After an awesome, but tiny, lunch at City Lobster (blogging sure makes me hungry), I was lagging going into the next session. Somehow, I managed to arrive later than I imagined, even though I rushed back. (Tips on crossing the street in New York: walk confidently, walk hurriedly, and don’t get red-rovered by those sauntering couples you encounter every now and then who hold hands). So, I had to walk over about 11 feet to grab a seat. Why doesn’t everyone just squish together in these packed sessions? And, why were there an odd number of feet in there?
Anyway, I was so lunch-tired at the beginning of this presentation that I just kept replaying the very not G-rated iPhone 4 vs. EVO YouTube video in my head. Cue my best computer voice. I want the one with the bigger GBs. I need Wifis.
Ok, I was bored until the Yahoo guy said that if he was king of the web, he would recall HTML5 until it was fixed. Oh my. This might be a good one. This comment was promptly followed by sane arguments from the Google guy and the Mozilla Guy about why this really wasn’t logical at all. Then the Opera Guy joined in and it was a ruckus. At least a ruckus when it comes to panels.
By the way, I hope I referred to them all correctly. I couldn’t see the names on their cards and had to ask the guy sitting to my left for help on the names. Squint.
The HPalm guys (Dion is here) were having a blast with all of this. Most of their humor was pointed at us and why we were even there when Katie Couric was in the next room. The other large portion of humor was aimed directly at Microsoft, though it was much more lighthearted than the statements about IE that came from the panel. HTML5 and Google were clearly under fire here, which probably means there’s something very cool afoot. Just check out Remy Sharp’s HTML5 demos and see if you agree.
The summary of the panel doesn’t matter much, because there were no slides and they didn’t stick to a bunch of talking points, in true panel manner. But, Microsoft’s lack of representation on the panel was odd. Microsoft stopped dominating this market in 2008, but they still own a significant portion of the user experience. In the enterprise, I bet Microsoft still dominates, as the “standard”.
I didn’t catch the slideware link. Oh yeah, there was no slideware. Just the Web 2.0 Expo advertisements flashing at me where the presentation should have been. I promise, Web 2.0 Expo, that I’ll be a good wifi buddy and not download any large files over the wireless network. I need WiFis.
An interesting quote from this panel:
XML is like violence. If you’re not winning with it, you just need to keep using more of it.