Re: Remote participation fees - do we need projectors?

t.p. <daedulus@btconnect.com> Mon, 16 February 2015 10:53 UTC

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Subject: Re: Remote participation fees - do we need projectors?
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:14:52 +0000
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--- Original Message -----
From: "Phillip Hallam-Baker" <phill@hallambaker.com>
To: "Christer Holmberg" <christer.holmberg@ericsson.com>
Cc: "John C Klensin" <john-ietf@jck.com>om>; "John Leslie" <john@jlc.net>et>;
<ietf@ietf.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 11:44 PM
> On Sun, Feb 15, 2015 at 6:44 AM, Christer Holmberg <
> christer.holmberg@ericsson.com> wrote:
>
> > 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.

That is my overriding memory of London, not just from Monday morning but
from whenever a WG Chair first encountered the projectors.  The problem,
commonly, was one of aspect ratios, of the projector and laptop having
different views of what the representation should be.  Somewhere, I have
a note of how long - 5 to 10 minutes - each of the sessions was late in
starting.

As a presenter myself, I was taught to rehearse and rehearse until it
all went off pat, and that included all the technology.  Yet WG Chairs
would turn up at 09:00, e.g., and expect to have the 'Note Well' on
display by 09:01:-(

Tom Petch

> 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.
>