Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2007 22:04 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives "FalterCon 2007 took place on August 11, and it went quite well (IMHO, of course). Here I would like to share my personal impressions of the event, as well as make a few (somewhat) related observations. When the news of the WalterCon cancellation broke out and I read about some people being left with non-refundable air tickets, my first reaction was 'OK, let's do something with these guys'. A few emails later with Mike Summers, Bryan Varner and Urias, we had decided on having a community gathering which, as many of you know, was to later be called FalterCon (yes, pun intended). In approximately two weeks, we found a venue (and a good one!), had this website running, prepared some nice promo material, and were able to gather nine people willing to attend. All in all, I think we did pretty well given the very little time we had."
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RE[6]: Ha
by bryanv on Thu 16th Aug 2007 00:57 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Ha"
bryanv
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2005-08-26

Could you clarify a bit regarding your original statement about the freaks?


It's almost one of those, 'you'd have to be there' kind of things.

Everyone there was very, very nice - (except for the first guy I met, whose name I still don't know) and seemed like good people.

Let's see, there were the strange people who would randomly talk at you without any context. There were people who would end every sentence with an nervous laugh followed by a snort (Steve Urkel embodiment). There were total nut-job zealots that believe that Linux is the one true OS and anything that deviates from linux / GNU / X11 is pointless. There were the people who wouldn't stop staring at my wifes chest. There was the eccentric guy that claimed he almost dated Teri Hatcher, and immediately followed that up with "Where did all the hot chicks go?"

And there was the first "gentleman" I met outside of the Haiku group. He gets his own paragraph. Within five seconds of meeting him (never got his name, he butted into a conversation he wasn't a part of) repeated no less than three times, directly to my and my wifes face, "I'm not trying to *uck your day" in an unbelievably harsh and belittling tone. I didn't have any notion that he was "trying to *uck" my day -- until he put it like that, repeatedly, as if I was a deaf moron who didn't understand the basic constructs of English. This dude literally got in our face with zero provocation.

So yeah, there were a LOT of totally socially awkward and inept people. There was the occasional 'highly-functional' individual there for the Linux stuff. Sadly the vast majority of what society would consider 'normal' people to interact with were at the Haiku table.

Except for the lady in the red hat. She was weird, too.

With the exception of the one guy who apparently was obsessed with *ucking my day, all the others were at least polite and well-meaning, even if they were more than a bit off-center with their interpersonal skills.

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RE[7]: Ha
by umccullough on Thu 16th Aug 2007 01:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Ha"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

There was the eccentric guy that claimed he almost dated Teri Hatcher, and immediately followed that up with "Where did all the hot chicks go?"

I even have that on tape I believe...

BTW, I think the guy who "wasn't trying to F your day", was possibly the same guy who Mike Summers wrote down the quote from at the very beginning...something about "Redmond", and "plastique"...

Was it by any chance the guy in the black shirt here in the background (with the beard)?

http://www.linuxpicnic.org/pics/picnx16/brad_douglas/CRW_6831.jpg

Edited 2007-08-16 01:17

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RE[7]: Ha
by Soulbender on Thu 16th Aug 2007 04:02 in reply to "RE[6]: Ha"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Let's see, there were the strange people who would randomly talk at you without any context...."

Hmm...if you replace Linux with BeOS/Haiku in that paragraph it is just as true.

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RE[7]: Ha
by ModeenF on Thu 16th Aug 2007 07:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Ha"
ModeenF Member since:
2005-07-06

LOL I just must visit one of those Linux event ;)

Looks like it's time to install Haiku natively on my Dell X300 ;)

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