# (1) 14 Jul 2009, 07:13AM: The Home Office:
I am finishing some berry tea from a ninja-logoed mug. I am in an office a few floors above the ground, across the road from King's College. I see English summer light and the college spires through the open window. We laugh out loud when someone says something funny on IRC, and then laugh again at someone's one-upping reply. It's Tuesday, so we're going to eat pizza at the two-for-one Tuesdays pizza place. The noon chimes just rang. I have a huge TODO list. Two of those items are making proper TODO lists from meeting notes.
I am happy.
# (1) 14 Jul 2009, 10:15AM: Obvious Tech Talk Q&A Prep:
A certain species of tech talk goes like: "Here's a product/methodology/tool I hack on, here's what it's good for and how/why you should add it to your toolkit." It's an honorable and useful presentation topic. As you prepare your talk, think about the questions your audience will have in the back of its head. If you can address them in the talk itself, great. If not, prepare answers for use in the questions-and-answers session.
- How do I get started using it?
- Why should I use this instead of the competition?
- Security implications?
- Performance implications? ("Yes, but does it scale?")
- Who's using this in real life?
- Where's the project going next? What do you need help with?
- What language is it written in?
- Why did you name it that?
The most important question is the one you hope no one asks because the answer is embarrassing. What would your smartest enemy ask?
(List developed while helping Youness practice his libnice talk last week.)