So, I’m all organised now and have booked my flights, accommodation and place at Siggraph 2006. That’s fleshed out the credit card by a scary amount 😕 I’ve also requested meeting space for an hour for an OGRE Birds of a Feather session, hopefully that will be allocated.
I spent quite a bit of time planning what I was interested in to decide whether I could really justify the full pass and how I might fit things in. Google Calendar was very useful in this regard. It’s the first time I’ve really had cause to use it in earnest (my social diary is left rather bare by the ravages of running a certain open source project in my spare time), and I like it a lot - simple, intuitive, clean looks, available anywhere. Yet another useful little gem from those nice people at Google - don’tcha just wanna hug them? 😉 I see Google Earth got another upgrade recently too, I must have a play with that.
Microsoft are talking up their ‘Live’ platform at TechEd right now, but I have to say so far I still see a lot of ‘talking’ from Microsoft and a hell of a lot more ‘walking’ from Google on this front. Not surprising given that this is Google’s natural habitat of course, and Microsoft I think tend to need to think of ways to link it with their other platforms somehow (no doubt in a ‘value added’ way, marketing fans), rather than it being wholely an Internet based, virtual service. Whilst I do tend to pooh-pooh the whole out of control Web 2.0 fanboyism that crops up regularly lately (MySpace? No thanks…), Google are proving that there are useful, practical things that can be done.