The Plone Conference 2004 was an excellent success, with over 300
participants from all over the world. It was a great chance to meet
people using Plone in interests as varied as scientific research to
e-commerce. The city of Vienna itself was beautiful with many cultural
experiences to be had by the willing. Many thanks to BlueDynamics for
organizing the conference this year.
Unfortunately, the conference didn't end on a happy note for
everybody. On the last day of the conference, the discotheque that
the conference was being held at was transformed back into its natural
state, in preparation for the evening's end of conference gala. After
the final keynote speech, all conference attendees got together for
photos and soon afterwords split into smaller groups and headed out
for meals. A group of about 15, including Whit Morriss, headed out for
Asian food, but upon their return Whit was horrified to discover that
his laptop had been stolen.
Whit (known as brcwhit or _whit_ on IRC) is a Plone developer with the
Burning Man Project (http://www.burningman.com/) in San Francisco.
Burning Man is an annual arts festival and temporary community based
on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert
of Nevada, drawing crowds in excess of 35k. They use Plone to help
with decentralized collaboration and organization in the production of
the event and in their ongoing operations. Whit, as a developer for
Burning Man and in his own time, has contributed to Archetypes,
CMFMember, and TeamSpaces, he frequently provides assistance to others
on IRC, and, well, he's also a genuinely nice person.
Whit's laptop, a 12" PowerBook, had been charging along with several
other laptops on a table at the discotheque. When it was discovered
to be missing, power cord and all, several folks spent an hour looking
around, hoping against hope that it was all a misunderstanding. Alas,
it did not turn up, and the inevitable conclusion was reached that a
crime had in fact taken place.
Having your laptop stolen is one of the worst things that can happen
to a geek, perhaps even worse when at a conference surrounded by
friends and colleagues. Needless to say Whit went to bed early that
evening, the festivities having no appeal.
I'm writing this up because I think the Plone community can come
together to help Whit, by contributing to a fund drive to help him
replace his laptop. I'll start it off by contributing $50usd right
now. Can you help the community right this wrong?