Watching the Keynote, Couch Style
It's after 9 in the morning. An unnatural time for a software developer to be awake. And even more unnatural after having been up late last night socializing (the most important part of JavaOne). Its enough to make one wonder why they don't start the conference at noon. Unfortunately, if they started the show at noon, it would encroach into that valuable socialization time. On the other hand, there's no way that you want to miss the announcements at the keynote that will be setting the tone for the week. Catch-22.
Luckily, instead of getting up early and standing in line to make the keynote, Jason (my roomie for the week) and I have discovered another much more developer-friendly way to soak up the information first thing in the morning. Instead of waking up an hour and a half before the keynote, walking two blocks over to Moscone and standing in line, we woke up two minutes before start time, fired up a laptop, connected up to the net using broadband, and tuned into the RealVideo stream. Then we made breakfast while watching the haps at Moscone.
Neither of us are ready to see the world, but yet we're watching the keynote live. Ain't technology grand?