Public speaking (woof!)
Long before I got involved in the computer industry, I did a lot of performing. I've played instruments since I was three, produced plays in high school and dropped out of college to act in a Florida production of Fiddler on the Roof. Ultimately, I'm a tremendous egoist -- what other sort of man would put a picture of himself on every page in his Web site?Upcoming (and ongoing) engagements:
So public speaking has always appealed to me, and I've always envied people who can do "the lecture circuit." Doesn't it sound like a great life? You get money, recognition, and the momentary attention of lots of people -- just for talking about what you know!
I decided to lay the groundwork to follow that dream a couple of years ago, and have since presented in a variety of venues: a list follows. If you know of any speaking opportunities in my areas of expertise, please contact me at the e-mail address below.
California Internet Service Provider's Associtaion ISP meeting, Marina Del Rey (California), 10-12 May 2002. As usual, I'll be talking about spam. Read the notes.
SpamCon 2001 SF, San Francisco, 24-25 May 2001. Besides producing this small, invitation-only antispam conference, I appeared on a press relations panel with journalists Farhad Manjoo (Wired), Katharine Mieszkowski (Salon), Stefanie Olsen (CNET), and Carrie Kirby (San Francisco Chronicle).
eCustomer Intimacy, San Francisco, 26-28 February 2001. Canceled. Bummer. I was to lead a 3.5-hour workshop on "Positive eMail Perception", with Ariel Poler (Topica, Inc.) and Nick Nicholas (Return Path, Inc.). I was also to take part in the "eMail Marketing" panel (with Andrew Barrett, (Forum for Responsible and Ethical Email (FREE)), Gabriela Linares (L-Soft International, Inc.) and Sherry Chiger (Catalog Age and i-Merchant).
Consumer Electronics Show, Los Angeles, 6-9 January 2000. This was a good one: "Linux: What Impact Will It Have On Consumer Electronics Products?". Speaking with me were:
Game Developers Conference, San Jose, 15-19 March, 1999. People seem to like the "Meet the Press" panels I've done, so here's one for the games market. Johnny Wilson (Editor in Chief, Computer Gaming World), Chris Charla (Editor in Chief, Next Generation) and Vince Broady (Editorial Director, GameSpot Network), all of whom spoke on a similar panel in April 1998, were there. Tapes are available from The Sound of Knowledge.
Macworld Expo '99 -- "The Future, Here and Now", San Francisco, 4-8 January, 1999. I gave a talk on "Other OSes on the Mac", covering Linux, Windows and all sorts of emulators. I also organized a separate talk about Linux on the Mac, which was part of the Pro conference.
Atlanta Linux Showcase, 23-24 October, 1998. The "P.R. How-to for Free Software Projects" (or as it's colloquially known, "Flacks for Hacks") talk was well-attended, including some journalists in the audience from LinuxWorld and the Chicago Tribune. Read all about it or see notes for this talk.
ISP Forum, 26-28 October, 1998. A spirited panel discussion on technical solutions for stopping spam, with John Levine (noted author), J.D. Falk (of CAUCE) Doug Urner (of BSDi) and Randy Delucchi (of HotMail). Notes from this talk are courtesy of John Levine.
Vintage Computer Festival, 26-27 September, 1998. Unfortunately, the talk was canceled at the last minute. I had planned to demonstrate Mac-hosted emulators for obsolete systems such as game consoles (Colecovision, Atari 2600), arcade games (MacMAME), home computers (TRS-80, Commodore VIC-20) and serious mainframes (PDP-8/E). If you're interested in the subject, a good starting point is Emulation.net.
Talk City, 2nd Tuesday of every month, 1900 Pacific Time. Every month for about a year (September 1997-1998), I talked about recent issues of interest to the Macintosh community. Hosted by Ilene Hoffman.
Silicon Valley Association of Software Entrepreneurs (SVASE), 3 September, 1998. I organized and led a "Meet the Press" panel, featuring:
Macworld Expo '98 -- The Creative World, New York, 8 July, 1998. Gave the traditional "How to Buy Your Next Mac" talk at this seminal Macintosh event. Couldn't make it? Maybe the notes for this talk will make some sense.
Center for Software Development. I've organized and moderated two past talks for this Silicon Valley-based organization:
Game Media Night, 16 April 1998. The following editors showed them how to get good press for their products:
International Business Incubator, 22 January 1998. Spoke to a group of international high-tech entrepreneurs on U.S. media relations and product promotion in general.
Broadcast appearances, as follows:
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