WWDC Impressions, Day 1

Monday, June 9, 2008

The big thing at WWDC is always the keynote address. Steve Jobs inevitably riles up the crowd (mostly composed of Mac geeks) by some groundbreaking announcement. This year’s keynote, while not as feature-rich as previous years’, at least gave me a month to wait for the iPhone 3G that I’ll inevitably have on pre-order as soon as that’s an option (does anyone want a black Razr?). The other big announcement at the keynote, aside from all the presentations by iPhone software engineers, was Apple’s replacement for .Mac, “MobileMe”. I’m of two minds about this service. First, I think the idea of the service is great. I sync my iCal, Address Book, etc. with Google right now through Spanning Sync; MobileMe is more expensive but also does photo albums and a 20 GB iDisk. I imagine I’ll try the 60-day trial and either not use it or enjoy it enough to subscribe. The part I don’t like is the name; Apple’s marketing department is usually top-notch, yet the logo for MobileMe is eerily reminiscent of Windows ME. Hopefully the two products won’t have the same “success” stories.
Time to go to my first session (which I can’t legally talk about here).

Off to California

Sunday, June 8, 2008

I’m headed out today to California for WWDC.  This is my first business trip, so I’m really looking forward to it!  I don’t know how much of a reliable Internet connection I’ll have, but I’ll try to post impressions of the conference and the city.

WWDC

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I’m really looking forward to WWDC this year.  It’ll be the very first time I’ve been sent anywhere on a business trip, and I plan on not only learning a whole ton, but also having a great time and meeting cool people.  Apple just posted the schedule, so I’ve been mapping out an itinerary filled with mostly the IT track stuff (since, obviously, I’m in IT).  Unfortunately, the developer sessions that I’m interested in are mostly offered during IT sessions that I’m interested in and are also directly relevant to my job, so I’ll probably go to the IT ones and watch the developer ones on video—I believe WWDC tickets come with free video downloads via iTunes.

Being in San Francisco should be fun, too.  I might hit up a Giants game while I’m there, and I’m going to try not to eat at the same restaurant twice (hotel breakfast bar excluded).  Any good suggestions on things I should do or food I should eat while in town?  Leave a comment!