19 Nov 2000 dneighbors   » (Master)

OK What a week. Here is a summation of COMDEX 2000

Monday Nov. 13th
Woke up at the crack of dawn to pick up jade. (btw: cod is 5:15am) We got off to a good start. On the way up mapquest said SR-93 turned into SR-89. It did. However, it seemed odd to me that we were going this way. So in Yarnell, AZ we stopped to take a leak and I asked someone directions. Turns out mapquest had us on a wild goose chase that cost us about 30 minutes.

We crossed hoover dam just before lunch time and promptly found a goat crossing sign. This is when we realized we forgot the digital camera. You have NO idea how bummed we were. Upon arrival to the Embassy Suites we realized we were in for it. Basically this hotel was so nice that they wouldnt give us a room. Its a long but funny story. : ) (hotel pictures Pic 1 Pic 2)

Finally we made it to the booth and were in search of Leslie Proctor (FSF). We walked the floor for a bit and then met up with Leslie who was promptly off for some VERY cool talks. We met Ariel Rios and Steve from FSF and setup shop. They had no working computers so we fetched our laptops. By this time Robert Chassell from FSF showed up and we started getting the booth ready. : )

We went to dinner with Robert and Steve and talked about the philosphy of free software for some time. I somehow got elected to write two new free software essays... Then Jade I went back to hotel and had a little LAN party of Civilization Call To Power.

Tuesday Nov. 14th
Woke up and had killer booth duty. Were running Free Software Foundation, GNOME and GNU Enterprise things all at once. Lots of good leads wont bore you with the details. Jade and I had good discussions on GNUe.

Wednesday Nov. 15th
More booth duty. Got to hang with helixcode guys a lot miguel and nats assistant used our booth as an internet mail pickup most of the rest of the week so we got lots of helix goodies. Mr. Ruppert Rocks!!! During booth duty we got to hang with tigert, federico, lewing, ettore and anna quite a bit!

This night was capped with a Linux Global Partners party. I spent a LOT of time talking free software with Robert and Microft (NETBSD). Then hung out on the stratosphere roof with Helix guys for a bit. (Picture I took of da "Monkeys")

Thursday Nov. 16th
It started to get a lot harder to wake up by now. Leslie returned from trip and linas from gnucash project showed up. We had some very good talks about where to go next and how to procede.

Got introduced to Editor of Linux Journal Don Marti who is a very cool guy.

The previous night going to the LGP party it was all FSF guys in my car so we renamed it the FSF Limo. This evening FSF took a huge crew out to dinner. I had Don Marti, Tigert, Linas and Jade with me. When exiting Treasure Island we went through Mirage parking lot where we proceded to get run over by a Tahoe going in reverse. (He almost hit us twice) it was crazy! Funniest part is he wasnt even drunk. This delayed dinner only slightly. We went to Wolfgang Pucks resturant in Caesers Palace. Excellent food and company.

Jade and I stayed up until about 3am discussing future directions of GNUe, it was interesting.

Friday Nov. 17th
Hellish morning. We missed our buffet. Got to the booth stuck around long enough to hear a couple of guys argue with Larry that Linus not Larry created Tux. Then headed back to Phoenix. The drive wasnt too bad except for a few slow pokes outside Wickenburg.

Saturday Nov. 18th
Sleep. Lots of Sleep!

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