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+ - Conferences - Are Smaller Better?-> 2

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Bandman writes "Tom Limoncelli, author of 'The Practice of System and Network Administration', discusses how difficult it is for geeks to build real-life communities if you live outside of a couple high-density tech-oriented areas.

The solution he has in mind are regional conferences devoted to specific topics. He's going to be speaking at the NJ-based PICC'11, but even long-running events like PAX started as a small conference meant to build community.

Having a small group of organizers dedicated to building a local community seems to be more economical for everyone involved, and leads to events where everyone can take a bigger part in the process."

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Comment: Simple answer (Score 1) 222

by morgajel (#32073124) Attached to: Should the Gov't Pay For Injured Man's Wii?

"Dear Mr. Politician,
If you think it's a waste of money, join me for one of the proposed workouts. If, after an hour of 'playing' you still feel it has no value, I will drop my claim."

I think a few rounds of yoga to limber him up, a quick 7 minute run to get the blood flowing, then some strength training... that should take care of the issue.

Comment: I just went through this same thing (Score 1) 395

by morgajel (#30804354) Attached to: Truth Or Dare — What Is the Best US Cell Company?

I switched jobs in December and had to get my own phone for the first time in 3 years. Started with Sprint, ended up on Verizon due to the shitacular coverage and service from Sprint. If you're interested in a comparison of the Samsung Moment vs. Motorola Droid, here's my writeup:

http://morgajel.net/2010/01/16/642

Comment: "As a output format" (Score 0, Redundant) 619

by johncandale (#30804312) Attached to: HandBrake Abandons DivX As an Output Format
Story is not completely clear, at points saying dropping support completely. Which is a bad idea, Handbrake is just a transcoder, the more formats it has, the better. Only in dreamland does will the whole world pick one or even just a few formats. So frustrating to get a video file and realize the Solika encoders picked a seemingly obscure codac that your editor/writer can't handle, being assured that the codac is faster, better and smaller isn't much of a consolation

Dropping it as just a output formant is a little different.

Comment: Re:TFA sucks (Score 1) 687

by SpaceCadets (#30804254) Attached to: Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project
Yup, I live in Melb (sorry, not going to say the town I work in), but all Sensis Yellow/White pages, as well as the car sized phone books and directories go through where I work... the racks are full of them, my desk is in the warehouse and I can see them right here from my desk. Small world mate! :)

Comment: Re:That's the proof there are no real rich geeks (Score 1) 131

by vlm (#30800640) Attached to: Lacking Buyers, NASA Cuts Prices On Shuttles and Old Engines

If I was that rich, I'll *ride* the chops and I'll certainly never miss the opportunity of having my own space shuttle on my back yard. Don't you too?

filthy rich guy implies a trophy wife.

trophy wife is probably incompatible with our preferred decor.

Even a typical standard issue wife is borderline incompatible with my typical guy collection of ham radio gear, metalworking tools, electronics stuff, and computer parts. More, or higher class, versions of the same stuff would be even less wife approved. I may feel a full size professional grade SMD hot air rework station with a shelf full of accessories would be a vast improvement over my old traditional soldering station, but most female "interior decorator wannabes" would disagree. This coming from a guy whom thought interior decorating meant using an empty spray painted cable-reel for a bedside table and didn't own a non-folding dining room set until mid 2000.

Comment: Re:Other things learned (Score 1) 257

by morgajel (#28608939) Attached to: 10 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing D&D

"Intelligence can find an answer. It takes Wisdom to determine if it's the *right* answer..."

So says the chaotic neutral, paranoid schizophrenic, dual-club wielding, donkey riding, zeppelin flying human fighter running around in my head speaking gnomish to his clubs who are telling him to chop the tree down to get the cat out of the branches.

Comment: Re:Nope. Never. (Score 4, Informative) 395

by morgajel (#26613295) Attached to: Daemon
Wow, I don't even know where to start dissecting the FAIL in your post.
  1. Some people write books for fun. Case in Point: NaNoWriMo. How many books have you written and published? (Why don't you go get ya shine box right now.)
  2. Some people write books that may be useful for some people, but have a very small niche market. For example I wrote a guitar book, though I really stretch the meaning of "wrote" with it since it's mostly a journal with some useful nuggets in the front. I know 3 people who've already thanked me for it because there wasn't much in the market for that already.
  3. I have 2 novels in first draft form that I plan on self-publishing through Lulu. Do they suck? well, right now yes because they're a rough draft, however when I publish them, I'm hoping they won't. I know enough talented people to help quite a bit with this sorta thing because...
  4. My wife runs Literaryescapism.com which is a book review site. She quite a few books per month, and my favorite out of all of them that I've read is Pulling Strings by P. Vera, and he's self published.
  5. To say we have no dignity because we self-publish is... more pathetic than anything. I really can't respond to someone who'd think that, I can only give you this advice:
  6. Never go full retard (again).

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