SpeakUp with Warpstock 2000 Team from 02/09/00
WarpHoss welcome to #voice paul.
MerlinOS2 warp refresh possibility sounds good to me
Sector wb Chrissy
phethmon I'm going to be away from the computer for a few moments if that's ok.
WarpHoss sure it is.
MerlinOS2 evening all new arrivals
Swanee Hi warpit
Swanee Hey cag
Sector Swanee has returned
Swanee Sector: The three "S"s for me... all done
Sector Hello Rumple
Macgyver Hello All
Chrissy hey Rumple
Abraxas Hello and welcome to the Warpstock Team :-)
Sector Was it something we said¨
Ratti He's fickle
Abraxas I hope he doesn't come back and say he's having Network Problems :-)
Macgyver Try this again... ;)
WarpHoss Seems to have worked.
Sector Looks like it did
RumpleS I thinks it's going to be one of those days!
Abraxas MODE +v DavidA
Sector Hello Rumple
phethmon I'm back.
Abraxas MODE +v jkowalcz
*Sector wonders what we're supposed to do with two Rumple's *
Abraxas MODE +v phethmon
Abraxas MODE +v Larryf
Swanee Sector: Rally 'round the RumpleS
Abraxas MODE +v Ratti
RumpleS That other Rumple has a dead client 8-)
Swanee RumpleS: I'll bet he leave in a bit. :-)
Abraxas Did I miss anyone?
Swanee Abraxas: Might as well do 'em all. :-)
phethmon I think that's all of the board members here.
John Is this only for board members?
Abraxas John No ....OPen "Speakup" session
DSOMber1 Hello all.
Sector Hi DSOMber1
RumpleS The plant be here 8-)
phethmon Dan, you're the mc, so let us know what you want.
Abraxas OK .... I think it's time we started
Abraxas First of all, I'd like to welcome the members of the Warpstock Board of Directors
Abraxas I've marked them all with a "+" sign, so everyone will know who they are
Abraxas To those of you who know what that means, NO, we are not Moderated, tonight
madodel0 Easier to hold em in your sights when they are bulls eyed ;-)
Abraxas Now, I'll turn things over to Paul Hethmon, President of Warpstock, Inc.
Abraxas Paul, the floor is all yours
phethmon Well, let's start by announcing the exact location of Warpstock 2000.
phethmon As you all should know, the Board announced last week the selection of Philadelphia
as the host city.
phethmon We needed to wait a few more days to work out the contract details with the hotel
phethmon I'm happy to report the contract has been signed and is making it's way back to the
hotel at the speed of snail mail.
phethmon The site for Warpstock 2000 is the Holiday Inn Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
phethmon Here's a url for the hotel:
phethmon This hotel is located in the heart of the historic district in Philadelphia within
walking distance from all of the major attractions.
phethmon To get some details out before questions start ...
phethmon The room rates are $124 single and $129 double. It's a bit higher than the previous
years but the best we could negotiate with the hotel.
*MerlinOS2 has set away! (auto away after idling [15 min]) [Log:ON] .gz. *
phethmon The cost for Warpstock itself has not been set. We need to review our budget and
decide that. It will be similar to the last couple of years.
phethmon The hotel is a small one with only 364 rooms. We will have about 95% of the meeting
space at the hotel, so it will be a warped weekend.
WarpHoss when can we start making reservations?
phethmon That's everything I wanted to blurt out to start. If any other board members would
like to chime in?
John I'm excited.
phethmon WarpHoss: In about a week, once the hotel receives the contract and confirms.
madodel0 How does the Meeting room capacity/size equate with last years?
phethmon The dates are September 9 and 10.
phethmon madodel0, pretty close on meeting space. The show floor is a bit smaller though, we
only have room for 15 to 18 vendors.
Swanee Wow, better get a spot quick if you want vendor space huh?
phethmon Swanee: we'll be contacting past vendors first.
phethmon Btw, the hotel rate extends 3 days before and 3 days after Warpstock.
phethmon Normally this hotel is about $179 (and up) a night.
madodel0 Any idea what the normal rate is?
madodel0 beat me to it :-)
Swanee That should be nice. A guy should spaend an extra day or two to see the city while
he is there.
madodel0 Next question, Is there a large Banquet Room for a big bash social extravaganza?
Abraxas Paul, are there any plans to arrange discounted airfare with a particular airline?
Swanee or even a quaint bar?
phethmon There is a room for the social event for about 150.
