On Wednesday the 29th I traveled to Palm Springs to attend the annual conference for AESA – Association of Educational Service Agencies. The weather was cool and clear with the desert looking as lovely as ever (I do have a thing for wide open spaces…)
My colleagues and I stayed at the delightful Palm Desert Marriott and in spite of the occasional tepid meal en-mass and the intensely noisy remodel of the main lobby, had a good time.
I attended many sessions and on Saturday presented on â€œ Open Source Alternatives: Options to Commercial Softwareâ€. The presentation was a last minute fill-in for a friend who was ill and despite the 8:00am Saturday death-slot, was nicely attended by eight or so brave souls who wanted to know more.
The hour long presentation came off well with only a minor problem with my laptop trying to go to sleep occasionally. Seems my slide clicker does not keep it awake and I have to hit the mouse-stick when the display starts to fade.
It was my first presentation constructed and delivered with only free open source software and I have attached it here as a PDF. I am also including links to some of the resources and information from the seminar on my LINKS page.