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Weblog:   Orlowski Slams O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Subject:   I'm afraid I agree 110% with Mr. Orlowski
Date:   2003-04-23 12:55:13
From:   anonymous2
The O'Reilly conference fliers always leave me with the impression of an overprice cheerleading tourney.

Instead of practical endeavours -- the past hallmark of O'Reilly books -- recent years have been too faddish, too dot-com. Wasn't there once a Journal Of Linux Technoology during the 1999 Linux hype? I believe the "journal" lasted for one issue.

Recently we've seen MP3s, the Human Genomics project, webblogs, and SETI -- both hyped in general news media and at O'Reilly. Surely O'Reilly can do business as it sees fit -- but neither company nor its proprietor should complain when the market shifts from acceptance of experimentalism to weary groans.

All the best.

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  • Tim O'Reilly photo I'm afraid I agree 110% with Mr. Orlowski
    2003-04-23 19:23:57  Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]


    I'm not quite sure I understand how feeling that the Emerging Technologies conference isn't as immediately practical as our books translates to agreeing with Orlowski that we excluded a speaker on the grounds of his technical politics.

    Interestingly enough, many of the things that you seem to find uninteresting -- peer to peer, web services, bioinformatics, distributed computation -- are in fact continuing to grow in importance.

    The whole point of the Emerging Technologies conference is to give us a forum for treating new topics earlier in their lifecycle, before they are jelled enough to earn their O'Reilly book.

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