[EuroPython] Computers off during sessions.
mal at egenix.com
Thu Jan 20 13:55:02 CET 2005
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
> I also prefer people to use IRC or ICQ to chat than speaking, because
> voices distract more than computers, esp. in a geeks event.
You have a wrong view on things here: this is not
about increasing *your personal* experience, but instead that of
*your fellow talk attendees* who get annoyed by the click-addy-clack
of your notebook keyboard (I'm not even talking about the
speakers playing the Windows or KDE anthem).
This may be hard to understand for some people, but in general
I think we strive to make EuroPython a better experience for
*everybody*, not just the geek camp and thus listen to requests
The same applies to things like delays due to beamer problems
(setting up VNC sessions to get notebooks display a talk on the
beamer), ad-hoc networks for "quick" demos, etc.: while some
people may find this thrilling, the vast majority (see the
results of the EPC polls) regards this as annoying.
BTW, I've always wondered why people at a conference use
IRC to talk to each other... isn't the whole purpose of
a conference to meet each other face to face ? ;-)
Looking forward to EPC 2005,
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