Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Rootstech - some random observations

'Digital Dude'
Things I learned in and around Rootstech 2012
  • There was a choice of T-shirts this year; I chose 'Digital Dude' (see right)
  • Even at a technology conference the technology doesn't always work perfectly.
  • There is a fine line between giving a presentation on a subject of interest and delivering an infomercial for your company.
  • A surprising number of people were taking notes with pen and paper 
  • People notice when you are following a script during a Q & A session.
  • If you don't mind grazing on candy from the booths you needn't go hungry and it won't cost a bean.

Things I heard and overheard
  • 'What I need is a Control+F function' FHL staff member helping a patron with a tricky finding aid
  • 'never underestimate the power & tenacity of unemployed PhD grads.' Josh Coates in his keynote presentation
  • 'Who is Nick Barratt?' (US genealogist - name withheld to protect the guilty)
  • 'When is the "Men of brightsolid" calendar coming out, and can I pre-order?' Amy Coffin, blogger



  1. Thanks for sharing these great tidbits! I was one of the 3000 from around the world watching what we could online, and was soooo impressed! Oh, and can I put in my order for Amy's great calendar, with at least one guy in a kilt! :)

  2. That's right, I said it! That thing would sell like crazy over here.