Ben Dechrai

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Rating: 3 of 5 
(04.Nov.2014)
Jail Root - Bare metal install!
While the presentation itself was a great introduction to virtualisation, I didn't feel it covered the points in the description. 30 minutes including questions and change-over isn't long, but I was really hoping to see the 100's of VMs demo...
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Nov.2014)
Linux-based monitoring and control in a sustainable house
I've been to talks on monitoring and the options for DIY, but I loved the level of detail you went to, to demonstrate the implementation in a Linux environment. Thanks for giving us all a starting point from which we can aim to do the same. I don't really have an constructive criticism; the talk was well paced, informative, and topical. Thank you.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(04.Nov.2014)
Embrace the impact: minimizing your (insecure) online footprint
Congratulations on providing working demonstrations of attack vectors in a way that was understandable by those who don't specialise in security. They were thorough, unrushed, and well explained.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
Disentangle a new fangled image mangler
Katie's talk was one of my favourites at the conference. As she walked us through the playful curiosity she experienced, and the lessons she learned during the creation of her new fangled image mangler, I'm sure I wasn't the only one to be reminded of the excitement that solving your own problems with a variety of tools brings. The pace of the presentation was great, and the accompanying slides were easy to follow and had great continuity. I have no doubt that her enthusiasm will have rubbed off on some in the audience who hadn't hacked on their own projects before, Inspirational and, as Daniel says, fun :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
Building a 300+ seat inflight entertainment system controller in twisted
I came to this talk with a curiosity of what it takes to create a high availability multi-user system in a somewhat hostile (inaccessible) location, albeit no prior twisted knowledge. David's talk covered both in good detail, and also included a few anecdotes and comparisons about relevant areas of the airline industry and some of the regulations for in-flight computing systems. Very interesting. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
Code for America
Lynn's keynote was very inspiring and encouraging. The case-studies were particularly good at highlighting our ability as developers to effect change at local and global levels, and dispelling notions that one person can't make a difference. Some of the examples were amazingly simple, and just needed a support network and a vehicle for action.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
The State of Full Disk Encryption
Hugh's talk covered the issues and benefits of full disk encryption in a very easy to digest manner, suitable for all levels of knowledge. While some aspects of the talk conveyed situations that ought to create a high degree of concern, they were portrayed in a way that provided counter-measures. The lack of sensationalism was noticeable. I'm sure everyone learned something, especially given revelations in the past 12 months regarding national security on the one hand, and vulnerabilities in security software on the other. Very well presented.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
3D Printing An Open Society
Vik's talk reignited my excitement for, and interest in 3D printing. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
PHP 7, what's coming
Despite struggling with technological AV issues beyond his control, Pierre managed to keep on track and even within the time allocation. The information and comparisons of PHP technologies was well presented, with great visuals and explanations behind the differences.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(10.Nov.2014)
State of Quantum Computing, and Related Open Source Projects
I'm so glad that Tom spoke at OSDC. His topic wasn't typical of the conference, but provided a new insight in to something relevant. I would have liked to know more about the implications of quantum computing on the future of computing as we know it; for example, the ability to make current encryption methods ineffective. This may, of course, not have been his area of interest or expertise. All in all though, an enlightening talk. Thanks!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(12.Mar.2015)
PHP Under the Hood
A really engaging and clear presentation of the underlying processes that occur during PHP execution. I really enjoyed this. Thanks Davey!
Rating: 5 of 5 
(02.Sep.2015)
Code Review for Security – Workshop
Anthony has a clear and easy to follow teaching style, and covered the major points of code reviewing for security well. I enjoyed the participatory nature. The only suggestion I would add is to run a longer workshop, in order to give people in the room more time to get in to the sample code used. That said, 3 hours was plenty to give people enough of a toe-dip to know where to start in their own projects.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
API to API to API, but who owns the data?
I have a strong interest in the law, and found Drew's talk insightful and informative. I think there was a really good balance between recommendations of technical implementation, in order to mitigate some issues do to with data sovereignty. I'm afraid I have no constructive criticism to offer; I really enjoyed this talk.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
Keynote Speaker
This talk, to me, was about giving permission to others to dare, to build something, and to succeed. While I've seen Monty give this talk before, it was still inspiring to be reminded of the process of creating MySQL. I would love to see this talk updated to include stats and performance comparisons for more recent versions of the various RDBMS options.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
Building cross platform native applications with JavaScript and Electron
This talk was one of my highlights of the conference. While it didn't cover PHP, it provided an insight in to an alternative technology that solves a problem that PHP cannot (easily) address.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
Money is not a dirty word (or: how to give away all your code and still turn a profit)
It's always good to see a licensing and monetisation talk at developer conferences, as there is still some confusion in this area. The presentation was informative and entertaining. If there is one improvement I could suggest, it would be to add some more case studies of other business models, even just cursorily.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
Building Extraordinary Packages
Phil's presentation at PHP NZ was informative and entertaining. This talk provided great information on how to develop software components that can be easily reused by others in the community, both from the technical perspectives such as ease of integration, and the more analogue issues such as team working and succession planning.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(06.Sep.2015)
Talmudic Maxims to Maximize Your Growth as a Developer
I thoroughly enjoyed, and was inspired by the way this talk drew comparisons as a way of communicating excellent advice to everyone in the room. In addition to learning more about another culture, I also felt I was guided through a road map that could boost success factors for the individual developer, as well as society in general.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Sep.2015)
Opening Keynote:
A great talk from Rasmus, as always, with relevant and recent information on the progress of PHP.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Sep.2015)
Introduction to WordPress Security
Thanks for the update Steph. The talk was informative and diverse. I'd love to hear a bit more about the decision processes and conflicts (from an educational perspective) in the ways that security decisions are made. That might be less "Introduction" though :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(22.Sep.2015)
Once Upon A Time... There Was An API
An entertaining and lively talk as usual. Loved the use of animation and pixel art as a narrative :)
Rating: 5 of 5 
(30.Jun.2017)
Cooperative Multitasking With Generators
Chris's presentations are variably interesting, and his personality and presentation style make the information very digestible. This talk was eye opening, in that it helped the audience look at readily available functionality, and how it can be used in perhaps unexpected or unintentional ways.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Keynote: Beyond Code
While I was concerned for the first 5 minutes that Joe was unaware that the slides weren't showing, once I realised he was intentionally going without projected material it became much easier to focus. I personally enjoy distraction free talks, without supporting material; sometimes having slides for the sake of having slides can seem unnecessary. However, I also understand that different people have different learning modalities (visual, auditory, hands-on, etc). Having read some of the other feedback here, I would agree that slides could help those who need them. It could also assist those for whom English is not their native language. The content of the talk was great, and I loved the way Joe took us through a journey of the mind, and mind-hop of thoughts and issues, and ways we can address them. It was a great way to start the conference. Thanks Joe!
