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First, all honor to those who attended and made the Conference
such a dense intellectual (and culinary) event. It's a good
occasion to remember again what a debt we Tcl consumers owe to
the talented and energetic folks who keep this train moving
down the track.
Thanks also to Reinhard Max and others on the offsite devteam
who put together all the multimedia facilities.
One of the interesting aspects of this effort was the extent
to which those who *did* attend still liked to stay plugged
in, mostly to the Chat. As Clay Shirky notes in <URL:
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apparent that the best technical work exploits (and assumes!)
multiple channels, each providing distinct benefits. When
audience members have screens propped up in front of them, it
might not be a rude display of indifference to the speaker;
they might simply be taking advantage of the right medium for
real-time updates and references to Wikis and blogs and other
hyperlinked content that *supports* the speaker.
Bottom line: Conference-going is a good and irreplaceable
thing. At the same time, it's exciting exploring the space
of ways to make collaboration more productive, whatever our
distance. Tell your bosses you can wield chat and Wiki and
so on to turn out better results faster than those old-
fashioned meetings allow.