National Solar Conference 2007, in Cleveland. Furthermore, to present my personal hobby project, a 120 watt stand alone installation for porch lighting. Essentially the goal is to share and to inspire the audience to consider renewable energy projects and integrate them with their existing hobbies. It is simple to make your home in Cleveland a green energy home.
Jim is an East-sider raised in Painesville who has a Physics degree from John Carroll. He is currently pursuing higher education with the EuroMBA Consortium in The Netherlands. Jim has been working at Philips designing RF circuits known in the industry as MRI RF surface coils. He truly loves the outdoors and enjoys the challenge of being different, constantly. Jim has volunteered for Green Energy Ohio working on some key projects in the Northeast Ohio region such as the wind-monitoring tower on the water intake crib on Lake Erie and the solar installation workshop at Doty-Miller architect firm in Bedford, OH. Jim is a dedicated bike-commute advocate.
The Friends of DanKaye
Secrets of the Dead Phone Guy
In April 2003 at Rubi-con 5, Dan Kivel, aka "Dankaye" gave a profane, intense discussion of the trials, tricks and tribluations of a phone repairman. He covered social engineering, the interactions with customers, and ribald tales of phone insanity in his job. This presentation was recorded for posterity.
In May of 2006, Dankaye drowned off the coast of Biloxi, Mississippi.
However, this minor setback will not stop Dan from giving his first presentation at Notacon. With the help of a set of assistants, Dankaye will re-present his "Secrets of the Phone Guy," now combined with even more information and the addition of multimedia features, turning this talk into a Dankaye Extravaganza.
Why Building Hacker Spaces is Necessary and How to Do It
Why does Europe have better hacker spaces than we do? Why do US Hacker Spaces die after five years? How can we build a lasting network of hacker spaces throughout the US? This talk seeks to answer these questions and more.
Part One delves into why Hacker Spaces are necessary to move the community forward, both in terms of reputation and productivity. Past and Present spaces in the US and long-established spaces in Germany will be profiled to help illustrate the value of hacker spaces.
Part Two will attempt to explain why Hacker Spaces in the US tend to fail and what can be done about it. New strategies for building sustainable hacker spaces will be presented.
Part Three will present THF's strategy for building a network of independent hacker spaces to help connect hackers with projects and their community at large. THF will seek comments on their plans, modeled after the CCC regional club network in Germany.
The Hacker Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that helps engage the community in research and service oriented works that benefit humankind. We help open source and open purpose technology and information research projects connect with those in the world who need their contributions the most. We are "The Ethic in Action."
Online Communities and the Politics of DDoS
Like meetings in public spaces, online communities often are faced with the problem of policing themselves against people who only wish to disrupt things. This is even worse on the Internet, where bandwidth is cheap, botnets are easy to create, anonymity trumps fear of repercussions, and many people think denial of service attacks are completely legitimate ways to show off the size of one's e-penis. This talk will cover the problem of DDoSes to online communities: from why it's so common (technologically speaking), to the blame-the-victim mentality that perpetuates the problem (and how to fight it, both on a technical and social level).
Seth stopped liking writing self-promoting blurbs a long time ago. In fact, he may never have liked it to begin with. He acknowledges that there's already far too much information about him on the interblag, and encourages people to do their own research if they're interested.
Recruiters use a variety of tools and processes in their goal of moving talent from one company to another as fast as possible. Whether you are talent in search of a new company, a company in search of new talent, or a company attempting to protect your existing talent, you can benefit from understanding the systems in use by headhunters.
Drew is a software engineer and a nerd who has worked in many industries, including the executive recruiting indusry.
The Fark Dissertation
In the past, computers, the Internet and Internet communities have often been disregarded as pointless and antisocial; that is, people who enthusiastically participate in online activities are socially inept, strange and unable to socialize "normally".
More recently, there has arisen a division among the "nerds of the nerds" - those who interact significantly online. There are Internet communities which are "worthwhile" and those which are effectively trash. However, there is just as much learning and authentic social interaction going on in these "bad" sites as there is on "good" ones. This research examines Fark as a space where users are able to construct communities of practice (Wenger, 1998), and where they may participate in the site and the Internet in general, thereby engaging and enacting in completely valid socialization online. Fark is examined as a community which demonstrates how people from different areas and backgrounds can form a cohesive online community.
