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Flew out to Rochester for the weekend to hang out with friends and partake in another BarCamp.

This barcamp was pretty different, in content, than previous ones. I'm reasonably certain it had a lot to do with the location: RIT. Being that the participants were mostly students and professors, the discussion content was much less web2.0-focused, which was immediately refreshing. Various topics ranged from ruby, to scapy, to amazon's web services.

This was my 5th barcamp. In every camp so far, I've lead talks on specific subjects: ssh tunneling, vim, etc. Focusing on one topic has never been a feature of my style, and I realized that this morning during the early sessions. At any given conference, I inevitably become involved in conversations which touch a project I've done, and I'm generally going to say "Hey, I have a tool that does that!" a few times.

So that's what I did my talk on today. I was planning on talking about grok for the entire session, but instead I talked about a pile of random projects I'd done in the past year or so. I picked a pretty wide set of projects hoping to keep people interested. Ones I covered were: keynav, liboverride, grok, sms traffic reports pam_captcha, xboxproxy, xdotool, firefox tabsearch, firefox url editor, and captive portal bypass.

I probably could've talked about a few other projects, but I think limiting it to about 10 was a good choice.

I gave a brief demo of all of the projects I could. I ended my talk with some comments about RIT's rollout of WPA, and pointing out that WPA in a wifi network as large (by users) as RIT's you aren't protecting yourself from anything: man-in-the-middle arp poisoning still works. I'm certain there are fixes that you can implement on the access points, but I doubt those fixes are enabled.

I went to a few talks, but forgot my notebook so I don't have notes. Oops. The night closed with a bunch of us rotating on Rock Band.