This October, smart people throughout the globe will gather in Orlando, Florida —not for Disney World, Universal, or Sea World… but rather something much more exciting… open source telecom.
October means AstriCon; the longest-running event devoted to all-things Asterisk. AstriCon celebrates one of the most influential open source telecommunication projects in history and also its future impact on the communications industry.
At AstriCon, you get to learn from great speakers… Daniel Mierla will be talking about using the right storage engine with Kamailio, Alex Balashov will be discussing the changing winds of ITSPs in the cloud, and I will certainly not be attending Sean McCord’s talk on containing Asterisk inside of Kubernetes.
Nothing personal against Sean here… I really like Sean, and in fact I really want to see his talk. Unfortunately, scheduling of his talk conflicts with an amazing presentation titled When should you use Kamailio? by yours truly.
There’s incredible speakers throughout the convention, such as Simon Woodhead, Allison Smith, Matt Jordan, Matt Fredrickson, Dan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mangani, Jöran Vinzens, Nir Simionovich, Anthony Minessale, Eric Klein, Lorenzo Emilitri, Joshua Colp, Dan Bogos, and too many more names to list.
I could list all the great people that will be at AstriCon, but instead I’d love to simply mention that attending AstriCon helps cement you as part of this incredible community.
It’s great to listen and learn from experts in the field. It’s even great to have a drink with them. What’s even better than that? Becoming members of the same community and calling them friends.
Come hang out with some of my great friends this October 9th through the 11th, in Orlando, Florida. We’re friendly, we’re sometimes fun… and yes, I’m bringing cookies.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love being part of the open source community. This community reminds you that supportive, smart people exist in this world and I’m honored to call community members my friends.
The nicest part? We’re always looking for more friends.
Paul Anka wrote the words… but once Frank sang it, he owned it forever… although the Sid Vicious version is pretty amazing.
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I’ve traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say – not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way
I’ve spent my adult life building a reputation of honesty— you may not like what I say… but you can trust the source. I also generally work and associate with people whom I can trust (which just kind of makes sense).
In open source VoIP, we tend to be an honest group of people. As with open source itself, we work in a more transparent nature than others may be used to.
I don’t want some pretty face to tell me pretty lies. All I want is someone to believe.
Of course, every community has it’s exceptions and there are some degrees of honesty as well. Saying you’ll call someone back and then not doing so (for whatever reason legitimate or not) is not something I’d consider dishonest– reliability sure, but I surely wouldn’t call it dishonest.
Maybe it’s from too many Happy Days reruns as a kid, but my reputation means something to me. So, when my honesty or integrity is questioned— well I take it very personally.
Don’t take this the wrong way… I know my shit stinks and it’s important to be called out when mistakes are made. This goes to integrity. I’ve always believed, and hopefully those that know me agree, that when I make a foul, I raise my hand. If there was a screw up I made, there’s no cover up. There is simply an admission.
It’s how we grow and improve.
I’m okay with faults being addressed. I’m not the most patient man in the world (to say the least) and I’m also one to immediately call out when someone is not answering a question, giving a BS answer, or just flat out incompetent.
There are of course many ways you can question someone’s honesty or integrity… omission of details, misrepresentation of facts, taking credit undeservedly, gross exaggeration, and so forth.
When you use these methods to question someone’s honesty and integrity… you better make sure you have the proof to back it up.
The easiest way to lose an honest friend/co-worker is to attack that honesty/integrity. If you need to, make sure (1) you’re right and (2) you can back it up.
I love Waffle House. Not as much as my friend Patrick, but love it nonetheless.
For those not in know, Waffle House is a 24/7 restaurant chain with more than 2,000 locations across the US. Very popular in the South, Chances are if you’re driving on a highway in the South/Midwest/”lower” East, you’ll see their yellow/black signs from the highway.
“If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s when you go to work.”
Waffle House has built such a strong reputation for staying open during any type of weather/emergency, that FEMA uses a Waffle House Index to measure the severity of a disaster.
Because the menu is more or less a greasy spoon specializing in eggs and hash browns, getting Yeni to visit has been difficult. Luckily, one late night event left us with no alternatives, and she became a fan quickly. (Eric was very excited to walk her through the menu)
Yeni’s first visit to a Waffle House
When I was driving back and forth to Michigan (often), the Waffle House became a friendly face on an unfriendly road.
Ain’t nothing wrong with Waffle House. Good food, good price, dependable… and there’s even a jukebox if you’re feeling lucky.