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General EduGeek News/Announcements Thread, EduGeek Conf 2010- 2nd June, Chorley in EduGeek Stuff; Thanks for your excellent generosity to our members as ever Si...
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    Thanks for your excellent generosity to our members as ever Si

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    Just to address a few comments:

    1. You pay for your own hotel room and food outside of the conf. If you are lucky a sponsor will pay for your evenign meal and a few beers. We pay for the conf, conf food and the coach to get you to and from the gig.

    2. It is in Chorley for several good reasons.

    a. It is close to me, in fact I used to work on the same site.
    b. It is easy to find and get to by road and rail.
    c. It is almost geographically in the center of the UK.
    d. rying to organise a conf in other areas is very difficult due to the technical nature of ours. I would have to visit any other venue several times to ensure all criteria are met. This would be a waste of time and resources, and guarenteed something would go awry at the last min.
    e. The hotel is a lot cheaper than those located in the SE or around major cities.
    f. It is 2 hours by Pendalino from London and you can get off peak tickets dirt cheap. Saying it is 'too far' is no excuse. After all, Shaun comes from Aberdeen each time!!

    Unless you have actually organised a conf you cannot imagine the levels of planning we have to go to and the logistics involved, the ones we host now are light years away from the early Corby ones, and we don't abandon you in a godless hotel one the wrong side of the A14. I'm looking at you Sheppard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    Unfortunately we cannot afford to pay for accomodation but the Ibis is pretty cheap. We did manage to provide a subsidary one year but that was with the kind sponsorship from RM.

    We will provide travel to/from the conference from the Ibis, hot/cold refreshments all day and there will be a buffet lunch. We will also see about subsidising food in the evening... hopefully with the help of a kind sponsor
    I must apologize for my mistake in believing that rooms were still paid for. If I've caused any confusion may the ground open up and swa

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Unless you have actually organised a conf you cannot imagine the levels of planning we have to go to and the logistics involved, the ones we host now are light years away from the early Corby ones, and we don't abandon you in a godless hotel one the wrong side of the A14. I'm looking at you Sheppard!
    [coughcough bloody budget of £0 and I did take you for a fantastic Thai meal coughcough]

    And for you information the hotel was not godless ... it is not my fault the the ichor god, Bel-Shamharoth, is not your preferred choice of deity to bless a hotel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    [coughcough bloody budget of £0 and I did take you for a fantastic Thai meal coughcough]

    And for you information the hotel was not godless ...
    The conferences were good. You can't say that the hotel wasn't a major fail though! No footpath and twice the taxi journey to anywhere than back!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    The conferences were good. You can't say that the hotel wasn't a major fail though! No footpath and twice the taxi journey to anywhere than back!
    I did the flippin' driving ... it was the cheapest one I could get without it being closer to a prison cell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    I did the flippin' driving ... it was the cheapest one I could get without it being closer to a prison cell.
    I forgot to mention the lack of bar!

    Sounding more like a prison cell?

    I did admit that the conference was cracking though... I believe that was the one with the first look of the eeeeePC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    I forgot to mention the lack of bar!

    Sounding more like a prison cell?

    I did admit that the conference was cracking though... I believe that was the one with the first look of the eeeeePC
    It was indeed ... and we managed to get it onto a Cisco wireless network and remotely connect in to the school's Sun Global Desktop to access the school's TS setup. All done with the 'we can do it!' attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    [coughcough bloody budget of £0 and I did take you for a fantastic Thai meal coughcough]
    I take it this was Pre James / Edu-Tech

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    @GrumbleDook: I forgot about the 'can do attitude' section of the conference... a room full of techs first trying to break an eeePC and then making it connect to a wireless network and log onto SGD.

    @john: It was indeed pre EduTech... a beautiful Thai meal that was well chosen by Tony and in fairness the hotel was well within budget and well located for the actual event.

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    Sorry i can't come i simily need the money.

    Cheers

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    @john
    I don't know about that - have you seen my driving? - it equates pretty well to my IT skills
    Si

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimpleSi View Post
    @john
    I don't know about that - have you seen my driving? - it equates pretty well to my IT skills
    Si
    Oh no I haven't, should I ensure I park well away from your car in the Car Park then at Chorley to give you plenty of room to dodgem out style hehe

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    Speaking of driving - got 3 seats in my car (excluding the drivers seat) if anyone round my way needs a lift...

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    Looks like we have secured a SmoothPresence again this year - quite who/what I don't know yet Hopefully I will make it this time.

    Perhaps we could help organise a conf in Southampton - even at the new office there's not room for 50 (well, not in one room) but perhaps I could get Dan to scope somewhere out? Can't promis owt, but if you have interest and need a hand, shout - you know I always do what I can!

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