I just want to know how Philly got selected over LA? Last I looked (just a couple
Projects of days before the announcement), LA was ahead in your "vote" and I was all excited
about finally making it to a warpstock...
phethmon Abraxas, we haven't got that far yet. My airline type board member tells me USAir
is big in Philly so we may contact them, but I'm open for suggestions.
John LA already had one in 97
phethmon Projects: The public vote/input was just one factor in selecting a site.
Projects phethmon: sure got my hopes up :(
phethmon Other factors included the board members proximity to the event, finding event
space itself, who will be rounding out the event team, etc.
WarpTEN I'm glad it's close to Vermont, I'll be attending my first one.
phethmon As was announced in early January, we didn't have a viable bid for hosting
Warpstock from a user group.
*Projects smacks WarpTEN *
phethmon So that leaves the board at the moment organizing the actual event.
WarpHoss What type of communication facilities does the Hotel offer?
Swanee Projects: They've covered four of the six corners of the US. (six corners?) Maybe
South Central (Texas?) and the upper NorthWest are coming up.
Projects yeah, Billy's backyard!
John Is the Philly UG involved?
phethmon WarpHoss: The warpstock network will be connected to the hotels network for
internet access. I don't know their connection speed.
Mok Which means it doesn't look like I'll ever attend one. Oh well.
Projects Swanee doesn't realize that his northwest and my northwest are two completely
Swanee WarpTEN: You be sure to say Hi to all of us when you get there
jkowalcz We have had requests for information from the Great MS enclave ;) in the the NW
phethmon John: Not officially, some of their members have expressed an interest in helping
Swanee Projects: haha, I DIDN'T mean NWT!!
Projects hehe... that'd be a tad closer :)
Ratti Alaska is both the eastern and westernmost state. But there are no hotels in the
Aleutian Islands ;->
madodel0 Projects maybe WS2001 will be at the North Pole just for you
Projects Hey, there's hotels here, and it's only 2 hours drive from Alaska! :)
Swanee Ratti: Yeah but I hear the girls are really nice...
Ratti Mad: How about Orlando, instead?
jkowalcz madodel0: Hey, I'll host it here in Syracuse, NY is that close enough?
Abraxas Projects needs to take a plane and 2 trains to get to the grocery store :-)))
Right now, the board is looking for folks who would like to get involved in
phethmon Warpstock 2000 to help organize it. We've got a good number of resources to draw on
to help those who help.
Projects nah, I can walk to the grocery store... or any other point in town
madodel0 Projects: All 4 points?
John Gwen and I would like to help.
Projects heh... no, both of 'em :p
phethmon We actually had Vancouver express an interest last year, but not this year.
Swanee Abraxas: Projects told me that the grocery store was only a slap shot away
madodel0 phethmon: I submitted a volunteer form several days ago. I'm about 2.5 hours north
Swanee Hi Arkay!
Arkay hey Swanee
phethmon madodel0: I suspect you've been hired :-)
Abraxas phethmon I've still got my list of "targets" for the Press Releases from last year
.... I'd be glad to distribute them, if someone will write them
*jkowalcz wonders if Toronto,Canada would be closer ;) *
phethmon Abraxas, we'll likely call on you then.
Abraxas Great .. I'lll wait to hear from you
Abraxas phethmon How many rooms do you need to fill to meet the Contract?
phethmon We've contracted for 210 room nights.
WarpHoss Is there a 'best way' to voluntter for WarpStock2000?
Ratti WH: Yes: Repeatedly!
phethmon WarpHoss. We'll probably put up a list of stuff on the website. Pick the one you
can help with the best.
david As we say in Chicago: early and often!
WarpHoss lol.. I take the website is ready for us to go sign up?
phethmon Close, probably not quite ready.
Abraxas MODE +v jkowalcz
Abraxas MODE +v david
madodel0 Is someone taking the lead on this?
phethmon On the volunteers? Or something else?
madodel0 phethmon: The overall Ws2000 event
phethmon At the moment, it's the board led by yours truly.
phethmon We would like to have an event chair step forward, but I warn you it's not an easy
*jkowalcz and the board with sharp sticks *
phethmon I should also mention that registration will likely take until middle to late March
to start. We need to improve the system over last year.
Arkay Sorry if I ask stupid questions, but I've been out of touch for the last few
months. Is there a Philidelphia team?
phethmon Arkay, not yet.
