First day of the conference

The first day went well. After checkin in (which was really fast) we received our conference info. It we got a really slick looking folder with program etc. inside. The start of the day went really well.
Well, aside from us being silly enough not to bring european to american power converters that is. Being the laptop addicted people we are we made acquiring these converters the next task for the day.
At the hotel we were told there was a radio shack nearby. After a few minutes walking we found it. Unfortunately they were closed till nine.
After drinking a bit of tea at a local coffee house we got our adapters. Talking about the tea, the water here is really different. Unfortunately not in a good way. It has lots of chloride in it. You can smell it everytime you open a faucet. This makes all tea taste really funky. So I will go with the flow and start drinking more coffee (mostly decaffe to make sure I don’t bounce of the walls).
The conference day itself was nice. I watched talks about membrane, generic setup and zope 3 style development. I also joined in a birds of a feather session for Plone trainers (end user and developers). It was nice to hear the different stories. I made some notes about the session below:

  • Some people have a fear for using Plone
  • Using a demo site for training on
  • Using demo content (flags from CIA)
  • Make sure they have some content to publish (users own content) otherwise they will call after a few months because they forgot all
  • The people who ask the most questions are the smartest/most advanced (so make sure to focus on the silent ones)
  • Never say somethings are hard (when you say this thing is hard you basically say the next 10 minutes are boring)
  • Zoomerang?!? is a survey tool (to evaluate training)
  • Make a quiz to test knowledge (mainly usefull for internal training)

The snacks served in between talks were really good. If I have to name a downside it would be that I didn’t know before hand what most of the things tasted like. Being my usefull carefull self I put a big scoop of green stuff in my mouth. This had the unfortunate side effect of setting my head fire a few seconds later. Other experiences like this were tasting something which looked like sour cream which turned out to be some sort of sweet.
All in all it was a excellent start of the conference. I hope to see some great presentations and talk to nice people today as well.

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