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“Beware of those who wish to influence your passions, and to make you dupes to their resentments and little interests—personal invectives can never persuade, but they always fix prejudices which candor might have removed—those who deal in them have not your happiness at heart. Attach yourselves to measures, not to men.”
—”Cato” I, New York Journal, September 27, 1787
Whenever possible I insist on using my laptop to give a presentation or workshop. Sometimes I get a a weird look from the local person and something along the lines of “but our computers will do just fine.” Here’s one reason why:
“My paranoia around getting set up explains why I prefer to use my own laptop [when giving a presentation]. If my laptop explodes, I’m to blame, and I’d rather it be my fault than put myself at the mercy of a tech guy I just met, who may have been hired yesterday and have even less of a clue than I do.”
— Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
The other reason is that I know what software is on my laptop and how it’s going to work. Sorry, but I don’t know your equipment and even if it does work, you may have done something in the name of “security” that prevents me from doing what I need to do.
“Long projects zap morale. The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch. Make the call, make progress, and get something out now—while you’re got the motivation and momentum to do so.”
—Rework, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
“Religion may be the opiate of the masses or it may be the single thing that may save mankind from itself; but make no mistake about it, the House of God is the library. Knowledge is everything, and the law tells us that ignorance is no excuse for not knowing the law.”
—Gene Simmons, Sex Money Kiss