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Making Your Tech Conference Presentation, and Experience, Not Suck

November 11, 2011 Uncategorized No comments

Tech conferences are incredibly expensive, and not just in dollars. Even free conferences like BarCamps incur the expense of the attendee’s time. Taking time off from work or family is a hassle at the very least, and it’s time that isn’t billable. The draw of the conference boils down to those 45 minute sessions, and speaker and attendee alike should make the most of it.

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What kid-friendly web-email options are there?

June 27, 2011 Uncategorized No comments

Amy and I are talking about getting Quinn some email, mostly for us to send her little notes, but I’m sure that Grandma and aunt Cinda would love to send her mail, too.

My requirements are:

  • Whitelist of inbound mail addresses.  I want zero unsolicited email going to her, spam or otherwise.
  • Easy interface, meaning not something like Gmail, which I think would be a mess for her.
  • Address book so she doesn’t have to remember email addresses.
  • Would prefer a web interface, so that she can access it even away from home.

I’ve been leaning toward setting up an email account for her on petdance.com and making some procmail rules to enforce the whitelist.  If I do that, is there a decent webmail front end I could put up?  Squirrelmail is hardly easy.

Update: I went with zoobuh.com which gives me all I wanted for only a dollar a month.

How can I transfer stickers from my old laptop to new?

June 27, 2011 Uncategorized 5 comments ,

I bought a new MacBook Pro a few weeks ago, and I’d like to get the stickers from the back of the old one onto the new one. Most specifically, I really like that Google “My other computer is a data center” sticker (no disrespect to Milwaukee BarCamp or Pumping Station: One, of course).

Any suggestions as to how I could remove them intact from the old machine?  And affix them to the new?  If it matters, the new laptop has an aluminum case.

I’m also looking for stickers of Plankton, Mr. Krabs’ nemesis from SpongeBob SquarePants, since I named the laptop “plankton” in his honor.  I always name my machines something related to Quinn or what Quinn is into at the time I got the machine.