Here I am at the Sheraton New York, waiting for the enriching experience of the Web 2.0 Expo. I arrived yesterday in time to freshen up in my room, then head to Times Square and Gray’s Papaya on 38th. Yum.
The room is expensive. My company’s travel application doesn’t allow me to enter a discount code, so I missed the one available for this conference. Also, I have a bone to pick with internet access here. I have to PAY for it. It’s not available wirelessly throughout the hotel. And, I was only able to type “Goo…” at the bottom of this page when the OneView access dropped and I had to log back in. Panic ensued because I was just about done with this post. Thankfully, WordPress saved a draft, even though I hadn’t. The point? Tsk tsk. None of this is very 2.0. <Update: There is a connection in the upstairs conference rooms. Blog ho!>
I’m looking forward to the workshops! Today, I have two half-day ones lined up:
- Morning: Alex Russell (Google) leads this one. Summary: “This workshop steps you through building an HTML5/CSS3 application that’s free from legacy baggage yet still delivers compelling content everywhere”.
- Afternoon: Nate Westheimer (AnyClip), Jonathan Berger (Pivotal Labs) are teaching this one. Summary: “Business people are the bain of engineers and innovators alike. Don’t know the difference between the Ruby and the Rails? Shame on you. Stop feeling technologically helpless and teach yourself the hacking skills you need to start earning respect among the real hacking community.”
Or, I could stay in the same room and do a UX workshop. So many choices. Awesome.
I’m also looking forward to meeting the three HP people that I can find in the directory. Wow. We’re a silver sponsor and I can only find 3?
- Rajaram technologist, system software engineer, Hewlett Packard
- Jayson Thompson Business Planning, HP
- Dani Weinstein Community Manager HP Support Forums, Hewlett-Packard Company
Here’s to great 2.0 experience (although I’ll probably be blogging offline and then connecting in the lobby or in my room).
Oh, and happy 12th birthday, Google!