The WS-I members meeting has been held in Helsinki this week, land of the midnight sun. It does get dark for about 1 hour per night between about 2am and 3am. I found it very hard to adjust to the time zone change - 2 hours is a small adjustment which my body found hard to recognize, plus the lack of night time totally confused everything. I think many people had problems sleeping in the group, and the patchy wireless LAN coverage meant that the lobby bar lounge was frequently full of WS-I'ers collecting their e-mail at midnight.
Thanks go to Nokia for hosting the event, and providing lots of very useful tourist information in our welcome pack. Unfortunately I did not have as much time as I would have liked to see the place, but I made a valiant effort in the time I had available.
On the WS-I side, the Basic Security Profile group held their first face-to-face meeting, and made some good progress on their initial tasks and deliverables. Expect some good stuff coming out shortly.
The other work groups were putting the final touches to the work related to Basic Profile 1.0 and that material is approaching signoff and the final public release versions.
The Basic Profile work group is also well underway with the 1.1 work covering attachments. We managed to resolve some of the key issues that have been holding back progress, partly through the creative use of some "alternative dispute resolution" techniques involving a group of us going for a walk into the centre of town and grabbing a meal at McDonalds. There's only so much herring one can eat, you know!
By the way, in case you're wondering about the title, HEL is the airport code for Helsinki.
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