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I’m off to SAP TechEd this week in Basel. Fantastic. It was a bit of a bumpy start – the online-registration process was a bit of a shambles, and I had to ring up to complete the transaction as the webpage (javascript?) was broken. Not a good advert for web-based commerce, is it? Anyway, after 3  (!)separate phone calls to the registration company I finally got the details I needed, and I’m off on the train via Koeln tomorrow down to Basel.

As an attendee of other technical events, for example O’Reilly’s Open    Source Convention, I’ve become used to expecting wireless ‘net access. One    of the great things about attending conferences and meeting like-minded people    is that there’s a ton of social interaction and collaboration that goes on in    parallel to the actual sessions, presentations and stalls.

With that in mind, and presuming that there will be ‘net access, I’ve set    up an IRC channel ‘#teched’ on gnu.pipetree.com (port 6667) – the IRC server    is password protected – specify ‘teched’ as the password when you connect. There    you can log on and discuss aspects of SAP technology as presented and discussed    during the sessions and presentations. The collaboration is facilitated by that    killer-app of IRC, the Daily    Chump bot. It sits in an IRC channel and helps you collate links and comments    into a dynamic weblog. For more information, see the Chump’s documentation (at    the link above). An example of the Chump at work can be seen at the    RDF Interest Group’s collective blog.

So if you’re interested in finding a place to chat about things and log things of interest with comments, you’re welcome to the #teched channel and the use of the Chump bot.

Any questions, just ask!

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  1. DJ Adams Post author
    Well, wasn’t I silly to expect to be able to access the Internet from an SAP technical conference with a big focus on Internet and Web based technology!

    There’s no Internet access here, save for a few laptops with access restricted to the Web via a proxy.

    It’s extremely disappointing not to be able to use my laptop to connect to the ‘net, blog what’s going on, let the outside world and my colleagues know about what’s new and what’s important, and generally keep up with work while I’m here. This is especially painful as right now all the interesting sessions are full (despite me arriving on time for the rooms) and there’s no chance of participating in hands-on sessions.

    This also means that the chump bot I set up will remain sadly unused.

    Come on SAP, wake up and get with the program. So far points out of ten: 2.

    This may well be the last SAP TechEd I attend.

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