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Porkchop, The New Willys Jeep, and the Great Samaritan

May 28, 2013 6 comments
Meet Porkchop

Meet Porkchop

The Monday of Memorial Day weekend, we went up to Sacramento to look at a 1952 Willys Jeep – a M38A1 “field extended ambulance prototype.” A friend of mine, Dave Alexander pinged me on Saturday to let me know that his father had a Jeep that he (sadly) needed to sell.

The timing was better than you normally expect. Anyone who has read this blog before knows that I’ve been rebuilding a 1952 Willys CJ-3A but its meticulous nature has been making me somewhat frustrated because I’m getting more and more anxious to drive it. This one, Dave said, was a runner. He showed me the pictures, put me in touch with his father, and Monday I hooked up the trailer “to go see a man about a Jeep.” It turned out to be more of an adventure than I was expecting. Read more…

Proposed Conference Code of Conduct (Technical or Otherwise)

May 10, 2013 1 comment

Feeding off my earlier post on inappropriate behavior at conferences, and seeing that it has resonated with a lot of people, I threw together a proposed code of conduct for attendees of conferences. This doesn’t need to be technical conferences – it could be any type.

Take it for what it’s worth, these are just the top 11 (this one goes to 11) tips and tricks to avoid becoming a generally disliked person who will be avoided by the very people you need to do business with.  Read more…

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Technical Conferences and (In)Appropriate Behavior

This past week there have been two major technical conferences in Las Vegas – EMCWorld and Interop. Both of these conferences have provided enormous highs for me in the form of technical whiz-bangery (I think I coined a word) and some incredible feedback from attendees to my presentations. (I’m truly humbled and grateful for the enthusiasm and feedback – thank you!)

Unfortunately, the week also showed some of the most disappointing behavior I’ve ever observed as well. While I did not personally attend Interop, there was a lot of crossover between the conferences and I found similar tales of horror over there.

If you’ll bear with me a moment, I have a few things I’d like to say about some of this. Read more…

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