Last mon­th’s SLUG meet­ing (Fri­day 28 July) was an inter­est­ing one for me. The SLU­Glets top­ic was Web browsers, so I decid­ed to vol­un­teer my ser­vices to give a demon­stra­tion of my favourite, Gale­on. Its phi­los­o­phy of “The Web, only the Web” felt extreme­ly refresh­ing back in 2000 when the world was dom­i­nat­ed by Web browsers that were either inte­grat­ed into some form of soft­ware suite or even into the oper­at­ing sys­tem itself. Its posi­tion as a top-dog Web brows­er has since been usurped by its off­spring, Epiphany, and its par­ent, Fire­fox, both of which have been clear­ly inspired by Gale­on. Nev­er­the­less, the slick­ness and func­tion­al­i­ty of Gale­on has left it cement­ed as my Web brows­er of choice.

One thing I was not pre­pared for was a fair num­ber of my co-work­ers to be present. That in itself was no sur­prise, giv­en the SLUG-friend­li­ness of my work­place. The effect of their heck­ling was anoth­er mat­ter. Their light-heart­ed dis­trac­tions may have dimin­ished the qual­i­ty of my talk, but they also made it much more enjoy­able for every­one, includ­ing myself. This infor­mal­i­ty is a clear defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of SLU­Glets as opposed to the Spe­cial Inter­est Talks, which are nor­mal­ly quite seri­ous and intel­lec­tu­al.

I had also offered to give a “Privoxy in Under Five Min­utes” talk as well, but unfor­tu­nate­ly we ran out of time. Per­haps anoth­er time.

All in all, I am most­ly hap­py with how things went. Sure, my talk could have been slick­er, but nobody expects a pro­fes­sion­al pre­sen­ta­tion in SLU­Glets. The fact that I was try­ing to demon­strate a Web brows­er with­out Inter­net access did­n’t help either, nor did the time con­straint. This was the first time I have done some­thing like this, so I could­n’t have expect­ed it to be flaw­less.

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