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Stuff to bring to Crested Butte

  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Money
  • Insurance Cover (inc. Winter Sports)
  • Photocopies of documents and reservation information
  • Signed Disclaimer for the conference
  • iPod
  • Laptop
  • Apple power cord (the long one)
  • DVI-to-VGA adapter
  • VGA Cable
  • Plug converters
  • Notebook
  • Phone
  • Video Camera / Camera / whatever
  • Chargers, batteries
  • Books/Kindle (for when the coding gets too much) (Never been known to happen)
  • Clothes that can be layered (casual as specified on the Mindview site no problems there)
  • Thick socks
  • Sneakers (or "Trainers" as they're called in Scotland)
  • Walking boots
  • Head lamp (for night time walking)
  • Toiletries
  • Headache pills (in case the altitude gets to you)
  • Cold medicine (it's freezing and the local stores are not well stocked)
  • Sun glasses (the glare gets really bad off the snow)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater)
  • Lip protector (ditto)
  • Saline nasal spray (those prone to nosebleeds or from far more humid climates sometimes have difficulty with the relative aridity)
  • Swimming gear (in case you have a hot tub)
  • A TSA-suitable lock for your luggage
  • Remove one t-shirt from your luggage to make room for the Java Posse t-shirt you'll be getting

Body preparation

  • Drink lots of water for a few weeks in advance to help with the acclimatisation to the altitude
    (at least drink a lot on the last day, and during the trip to CB)
    What’s the scientific basis for this idea?
    I've (JPN) always been a little dubious on the scientific merits of this argument: seems to me that the timescales on which cells operate (ms->m) are much faster than are justifiable on this hypothesis. OTOH: I've always followed this advice, and never had a headache...

Software to install before the trip

(To reduce download and install time during coding sessions. Get anything that sounds interesting to you, even if you don't know it already. If you already have something, get the latest version.)
  • Git
  • Java
  • Tomcat
  • Groovy
  • Grails
  • Scala
  • Lift
  • Play
  • Clojure
  • JRuby
  • Jython
  • Fantom
  • Go
  • Node.js
  • Twitter Bootstrap
  • Safari/Chrome with the GWT Plugin
  • Firefox with Firebug and Web Developer Toolbar
  • Eclipse
  • NetBeans
  • IntelliJ IDEA
  • SpringSource Tool Suite 2.9 (Roo, CloudFoundry) 
  • Aptana
  • Ant
  • Maven 3
  • Ivy
  • Gradle
  • Heroku Toolbelt
  • Cloudfoundry
  • AWS Java SDK
  • Boto
  • MongoDB
  • Couchbase
  • Cassandra
  • Voldemort
  • Riak
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Neo4J
  • Redis
  • memcached
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