The PHP North West User Group ran it’s 4th (and largest yet!) PHP conference – PHPNW11 in Manchester last weekend.

This year’s conference line-up was particularly strong, both with the quality of speaker and the quality of topics, but there was one talk in particular that topped them all. It all began with Rowan’s laptop …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

So Rowan had this laptop … but no matter how hard he stared at it, it just wasn’t going to work with the projector at the conference …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… so his friends rallied round and swaped his laptop for one that would work …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… the audience watches on with growing hilarity as Ben, Lorna and Ian try to get Rowan’s PDF slides presenting nicely in OSX’s Preview … only to be thwarted when the remote control for moving from slide to slide doesn’t work …

Estimation or 'How To Dig Your Own Grave' : Rowan Merewood

… in the end, Rowan press-gangs the conference’s keynote speaker into being his Speaker Slave (TM), advancing the slides forward on command throughout the talk.

Many speakers would have been destroyed by the sequence of problems, but Rowan successfully turned them into a great warm-up for what was without doubt the funniest talk all day.

3 Comments

  1. Rowan says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I’m going to have to steal the keynote speaker from now on, I think – only real way to present. Genuinely have no idea how I managed to make that first face…

  2. Ben Longden says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    What’s especially cool about this set of pictures is that they give no impression that there’s hundreds of people looking on… :-D

  3. Michael Leach says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Great photos Stuart, and a cool little write up of what I agree was a very entertaining talk, Rowan’s talks are always entertaining and informative at the same time.