I was late, not getting up quick enough and then fighting traffic into the city. From there I did a little work before hitting a session that I was looking forward to attending.
And I was completely disappointed. I won't mention the session here for the world to see, but it was horrible. I heard that comment, along with "it sucked", and that it was a "waste of time" in the hallway as we left and I concurred.
It was bad enough to stick two people up there who weren't the best English speakers (both came from overseas), but on top of that they didn't really give any technical information. They told us there was an NDA in place so they couldn't be specific, but then presented a general schema/design in 40 minutes that could have been done in 5. They didn't give specific recommendations or even talk about challenges of working through the area the session was supposed to focus on. Then they blew off some questions that people had asked. I could have read the slides and given a presentation that had a similar amount of information.
It was a 400 level session, so I expect things to move quickly. This was a 100 level session that didn't provide any great information and the slow pace prompted the audience to keep asking questions that were deferred to later slides and then not answered.
Hire some actors and give a good presentation that provides technical data, not specific, but solid technical data about how to handle similar situations. Very disappointing.
The only interesting thing was hearing that partitioned views don't support RI.
After that it was a hectic lunch talking with people and then doing an interview with a PASS board member.
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