[K12OSN] Best Week Ever (My NELS Wrapup)

Timothy Hart timothy.hart at gmail.com
Fri Jul 21 15:25:41 UTC 2006

I just had the best week ever.

As many of you know the NorthEast Linux Symposium in NH started and ended
this week. I was looking forward to it as I have never had the chance to
attend ME NELS in the past (I always end up teaching at UMaine that week). I
meet many people from all over who were as geeky about OS as I am. The first
night I sat and had a couple of beers with Jon "maddog" Hall, Dave Trask,
Matt Oquist, Dick Clark (no not that Dick Clark) and a very bright high
school student interested in programming as a career. I sit back now and
wonder where else I would have a chance to sit down at one table with a
group like. The conversations were amazing.

NELS offered everyone a chance to meet people the only know through email. I
know I put a face to at least 10 people I knew from online.

I left NELS on wednesday an inspired man. The air at NELS was electric and I
have so many ideas for next year that I am not going to get to half of them.
My school already has a pretty big deployment of K12LTSP boxes and open
source is an integral part of what we do in Glenburn, but I want to keep
pushing to make sure the district doesn't sit on laurels. Seeing what others
are doing and their excitement about OS has charged me to no end.

I have to thank everyone I met and had conversations with. Thanks to Dave
and Matt for putting on such a great conference. Literally the best
conference EVER. I hope in the future we can get one going for every state
in the union.

And if that wasn't enough. I get home and find out my wife is pregnant. I AM
GOING TO BE A FATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With all this week has brought I haven't
been able to sleep as my brain will just not shutdown.

Like I said best week ever. Thanks again to everyone at NELS. Here's to next

Tim Hart
Glenburn School District
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