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I was in the room at Balticon for this presentation (sitting in good company next to JP, shadygirl and CB). First off, the FDO was in perfect TechTard form. It took about 7 people to donate parts in order for the FDO's MacBook to successfully project a powerpoint slide show. But everyone took it in stride and was more than willing to help. The room was packed from front to back, with people who came to hear the FDO speak. The presentation the FDO used rivals some of the big corporate slideshows I've seen, but it was concise and relevant and the FDO knew his shit and spoke to the slides like a pro (like a pro...he is a pro!). I found this speech really interesting because a few people in the crowd had a really hard time grasping that the business model Scott uses -- give it for free then put it out for sale -- actually works. It was as if you could see something breaking in their brains and their expression was a blank "does not compute".
I found the FDO's predictions about the future of eBook and online reading really intriguing, particularly since I was recently introduced to the Kindle application on an iPod touch and instantly fell in love with it. Oh and when the FDO asks if anyone has a Kindle...yeah, that was me...the ONLY person in the room that actually had a Kindle on me.
Oh and another interesting tidbit. If you listen really closely you can hear a child's voice in the first 15 minutes. That was CB who at one point started calling out "Scott, Scott, Scott". It was the cutest thing ever!
--Gmork (MP, CA, WC, TG, MoGC, AAGC, PWTG, TBG)