Ok … so my own Top 5 lessons learned didn’t even help me. 🙁 Anyway, I tried to buy tickets at work this time and a very slow proxy definitely hindered my changes of getting anything this round. I was lucky enough to get a ticket last time … but nothing yet for NovaInfosecPortal.com contributor @nathiet.
Here’s a time line of my 10 minutes on the ShmooCon site…
12:00: They started up right on time … and guess what … the link to the reservation page is at the bottom again. I clicked the link and patiently waited for the page to load. The response wasn’t fast however after a minute the page finally came up and I filled everything in. There was still one field left though … the fateful Captcha .. but the image was no where to be found. Looking up I found the browser still chugging away downloading a few more items.
12:03: After another 2 minutes the Catpcha finally decided to appear. So I quickly entered and rechecked it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sure if the thing that looks like an “i” between the “m” and “n” in the image below was something I was supposed to enter or not. I guessed it was an “i” and decided to include it. The site squirmed away for another 2 minutes.
12:05: I finally got a response I didn’t want to get as you can see below. 🙁 So I went back to the registration page to try again and waited…
12:08: After a few minutes the website informed me that all tickets were reserved. So what does any good ShmooCon ticket-buying fool do … rinse and repeat.
12:10: After a few more tries I was still getting a message that all the tickets were reserved. At this point I went back to main registration page and got the fateful message. A ShmooCon blog post and tweet confirmed everything.
Lessons Learned #6: Never, Never, Never Buy ShmooCon Tickets Through a Hungry Work Proxy
Of course the saddest news of all is that @nathiet wasn’t able to snag a ticket either. Well, there is still one more round left at least. And guess what… it’s on January 1 — a non-work day! No slow lunchtime company proxy to minimize my chances next time. 🙂