Just to keep my finger on the pulse of all things DefCon, I imported a Twitter Search feed for "defcon" into my Google Reader list. I figure it will be a good way to see who's planning on going, what talks are generating all the buzz, and maybe find out about some unofficial defcon events.
Posted by Ax0n
While that's been quite successful, I also encountered something unexpected: people who still use "defcon" as a tongue-in-cheek panic word. Side-note: many of them don't realize that the higher numbers mean LESS panic. But whatever. At least this guy almost got it right.
The truth is that DEFCON 1 has likely never been used. It doesn't specifically mean nuclear war, but any time that the US is on the defensive end of a serious and imminent attack by foreign military. The 9/11 incident took us to DEFCON 3. [Wikipedia]
At any rate, I've got almost everything ready for DefCon (the conference, not our Defense Condition). I don't quite have all my talks picked out, but I did find it odd that a speaker shares my last name -- which is an unusual last name to begin with. I may have to sit in on that talk.