Kelly Keegan is an assistant professor of education at D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY. She is also a TotalFarker. One of these things gets her way more respect than the other. See if you can guess which one! I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Grid Computing with Alchemi and .NET
Grid computing is a newer way of processing information in a distributed manor. A lot of well known projects utilize this method of computing such as Seti@Home. This discussion will cover the technology behind grid computing and how it can be utilized to improve speed and availability. It will cover the Alchemi project and how to interface with this architecture. The talk will also include hands-on examples and exercises for interested attendees.
Kn1ghtl0rd is a member of the Infonomicon Computer Club and has been working with clustering in his academic life. Along with the concepts of clustering, Kn1ghtl0rd has also helped to create a LiveCD clustering distribution called Clux with other members of the ICC. Kn1ghtl0rd is a Software Engineer by profession and is passionate about the home use of parallel computing.
"Open Source Intelligence" -- Data and Patterns on the WWW
Valdis will present his work in "open source intelligence" -- finding interesting data and patterns on the WWW and making sense of them. He will explain how he used the web to create various network analyses with purely public information.
- 9/11 hijackers, their supporters, and their connections
- book buying patterns on Amazon
- economic development community in NE Ohio
- the blogosphere in NE Ohio
Valdis will explain a simple method to follow in tracking web data and how Google is the only reserach tool you need to get started. He will show how government and business organizations do "link analysis" of both public and private data and how we have the tools do similar analysis of them. This will be illustrated with various examples from recent news stories.
This newspaper article inspired this presentation
Valdis Krebs is a Cleveland-based software entrepreneur and business consultant who specializes in network analysis . a.k.a. social network analysis, link analysis, network mapping. His worldwide client base includes large and small companies, communities and associations, and once in a while a branch of government.
Valdis. favorite computer language is Prolog . a relational language often used in artificial intelligence[AI] and rule-based systems. His InFlow software is pure Prolog and uses various AI methods to find patterns in data.
Valdis gained his .15 minutes of fame. for his network maps of the 9-11 hijackers and of political book buying patterns on Amazon. Both have been featured in the blogosphere as well as in mainstream media.
Community Wireless Networking
Community wireless networking is a proven concept to bring network connectivity to people and places which would otherwise lack service. It's also a great way to stick it to the major telcos/cablecos in a legal fashion and get away with it, if you make the right moves. Much like the Free Software movement, the goal of community wireless networking is to create a network that is useful to the community it serves while empowering people to develop and use the network resources which are truly useful to themselves and their community. This talk will cover all aspects of the the movement from its roots, the technology involved, the trials and tribulations of starting your own project and how to avoid common mistakes, particularly in the design of your network and the organization of your group.
Mark Lenigan holds a degree in Physics from the University of Michigan. He was a founding member of the Champaign-Urbana community wireless project (now called CuWiN) and Direct of Research and Development for the Detroit Wire less Project. Currently, he is employed as a wireless network engineer. A renaissance man, he has many other areas of interest outside of physics and wireless networking; feel free to chat if you see him around the Con.
Jim "Trixter" Leonard
A candidate for Most Stupid PC Trick, 8088 Corruption displays full-motion color video on a stock IBM PC with nothing more than a CGA card and a Sound Blaster Pro for audio. It became a minor web phenomenon when a video of it in operation was posted to the social news site Digg.com and was then later featured on Diggnation. In this presentation, Jim will explain the background of 8088 Corruption, including covering the techniques used to create it and how it can be further improved. He'll also bring along some Big Blue hardware to prove it's not a hoax. No prerequisite knowledge of IBM PC hardware is necessary to attend.
Jim Leonard is the founder of MobyGames, the world's largest online game database, and the MindCandy series of demoscene DVDs. Jim was involved in the PC demo scene in the 1990s as well as the archival demogroup Hornet, and the residual flashbacks of that episode prompt him to code 8088 assembler for fun in his spare time.
Notageek: Technology and Everyone Else
In the 500 or so years since the scientific revolution, science and technology have become increasingly obscure to people that often use them. In 1959, C.P. Snow warned that "two cultures" were developing -- those that understood science and could make informed decisions about it, and those who didn't and couldn't. Among his examples was lack of public understanding of such complex issues as thermodynamics. Fifty years later, the divide is immeasurably larger while the technology is vastly more present in people's daily lives. Michael McFarland will address this fact from the point of view of "everyone else," the myriad people who do not really know what goes on inside the black boxes they use every day, asking, "What does it mean that people who don't understand highly advanced technology have increased access to it, and what, if anything, can or should be done?"
