What are you doing in November? I know it’s hard to think past the summer, and for those of us with kids, the start of school, but I’ve been pondering the first week in November, when Tonya and I are planning to attend in Los Angeles. Last year’s conference was my first, but it left me regretting that I hadn’t made the time to attend in previous years (see “ ,” 22 October 2012). While I organized a successful “Working with the Press” panel discussion last year, Tonya and I are working on bigger plans for the 2013 installment of the conference, connected with the tenth anniversary of Take Control Books.
I can’t share details of those plans yet (and the description on the site is a bit of a placeholder), but let’s just say that they’ll be a lot of fun. What I can say is that MacTech Conference 2013 will also have an from November 6th through 8th with , more labs,  on November 5th, both  and  certification exams, new vendor forums, and a keynote from .
Keep in mind that MacTech Conference isn’t a general-purpose conference; it’s targeted at Apple developers and IT professionals, with a pair of tracks focused on each audience. Developer sessions will include presentations on making great user interfaces, automating the operations of an indie business, and adding Passbook support to an app. On the IT professional side, talks will look at Xsan and the future of storage, iOS deployment and management strategies, building virtual Mac environments with VMware Fusion, the impact of IPv6, and Python for the system administrator.
MacTech Conference 2013 costs $1,399 for on-site registration, but if you, it’s only $899. The full-day workshops are similarly discounted for early registration. The  has also changed, to the Manhattan Beach Marriott, which is much closer to the airport, and is a bit cheaper than last year, with rooms starting at $179 per night (and $149 per night if you come early or stay later).