Friday, July 28, 2006

Open Source Fest

Here is a shot of me giving my lecture at the impressive facility at the Advanced Technology Center of the San Antonio Community College. What you can not see, is that only 7 people showed up! So that was quite a big disappointment.

However, it was not a total loss. Two of the seven who attended were college computer science professors and one was their star protege. They brought up the possibility of pointing exceptional students to assist with this real live project rather than some make work student project. This I thought was a great idea, and I encouraged them as much as possible to do this. The students are probably already better computer programmers than I (remember, I was a history major), and further, as they progress in their studies, they will only get better. So this is an excellent opportunity if it works. I will need to follow up on it.

My good friend Darron, who was my college roommate, came along on the trip with me which made it alot of fun. He was very helpful to me, and he came up with the idea to put out the (many) handouts we did not use to see if anyone wanted to take them to others. The college profs took a big stack to hand to students. Darron also provided some important feedback to my presentation which should improve my performance next time.

Lastly, we both had an excellent dinner at Outback Steakhouse.

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