[EuroPython] Computers off during sessions.

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Mon Jan 17 18:30:05 CET 2005

Well, I'll +1 here, since my experience has been very similar to Harald's...


Harald Armin Massa wrote:

> 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.
> Harald
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