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Awesome! High-Altitude Balloon Launch At In Ballarat

What’s better than launching a high-altitude balloon into space from Adelaide 20 times? Doing it live from in Ballarat. Check out our exclusive video and learn more about the Project Horus team after the jump, including their plans to launch an Internode Node Pony into space.

LCA2012 Diary: Rum, Rain, Rehearsals

Here’s a weird thing about roughly one in five attendees is also a speaker. That means the speakers dinner (which also incorporates volunteers) is a bigger event than you might anticipate. This time around, we pretty much filled the function centre at Sovereign Hill, where we drank a lot of beer, ate a lot of food and soaked up a little colonial history.

Beware Of The Decoy Effect When Shopping

Thinking of buying something and edging towards the slightly-more-expensive-but-has-more options choice? Be careful: you might be falling for the decoy effect.

LCA2012 Diary: The Smart And The Sweaty

Attending is a great way to enhance my knowledge and scare me into presenting, but it’s an exhausting five days. It’s mentally exhausting because of all the new information to be acquired, and it’s physically exhausting because it’s the height of summer in Ballarat and the temperature is 32 degrees or more.

How Can You Stop Your Lanyard Flipping Over?

It’s a perennial challenge at conferences: you have a lanyard hanging around your neck but it’s constantly flipping over so no-one can read your name. How can you deal with that nuisance?

Wi-Fi And NBN Lessons From An Open Source Town

Free public Wi-Fi is still a relative rarity in Australia’s major cities, so how is it possible to make it viable in a town with less than 400 people? Newstead offers some interesting lessons about Wi-Fi, the National Broadband Network (NBN), open source and how to manage community projects.

Perens: The iPhone is Destroying Democracy (And Open Source)

The iPhone is Australia’s most popular smartphone, and it’s very much in evidence at 2012 in Ballarat. But in the opening keynote for the conference, leading open source advocate Bruce Perens argued that the continued success of the iPhone threatens not just the potential success of open source, but the future of democracy

LCA2012 Diary: Student Life And Presentation Panic

I’m no stranger to the annual open source shenanigans of Indeed, the 2012 event in Ballarat marks the seventh time I’ve attended this conference, but it feels strange this year for two particular reasons. It’s the first time I’ve ever chosen to use the on-campus accommodation and I’m actually doing a presentation this year, which means that I’m both reverting to a student lifestyle and panicking like crazy.

LCA 2012 Paper Submissions Now Close August 7

The original closing date for paper submissions for 2012 was last Friday, and no doubt many people (including the editor of this very site) rushed to meet the deadline. However, there’s now been an extension until August 7, so if you’ve got a brilliant vision for an open source-themed presentation and fancy a trip to Ballarat in January next year, you’ve got another week to get your submission in for judging. (Lifehacker will be attending whether I’m presenting or not.) []

When Cloud Computing Looks Like A Return To Mainframe

“Father of the Internet” Vint Cerf reckonsreckons that cloud computing is great, but that it needs standards for systems to communicate. Sendmail pioneer Eric Allman argues that too many people fail to realise that cloud computing involves a return to computing approaches from decades ago.

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