Swanee Have you considered how many tracks the presentations will take considering
available space for them?
phethmon Swanee, not yet, we've got 4 rooms for presentations, plus the possibility of a
fifth in the afternoon.
Swanee I never seem to get to any anyways but maybe this year...
phethmon I know that feeling
Projects phethmon shouldn't have mentioned that "fifth in the afternoon" to Swanee...
phethmon In 3 warpstocks, I think I've only been to the ones I've given
Ratti I prefer a fifth in the morning.
John Me too. As a vendor and a presenter, I never make it to the talks.
david I think we had 4 plus the main room in Atlanta
Swanee Projects: Shhhh!
John May I ask - is there an attempt to invite IBM?
Ratti And people last year were complaining that there were too many sessions...
phethmon I have been told there is plenty of food and drink to be found near the hotel,
unlike Atlanta and Chicago.
phethmon John, we've made some preliminary contact with IBM and had a favorable response. We
were waiting for the hotel contract to really talk to them.
John - and is there an attempt to identify and invite some of the big OS/2 users, that
we keep hearing about ?
phethmon We're hoping they'll send several folks for talks and perhaps help sponsor the
event in some way.
Ratti I don't know any OS/2 users who are bigger than me!
phethmon If someone let's us know who they are, we
John Esther says OS/2 made $92 million last year - that's a lot of people - who are they
Arkay Big? I'm pretty big.
phethmon we'll try and get them.
Arkay Just ask those who met me at Warpstock99
Ratti Arkay: I weigh 220
Swanee Ratti: There really are a lot of sessions but how would a guy do it to please
everyone and still keep the number down.
Arkay Ratti: add about 100 and you've got me?
Arkay oh. i meant lbs
*Rat-Salad is back *
warpit just curious how many here are os/2 vendors????
Abraxas warpit VOICE has been a vendor for the past 2 years ... and will be again, this
phethmon We are hoping the ne location helps attract some of the larger customers to send
some people. Out of nyc and such.
John Aviar is here
phethmon Well, I'm Hethmon Brothers.
John Are there 18 OS/2 vendors left?
Projects split personality?
WarpHoss Pillarsoft is partially here... ^^^ like I said..
Swanee WarpHoss: hehe
Projects he's into that fifth...
david What about sessions? What kind would you like? How many? Have there been too many,
Arkay I like programming sessions
Swanee Projects: He's into chicken breasts right now...
lmaxson I would like to see more panel-based sessions.
phethmon Well, we had 22 register last year, though a couple couldn't make it.
Arkay I think lynn should be on a panel based session
lmaxson Open more for Q&A from the audience.
lmaxson You leave Lynn out of this.
Arkay Sorry, I just volunteered you. :-)
lmaxson I'll offer you a panel of Mark Dodel, Dan Casey, Esther Schindler, and myself.
Arkay Sounds good to me.
lmaxson You'll have to increase the air conditioning.
Swanee lmaxson: You can do that?
madodel0 hey wait a minute, I have nothing to say
lmaxson My point exactly.
WarpHoss Now that's a cross-section that would be nice to see.
phethmon Folks, I've got to go now, but I'll leave the other board members to abuse.
John Is there a theme for WS 2000?
Ratti Just getting Esther to show up would be nice...
Abraxas Thanks, Paul ....
phethmon Thanks for having us Dan.
Swanee Thanks, Paul
Sector Thanks for stopping in
phethmon I'm sure I'll talk to you all soon.
Ratti I think my system is about to go bye-bye.... Netscape has everything locked up
david We're playing up the independence/Philadelphia/Freedom thing as much as possible
Arkay later Paul
warpit thanx paul
Abraxas Anytime you want to drop in ... feel free :-)
Arkay Was the hotel announced?
Abraxas david hehe .. obvious choice ...
Abraxas Arkay Yep ...
John Well, let's make up a "Declaration of Independence" and everyone can sign it.
Abraxas Holiday Inn, Independence Mall
david My first thought was "Freedom from Windows", but that was a little extreme...
Arkay got it, thanks
Abraxas John That's a GREAT idea :-)
WarpHoss Actually that is not such a bad Idea... John.
madodel0 yes the Independence Mall Holiday Inn -
warpit yea i like 'free of windows' too...
lmaxson How about the four freedoms? Slightly rewritten.
WarpHoss And those would be??
John 1. Freedom from crashes
lmaxson Freedom of Choice.
John 2. Freedom from Blue Screens of Death
John 3. Freedom from "Updates"
John 4. Freedom from Gates
lmaxson I was thinking more of positive freedoms.
