Mark & I met on Schiphol around 7:00. At Schiphol after checkin, we noticed about half the plane were Oracle Open World or JavaOne attendees. We met Robbrecht van Amerongen from AMIS and talked to some more OOW people. The flight was a pleasant though long flight of about 3 movies. In San Francisco, we grabbed our luggage and drove in a taxi to the hotel.
Tip: when paying with creditcard in a hotel, make sure your credit-space is sufficient. We had to split it on two creditcards, but eventually that wasn’t a problem.
We dropped our luggage in the room and said Hi to Robbrecht and Lucas Jellema, who just arrived at the hotel. Walked to the Moscone convention center to register and get the goodie-bag, which this early took just a few minutes. Hooray for 10’s of registration-desks with no line at all. The goodie-bag was a nice backpack with lunch-tickets and a drinking bottle. Oracle didn’t save on this one I guess.
We then strolled around the nearby cinema area for a drink and strolled around the shopping streets and Market street to get an early impression. For me, there’s a lot of contrast and busy people in the streets. I really need to adjust to a city like this, since I’m used to Eindhoven or Nijmegen. But we’ll see how I fare at the end of the week.