3:30pm — 5pm
File Sharing 101
Speaker: Ted Landau
If you use a computer, it's almost certain that you are sharing data with others — whether it is an article you want to send to a friend or photos you want your relatives to see. In the "old" days, sharing data typically required copying the information to a floppy disk. Today, in contrast, your choices seem almost limitless. Floppy disks have been replaced by CDs, DVDs, flash drives and media cards. Two computers in the same general location can also share files via a direct Ethernet or FireWire cable connection, or wirelessly via AirPort or Bluetooth. For sharing to more distant locations, you can select among email, iChat, a .Mac personal Web site, and more.
In this session, you will learn about each of these different methods, how they work, their pros and cons, and how to decide which is the best method for what you want to do.
8:30am — 10am
Ten Things That Every Mac User
Should Try Before They Die?
Speaker: Andy Ihnatko
Whether you're a novice or a seasoned Mac user whose emotional highs have long-since been worn down by a hard life, there are always Those Little Things that you've heard of and have been Meaning to Get To … but never do. AppleScripting and Automating. Maintenance. Moving beyond the iApps and Microsoft Office. Sampling the high-octane power of the command-line. Installing your own hardware upgrades. And this thing that will save your life at least once … what was it called again? Oh, yeah: "Backups."
If my novice session tries to compress a month of basic Mac info into three hours, this one will try to compress a lifetime that follows into ninety minutes. Bring an energy drink.
10:30am — Noon
Leo Laporte's Personal Podcasting Primer
Speaker: Leo Laporte
Are you a podcast listener? How would you like to be a podcast creator? It's easy. If you have a Mac you already have most of what you need to join this fast growing medium. One of the world's foremost podcasters, Leo Laporte, will show you the ins and outs of podcast recording, editing, and distribution. Learn how to make a professional sounding show without spending a penny, the tricks to finding an audience, using iTunes to do your marketing, and a whole lot more. Bring your ideas for your own personal podcast and you'll have one ready to upload before the cruise ends.
8:30am — Noon
A UNIX Guide to OS X
Speaker: Randal Schwartz
For most hardcore Mac users, a "command prompt" is a strange world. However, with the introduction of UNIX into the core of Mac OS X, some tasks that were formerly hard are now quite easy, once you get the basics down about how to use that command line. In the first half of this full-day talk, learn from 24-year UNIX veteran Randal Schwartz (who has been using a Mac daily for the past 10 years) about the basics of UNIX commands, including common file and folder manipulation, automating repetitive tasks, and even accessing your machine remotely.
In the second portion of this seminar, for advanced Mac users, learn how to write Perl scripts, configuring software, installing packages, and having a blast customizing the terminal side of things.
You do not need any prior UNIX knowledge to benefit from this course.
1:30pm — 3pm
A Non-Geek's Introduction to
Open Source Applications
Speaker: Rob Griffiths
Have you ever wondered about all those amazing-yet-free web-based solutions out there, such as blogging tools (WordPress, Movable Type), content management systems (Geeklog, Drupal, Mambo), forum packages (phpBB, phorum), and others? Wondered what it would take to get them running on your own Mac? Been scared off because you're "not the technical type?" Wonder no more, as this seminar will walk you through everything need to run these apps, and scores of others, on your own machine. You'll learn how to install and use MySQL, PHP, and a few of the better-known open source applications, right there on your own Mac. You'll even learn how to move a locally-created site to a commercial web hosting company, in case you want to take your efforts public. And best of all, you'll learn from someone like yourself, from a non-technical background — so no worries about unexplained mumbo-jumbo.