The CLIQ show (Colorado Linux Info Quest) was a great production. I spoke to many people, preaching the gospel of Jabber, and got to hand out many of my Goth business cards. I also raked in the swag (both freebies and stuff I bought from the LinuxMall booth); the take included:
- Various brochures, flyers, and whitepapers
- Three pens (two of which I gave to Pamela, including a Sybase one filled with purple ink)
- A Maxtor pocket penlight (Pamela got that too)
- A very nice solid metal Sybase keychain (also went to Pamela)
- A Linux bumper sticker
- A sheet of Penguin Power stickers
- Two tins Penguin Caffeinated Peppermints
- Five new distribution CDs
- Three Tux dolls (one foam rubber one from SGI, one small stuffed one with a suction-cup hanger, and one larger one with a Linux Weekly News button)
- A VA Linux poster
- Three "LNX" oval stickers from LinuxCare
- A few additional buttons
- A Compaq Linux license plate (you know, the ones that say "LIVE FREE OR DIE" above "LINUX", done up in New Hampshire green and white)
- One resume, to be placed on Steve's desk Monday morning
Aside from that, I got to see Jon "maddog" Hall's keynote (I know another guy nicknamed "maddog," this is confusing), sit in on a BoF session about OpenLDAP, and watch a speech about Linux businesses. And I got in an interesting discussion with an employee of the Defense Information Systems Agency over lunch. And I played some tank game at the Xi Graphics booth that looked like BattleZone on steroids. (Incidentally, that attracted the attention three potential prospects, two DU students and a conference staffer who thought I was Jer for a minute. I must remember this technique in future. :-) ) And I learned about the meetings of the local user group (Colorado Linux Users and Enthusiasts) as well as the local 2600 meeting (it's on a nonstandard day of the month, so the magazine doesn't list it).
Sadly, the "Email Garden" seemed to be out of order, so I couldn't ssh out to one of the webb.net bozes and get on the channel to give a live report. And one of the stupid Marriott payphones ate 70 cents of my money, then, when I did manage to get through to Pamela, it cut me off after 5 minutes. Whatta ripoff.
But I had fun today. Now sleep tonight, and then probably a lot of errand-running tomorrow.