Michael McFarland is an unmitigated end user. Despite his family having a had PC in the early 1980s, when it was novel enough to qualify for grade-school show-and-tell; despite his using IRC before most people knew you could chat online; despite his increasing use of technology in his academic pursuits -- despite these, like most people he has no real idea how computers and IT work, but has always been interested by their use and social implications.
Open Source Economic Development
Open Source Economic Development is a set of models, tools and disciplines that enable diverse groups of people to engage in complex development projects in "the civic space". It's based on the open source software development model, which encourages the formation of voluntary open innovation networks. Through a set of simple rules, a complex community evolves to develop complex projects. These rules balance open participation with leadership direction.
Economic development takes place in a civic space outside the four walls of any one organization. In the civic space, no command and control system works. Instead, we must build and align resources through networks. In order to scale these networks, we need a set of practices and tools that deliver value to the participants, while at the same time are simple to teach.
(Adapted from http://www.i-open.org/our_approach/faqs.html)
Ed Morrison is a member of the staff of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University and Economic Policy Advisor for the WIRED initiative in North Central Indiana. He is a founder of I-Open, the Institute for Open Economic Networks, based in Cleveland, and publisher of EDPro, a popular weblog for economic development professionals.
Ed has developed a new model for economic development: Open Source Economic Development. This model promotes the development of open innovation systems ("clusters") to accelerate regional development. He is currently applying this model in Indiana, in Northeast Ohio and in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.
Technology Standards in education
Google "children algorithm". The search yields mostly pages suggesting that "if children can learn algorithms, so can adults". These pages then enumerate ways to facilitate learning in adults, rather than children. Disappointingly, most comparisons focus only on the open-mindedness of children, and not their innate programming abilities. With the most famous research being done by Seymour Papert, a student of Piaget, founder of LEGO Mindstorm, and creator of LOGO,there is an abundance of evidence suggesting that children can learn to program as young as four years. Given this evidence, the curriculums for teaching computing in primary and secondary classrooms fail to tap an awesome resource. Most are limited to learning how to use a word processor, a skill perhaps better taught in a typing class. This presentation will illuminate the shortcomings, possibilities, and opportunities of learning programming in the core curriculum.
My name is Michael P. Nugent. I am a computer scientist and a hopeful father. My goal is to make the world a better place for children by providing them an opportunity to see to their own freedom, happiness, well-being, and understanding. We cannot fathom what they want to do with whatever information is important to them, and we cannot fathom the technologies at their disposal, so it behooves us to give them all the theory we know.
Squarewave to Heaven: An introduction to the Chiptune Music Scene
An entire generation has now grown up with the likes of Atari, Nintendo, Sega and many other console systems, not to mention the "classic plastic" home computers of the 1980s. Throughout these last 25 years, the unmistakable sound of 8-bit chips have pervaded their ears and become a background soundtrack to their lives. Now, an entire scene of artists are using this unique and unmistakable sound to push musical boundaries, both recalling and outdoing what came before. Jeremiah Johnson (also known as Nullsleep) is one of the people at the forefront of this scene and will present both a history and a collection of works from this retrofuture soundscape.
Nullsleep uses Game Boys and NES consoles to create conceptually unique music that blends subversive hardware hacking with powerful melodic pop. In 1999, together with friend Mike Hanlon from Detroit, he cofounded the 8bitpeoples: a collective of artists interested in the audio/video aesthetics of early computers and videogames. In the time since, Nullsleep has released a number of recordings through 8bitpeoples, his most recent work focusing on music created with the Nintendo Game Boy and Nintendo Entertainment System platforms. His constant push for new ways to force the most out of yesterday's machines and the unparalleled romantic chiptune intensity embodied in his music have gained him notice worldwide. Whether thrashing away on a keyboard hooked up to a Game Boy like an electric guitar or rocking hacked NES cartridges, Nullsleep consistently demonstrates his passion for pushing the limits of both the hardware and the heart. In February of 2007, Nullsleep contributed a track to 8-bit operators
, an 8-bit tribute album of remixed Kraftwerk songs, published on Astralwerks records.
8 Dirty Secrets of the Security Industry
The fox is guarding the hen house, and both the fox and the hens are making a lot of money in the process. Such is the state of the security industry in 2007. For the last 15 years, we have been building security into our networks and applications using concepts like "defense in depth" and "layered security." It turns out, that the attackers are now leveraging our security systems against us. Worse, we have made the security industry a self feeding, self fulfilling prophecy that may actually be causing harm to those we are trying to protect.
