1 From: John Nicholls <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2 To: Russell Stuart <email@example.com> 3 Subject: Re: Humbug's bid for 2010 4 Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2008 23:19:55 +1000 5 6 On Mon, 2008-09-01 at 21:46 +1000, Russell Stuart wrote: 7 > John, 8 9 Hi Russell, 10 11 > I am contacting you about Humbug's bid to host the "Linux Conference 12 > Australia" in 2010. I am assuming you know of LCA, and so it needs no 13 > introduction. If not my apologies - and please disregard this email. 14 15 Of course I know about LCA, I attended LCA in Brisbane in 2002, in fact 16 I will never forget those luxury "dorms" at the Uni that I stayed in 17 during the conference :) 18 19 ThinLinX also exhibited at LinuxWorld in San Paulo Brazil in 2006 and 20 has exhibited in the Opensource area at Cebit Sydney in 2006 and 2007. 21 In 2008 we exhibited on the Queensland Government Stand at Cebit Sydney 22 (a cost saving measure) 23 24 > However since you are commercialising open source that is unlikely. 25 26 The problem Russell is not lack of interest but lack of time, and 27 resources to respond to all emails, particularly ones that seem to have 28 plenty of time to respond to. 2010 seems a long way away, thanks for the 29 prompt. ThinLinX is a small company established by myself and my wife, 30 we sold our house to fund the start up. We have been lucky enough to 31 have received COMET grants and a Angel investor has also contributed to 32 the development of the Hot-e (my wife Jeanne chose the Hot-e name). We 33 have followed a very long and bumpy road over the last five years 34 commercialising the Hot-e and and are only now approaching the break 35 even point. We have developed our Hot-e models on what many would call a 36 "shoe string" budget, most sane people would have given up long ago. 37 38 > In 39 > that case you know LCA is one of the worlds best Linux conferences, 40 > attracting some 800 people each year. Holding it in Brisbane is a great 41 > way to bring Open Source to the attention of many here in Queensland - 42 > especially since we are planning to hold it at QUT which is in in the 43 > heart of the city. 44 45 I am very confident that Brisbane will prevail and host the 2010 LCA, 46 BTW, I hope to attend the Hobart conference in January 2009 :) 47 48 > What I am after is a few words of support for Humbug's bid - literally. 49 > Nothing more. It seems like a simple request, but a couple of weeks ago 50 > I spammed yourself and 17 other open source companies in Queensland with 51 > a more subtle email. I got no responses. Zip. Nil. None. A sparrow 52 > fart in the woods would have generated more noise. 53 54 I understand that is a very disappointing response, I can't speak for 55 the others but I do know how hard it is to find enough hours in the days 56 (note the time that I am responding to this email) 57 58 > But I am not that 59 > easily deterred, so I went and spoke to Arjen Lentz who gave me your 60 > personal email address, phone number, and various other details. (That 61 > man is a veritable fountain of information.) 62 63 Good, goes to show that persistence pays off! 64 65 > Maybe my first email was too subtle, maybe you are just too busy 66 > right now, or maybe it fell into a SPAM trap. So this time I am being 67 > more direct, and am going to make it really easy for you. Attached is a 68 > letter of support. Its personalised to ThinLinX. All you have to 69 > do is email it back to me! And just in case it really did fall into a 70 > SPAM trap, I will give you a call later this week if I don't hear from 71 > you. 72 73 Good on you Russell, Linux needs more guys like you! 74 75 > In the mean time if I have made a mistake and LCA is of no interest to 76 > you, then just reply to that effect and I will go away forever. 77 78 Russell, don't ever go away, we need guys like you. 79 80 I have attached the latest ThinLinX Hot-e brochures and the letter of 81 support, I hope to catch up with you for a face to face chat in the next 82 few months. Perhaps you can drop into our Office on the Sunshine Coast 83 next time you are up this way. 84 85 86 Cheers, 87 88 John 89 90 91 > -- 92 > Regards, 93 > Russell Stuart 94 > Humbug's LCA 2010 Bid Organiser 95 > Phone: 0438 805 133 96 > 97 > PS. Here is Humbug's bid submission for LCA 2010: 98 > http://www.stuart.id.au/lcawiki/BidDocument/Bid 99 > 100 > PPS. The attached document was prepared in OpenOffice, but is in 101 > Microsoft Office format because I don't know what software you use and 102 > OpenOffice will read most things, unlike Office. Ideally its best if 103 > you export it to PDF format (because PDF is read only) and send me the 104 > PDF version. Editing it to add your personal touch isn't necessary, but 105 > wouldn't hurt either. 106 -- 107 Please Note New Company Address and Phone Numbers 108 109 CEO John Nicholls 110 ThinLinX Pty Ltd 111 Suite 6, 114 Nicklin Way 112 Warana 4575 113 Queensland, AUSTRALIA 114 Tel: +61 7 5493 4333 Fax: +61 7 5493 9888 Mob: 040 181 6994 115 www.thinlinx.com
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