The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Warning: This article contains personal opinions.
As you might expect with any conference of 150 or more presentations, there are many stories to be told at most any major genealogy conference. One that I hear often concerns the high failure rate of hardware and software among the presenters. At some national conferences, I have heard stories of no less five or six different presenters who experienced major problems with their laptop computers, operating system, projectors, PowerPoint slides, or other critical computer tools.
Some of the problems happen at the very last moment as the presenters are setting up at the podium to begin their talks. I was involved with one such problem a while ago when the presenter suddenly found that the only copies of her PowerPoint slides for two presentations were corrupted and could not be used. Several people, myself included, worked on her files in an attempt to salvage anything at all, but we all were unsuccessful. She had no backup copies. Her only copies were on the hard drive of the laptop she had planned to use and apparently that hard drive malfunctioned and scrambled lots of files, not just the PowerPoint presentations.
Perhaps there are two or three lessons to be learned here.