[Linux-aus] LCA2006 - has any state staked a claim? Panic early, panic often.

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Wed Sep 24 09:07:02 UTC 2003

On Wed, 24 Sep 2003 07:57, David Lloyd wrote:
> So, friendly advice (it's not official advice by the way), if you
> want to get an LCA:

>  * Be organised
>    - I can't stress that enough

I have to add to that (and James will second me, since he instigated 
most of it): panic early, and panic often.

Lining things up well before you have to and pushing them along as far 
as you can as early as you can will expose any flaws while there is 
still time to fix or work around them.

If you leave things until the last minute, you may be faced with an 
expensive solution or something majorly broken on the day, and you will 
be faced with it during that "silly season" time of which James says he 
has no memory (protective amnesia, IMHO).

On top of the physical meetings, do stuff like taking photos of the 
venues and putting them up for general comment, walking around to see 
how hard or easy it really is to do some things. You might discover 
something surprising like: while it's not competing for venue, another 
fooforaw might people-flood an eatery you were planning on having 
available for the conf, or a cafeteria which you assumed would be open 
closes early at that time or closes for the entire break (and you might 
be able to arrange to keep it open if you get to them early enough, or 
arrange a food van instead). You might find that the penguin costume 
won't fit through a particular doorway. You might find that there are 
no facilities for centralising audio or video recordings (or that Speex 
needs to be improved so it'll work on your old recording boxes in real 
time, waves to Bernard). And so on.

Cheers; Leon

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