From time to time people decide to leave the grant committee and new members join. Recently, Nicholas Clark, a long-time grant committee member, decided to step down. He'll be missed as his knowledge of both Perl and the community are extensive. However, we wound up electing two new grant committee members, Thomas Klausner and Ben Tilly. On the off chance you don't know who they are, I suppose I should tell you a bit about them.
January 2006 Archives
Sometimes people might question the tangible value of going to a conference. You're out of the office for a few days, so you lose that work time. You attend a ton of sessions and you're drinking from a fire hose, so after about half a day you feel totally overwhelmed. Does any of it stick?
I can tell you for sure that it does.
This year the Toronto folks managed to record audio and video for the YAPC::NA conference sessions, as reported on use.perl.org. After a few months of availability, Fulko Hew has shared his stats with me:
111 CD downloads
953 DVD downloads
? private duplications
= 4 Terabytes
Given that the DVD was 4.23 Gig, that's a lot of bits, both for the sender and receiver. I don't think that many folks would download it unless they were really going to look at it. I just hope some of those folks will be convinced to join us in person next year! :)
Our friend chromatic wrote up a summary of some of the things that happened in Perl last year.
Oh, and happy new year everyone! :-D