Geeks Descend on San Diego

by James Duncan Davidson

It's that time of year again. Time for the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Diego. Even though this is only the second year for the convention to be hosted in the Sheraton Harbon Island, San Diego now means Open Source to me. The moment I walked out of the airport terminal and felt the perfect weather wash over me, I knew that I was here for a week full of heavy tech discussions mixed in with trips for Mexican food and the beach.

The feeling was reinfornced when, waiting for the shuttle bus to the hotel, a fellow geek walked up and said "Going to the conference?"

"Sure am. Shuttle bus is on its way." I replied.

"Thought so." he said.

To which I sat and thought: " Hey! I'm not a geek. I'm not wearing a conference t-shirt and I hate pocket protectors and what not. I'm even wearing the coolest sunglasses I can find! What's giving it away?" Then I realized that Jason, my traveling companion, and I both had laptop bags. And, really, why else would you have a laptop in San Diego?

When we got on the shuttle, it became crystal clear the geeks were descending. There were several folks in Perl shirts and everyone had laptop bags. It's already shaping up to be a good time.