One of the more interesting talks was David Oreilly’s, where he showed a number of unseen animations and outed himself as the creator of the Octocat meme, before showing us the final episode. I won’t give anything away, but try see it if you can.
And I thought he was just the guy that created the fake iPhone hologram video:
Seriously, folks, it’s game over. This announcement today is as big as the announcement of the original Macintosh in 1984. At airports all around the world they put flights on hold so that people could stay in the terminal and watch the news as it was announced. In Canada they declared a national day of mourning for RIM. It’s that huge. Today, frankly, is a day that will live in the history of our industry. It’s a classic inflection point. Massive disruption. Schumpeter-esque creative destruction. I am sitting here just watching the trailer for “Ironman” with the volume cranked on my stereo and I’m running around going “I … am … Ironman …” in that weird computer voice. Truly, I am invincible. I rule the world. I am the greatest human being that ever lived. I feel just like that friggin Ironman guy, honestly. Bullets cannot pierce my iron skin. Apple is the greatest company in the world. We rock so hard it’s amazing.
As you can see from the tiny image segment I grabbed from the wonderful sched.org SXSW organizer, if you’re attending, you’re going to be spoiled for choice this year.
So, when it comes round to deciding what to do on Monday 10 March at 11:30am, if you’re interested in finding out about the most interesting, unexpected or downright bizarre ways that people are using mobile phones around the world, why don’t you stop by and check out “Mobile Phones: International Devices of Mystery”. We’ve got a great cast of fantastic speakers – including Jonathan Donner, Nathan Eagle, Neil Churcher and Jennifer Bove – and all we need are some thought provoking questions from you – in the audience.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the enormous number of bands playing at the SXSW Festival in Austin – fear no more. Some enterprising chap decided to download all 3.5GB of the MP3s that SXSW made available and package it all up into a handy torrent file for the rest of us to download from here.