On Sat, 2004-10-16 at 00:20, Anselm Martin Hoffmeister wrote:
> From my part, there's just about 10 pictures I took on that trip to
> London in total; being inside when you could take photos of London
> city and getting all those pub photos anything but sharp by shaking
> the camera too much (I didn't know beforehand, but there's some
> English beer that's nearly as good as the german stuff at home :-).
There's quite a lot more, but not in that pub. I shall be off to the
Oxford Beer Festival next weekend.
> London LinuxWorld opened showrooms for public on Wednesday and
> Thursday last week, and neither Peter nor Vasil nor me made it there
> on Tuesday to prepare anything - there wasn't anything to be prepared
> well in advance, so well.
Certainly nothing for which I was going to schlep into London from
> I personally arrived in London on Tuesday evening, got my hotel room
> (about 40 sq feet, very crappy, suiting a student's budget very well)
> and somehow made it to the exhibit halls just to exhibitors' opening
> time - and felt a bit lost, as Peter and Vasil got into a traffic jam
> and were delayed.
Very embarrassing, sorry about that. We should have known better.
> They brought a ThinClient with them, so we could deliver the "fastest
> show on the floor" - did so dozens of times, very nice. I had planned
> to show off a diskless booting windows 98 on my laptop and broke the
> bios password setting (silly me, d'oooh) just when I tried to remove
> passwords altogether to make booting faster - no show then (repaired
> back home by removing 80 screws and the battery on the mainboard back
> side, below the CPU cooling unit). But it worked fine until then at
> least, using the wiki recipe - 30 seconds of loading, 5 seconds of
> booting and there you are.
Well, I was dead impressed with the Win 98 stuff. :-)
> However, we had a lot of people coming by for a talk, including
> several persons asking about "what's new since 4.x" - and others that
> just liked the idea of network booting and learned how easy it can be
> (had we had internet access in a reasonable manner we shurely had
> demoed rom-o-matic - crappy show setup only had an
> off-once-every-30-mintues wireless setup).
Or if I'd set up rom-o-matic on the laptop... Oh well.
But we did talk to lots of people; as in LWENY, there was a huge range
of experience from "network booting, what's that" to earnest discussions
of the finer points of EB.
> Besides that Peter taught me that PizzaExpress is something very
> different from PizzaHut - thanks again, Peter -, and that English beer
> can be a tasteful stuff to have (I never paid about 5$ for half a
> liter before.
Pizza Express is a vast improvement, trust me. Sadly, plans for a .ORG
mass pizza event fell through.
> Have to get that back as travel expense from my employer, who happens
> to be myself :-) It's always nice to meet people in real life that I
> only knew from mails before (like James McQuillan and other guys of
> LTSP, and Markus Gutschke in SF in August, and Peter Lister and Vasil
> Vasilev on this event), so I enjoyed that journey a lot. With a great
> deal of lucky coincidence I even reached my flight back home after
> that after-show afternoon in the pub - entering the plane as the very
> last passenger, about 1 minute before takeoff.
Oooh, well done. We did wonder...