My old buddy Eric Faurot (we used to work together on the Software Development Conferences) cancelled Comdex.
Sara Ford got a four-word email from Bill Gates (in response to an email from her) and apparently this is cause for celebration, skepticism, and general up-roar-ary. That’s extremely disturbing. Gates’ is the boss^h^h^h^h … er… “Chief Software Architect” of a 50,000-person business. A technology business. Quite frankly, everyone who’s worked at the company for (say) more than a year ought to be able to get in touch with him and expect a response. Yes, he’s the world’s richest man and no doubt has a schedule chock full of calls with Oprah, Bono, and the rest of the Illuminati, but come on, people. Something’s wrong if the majority of Microsoft is so isolated from Gates’ capabilities that getting an ACK from him is cause for comment.
For those who’ve never been to JavaOne, the hurling of t-shirts to the audience (and let’s face it: that is what keeps the conference industry alive) in ever-more-elaborate ways is a tradition. Last year, they used a trebuchet (tasteless yet compelling images of a cow flung 1/4 mile). The photo linked to above looks to me like an air cannon, which have come to dominate punkin’ chunkin’ (http://www.clubmedia.com/punkin/)