Sadly, I missed MacHack this year. I supposed that's what I get for not working at a Mac shop. Reports from those who did go is that it was the usual blast. The keynote had a bunch of the original Mac team there, and the hack contest ran as long as last year.
I'm thinking next year that a bunch of Unix weenies should go, just to see what can be done with Mac OS 9 and prior, before the Classic OS starts fading into the past. While it's easy to criticize the Mac OS design in today's computing world, the things you can do specifically because it has a single address space for all programs can be truly remarkable. As a Unix guy, it's hard to even think of these things. So one might consider going next year just to learn something different, before it's too late. Plus Mac Hack is an event unlike any other, and worth a visit.
I learned to fly a new kind of airplane this weekend. I've so far been a Cessna pilot (well, with a 10-hour stint in a Beech Barron). Now I've been introduced to the Piper Arrow, which is a low wing with retractable gear and a variable pitch prop. It was interesting... it's a fair bit more work to fly, and as my instructor put it, it "flies like a desk". But it goes 120 knots to the C-172's 90 knotts, so that's appealing.
I'm thinking of flying out to Burning Man this year. That could be pretty cool, though I need to find someone who is driving up and is willing to take a few things for me, since I don't think everything I need will fit in the back of a little plane.
People who've been curious about what it is that KnowNow is working on and what "2 way web" means--no, it's not web pages on the back of your monitor--it's all up on our web site... www.knownow.com. The short answer I give is that we provide asyncronous event delivery over HTTP. It so happens that it works rather well with web browsers, but clients can be written in any environment, and they can all share the same information.