BlackHat 2010 - Slides / Paper / Rest..

BlackHat this year passed in a blur. In retrospect staying in Vegas for only 3 nights was probably a bad idea. (This is especially obvious when you consider that the round trip involves about 60 hours of travelling time)

I got in and mostly hid in my room working on the talk. I did the talk, and promptly hid in my room feeling sick till it was time to fly home. (this means that i failed completely to participate in teamZA's magnificent #hackcup football victory)

In 2009, our "Clobbering the Cloud" talk squeezed in about 138 slides into 70 minutes.
This year my talk was 50 minutes long (i wasn't convinced that the topic could hold interest for longer periods), and my keynote deck was made up of 38 slides. But, the presentation used both the 38 keynote slides, and a prezi presentation (with about 170 transitions).

This means there was never a chance of finishing the presentation in the allotted time. I was aware of this going in, and decided that a solution would present itself while i was on stage :>
(in truth, i didn't have the heart to leave out any of the points in the prezi. I had already whittled down tons of events from the timeline, and these ~170 _had_ to be included)

The talk went well.. and live tweets [2] on the talk were complimentary:

I was going to upload a picture of the beard here, but instead i'll add the actual presentation materials. The talk was recorded and i'll paste a link here as soon as the video is made available.

[the paper][the slides*]
[prezi (stand-alone)*]prezi
* This year i made use of the awesome prezi for my timeline visualization. They rock!

Some interesting additions have been made to the timeline since the talk, with some input from gera@core being particularly insightful.

[1] "Hang Over" reference added as akwardly as Allan's laughter to fulfill a promise


  1. heheh.. thank u sire.. (and thanks for showing up for the talk, even after having heard the webcast) :>

  2. The beard :