Dude, the admission bracelet goes around your wrist

Short stories from the 2008 PDC:

  • On the bus heading to the attendee party at Universal Studios, I overhear one person advising another on how to put on the band that grants admission to the park: "Be careful not to catch any hair on the glue. Otherwise it's a real pain in the butt." Dude, I don't know where you put it, but the admission bracelet goes around your wrist.
  • The Windows 7 networking folks are showing off two new features: DirectAccess and BranchCache. I've seen them and even though they're not flashy (I mean, how flashy can you make networking?), they're wicked cool features for corporations.
  • It's great talking with people and discovering all the great things they've been doing, how they've put together the various pieces with clever bits of glue to do something amazing. I can only imagine that the inventor of LEGO feels this way.

Bonus chatter added 9am:

  • On same evening as the Ask the Experts session was a Lakers-Clippers basketball game in the Staples Center arena next door to the convention center. I overheard some of the event staff organizers discussing where they can legally set up their security perimeter to prevent rowdy basketball fans from entering the convention center and drinking the free alcohol. Apparently, parts of the convention center are classified as public space.
  • On the last day of the conference, one of the parking garages is converted into a giant suitcase storage room. Peering into it recalls the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Girish Raja is in charge of wireless connectivity at the 2008 PDC. The keynote room was the biggest puzzle. Back in 2005, you only had to worry about people getting wireless connectivity once they stepped out of the keynote room, but now, you have hordes of people who need internet connectivity during the keynote. I'm looking forward to seeing further entries discussing the logistics of providing that much wireless bandwidth for a conference like the PDC.
  • Sriram Krishnan had a tough sell: He had to convince people to come to his talk even though it took place at the same time as mine and Anders's. (Though from looking at the attendee feedback, it looks like he did just fine. In fact, he did better than me.) I was chatting with him afterwards, and he noted that the keynote demos for cloud computing were a nail-biter because, well, it's the cloud. Anything can happen—it's the cloud.
  • Last week, I mentioned in mixed company (which to technology nerds means not men and women but rather geeks and non-geeks) that I couldn't join them for an event they were planning because I was going to be at the PDC. One of the non-geeks asked, "What is PDC?" My reply: "Pretty Dorky Conference."
Comments (17)
  1. PSmith says:

    For those of us who have a lot of armhair, those wristbands are very irritating if they get stuck to the armhairs.  Putting one one requires a couple extra seconds to make sure the sticky part is lined up so there’s no exposed glue.

  2. MrMister says:


    Was it really hard to imagine some people have arm hair?

  3. BOFH says:

    I guess Raymond isn’t that butch.

  4. Will says:

    MrMister, I think the joke was that the guy said it would be a "pain in the butt", implying perhaps that he had applied the bracelet to his butt rather than his wrist.

  5. Pi says:


    Going by the name, I would expect DirectAccess to be part of DirectX but from the short description I gather it isn’t?

  6. jcs says:

    Pi: Was it really that hard to click the link?

    I clicked the link and read a little about DirectAccess — it appears to be a VPN-like technology that is always active, routing and encrypting packets headed for the corporate network using IPSec and eliminating the need to connect or disconnect from the VPN.

  7. Leo Davidson says:

    The P2P version of BranchCache sounds like it’d be worth running even on a small home network. Assuming I understood correctly and it would transparently cache common downloads, e.g. Windows Update files, without much setup overhead.

  8. Pi says:


    When I said "short description" I meant the one you get after clicking the link. The question mark translates to "is it really a good idea then to name it ‘DirectAccess’?"

    I understand if it was a little bit vague.

  9. Rob says:

    Internet access <i>while someone’s speaking</i>?  Are these the same people who talk in the cinema?

  10. I used to have some arm hair on my wrist.  Then there was that Attendee Party admission bracelet incident…

  11. po8crg says:

    Internet access while someone’s speaking?

    Of course, how else do you live-blog the speech?

  12. Puckdropper says:

    Furious clicking while you play the latest Flash time-waster game is just as annoying as snoring (which is almost just as annoying as a speaker you wanted to see drolling on, not noticing he’s lost his audience.)

    Humor intended, nothing more implied.

  13. mvadu says:

    I am glad that your speech also went well.. I read from Larry’s blog that your room overflowed and even overflow room also overflowed.

  14. Thanks Raymond – but you failed to mention that you not only overflowed your room, you overflowed the overflow room! That part about ‘doing better’ is quite questionable :)

  15. Igor Levicki says:

    … a lot of people with radiation injuries in the hospitals ;-)

  16. JS says:

    Connectivity at PDC was spotty at times, but considering the sheer volume of geeks with WiFi devices, I think they did remarkably well.

    Connectivity at the Wilshire Grand Hotel, on the other hand, was just abysmal.  Maybe for PDC09 some LA hotel should pull in a gigabit fiber line and charge extra for it.  They’d sell out.

  17. Good Point says:

    Those of us who are of Northern European descent know exactly what that Dude is talking about.

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