Yeah, FUD! So while this may sound fatalistic and like I'm trying to stir up a flame war, I think there are real issues that we need to face when it comes to the next steps in computer security. This talk will uncover 8 dirty secrets of the security industry. Some you will believe, some you will be skeptical of, and some my strike a little too close to home.
Bruce Potter is the founder of the Shmoo Group of security professionals, a group dedicated to working with the community on security, privacy, and crypto issues. His areas of expertise include wireless security, software assurance, pirate songs, and restoring hopeless vehicles. Mr. Potter has co-authored several books including "802.11 Security" and "Mastering FreeBSD and OpenBSD Security" published by O'Reilly and "Mac OS X Security" by New Riders. Mr. Potter was trained in computer science at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Bruce Potter is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton.
Technology-based Kid Tracking - Implications and Risks
RFID technology has many (ab-) uses. Amongst them are so called localization services that permit to inventory cattle or to detect lost kids in theme parks. The same approach can also be found in GPS-based tracking services used to follow movements of delinquents on probation. On the other side these techniques seem pretty appealing for parents desiring to track their children to prohibit kidnapping or to locate them after accidents.
Several questions quickly arise though: when should such a 'track your kid' thing be applied, when - if ever - removed? Do we really want to put our children in the panopticon Michel Foucault describes in 'Discipline and Punish'? In which way must we re-think our own responsibilities?
The talk will give an overview of the tools involved and their current state-of-implementation. Using some risk analysis method I will then illustrate potential problems (security-/privacy-wise) and discuss the social implications of this technology.
Enno is an 'old school geek' who loves to explore new protocols and technologies and to research their security aspects. However he not just looks at the inner workings and possible attack paths but tries to understand the technologies. impacts in the structures they.re applied to. He.s a frequent speaker on IT security conferences, author of several articles and whitepapers and - which is one of the reasons for this talk - father of two kids.
Smart Squared / The Power of Collaborative Innovation
Explore why innovation is more than just push back on the conventional and why the best way to limit the creative process is going it alone. We'll be taking a look at the "how to" and power of collaboration in any tech or social innovation process, from concept to research, design, test, and viral maketing of new ideas and projects. The conversation will key in on topics like strategic serendipity and leveraging social networks.
Jack works locally in Cleveland and nationally in leadership, organization, and community development. Along with executive coaching and development facilitation, Jack coaches project teams in innovation development and is the author of 5 books including "Collaborative Creativity", "Accidental Conversations", and "Project Zen." He is member of the Cleveland blog community and contributor to Meet The Bloggers. His website is www.DesigningLife.com
S_TEC & Dave "Polaris" Valentine
Techniques for 4kb Intro Development
The demoscene emerged from the fusion of art and technical innovation. Nothing quite captures this spirit as much as the challenge of creating a full production with music, sound and graphics in 4096 bytes or less.
This seminar of 4kb intro development will contrast standard demo development to 4kb intro development, and provide a brief synopsis of various tips for 4kb intro development. While this is a technical discussion, it will cover basic concepts so it will be accessible to a beginner as well as advanced audience members.
William Swanson, also known as s_tec, has been coding demos since 2002. He has programmed several sophisticated 4K intros entirely in assembly language, including Zero, a realtime raytracer running in text mode, and the Etherium, a collaboration with Polaris and Umdesch4 of Northern Dragons. He has written articles for Scenerep and Hugi on advanced assembly-language topics, and has developed several top-secret optimization techniques to be revealed in the talk. Currently, s_tec is a member and co-founder of Trailer Park Demos, North America's second most active demo group.
David "Polaris" Valentine
Over the last seven years, David Valentine (Polaris/Northern Dragons) has contributed to several demoscene productions, including six 4kb intro productions. He was a featured speaker of Pilgrimage 2004 on the topic of Intro dvelopment. Dave is the founder of Northern Dragons (North America's most active Demo group) and the co-founder of in4k.untergrund.net, a wiki portal for information about 4kb intro development. He actively writes technical articles for the demoscene in web-zines Hugi and Scenerep. In his professional life he works for IBM Canada.
Wikipedia, Brick by Brick
Wikipedia, the "Free Encyclopedia that Anyone Can Edit" is now one of the top 20 websites on the Internet, and increasingly a primary source of information for many thousands of users every day. It also contains a number of fatal flaws in its architecture that it is slowly fixing through a number of fundamental changes being implemented each month. In this way, Wikipedia's publically-editable, worldwide-read, and often-relied-upon experiment can serve as an experimental hotbox, a warning to others. Jason Scott, historian and information hoarder, talks quickly through Wikipedia's history, some of its flaws, and examples of how people are exploiting it to their own ends on a daily basis. Step lively; we're going in deep.
