I must confess that the tendency for vendors to consider their conference sponsorship a down-payment on holding an audience hostage has finally taken its toll. I just had to get away...
Picture taken by Duncan Davidson and hosted here
Lucky for me, my friends at O'Reilly (yes, I know I'm a groupie) are holding the Where 2.0 conference today and tomorrow, just a few blocks away from JavaOne. Yes, there is Java content at Where, so this isn't an entirely gratuitous mention.
Many of my Sun friends were surprised to hear that I thought Where was gonna be cool...but its so cool. So far I've gotten to see David Rumsey talk about maps in historical context (this was one of the great talks at OSCON last year) and have also witnessed Microsoft's Virtual Earth folks making complete fools of themselves with a butterfly suit.
It just doesn't get any better than this