Posted by editor
on June 27, 2005 at 12:34 PM PDT
JavaOne. 15,000 developers. 15,000 laptops. And about 30 spare power outlets.
JavaOne is underway, with a lenghty Monday morning general session laying out the future of the Java SE and Java EE platforms. I took dutiful notes, for use in a show recap that will appear on ONJava Wednesday night. When it was over, my battery had about a 21% charge.
That's when it hit me: there are no power stips in the public areas
Last year's JavaOne was generous with the access to power - my routine was to lounge by the video games atop Moscone South, plug in, and recharge.
Not so this year. I've already developed an eagle eye for spotting spare outlets: hey, there's a strip poking out from under that table... hey, there's a free outlet on the strip powering those XBoxes... hey, if I unplugged this SunRay, do you think anyone would notice?
Unless the situation is particularly better in the session rooms, we're going to have a whole bunch of dead batteries and unhappy campers early this afternoon.
I'm writing from the press room, which has a few strips hidden under the tables - battery now at 47% - but that's not a solution to everyone else who mingles in public areas. I'm thinking very seriously about walking up to CompUSA and buying a power strip to lug around this week so I can share what few outlets I find with others.
BTW, if you find a good source of recharge power, don't hoard! Please post it to the talkbacks!