Back in my days as a corporate programmer I occasionally attended a professional conference. It was a very expensive perk, and one that I never enjoyed that much. But over the years you forget enough about how much you disliked the last one to get excited about going back again.
In 2000 I went to the JavaOne conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
It was definitely a geeks’ conference. Note the beanbag chairs and the banks of available computers in the background. I forget what all these folks are looking at. The fellow right in front has the very nice laptop bag that was given to every attendee. I still use mine, though not for a laptop.
They fed us well at lunchtime, and of course the weather was beautiful.
The view from the lunch area.
I stayed in this very nice, very expensive hotel just a block away. My room was on the 39th floor.
The room had a floor-to-ceiling window with a spectacular view. But what impressed me the most was the architectural detail on the older surrounding buildings.