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July 26, 2004

Registration Open for the 2004 O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference

Sebastopol, CA--Apple manages to pack a wallop of technology into its sleek machines. Bluetooth, digital music, mobile computing, digital video, AirPort Extreme--and so much more--make up the digital lifestyle that is transforming business, academic, and home environments. Registration has just opened for the third annual O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference, happening October 25-28 in Santa Clara, CA, where Mac developers, sys admins, digital musicians, and users can master the must-have tools and goodies that Apple and other companies are churning out in the wake of Mac OS X's success.

"Along with the engineers in Cupertino, independent developers are contributing to the thriving Mac OS X culture by bringing new ideas to our desktop every day," observes Derrick Story, conference program chair. "We're excited that many of these innovators are able to speak at this year's event." Conference participants include Stewart Copeland, the former drummer for the Police who now creates award-winning film and television scores using Mac OS X technology; New York Times columnist David Pogue; Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun-Times; Karelia Sofware's Dan Wood; Brent Simmons of Ranchero Software; Michael Bartosh of 4AM Media; and authors Dori Smith, Gordon Meyer, and Ted Landau.

The conference offers practical sessions dealing with:

  • Getting up to speed on Unix
  • Working the Mac into both sides of the firewall
  • Networking, security, and workflow
  • Quartz Extreme, Cocoa, Java, and Xcode
  • Scripting with AppleScript
  • Perl, Python, Ruby, and PHP
  • Two new tracks have been added to inspire users to view their skills and creativity in a new light:

  • In the Digital Audio track, musicians and tech gurus will learn to fine tune Macs for peak performance, design workflows to manage huge amounts of content, work with professional applications, understand how to get new music in front of audiences, and pick up insider business tips
  • The Insanely Great Mac Track focuses on both the cool and useful: mobile computing, home automation, creative networking, and digital media
  • From overviews of cutting edge projects to hands-on advice for day-to-day care and feeding, the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference is where developers, programmers, sys admins in organizations large and small, Mac users in high performance environments, and techno artists can learn from people creating the future of the Mac. As Derrick Story sums up, "This is the conference that brings together what you need to know with what you want to experience."

    Additional Resources:

  • Complete conference details
  • Press coverage, blogs, photos, and news from last year's convention
  • For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the convention, contact Andrew Calvo at (707) 827-7176, or
  • To submit an idea for a panel discussion or for a particularly provocative group of panelists, send suggestions to
  • Winners of the second Mac OS X Innovators contest will be announced at the O'Reilly Mac OS X Conference. Information on rules, entry form, and the prizes for the contest can be found here.
  • For more information on Mac-related issues, visit the O'Reilly Mac DevCenter.
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