Saturday, November 15, 2008
Getting Started in Austin
I had an interesting conversation with my seat mate from Boston to Houston, a 19-year old Guatemalen who, less than an hour before the flight departed, decided to buy a ticket and go back home for his girlfriend's birthday. He was toting a first-gen iPhone and a MacBook, and used both heavily - he was calling, IM'ing and email friends and family, and working on homework. He's been using computers since he was 10, he and his roommates have a completely wired apartment, and they spend most of their time on the Net instead of on the tube. Interestingly, he is ditching the iPhone for a BlackBerry because a friend convinced him they are better for email and texting, which is what he uses it for most.
The Austin Airport Hilton (pictured above) is nice, network performance is decent. I just got signed in for the conference, and had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for the entire event. I was talking with a Sun employee at breakfast this morning who is also blogging this, and we were talking about how the NDA makes it difficult to say much in a blog. I'll do my best to pass along info while honoring the NDA.