Several firsts for me today: first time at JavaOne, first time using a SunRay (now), first time seeing some of the luminaries of the software world that I've only read about: Mark Shuttleworth, Marc Fleury, Rich Green, and a whole raft of Sun people who are household names in the software world.
It's all very cool. I was sitting in the ninth row of the opening general session, and got a great view of everything. A little too close to the band, perhaps. I am fairly sensitive to loud music at 8:30 AM, especially when I've been out with customers the night before. ;-)
I'm actually on the exhibition floor of JavaOne now, at a row of SunRays for the use of the attendees. There are lots of booths from different vendors, and it's fascinating to see how some are very crowded, and others not. Thankfully, Sun is one of the crowded ones! There's a lot of buzz around Sun this year, and a lot of open-source announcements were made this morning, much to the pleasure of the audience.
Tomorrow the separate Horizons convention will start, a few blocks from here. Our guys have been working their collective tails off for the last few weeks, polishing their demoes. Should be good!
So much to see and do! I think I'll go have lunch now, to help me cope.