[Yapc-na-organizers] Lightning Talk technology for YAPC and maybe PPW?
G. Wade Johnson
gwadej at anomaly.org
Sat Jun 28 18:51:52 PDT 2008
On Sat, 28 Jun 2008 16:19:27 -0500
"Todd Rinaldo" <toddr at null.net> wrote:
> 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.
While not disagreeing with the concept or the suggestion, I think it's
worth pointing out the OS issue. The single laptop needs to be able to
show slides from any OS.
At work I'm basically one of a very few Linux guys in a sea of Windows
users. Sometimes it's an issue.
> On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM, Daniel J. Wright <Dan at dwright.org>
> > 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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