On Oct 18, 2010, at 9:07 PM, Marc Paré wrote:
Le 2010-10-18 08:18, James Walker a écrit :
Just want to introduce myself to all those on the list
My name is James Walker, I have been involved with the Community for 8+
years in some capacity. Currently serving as a MarCon for the Central part
of the US. I currently reside in Terre Haute, IN
My real job is not in marketing. I am a CAD guy by trade, having done
everything from Structural Steel Detailing, to grandstands, handrail, and
now I design machinery for a small company in Indiana that does some rather
impressive machines. I have also worked in Customer Service, as well as
served in the Military for a few years.
I am looking forward to working with all of you.
Please introduce yourselves so the rest of you us can get to know you a
My name is Marc Paré, I will be at the helm of the Canadian Marketing Team until we can organize
and formalize our group a little more. I currently reside in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
I have been using LibO since the very first days of StarOffice. I have only been involved with
the Community as a lurker on the forums. I am usually involved in software communities such as
HotPotatoes, Linux (Mandriva/Mageia), Wine (for HotPotatoes) and Zikula (CMS). I am also on the
Mageia marketing team and enjoying it quite a bit.
I am an elementary school teacher and teach FSL (French Second Language) in Waterloo, Ontario,
Canada. I also participate in numerous committees of which Software Acquisition Committee, FSL
committees, as well as run Lego Robotics Clubs, Computer Graphics Club (Gimp), Computer
Reconstruction Club, Logo programming (French/English) -- although I had to curtail this last due
to the lack of computer resources at my school. I participate at many school musical events as
the music coordinator for our school. I am also a 14th-19th century keyboard repairman and also
maintain a roster of approx. 50 domain names along with some website construction/maintenance
duties, I publish an an online magazine: http://www.EarlyMusicNews.org and am re-organizing
another project-site of mine: http://www.FrenchAsASecondLanguage.org (heavy rebuilding at the
moment due to hackers). I usually only sleep 4hours/day and view little TV which explains my
seemingly busy schedule.
I have passed the point of mid-life crisis and have not as yet bought my red corvette or my
Harley. I am presently off work due to a crushed spine injury and have had 2 spinal interventions
(surgery) and have had to re-learn how to walk twice in the last 7 months. Things are coming
along very well.
I am quite happy to work on the LibO project and have always wanted to participate in a more
meaningful way. My main interests are in the marketing of LibO in Canada as well as the marketing
of LibO as a solid product in the educational field at all levels (Kindergartern-High School;
Academia) and on the international stage.
I look forward to working with all of you.
I've been a part of the OOo and now LibO communities for at nearly 10 years now. I remember
watching the purchase and open sourcing of StarOffice by Sun back in 2000, and hoping I could get
it on my Mac soon. That took a while, but I'm happy it happened!
I live in New York City, but was in LA and Boston before that.
I wrote "The Tiny Guide to OpenOffice.org," which was published in 2004, and have worked on
promoting, documenting and other tasks in my time with the project. I raised money from volunteers
and used it to buy a full page ad on the back of the free Metro newspaper in NYC for the release of
I work for a web development firm as a project manager, and have experience with many CMSs and the
web design and development process. I've been active lately on the website discussions where I
suggested platforms for our wiki (Foswiki, though it was not selected) and main website (Drupal).
Those discussions have been challenging. :)
I'm interested in marketing/promotion/evangelizing LibO in the USA and Canada and in education,
because I think these are areas where it could be quickly adopted to the benefit of many, many
people. As a former student myself, I could not have spared even $100 to buy an office software
package, and I want people in that situation today to know they do not have to.
Looking forward to working with you all! I have a list of promotional ideas I'd like to share soon.
I think we should pick one or two specific projects and make them happen!
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