Re: Remote participation fees - do we need projectors?

Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com> Sun, 15 February 2015 23:44 UTC

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Subject: Re: Remote participation fees - do we need projectors?
From: Phillip Hallam-Baker <phill@hallambaker.com>
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On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 6:44 AM, Christer Holmberg <
christer.holmberg@ericsson.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Do we really need projectors during the WG sessions?
>
> Most participants have laptops/tablets where they could watch the slides.
>
> ...and the presenter should keep his/her eyes on the audience, not the
> slides :)
>
> Not sure how big (if any) impact removing the projectors would have on the
> participation fee, but at least it would give a little more flexibility
> when it comes to finding suitable meeting rooms, as a projector is not
> required.
>

As with most other hotel charges, they are merely ways to conceal the cost,
not ways to bring it down.

If technology worked reliably, I would have no trouble reading slides on my
laptop. But lets face it, technology is rubbish. It took me a whole meeting
session just getting Jabber working in Honolulu because the client I had
been using had decided on an obnoxious upgrade policy which required me to
replace it.

Since Open Office can't read Powerpoint slides whatever they claim, getting
slides working on a machine is hardly a seamless user experience as you
have to battle through the n x m compatibility matrix.

We have enough problems getting presenter's slides working.


Having done the usability thing back in the day, it is instructive to ask a
UNIX/Windows/Mac sysadmin how easy they find a task they do every 3-4
months or so  and then videotape them performing said task and then play
the video back to them.