iPhone, Co-Housing (With Wife-Swapping Jokes), Next Bus Info on Facebook, and Spying on Your Readers at DemoCamp Vancouver

After some initial confusion about th' location o' tonight's DemoCamp Vancouver, we all made it t' th' Irish Heather t' hear about th' iPhone, co-housin', a Facebook application fer bus schedules, an' trackin' th' movements o' scallywags while they visit a site. And then networkin' ensued, at least presumably, since I left after th' demonstrations.

First a demonstration by a self-described fan-lad o' Apple's iPhone, th' latest status symbol among geeks an' affiliated. I happen t' think th' iPhone is pretty awesome, so after someone said "'tis just a phone!" I yelled towards th' presenter, "what else can it do?", knowin' full well 'tis a better lookin' but smaller (in disk space terms) version o' th' iPod than th' current non-nano non-Shuffle versions. Load the cannons! It were bein' cool, an' lubber answered all th' questions reasonably without goin' into hype overdrive.

Next up were bein' a "presentation" about co-housin', which I think left scallywags wonderin' why we should care about it. Yaaarrrrr! Yaaarrrrr! The ornery cuss started off with a joke about how scallywags hear 'tis about lady-swappin' an' that yes, 'tis about lady-swappin'. Stupidly thinkin' that this were bein' a bombed joke that needed resuscitatin', I blurted out somethin' like "so tell us about lady-swappin'". Aye, real smooth, seein' as how me girlfriend were bein' sittin' across th' table from me, among other wenches in th' audience (though they were a distinct minority in th' crowd). The sharks will eat well tonight! Load the cannons! I know what me girlfriend thinks already, but Megan an' Ariane, ye were thar, what did ye think, by Blackbeard's sword? Was it just an attempt t' get a cheap laugh that failed, or is it negatively indicative o' th' type o' events that have th' word "Camp" in their title?

The co-housin' presentation itself seemed t' lead t' more questions than answers. Usually, if I dern't come out with more questions than answers, I give th' presenter a lot o' credit fer raisin' them in me brain. In this case, however, I knew thar would be a presenter on th' subject, an' came fer that reason, but came away with two questions that a lot o' audience members might have also come away with. I fer one would have started right away attemptin' t' answer 1) what is an intentional community an' what be some examples an' 2) how is co-housin' really different than a strata, or is it? Ye'll be sleepin' with the fishes! I came in with those questions, an' left without an answer.

I'm no doubt gettin' th' order wrong, but John Boxall presented on MyBus Vancouver, a Facebook application that shows ye (an' only ye) bus schedules on yer Facebook profile. I'm more interested in next bus information via SMS, since I'm not bringin' me Facebook profile with me t' th' bus stop, but we were assured that th' developers be makin' progress in re-ignitin' th' service that does that. If TransLink would only open their data t' an API...well, that's an argument that deserves its own series o' blog posts.

Finally, Andre Charlan' got up t' demonstrate RobotReplay, which tracks th' movements o' person visitin' a website an' records them fer playback later by th' website administrator. The goal is t' figure out what scallywags be clickin' on an' what they be typin' in in order t' make th' experience better fer current an' future users. And swab the deck, I'll warrant ye! Or, 'tis a tool t' spy on yer readers, but I dern't see how different that is than what Google Analytics or th' vari'us statistics packages many scallywags unproblematically (an' rightly so) use already. The demonstration itself could have had better examples or scallywags navigatin' a site fer a period longer than 10 seconds, but 'tis cool, lightweight tech an' Andre knew his shit an' addressed th' concerns scallywags had about privacy an' future features.

This were bein' a very well-documented event (with multiple video an' still photographers), so I dern't regret not bringin' me camera.

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