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I will be talking at FSLVallarta 2012

FSLVallarta 2012

Today I got the good news that I’ll be giving three talks at FSLVallarta 2012 in november. I love that event and the fact that it’s in Puerto Vallarta can’t make it any better 🙂

Unfortunately my attempt to give a talk about Emacs got rejected (again) so instead I’ll be talking about Free Network Services, PHP development & code quality tools and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Slides and pictures will be uploaded here after the event, and follow me on Identi.ca or Twitter for updates.

About FSL Vallarta event:

“El Festival de Software Libre Vallarta 2012, is an open space where students, teachers, investigators, computing experts, companies and professionals of open source and free software and the general public will get together to learn, participate, exchange ideas, points of view and solutions”

The above roughly translated from the original in spanish:

“El Festival de Software Libre Vallarta 2012es un espacio abierto donde se darán cita estudiantes, docentes, investigadores, profesionales, expertos en computo, empresas y profesionales del software libre y público en general para aprender, participar e intercambiar ideas, puntos de vista y soluciones.”

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Great time attending Google IO 2011

This year I got to finally attend the Google I/O event. I was lucky to easily get my entrance ticket the day they opened for registration. That day the tickets sold out in 59 minutes! (or so they say)

Google IO badges

Gabriel Saldaña at Google IO 2011

The place was packed! There were about 5,000 attendees!

Google IO packed with people

I even got to see Leo Laporte and Gina Trapani recording some material for their This week in Google show.

Leo Laporte and Gina Trapani at Google IO 2011

The talks were very interesting with lots of surprises and new release announcements. I attended several android development talks, as I’m starting to get into Android development (can’t wait to finish my first app). The new development tools improvements and the changes for big screen (tablet) layouts looked very nice. And also went to different Google APIs talks like the Google Charts API talk.

The big topics were Android and Chrome, with complementary HTML5 and WebGL talks. There was very little about GoogleTV though. I couldn’t go to all talks, that’s an impossible task. But fortunately for everyone who attended or not, all sessions are available for viewing online.

Some people got surprise presents at the end of a talk, like free Sony Xperia Play phones or the Arduino Android Development Kit. I was not lucky to get any of these, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a very nice present enough.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition

The after party was also great! Well, how could it not be? They had loud music and all the beer, wine and crab cakes for free.

Robots were everywhere as well as exhibits of cool experiments as the yike bike, the Google self driving car and a car/plane.

car plane experiment

Google Self-driving car

I also saw this cool electric car but I don’t remember the company behind them.

Oh and did I mention free concert of Jane’s Addiction?

Jane's Addiction concert

Gabriel Saldaña at Google IO after party

I had a great time!

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Digital rights Law & Freedom GNU/Linux Free Software & Open Source

Gave DRM talk at UANL

Today I gave a talk about DRM technologies and how they affect everyone that consumes products with them. It took place at the UANL physics and mathematics faculty.

It interests me very much the fact that its the second time they invite me to give this talk (and I hope to get invited many more) because typically at schools and universities, at least in general in Mexico, this topic never shows up on anyone’s radar. Probably software licensing, but not DRM technologies and issues.

I hope more universities follow this trend and call people to talk to them about current topics and not just stick to the education program and teach how to be code monkeys.

Maybe it has something to do with the mathematics (cryptography) on the DRM technologies and that’s why I got invited by the physics and mathematics faculty instead of the computer science faculty. I thought about that so I updated my talk and slides to explain a bit more on the cryptography side (very basic stuff) this time.

The talk went very well and got good response from the audience. I even gave out stickers!

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DRM chat at Unitec: video and slides

A few weeks ago I posted about me giving a talk at Unitec Monterrey about DRM and mexican copyright law titled: “DRM: ¿derechos o restricciones?”. Basically is an introduction to what DRM and copyright is, according to mexican law.

I have finally transcoded and published it on Google Video. Slides are also available as PDF and Open Document ODP.