Callicrates (callicrates) wrote,

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The community I work in, revisited

I am in Austin this week for IEEE Visualization. This is a far friendlier conference than SIGGRAPH was. It's also vastly smaller: about 700 people, whereas SIGGRAPH this year was about 27,000. This lends it a much more personable atmosphere. It also leaves room for some fun. Here are a couple of excerpts from the networking handout...

Critical: Ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) wireless networking must not be enabled at Vis 2004 to avoid interference with other user connections. Infrastructure access points are using the entire frequency spectrum. One who sets up an ad-hoc network or picks their own static IP address is not a friend of the networking chair. You want the networking chair to be your friend.


An HP Laserjet 4000 printer with IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX will be set up in the email area for attendees' light-duty printing. Drivers are in a CD on the printer and at One who abuses the printer by using a lot of paper (for example, course notes) is not a friend of the email chair. You want the email chair to be your friend, because the email chair is a very close friend of the networking chair.

I wish things like this would show up more often. It's a nice change of pace.
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