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Practical privacy - GDPR explained
As an ardent privacy advocate in Australia, I was looking forward to this talk, and hearing about the European aspects and changes to privacy principles, and I was delighted with the information Marcus provided. He succinctly detailed both historical and current trends in relation to legislation and regulations, and their implications on businesses and the public.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
I deploy on Fridays (and maybe you should too)
I loved Michiel's talk, it was both pertinent to a current client of mine, as well as brilliantly presented. The talk provided a plethora of actionable information, which I found extremely digestible, well paced, and intertwined with a good mixture of humour :)
Rating: 2 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Long running PHP Processes
Giorgio's talk on long running processes had quite a collection of information, which was useful, but seemed somewhat disjointed in its delivery. I would have preferred to see a few more examples, perhaps a demo. Giorgio, you seemed a little nervous during this talk, and I know we've all been there. Keep giving the talk, refining, and practising. Good luck :)
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Continuously delivering containerized, highly available microservices with proper context boundaries and messaging integration
Matthias's talk gave a good overview of microservices, their benefits, and the ways in which we can adopt them in new projects and existing systems alike. As a proponent of microservices and SOA myself, I enjoyed the talk, and found the information to be clear and easily applicable.
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Graphs are Everywhere
This talk was a good introduction to graphs, where we can find them in existing structures, how they might represent different data types, and how graph-traversal rules can assist with solution finding. Chris brought his delightfully dry humour to ensure the talk lived up to the promise of being light-hearted and accessible.
Rating: 3 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Nuclear powered software security
I love talks that compare non-development aspects of life to development, as a way of analogising ways in which we can improve our processes. In this talk, Christopher discussed myriad risk management and failover processes involved in running a nuclear power plant, and suggested ways in which software developers could apply those principles to their work. While the direction that the talk was taking was interesting, I was disappointed with the examples given in the application of those security principles. One example, to make sure passwords aren't reused across systems, is in my mind something that should be common-practice, not critically highlighted. Given the narrative, educational style of describing nuclear power station safety and security, I would have enjoyed the story of development to be of a similar style. For example, rather than selecting check-list items of development security to talk about, perhaps find real-world stories about security issues, how they affected systems, and how they could have been avoided, and then bringing it back to the nuclear power plant analogy, to close the loop. I encourage Christopher to build on this talk; it has great potential :)
Rating: 4 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Effective Browser JavaScript Debugging
Most developers know the basics of the Javascript developer console and related tools, but the more advanced functions aren't often looked at until the use of console.log() makes your head spin. Vance gave a good overview of many of these advanced tools, including debug stepping, and code mappings. I found the talk very accessible and informative, with the barrier to entry low for even those PHP developers who don't develop in Javascript very much.
Rating: 5 of 5 
(05.Jul.2017)
Voodoo PHP
I loved this talk! It was a perfect closing keynote. Marco delivered a humorous look at ways in which you can really make your life miserable through the use of undocumented features, and kept the audience laughing every step of the way. His stage presence was casual, relaxed, and yet very in control of the narrative, while the slides engaging and succinct. Thanks, Marco!
Rating: 0 of 5 
(07.Jul.2017)
Zero Knowledge; Meeting the Growing Demand for Security and Privacy in a National Security World
Thanks for the great feedback, Chris. I see what you're getting at in terms of making the project more aligned with Laravel, however my hope is that this project brings a more generic solution that's applicable to other frameworks and even languages. It's a big goal, that might end up being refined to a Laravel implementation :) The fuller talk that I alluded to in the presentation did delve in to how the PGP encryption worked, with step-through debugging, and more, to offer the audience a greater insight. I did wonder whether I should have kept that in, in place of the presentation that describes the process pictorially. I do worry that, without the presentation of the workflow, simply stepping through the code would be too abstract. I'll certainly apply your feedback to future implementations of this talk though, and will definitely be continuing to work on advancing the project itself, in what time I have available :)

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