[Chicago-talk] Discussion about Chicago.PM and Meetings

Doug Bell madcityzen at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 10:34:07 PDT 2012

On Jul 3, 2012, at 12:20 AM, David Mertens wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM, Andy Lester <andy at petdance.com> wrote:
> On Jul 2, 2012, at 9:56 PM, Doug Bell wrote:
> > Andy Lester brought up the idea of a project night as a way to encourage new users and get some code written. David has offered a project up based on PDL (a nice GUI REPL for visualizing and manipulating data),
> The big idea behind that is that it's something that we can say "OK
> Andy, it looks like your idea got cut-off here. Anything else you meant to say?
> For my part, I'd obviously be delighted to get help with my project, and it seems apt since it's a project targetted at newcomers. :-)
> I suspect that we'll want to do this monthly, offset from the current PM meetings.

That can certainly be arranged. The rooms we used are completely empty after 6:00pm, and I've only once ever seen anyone in them after 5:00pm (our floor is mostly middle-office people who keep rather strict hours, it's an absolute madhouse here at exactly 9:00am, 12:00pm, and 5:00pm every day).

> > 1) There's no public Internet provided.
> > 2) The doors are locked around 6:00p-6:30p, requiring people to enter at the Madison St. entrance, and knock to get the security guards' attention.
> Have these been a problem?  Or just suboptimal?
> I had never had any issues with the doors closing until this last time around, when I arrived a bit later than I usually do, about 7 o'clock. It was not clear at all how I was to get in. Fortunately, there was a guy standing outside smoking who was kind enough to let me in with his badge. I wonder how many late newcomers have left when they couldn't figure out how to get in. Could one of the BofA Perlers stand outside by the door to let Perl people until, say, 7:15?

Having someone standing by the door would be doable. I, too, am worried about how many people turned away, especially given that the north doors (Washington St.) are locked with no door person and I believe no sign pointing people to the Madison St. entrance.

I think for now I'll just pay AT&T their extortion money for wifi hotspot with the iPhone (it's not the amount, it's the principle, why should I pay for another way to use the data that's been allotted to me, oh wait, I found out why now). I believe it allows me to connect 3 devices, one of which might be able to be an Airport Express or other wireless router which would expand our number of devices to about a dozen (I'll do a test). If anything, it will be necessary for the project nights, as it will be difficult to collaborate without some kind of network in place. If this doesn't work, Madison Perl Mongers had good luck with a Verizon MyFi, though that seems to only be 5 devices.

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