[sf-lug] how to improve the sf-lug web site(s)?
jim at well.com
Mon Jun 23 16:18:56 PDT 2008
having a sf-lug meeting at st anthony's is a
great idea! i'd like to have it as extra, in
addition to the regularly scheduled meetings, at
least for a while.
branching out from javacat is also a good idea,
i'm hoping for someplace much closer to downtown.
On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 15:46 -0700, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> I just got off of a conference call with the two people who organize
> the tenderloin tech day event at St. Anthony's Foundation (Karl
> Robillard and Kari Gray). Those two suggested that we might want to
> consider holding our SF-LUG meetings (or maybe one meeting per month)
> at St. Anthony's Foundation in the Tenderloin.
> The goal of holding meetings there would be to make our expertise in
> GNU-Linux to the people in the tenderloin who need it most. Karl
> Robillard is a master of getting the word out on the street, and if we
> coordinate it with Karl, we could probably set up the meeting such
> that people would be able to bring in machines to get a new OS
> installed on it if they are having malware issues. We will need to
> work with Karl re the scope of issues to be addressed during these
> events, i.e, maybe we would need to start small and just have monthly
> meetings there, so that new users in the neighborhood would know that
> they have the option of coming in there to have questions answered.
> This proposal came up with Kari Gray pointed out that better follow-up
> was needed for the new Linux users who come to the
> one-every-three-month tech days such as this event, which was netcast
> on Cnet's service:
> So there have been three of these Tenderloin Tech day events, but Kari
> pointed out that we could get more focus on Linux if the new end users
> knew that they could come back in between those once-quarterly events
> and find help, especially if Karl publishes the events, as he is
> willing to do.
> If I understand Karl correctly, we would need to hold these meetings
> on a Tuesday through Thurdsday, and possibly Friday. The details we
> can work out. With this email, I mostly wanted to return our
> conversation back to the possibility of branching out from the
> Javacat, for all the reasons previously discussed.
> So I am wondering what our next steps would be to getting the new
> meeting place decided and posted to the SF-LUG site? Can we try to
> set something up for July? Or is that too soon?
> thanks to all.
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 9:10 PM, jim <jim at well.com> wrote:
> good ideas.
> i say let's have the scheduled meetings at
> javacat and have one extra meeting each month
> at some other place as a means of scouting
> out an alternative.
> what do you say?
> On Thu, 2008-06-05 at 12:54 -0700, Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> > On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> > > As much as I like the people at Javacat, that room is
> horrible for our
> > > meetings. The sound there is just awful.
> > I agree about at least the sound making it a bad place for
> > I vaguely remember two years ago we briefly discussed
> alternate meeting
> > locations, but feel back to Javacat due to lack of decision.
> > > Also, I would kind of like to see us have a more
> coordinated meetings.
> > > The current arrangement of meetings is nice in that people
> can just come
> > > and hang out; but it is hard for us to discuss stuff as a
> group. It
> > > might be nice if we were in a place where we could have a
> loudspeaker so
> > > that we could address everyone at the same time for part
> of the meeting.
> > > As it is, the meetings are a bit chaotic, with people just
> coming in and
> > > hanging out and just sort of drifting around. Drifting
> around is great
> > > for meeting people one on one, but not great for building
> > > consensus, IMHO.
> > I enjoy SF-LUG's "drifting around" thing, but then again
> sometimes there
> > are conversations at multiple tables I want to be involved
> > > I am imagining an open-mic type of thing, in which people
> would come up
> > > and make really short announcements for say 10 minutes,
> and then we
> > > could discuss stuff as a group for say 30 minutes, and
> then we could
> > > back to doing the same kind of hanging out that we do
> now. As I say,
> > > hanging out is great for building friendships, and I think
> that the
> > > informal nature of the Javacat meetings has been one of
> the reasons that
> > > this is the most friendly, nice FOSS list that I have ever
> been on. I
> > > do get the feeling, though, that our group is a little
> > > occasionally.
> > I seem to recall Jim doing the "short announcements" thing
> at the start of
> > the meetings I went to in the summer of 2006.
> > The small tables at the Javacat meetings can be a drag, too.
> > I personally find it a little hard to get out to the
> Richmond, but if
> > we're to keep the location, I'll gently suggest Bazaar Cafe
> > <http://www.yelp.com/biz/bazaar-cafe-san-francisco> to which
> I've never
> > been but which seems to have nice things said about it on
> Yelp. The days
> > I don't make it out, I usually couldn't have made it if it
> were closer for
> > me anyway.
> > http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffe-del-sole-san-francisco is a
> little closer to
> > downtown, around 5th Ave, but I can't find much information
> on how much
> > space there is inside.
> > Although http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCCnkZj9pAo does
> come up on a
> > quick web search for them, which is a plus!
> > Perhaps we could have some trial runs of meetings at these
> (or other)
> > places suggested by people on this list.
> > -- Asheesh.
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