Today I was very excited to wake up in LA knowing full well that I didn’t need to
depend on a form of transportation other than my own two feet to get me to the PDC.
(I confess, I took the shuttle, but I could have walked). Arriving early at the site
to register (Thanks to Scoble for the heads up on the early registration times) before
any sort of rush.
Without any lines I walked up and was rapidly provided with a bag full of goodies.
Since there was no line, the nice lady that helped me decided she had some time to
ask about my “I’m blogging this” t-shirt. “What does that mean?” She asked,
“What is blogging”. Hmmm…. what is blogging?? I know what it is. I have a blog,
but what “is it”? I did my best to explain that it was an online journal
that allowed me to make comments about subjects, in this case the event, that
allowed anybody on the internet to view it. She heard the words, but I think I need
to come up with a better definition.
I quickly found myself all ready nowhere to go. I used the time to get my devices
configured for the wireless access. Everything worked great just like it’s supposed
to. However, seeing that I was online brought a number of questions from others having
problems getting configured. (Most just needed to refresh and IP or connect to the
correct wireless service)
Before long it was time to get in line to get a good spot for the keynote. The whole
line up, file in, and find a site made the “longhorn” name seem much more appropriate.
However, before going in there was another question. A fellow in a “Longhorn” shirt
approached, greeted me and proceeded to ask what I expected to see and hear. Again,
more questions. If I knew what I was going to see and hear I wouldn’t be standing
in line. I did my best anyway to explain that I was optimistic we’d see the new OS
Longhorn and some demos about the other various aspects. I continued on to explain
that I was also there see the “hype” and too be inspired by it. After a few minutes
of chatting he mentioned his name (Hillel). A short while later in the middle of Bill’s
talk I was quite shocked when he introduced Hillel Cooperman to demo Longhorn. All
I could think about was what I could have said differently if he had walked up and
said “Hi, I’m Hillel Cooperman and I’ll be doing the Longhorn demo for Bill Gates.”
Oh well… You live and learn.