[Yapc-na-organizers] Lightning Talk technology for YAPC and maybe PPW?

Daniel J. Wright Dan at DWright.Org
Sat Jun 28 09:17:40 PDT 2008

I like the idea of one laptop also.  But I think that no matter what you
do, there will always be somebody that wants/needs to use their own
machine for one reason or another.

I am in favor of a two part solution:

1) Give people an opportunity to test / set-up their equipment ahead of time.

2) Start timing people from the moment the gong rings from the previous
speaker.   If you spend 3 minutes setting up your laptop, then you've got
2 minutes left to speak.

Basically:  Make the easy thing easy, the hard thing possible, and provide
some motivation to do what is easy.


> On Jun 28, 2008, at 10:26 AM, Todd Rinaldo wrote:
>> Yeah, but the problem is rareley plugging it in is it? I know the
>> problem with my dell laptop and others like it is getting it to
>> recognize the projector and display properly, which can't be done
>> until the last minute.
>> I would suggest the real solution might be to require all talks be
>> submitted to one laptop and then have someone designated to run that
>> laptop. The operator is key for this. This year we tried to centralize
>> the laptop, but then switching back and forth made it so you had to
>> re-configure the central laptop. Additionally, some people were not
>> familiar with how to operate the central laptop.
> I really like the idea of a central laptop.  For people who do not
> have a need to use their own computer I think it is a reasonable
> request to have all slides available to be used on a central laptop.
> I am sure some people would still have special needs that would make
> them think they need their own computer.  But this still leaves us in
> need of a solution that would provide a smooth transition between the
> talks with special needs.
> Robert
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