MacHack, Day 1
by Jonathan Gennick
After driving down from Munising, I arrived at the conference hotel Wednesday evening around 9:00 PM. When I entered the lobby, I was immediately struck by the number of Mac users. Dozens of users were huddled around various tables in lobby, and also in the various easy-chairs; all seemed to have a Mac, and all were obviously having lots of just plain fun hacking away and talking with others about what they were doing. This was cool, and it's a kind interaction I don't often see at the typical corporate conference (such as Oracle OpenWorld) that I usually attend.
Lots of people have their kids with them. At Tim's keynote I sat behind a father and two sons. All three had Mac OS X notebooks, and the older son was reading our Jython Essentials book and typing in code while Tim talked. Cool! More conferences should allow and encourage young people like MacHack does. I'd have given my eye-teeth when I was young to attend a conference like this with my dad. What a great way for a family to spend time together.
Tim O'Reilly gave the keynote. He started shortly after midnight, after we'd all had our fill of the pizza that Real Software so graciously supplied for us, and between talking and answering questions he spoke until about 2:30 AM. Tim was "piped in" for his talk by a bagpiper who was fully dressed in a kilt and all the accouterments that go with it. MacHack is really fun.
This show is my first time ever to lay hands on a Mac OS X computer. All I can say is that I want one. You'll laugh, but I found myself constantly right-clicking to bring up a context menu, only there is no right mouse button. Funny how habits like that become so ingrained as to be
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