[EuroPython] Computers off during sessions.

Harald Armin Massa ghum at gmx.net
Thu Jan 13 21:24:38 CET 2005

Michael Hudson schrieb:

> "Mikael Jansson (mailing lists)" <lists at mikael.jansson.be> writes:
>>I just talked to a friend who attended EP '04, and he wanted me to tell 
>>you guys that there should be a sign or such telling people _not_ to 
>>use their computers (check e-mail, irc, whatever) during sessions, as 
>>it's highly annoying, and is very disrespectful.
 >Well, I have on occasion used my computer to take notes.

Apart from "taking notes" I also used my computer to immediately google 
up information concerning the spoken words.It gave me a TOTALLY new 
learning experience; I was able to connect a lot of new information with 
information I allready know. So in fact it put my *attentiveness *and my 
digestion of the new information to a whole new level.

And especially to be able to download "dateutil.py" WHILE Anna was 
talking, installing it and firing up PyCrust to IMMEDIATELY redo the 
examples was a very fascinating learning experience.

As a speaker myself I am used to people reading newspaper, eating 
sweats, doing all kind of stuff during my talk. If I do care, I have to 
improve my presentation to wake them up. A very effective way is making 
jokes, the second time the crowd is laughing out loud anybody gets 
interesseted because NOBODY can stand to be left on the outside of laughing.

I also prefer people to use IRC or ICQ to chat than speaking, because 
voices distract more than computers, esp. in a geeks event.


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