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What I Was Doing Over the Past 14 Months

In addition to writing a book, that is.

What was I doing? Organizing a conference. It turned out to be a huge amount of work. A lot more than I'd hoped (which is unfortunately always the way it works out). Lots of money had to be raised. Sponsors signed up. Speakers and moderators signed up. Tables and chairs had to be rented. All sorts of negotiations. A 24-page booklet had to be written, illustrated, layed out, and printed. Frequent travel and conference calls with the co-producers of the event, the Computer History Museum. But the result was a very successful event called PLATO@50, held on June 2-3, 2010 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

One of the things I pushed hard for was HD video capture of all of the sessions. Very expensive, it turned out. But Microsoft came through with additional financial support to pay for a director, producer, three cameramen, and a variety of A/V support folks, and the results are awesome. Today all of the videos went live on YouTube. You can see a collection of all of them at my PLATO History site on the Videos page.

And now back to working on the book.

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