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

Todd Rinaldo toddr at null.net
Sat Jun 28 14:19:27 PDT 2008

I just think it's funny we're calling our presenters "Special needs"
presenters. LOL.

Seriously though, I didn't see a single presentation we couldn't have
done on one laptop. The key thing for future lightning talks I think
is to assure there is a non-wireless network connection for the
presenter in the main room.

On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM, Daniel J. Wright <Dan at dwright.org> wrote:
> 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.
> -Dan
>> 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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Todd Rinaldo
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