East Coast Cocoa Conferences

I’ve been thinking about upcoming Cocoa (Mac and iPhone) conferences for the past week, ever since the last NSCoderNightDC.  Daniel posted his big uber list of Fall Conferences, so I won’t repeat that.  Instead, I’ll focus on East Coast Cocoa Conferences.  Actually I’ll expand it out to be the whole Eastern US.

First up is Voices That Matter in Philly, PA on October 16-17.  Early bird pricing runs until September 10th.  Daniel’s got a nice coupon / discount code that’s worth another $100 in savings I think.

I’m probably going to head up there.  Never been to a VTM before but I’ve heard they’re good.  They’re held twice a year I think and I missed the last one in Seattle, which was right after the iPad DC conference we had earlier this year.

Second, I hear that rising up from the ashes of C4 is SecondConf in Chicago, IL from October 22-24.  That is the next week right after VTM.  Not too many details yet, but they are having BlitzTalks (aka Lightning Talks with an awesome Blitz app to drive it.)

Third, there’ll hopefully be at least two if not more Apple Tech Talks.  I went to one in December last year in New York City.  It’d be even better if there was one further south, say in Washington DC, Baltimore or Philadelphia.

There’s three other conferences too, but they’re all in the West and I’m trying to stay closer to home since we had a new addition to the family in the past few months.

Update: There is a Fourth east coast Cocoa conference: Cocoa Camp in Atlanta, GA on September 25th.

Blog Reboot

Twitter – that’s one word for where a lot of my writing energy has gone.  It’s such an easy way to get out a few words and there’s no pressure to be perfect.

Then again the pressure to be perfect really comes from myself.  But lately I’ve been feeling more of a pressure to write down more of my thoughts and that’s overriding that perfectionism.  So here I am again, this time armed with the latest and greatest MarsEdit 3.0.4.

Of course, every good story has some conflict.  Tonight I realized that my blog had been hacked.  It seems like there were some spam links that were hidden in the page. The only things I did notice was that:

1. Sometimes my theme would get reset.  Not a huge deal but annoying.

2. Every once in a while a new WordPress user would register for no reason.

3. MarsEdit couldn’t my recent posts, instead offering up a -32700 error.

Fortunately that last error got me to Daniel Jalkut’s helpful support forum which helped me find the answer: the wordpress.net.in spam injection hack.

So a quick backup, removal of the old site, and installation of WordPress 3.0.1 and this blog is back in business, now spam link-free.  It’s kind of like encountering the Blue Screen Of Death and hitting Control-Alt-Delete.  A Blog Reboot.

Now I remember why I use Apple products.  So is there a more hack-proof blogging engine out there that will preserve old WordPress entries?