[EuroPython] Please: a printable conference programme!
tw at waldmann-edv.de
Thu Jan 27 15:02:56 CET 2011
> * mobile apps development: If you are a developer help help us
> creating nice applications for the conference!
Just a quick note from me from a recent experience I had at 27c3 (27th
Chaos Communication Congress) in Berlin:
While quite a lot people nowadays have nice and expensive smartphones,
please consider that there are also quite a lot who don't.
What I found out one day before leaving to the congress was that there
are just some "apps" for misc. mobile platform (not useful at all for
me) and some webapps (one with "offline mode"), that required of course
some kind of browser to see and were in no reasonable way printable.
Unfortunately, this year noone did a "one page / few pages" conference
programme PDF that is just printable to 1 or 2 sheets of paper, which
was really bad for me, because I always had to use my laptop just to
find out what the next talk is and where it is and whether I wanted to
attend it. Needless to say that battery runtime is limited and WLAN
doesn't always work if there are lots of geeks at one place.
So, please consider the many features of a printout on a dead tree:
* ultra-thin, ultra-mobile: just 0.5mm thin, just a few grams of weight,
fits into any pocket
* endless battery runtime, never runs out of power
* boots and shuts down in less than a second
* crash proof operating system
* easy notetaking app to mark talks you want to attend ("pencil") or
even make unrelated notes
* high-contrast 14" 1200 dpi non-glare, foldable, ultra-flexible,
unbreakable display, readable in a wide range of lighting conditions
* full size front and rear display
* ultra-low TCO
* fully recyclable
* runs with or without clouds, does not depend on working wireless
network or UMTS
If you choose to use colour when creating such a PDF, please keep in
mind that some people use a non-colour laser printer still, so choose
colours which give a readable bw printout (if that's not easy, just
don't use colours).
Putting some such programs at floor walls in the conference building
(and maybe even keeping them updated in case of programme changes) would
also help quite a lot.
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