Big Temporary Networks

Jay Ashworth jra at
Fri Sep 14 15:53:01 UTC 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Matthew Barr" <mbarr at>

> and as I was working the Hugo's:
> On Sep 14, 2012, at 10:14 AM, Jay Ashworth <jra at> wrote:
> > ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Chris Adams" <cmadams at>
> >
> > I know some of that went on, yes, and certainly if I'm more formally
> > involved, I'll be querying the SMOFlist to see who ran things at the
> > last 5 or so.
> >
> > My bet is that none of them *had* a formal CTO/Ops person full time.
> Tech had a person managing the feed to DragonCon from the dedicated
> room w/ the polycomm video conference system, for panels, in addition
> to the actual union operator of the camera & such.

The camera ops had to be union?  Hmmm.  Ah, Chicago.  Yes.

> There was an IT head, but he was responsible for the laptops / staff
> network, printers, etc.

Got it.

> The hotel itself had the conference wireless, instead of it being
> brought in.

Yes, and I'm told by my best friend who did attend (I didn't make it
this year) that the hotel wired/wifi was essentially unusable, every
time he tried.  Hence my interest in the issue.

> > My understanding was that Dragon *took its main feed* for the Hugos
> > via Ustream, and the entire room got left standing; no?
> Dragon took it's feed for the hugo's through Ustream, as did the
> *overflow* rooms onsite. It was easier to go to the internet & back,
> than to get a direct cable.

Ok, then I was correctly informed; thanks.

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