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Re: [Bug-AUCTeX] Re: [AUCTeX] Re: Problem with preview

From: Jan-Åke Larsson
Subject: Re: [Bug-AUCTeX] Re: [AUCTeX] Re: Problem with preview
Date: Wed, 02 May 2007 08:34:03 +0200
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Ralf Angeli skrev:
* David Kastrup (2007-04-29) writes:

So what is a ground fall like in a conference?

Depends on the height.  That means, what is at stake, what goes wrong
and how compensation of the failure looks like.  I don't remember
having experienced or seen something like a ground fall on a
conference yet.

I have. Necessary components: two conference attendees, one professor (me), one student. One old crappy linux computer and an incompatible projector.

1) I bring the old crappy linux laptop with a burnt battery to the
2) On the day of my talk, set the thing up and test it in the room we're
   going to use. The room comes with an old projector which does not
   want to play ball with my laptop. Pry X into a workable state.
3) 10 minutes before my talk, go wash my hands, leaving the laptop
   configured and ON.
4) Someone else, name not mentioned here, arrives and is going to give
   her talk after mine. She is carrying _no_ laptop but a USB
5) Being told that I am the next speaker, and my computer is There, she
   promptly removes the AC cord from my computer, puts it on the podium
   and inserts the USB stick. Nothing happens<TM>
6) Wha... Ah, the AC cord. Put that in. Turn the computer on.
7) She is completely mezmerized by the arcane messages that starts to
   fill the screen. linux looks completely alien.
8) When I return I ask her what she is doing to my computer and how she
   thinks I am going to get it to work with the projector again in the
   two minutes that remain until my talk begins.
9) She leaves the room, not returning that day. Misses her talk ("ground
   fall"). Meanwhile, I have to give my talk in the upper-left quarter
   of the screen. Keeping my good humour ("hanging on a ledge" ?).


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