Sector Hi StevenL
Arkay Positive is good
lmaxson Hi, Steve.
Sector Hi there mandie
lmaxson At times you have to be for something instead of against.
mandie Sector: hi :)
Sector MODE +o mandie
mandie late once again :(
Abraxas Hi, Judy
lmaxson Have we switched to WarpDoctor yet?
mandie hi Dan
Arkay Hi Judy
mandie hiya arkay :)
Abraxas lmaxson Not yet ....
John Hello Judy
DSOMber1 bbl - I'm here....but not.
mandie hi John
mandie John!!!!!! hi :)
Projects mandie: not late, making an entrance :)
mandie Projects :)
Abraxas NOTE: Warpdoctor Planning Session immediatley follows this Warpstock Speakup ...
everyone stick around :-)
mandie we have a nice crowd
Arkay Sorry, i've got to go. hopefully you'll post the logs?
Abraxas Arkay Yes .. logs will be posted asap
Sector There will be a log posted tot he VOICE website
lmaxson Voicelog is active.
Sector !ask log
VoiceBot [log] http://abelmcc5.rbdc.com/cgi-bin/ghosthoss.cmd? (Sector)
Arkay Thanks sector
Sector That one is active now
Arkay Well, i've got to sign off.
Arkay it looks like i will make it to Warpstock this year, and I may even make it to
mandie Arkay: the more the merrier :)
Arkay mandie: yeah, i really enjoyed the one last year.
Swanee So who knows how to braze? I figure that bell can't be welded but we could braze
mandie I'll really enjoy the one this year :)
Swanee Arkay: I could tell from your big smile!
Abraxas mandie because you'll actually get to see it?
mandie Abraxas: yep :)
lmaxson Braze the bell, go to jail.
mandie and help out at the VOICE booth even
mandie Swanee: I can hold the ladder
Abraxas That'll be nice :-)
Swanee lmaxson: Sending my helpers to jail doesn't scare me!
John I wonder ...
Abraxas mandie I've got a radio with your name on it ... no batteries :-)))
lmaxson It's call being an accessory.
mandie Abraxas: figures :)
John it seems that the last few Warpstocks ...
John have been cursed ...
mandie pray tell by what?
John like whatever it was that happened at Chicago ...
Swanee mandie: I've got a doll woth your name onit. So be nice and I won't have to stick
pins in it! :-)
mandie well, then this one should set a record :)
lmaxson I happened at Chicago.
John and whatever it was that happened in Atlanta ...
mandie Swanee: and I have a list with your name on it!
lmaxson I happened there as well.
John like the Atlanta user group got all PO-ed ...
madodel0 A pattern develops
mandie John: and they were all a success :)
John I wnder ...
John I mean I wonder ...
lmaxson Did you make WarpStock 97?
Swanee They all came off well and I expect the same this year
John can we try to avoid these things this year?
lmaxson I can stay at home.
lmaxson I can take a hint.
lmaxson Thought I could.
mandie lmaxson: YOU were not the "curse"
Sector Hey, Atlanta set off an earthquake way over here on the West coast...
Arkay I'm outta here
Personally, I think that the fact that the Warpstock Board has taken the lead, and
Abraxas is planning the evnt, should go far in alleviating the possibilities of those types
mandie arkay: g'nite
John Is it personalities?
Sector Bye Arkay
Swanee lmaxson: You've been to all of them... he only mentioned the ones "I" was at. :-)
Swanee Nite Arkay!
Arkay nite everyone
david Sector: please explain
lmaxson Swanee: That's a relief. I thought it was my deoderant.
John Lynn, no, I am unaware of any "curses" at WS 97. Maybe they were there, but I
mandie John: probably better if we don't speculate on why the others were "cursed' and
focus on how successful and uneventful this year will be :)
Swanee lmaxson: Yeah but now "I" am the one who's worried. :-)
lmaxson Use Arrid to be Sure.
mandie Swanee: you outta be!
Sector The Saturday when WarpStock Atlanta started (actually, a bit before the official
start time) there was a 7.1 earthquake...
Abraxas mandie is right ..... we need to concentrate our efforts on a successful (and FUN)
cag Gotta go. Thanks for letting me lurk.
lmaxson lurk, lurk.
Swanee I find the Degree is the only thing that can control my "wetness" (boy are things
degrading around here)
*mandie will note that on the calendar....Dan said I'm right! *
david Sector: oh (duh)
Abraxas Thanks for attending, cag .... don't be a stranger :-)
cag Abrax: thanks.
lmaxson Yes, do return.
