The last day of OSCON is here and it's soon time to pack up and head home. There were only a couple of sessions slots to attend today and the most interesting one was put on by a couple of guys from Six Apart, better known as the LiveJournal guys. They have a set of tools (memcached, MogileFS and PerlBal) which are becoming standard tools for people running large concurrency web sites. We've been using memcached for a little while now in a few places and I can see we will need to probably use MogileFS and PerlBal in order to take gocomics and some of our other websites where we want to go. It amazing to sit in a room and have people from Google, Yahoo, Shopzilla and other large websites be listening in on the same talk you are. I guess I automatically assume that these sites have it all together and have solutions for these things and it's nice to see that they are hacking along just like the rest of us.
To wrap up the conference they had a talk by Eben Moglen on the state of Free Software and what's upcoming. I share a thought path similar to his that the mobile space is going to be the next big battle ground. Wireless for computers is starting to become an assumed ability and cell phones are starting to access not only the microcosm that is their carriers space, but the larger part of the open internet on a regular basis. Right now what runs on that thing in your pocket is heavily determined by your carrier or manufacturer, how long is it going to stay that way? He pointed out that for better or for worse it seems we are transitioning from a society where you have a block of real estate that houses your devices to a time where the digital devices are becoming what we consider the home and the interchangeable part is the location to put them in. I bet there's an extremely large number of people out there who's email address is more permanent then their physical mailing address. There is another shift coming and while I don't have a good handle on what it is, you see it starting to form and it will shake things up in the near future.
So it's the end of a week and my brain cramped from all the thing that were put into it, next week, John and I will be back in the office trying to put to words all of the wisdom imparted upon us here. I've met some brilliant people and found faces for those that were legends within our circles. There were more than a few new tricks learned and a couple pieces to show us that what we thought were old dogs still have more life in them than expected. All in all an awesome experience and I'm glad I came. While Portland is a beautiful city and I would recommend to anyone to come and visit, I can't wait to get home and see the family after being away for a week.