Wow, in retrospect, this was a really good day for getting information.
The iPhone sessions are still heavily attended. My last session of the day was just such a session and was still pretty busy even though it was about developing web applications specifically for the iPhone and not native apps, which is where all the buzz is. One way or another, everyone wants on the iPhone. The more I learn the more I want to go build software!
I took some reference photos so you all can get a sense of the size of this place. Here’s one of the larger meeting rooms other than the main room where the keynote was:
This is the crowd right after leaving that session. The Apple Design Awards are tonight, so lots of folks were hanging around to see that.
Then, I turned the corner and realized something else was going on. What were all these people milling around for?
Ah, of course. What else would cause geeks to stand around in groups?
Incidentally, this was the first hot food they’d served us all week. Now, when I turned around, there is this cool thing I’ve walked by all week. This is the network operations center for the entire conference. These guys are responsible for keeping the network up for over 5000 attendees and the employees. That includes a whole raft of wireless hubs, wired hubs, and whatnot.
They have these screens set up just to look pretty and tell you stats about the network as it goes. That’s live data updating constantly.
This is looking out of the second floor:
This is the Yerba Buena Gardens across the street from the convention center:
Finally, here’s the ground floor as I left tonight and the sidewalk outside:
So, I’m well over the hump now. I’ll have a fairly full day tomorrow and just two morning sessions on Friday. There is a third session after lunch, but none of them look terribly interesting. I may even try to get an earlier flight home if I can do it on the cheap.