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Calendar: John LeMasney Presentation Schedule
“What’s so great about Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird?”
The greatest thing about both (about:config)
Choosing and installing Firefox extensions,
Working with Tabs and Splitting Windows (split browser and tabs plus),
Securing your browser (pitfalls),
Personalizing the search bar (mycroft project),
Better, more delicious bookmarks (delicious bookmarks),
Choosing and installing Thunderbird extensions,
Organizing email with tags and folders (imap via gmail, local folders),
Setting filters (spam, tags, and stars)
Customizing replies (color quotes, reply headers)
Working with photos and attachments (launchy, favorite folders)
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I speak in front of people for a living, and often as a volunteer. I train individuals and groups in technology (and sometimes nutrition). I love what I do.
When I started, I was awful (and I still have bad presentations from time to time) but what I’ve learned is that presentations are typically better when the following is true:
1. Know your topic thoroughly. Don’t try to fly blind – know as much as you can about what you’re talking about, and you’ll be able to talk about it naturally.
2. Get enough rest. If you’re tired, it’s going to show in your performance. Make sure that the night before you speak is a calm quiet one, with plenty of rest.
3. Don’t be hungry or preoccupied. If you are thinking about food or your bills or your mate, you won’t be thinking about your audience.
4. Don’t do a speech. Speak naturally – have prompts, like in a PowerPoint or index cards if you must, but try not to memorize or ‘report’ your presentation. The fluidity of your presentation can go a long way to making it successful.
5. Practice. Practice makes you comfortable – do it always.
6. Have great prompts. I love the way Steve Jobs and Seth Godin present – they use innovative and powerful text and image reinforcement of what they’re presenting. They don’t read off slides. They know what they’re saying and could do it without prompts, but the prompts are great.
7. Attend to your audience. Encourage interruptions and questions – it will allow you to break from the path of your presentation and develop audience participation.
8. Know your audience. Don’t present a movie review to a book club. Don’t present a technical presentation to a end-user audience. Don’t present a prime rib to vegans.
9. Change it up. Every few minutes you should be doing something slightly different. Introduce a game in the middle of your talk. Have a contest mid stream. Throw in a funny, unexpected picture.
10. Do it again. and again. and again. Every time you do it, you’ll get a little better.
A friend writes:
I note that your are going to give a presentation on XAMPP at the March meeting of BCUG. My question is why would a typical Windows computer user want to install XAMPP on their computer? Also, Comcast is my ISP and [I believe], in their agreement that I am prohibited from setting up a web server on a system connected to their system. Is this not so?
Regards, a friend.
To which I responded:
Hi, Friend – great question. Using XAMPP is about producing a set of services, but they do not have to be available to the world.
For example, you may want to run a blog on your home network so that you can keep a central project repository, like a ‘honeydo’ list that’s available from any computer on your network, but not available from the outside world.
You might also want to run an MP3 server, like Jinzora, a learning management system, like Moodle, a discussion board, like Vanilla, a photo gallery, like Singapore, a wiki, like MediaWiki or many other applications right from your home network. Most of these are available using nothing more than XAMPP as a base.
Comcast probably does not want you making services available outside of your home network, but turning on XAMPP inside your home network is not quite the same thing.
You might have to introduce or play with Dynamic DNS, router configurations, firewall configurations, DMZ settings, or others in order to really begin to use your local services in the outside world effectively. You might also want to modify your router and firewall settings to confirm that only your internal network is able to get to your local services.
Either way, unless you are specifically making an effort (e.g. advertising, popularizing) to make your services available and known to the outside world, Comcast isn’t going to care very much. You should still take some steps to keep people off of your internal network, but that’s a whole different talk.
Thanks to my friend for providing some content for today’s post. John.
John LeMasney and Chris Leyon on Linux Package Management methods
Wed, March 12, 7 – 9pm
Where: Lawrence Branch of Mercer Library System 2751 Brunswick Pike Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
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