More speakers announced for MacMania

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MacMania, the upcoming ocean cruise/conference for Mac users, has added still more speakers to its roster: David Biedny, Deke McClelland, and Randal Schwartz.

David Biedny was one of the founding editors of MacUser magazine and is a widely published author. He's also worked at Industrial Light & Magic, independently created digital special effects for motion pictures, and produced major multimedia projects and products for over 15 years. Currently, Biedny is president and technical director of IDIG.

Deke McClelland is the author of such titles as Photoshop 6 for Windows Bible and Macworld Photoshop 6 Bible, which have more copies in print than any other guides on computer graphics. He's currently working on his new visual learning series, Look & Learn, including Look & Learn Photoshop and Look & Learn Flash and is a contributing editor for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines.

Randal Schwartz coauthored such standards as: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl for Win32 Systems, and Effective Perl Programming. He also writes regular columns for WebTechniques and UnixReview magazines. Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services. Schwartz will be teaching an all-day class called "Using UNIX."

Biedny, McClelland, and Schwartz will join other, previously announced speakers, including: Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder; Andy Gore, former editor-in-chief of "Macworld" magazine; David Pogue, well known Mac author and columnist; and John de Lancie, actor/director/writer.

MacMania will be a seven-day ocean cruise, with ports of call in Alaska, that combines pleasure with 20 hours of conference courses. One conference track will be involve Mac OS X and be targeted to developers. There'll be five tracks for end users. It's being arranged by Geek Cruises, a company that schedules "cruise conferences" that combine work and play.

The MacMania cruise will depart May 27 from Vancouver for Alaska's Inside Passage. Room for MacMania is limited to approximately 400. Cruising prices (if booked six months in advance) are: inside cabins: US$1,050-$1,100 (depending on category) and outside cabins: $1,350-$1,550 (ditto). Prices will go up on Nov. 27. The conference price is $600 for the End Users Track and $1,250 for the OS X Developers Track. Port taxes would be additional and are $184 per person. For more info, including prices for the cruise itself, go to the Geek Cruises Web site

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