My last few weeks have been consumed by conferences -- hosting, attending, speaking at, and planning for. As a developer I appreciate not only great technical talks, but also great speakers who can deliver them. I've been attending (and sometimes speaking at) tech conferences since the late 90s, but it wasn't until the Web 2.0 days when I really started paying attention and appreciating great talks by great speakers. Unfortunately, most conferences are riddled with boring, uninteresting talks and

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