Jason Scott is a digital historian, archivist and filmmaker, who has run a number of sites collecting history related to bulletin board systems, early and current internet, and a host of other related artifacts. He runs TEXTFILES.COM, which is a family of sites related to bulletin boards, hacker media, and computer art. He is the director of the documentary "BBS", which covers the history of Bulletin Board Systems, and is currently in production on a new work on text adventures.
Andrew "Necros" Sega
Taking Tracking Mainstream
Tracker-based music has been instrumental in providing the audio component of demos since the early 90's. Always limited by the processing power and memory of the machine, creating these types of tracks is a challenge and an artform. Andrew will present some of the history and development of this unique form of "programmed" music: from the early days of .MOD files, through modern programs such as Buzz. Andrew will also engage in some live tracking demonstrations, with modern tools, to show how the methods can be invaluable in creating professional, CD-ready tracks.
Andrew Sega has been creating scene-oriented music since 1992. A founding member of the group "Five Musicians", he was one of the bigger names in the PC tracker scene, and has created hundreds of tracks in the MOD, S3M, and IT formats. Nowadays, he's doing music profesionally: touring Europe multiple times with his band Iris, and creating soundtracks for such games as Unreal Tournament and Freelancer. He's also spent almost a decade employed in the game industry, and has just left a 5-year stint at Microsoft to start his own embryonic studio.
Paul Timmins et al.
Telecommunications Q&A Session
Do you have questions about telephony and telecommunications but don't know where to ask? Look no further! For 1 hour, no reasonable telecom question is off limits. Afraid of looking stupid asking? We'll have an anonymous question submission fishbowl up front so nobody has to know you don't know the answer! Questions will be answered by Paul Timmins, Network Manager at a CLEC, Myself (if he's interested), and others. Do you have something to offer the panel in the way of experience? Contact Paul to discuss being part of the expert panel.
Paul Timmins is a Network Manager at an unnamed CLEC. He also runs a website dedicated to telecommunications data ( [WWW] http://www.telcodata.us ). In his day to day life, he runs across a lot of people who don't understand voice telecommunications, mostly because they don't know who to ask their questions to. This is a shame, as the voice network is one of the most widespread networks on the planet, and understanding how telecommunications work is an incredibly useful skill in today's increasingly communicative business environment.
Andy "Phoenix" Voss
Allow Me To Demonstrate
For the first edition of Blockparty, Notacon regulars will be introduced to demos and the "scene" they created. We're all familiar with computer tinkering, but this phenomenon of computer graphics programming "just for fun" has been confined mostly to Europe since the 1980's. We'll see what motivated these kids to collaborate and compete, why they kept underground, and what some demo-making veterans are doing today. Clips of various demos will be shown, from the 8-bit days to modern times. We'll see demos as abstract art, as digital movies, and as hardware record-breakers. We'll see how the spirit of the demo scene has snuck into mainstream culture, and what each can learn from each other.
Andy Voss has been interested in demos since 1992. He is considered one of the few American experts on the subject, having watched thousands of them from various platforms, and having attended four European demo parties. He has been involved in numerous demoscene projects over the years, including the Hornet Archive, the Demodulate music website, and the MindCandy DVD. He also had a short music tracking stint in the 1990s as a lead member of the Kosmic Free Music Foundation. His career has nothing at all to do with demos.
Christian "RaD Man" Wirth
Building Character: ANSI from the Ground Up
With limitations in color, character set and size, the ANSI artscene still found ways to innovate, flourish and reach amazing heights in the last 25 years. Starting with a brief history of pre-ANSI character art, RaD Man of ACiD describes the problems and solutions of working in a text-based medium, lessons which will crop up again and again working with computers and scant resources in relation to art. Topics covered will include development tools, distribution methods, quality control and secret tricks that arose during ACiD's 14-year history.
Christian Wirth, aka RaD Man, is a computer artist and historian that founded ANSI Creators in Demand in 1990, which later became ACiD Productions (www.acid.org), in order to celebrate the ANSI/ASCII art form. After ACiD moved to a dormant state, Wirth began and completed work on a DVD-ROM featuring over a decade and a half of artpacks by ACiD and many others called Dark Domain (2004), available at www.darkdomain.org
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