Last week was CASCON, IBM Centre for Advanced Studies’ annual conference. I haven’t participated (i.e., presented) anything in a few years but still go to see what people are doing. Actually most people at the lab make it a habit to go because you get free lunch! I guess this is one of the perks at working at IBM </sarcasm>. One thing that was notably different was that instead of a CD with the proceedings, we got a USB key!

It’s only 512mb which is less than a CD, but I was surprised that it only contained less than 50mb of content! I guess there were no AlphaWorks this year. But if it’s so small, they should make the proceedings available solely on the web rather than spending money on giving employees attendees free memory sticks (I mean we get free lunch already).