*WarpHoss thanks everyone for joining us tonight. *
lmaxson Now is it time for WarpDoctor.
mandie yes, and VOICE wishes Warpstock the best!
david Just make sure to volunteer - early and often!
mandie oh yes, that's on my list :)
lmaxson been there, done that.
david And... see you in Philly!
WarpHoss We invite you back for a speakup to kick off the first volunteers to sign up.
mandie David: thanks for coming tonight
Abraxas david I had a GREAT time working with Warpstock last year .. and I'm ready to go at
it again :-)
lmaxson to sin up.
mandie hmm...swinging door
WarpHoss sign up. no pun intended.
Abraxas Jason is having Network problems :-(
mandie who'd have guessed :)
John Hey, where do I sign up to sin up?
Swanee WarpHoss: We'd rather "sin" up. It's less work and more fun
mandie John: :)
david John: get in line!
lmaxson Jesus wept.
WarpHoss We'll have ""Sign Here ................" Speakup."
Swanee We'll have ""Sign Here ................" Sinup."
WarpHoss haha :)
lmaxson Up with sin, let Gates in.
Abraxas Make more sense if you say "Sin Here ..................Sign Up Now"
lmaxson Sin now, pay later.
Projects sin on credit! Cool!
John Gotta go now, I'll be sin you.
Ratti Bad Pun Alert!
lmaxson Sin in Spanish means without.
lmaxson Tough crowd.
lmaxson I'm only the warmup comic.
Abraxas Well, do we have anything else for the Warpstock Crew?
lmaxson I wanted to say hello to Larryf.
RumpleS All I have to do is figure out how to overcome the 24hr+ commute and I too could
become a volunteer 8-)
Larryf Hey there!
lmaxson Rumple, you ought to come along with Chris Graham.
lmaxson In fact we ought to promote an entire Australian contingent.
Ratti It'll be a great time to get out of Oz.... Olympics aren't much fun for the
RumpleS I know a few people who know Chris, but I've never had the pleasure myself.
RumpleS Actually I have been contemplating a trip up to cape york during the olympics
lmaxson Is Australia bigger than Delaware?
RumpleS Just a smidgeon I think lmaxson.
madodel0 lmaxson: My guess is your backyard is bigger then Delaware :-)
RumpleS It takes 10 hours to drive to the Queensland border, and another week to make it to
Ratti I have a friend who survived the Atlanta Olympics. He lives well north of town, and
he said it was still a nightmare...
lmaxson Yep, about the size of Delaware.
RumpleS Ratti, I live not more than 5Km from the olympic site!
madodel0 RumpleS: You renting your place for the Olympics?
Swanee My mom wears a tu-tu but aunt Della is BIG... Delaware's a four-four
Ratti Rumple: My condolences.
Ratti Sipe (My friend in Atlanta) lives about 40 miles north of where the main Olympic
events were held...
RumpleS Won't hurt me, I don't need to drive anywhere during the olympics (if I'm not up
the cape, or at WS2K).
lmaxson The power of positive thinking.
lmaxson To celebrate the occasion we should have a Rumple room.
Swanee I live just 8 or 9 thousand miles east of the Olympic site in Japan but traffic
didn't affect us at all.
lmaxson One of the lucky ones.
lmaxson Now have we gotten to WarpDoctor yet?
Sector Seems it's about that time
*Swanee has been hitting the Mountain Dew pretty hard tonight... all that caffine is
going to his head! *
lmaxson It's also damn close to dinner time.
madodel0 Just about bed time here
lmaxson Hi, StevenL.
Abraxas OK ... I guess that's all we have for the Warpstock Crew
Sector Swanee: There's plenty of room there, somethings got to fill the space
Abraxas VOICE thanks everyone for attending ... especially the Warpstock Board
Swanee Sector: hehe
Abraxas Every Wednesday eveing, at 9:00PM EST, we meet here to discuss the Warpdoctor
Clinic project (http://www.warpdoctor.org)
Abraxas We're running a bit late, tonight, due to the Warpstock Speakup
Abraxas For anyone not here for the beginning (at 8:00PM) ... !ASK ws2k
Abraxas !ask ws2k
[ws2k] Sept 9-10, Philladelphia, PA. Holiday Inn, Independence Mall
Zoltan Another lurker saying good night.
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