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Lets party

April 8th, 2008 by Graham Attwell

OK – age is telling. I had not heard about LAN partes until last week when Jenny Hughes filled me in on the latest craze. And I love it. For the uninitiated a LAN party is a sort of wireless enabled weekend sleepover / house party.

The party hosted by her son, Owen, who occasionally features on the podcasts went something like this.

Friday evening the guests assemble. Each brings games / computers / gadgets plus a box of electronic bits and pieces. They have a central aim for the party – to build a computer for a friend who does not have one. They meet and plan the build – which bits to use etc. But first they have to boost the wireless signal to reach the attic. Then they form into teams for playing various on-line / offline games and work out a points scoring systems for the different teams. And then it is go – games playing / building the computer / coding and so on. And of course, an endless supply of pizzas and stubbies (for our non native English readers – a stubby is a small bottle of weak beer). Sunday evening – the computer is working and loaded up with software and parents arrive to take the kids home.

Sound fantastic to me. I am planning a Pontydysgu LAN party in June. Want to come? Just email me.

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One Response to “Lets party”

  1. Sounds Cool!
    That’s genuine and true e-motion(al) collaboration for me!
    These kids did something very useful. Also meaningful for them. They volunteered to contribute with something good. They helped. They constructed. They became active members of a better world.Theirs!
    They should now pass the example forward.
    In fact they already have – through you.
    They could also blog about it. Their teachers should also know about their good deeds. Their parents ought to feel proud of them – I am sure they are – and more people should support this kind of initiative.

    So….count me in!
    When and where in June?
    I must say I can’t code nor can I put a computer together. But I am a fast learner…and I can also contribute in other ways.
    I can help people establish a safe online presence, assist in the development of cool online (learning) spots, navigate the web efficiently, help overcome web-panic, etc…
    I can even try to cook! LOL 🙂

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