[kwlug-disc] Open Source intro handout
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Sat May 2 22:10:33 EDT 2009
Paul Nijjar wrote, On 04/30/2009 1:19 AM:
> I also think that professionalism is overrated. It has never served me
> well, in any case.
I disagree with you Paul. I have continuously observed a level of
professionalism in you that I can only hope to aspire to. I expect
others will agree. To me, it has served you very well.
I don't personally think professionalism can be overrated. It does
depend upon the two sides whom are communicating, though. For an
'everyman' type of presentation this thread is about, even a really
slick slide show could come across as smarmy.
Professionalism can come across as snake oil, condescending, or
sanctimonious. When it does, I don't think it's professionalism any
more, it's personality, and should be treated accordingly.
It's also easy, as computer 'geeks', to overwhelm those who don't
really care about computers as other than tools to read e-mail and so
on, with our enthusiasm. Something we should all struggle with to be
constantly aware of.
Dear Reader (EXCEPT FOR PAUL!) - don't let this be the only lone voice
from the wilderness. If you dis/agree with Paul's statement above -
chime in. I, for one, am very glad Paul is here, with his
professionalism. It serves him well.
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