Reader Mail


Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

June 19, 2006

2 Min Read
Reader Mail

4:30 PM -- Was our final LRTV show from Globalcomm 2006 frat-produced? Was it silly to the point of pointless?

Hard for me to tell, being so close to the thing myself. But that's the allegation made by one Telefinity executive in an email to our feedback section:

This is not good. It’s silly to the point of pointless. It is not really funny, although it apparently tries to be. It jokes for no reason, and wastes my time. More like a frat-produced homemade project (and those are mostly better)

And, to act is if he is tired, was partying, and drinking and then to say “Drinking is what conferences are all about” – that was TERRIBLE. A bad example, and really not true.

I suggest you take this silly waste of time video clip down, as it does nothing to help your name, and doesn’t provide any useful info.

What help you could do is to get with Mr. Flanigan and help him design a booth numbering system that has some logic. The GlobalComm show wasted the time of thousands of us as we struggled unsuccessfully to find booths, even when we had the booth number. The booth numbers were in some sort of scheme that was illogical and unintelligible. And the map they gave out was useless – the booth info/numbers was in pale red color text at 6 or 5 point type. Who designs these things?

I genuinely appreciate your feedback, but, alas, we will not retire from the broadband video business and take up map-making. What makes you think we'd be any less silly on the printed page? I'm confident that, as mapmakers, we'd use darker ink and larger fonts. But I'm also sure that, as the kind of folks who ply puppets with alcohol and then film it, we might also joke for no reason and waste your time.

— Phil Harvey, Pointless Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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