San Francisco has a homeless problem and the route between Bill Graham and Moscone (which I took daily because of my hotel location) is a route that exemplifies it.
The first time I heard Tim Cook speak in person it was to call for a moment of silence. It’s a powerful memory.
I couldn’t find a bagel that was boiled, they were essentially round breads with a hole in them.
Poke (the Hawaiian preparation of sushi) is amazing.We ate as much as possible as often as possible.
Tech celebrities are cool in person. I met Marco Arment, David_Smith, John Siracusa, Federico Viticci, Aleen Simms, James Thomson, and Rene Ritchie.
Labs are where it’s at, but some labs obviously have session pre-requisites. Every Engineer I spoke to was wonderful and helpful.
The convention center is full of Apple Retail employees from around the country doing various tasks. I asked them on Friday if that’s where they were from and they told me no one had asked them (I asked a very large group).
Diversity is shit at Apple but not as bad as it was among attendees. Attendees had more racial diversity, Apple had more gender diversity, but both were bad. When I chose to line up for sessions I would pass the time counting the distance between women in line.
My hotel WiFi was not insufficient for loading a Beta between the keynote and the State of the Union, perhaps because no one else thought of this.
Moscone WiFi was pretty good but fell down while in lines for sessions, but both AT&T and Verizon held up (there are apparently microcells inside Moscone). Also, as you may know about me, I use an AT&T iPhone and a Verizon iPad when traveling.
Moscone lunch boxes were fine. I found a few that were within my dietary restrictions. The meals for dietary restrictions (if you checked off any on the pre conference survey) were great too.