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  • That the convention was in a hotel within easy walking distance of restaurants, ice cream, and liquor stores was a big, big win for OSCON 2003. In a perfect world, there would have been a better mingling place for attendees. I think the lobby area on LL1 needed to be utilized better in some way (although I found that camping under the stairs was particularly useful for socializing). The LL2 lobby was just dingy and had no chi flow. The terminal room was just too darn far way from everything.

    I had a more positive experience with OSCON 2003 than others, like the Z-man, but my conference goals were explicitly social. There were a couple of session which were too crowded to attend (like Andy Wardly's TT3 preview).

    I dunno. I had fun. I think I got my money's worth.

    • I had a more positive experience with OSCON 2003 than others

      Sorry if I sounded too curmudgeonly above, but I did have a good time too. Portland is great, and being back downtown again is a huge win. Twelve hours a day in that hotel started to grate on me towards the end of the week...

      I don't think there is an ideal hotel for OSCon. The Fairmont was great, but it's way too small now. Now, it's a case of picking priorities. This year's venue is obviously addressing years of feedback and fixing thi

      • I don't know what others think, but the hotel in Monterey had both a great location and a good layout (from what I remember of it all those years ago!). I'd love to go back to Monterey.

        Though I must get this in: Make the date in August next year! I can't go to OSCon unless it's in August now my wife is working full time - she just won't let me visit the west coast without her - and you can't blame her.

        Of course I realise that August is probably much more expensive :-(
        • If the current location pass muster, we're looking at July 26-30 in 2004. Confirmation of that will come within a month. No August, sorry!

          Can your wife escape in April or May? The Emerging Technology conference [oreillynet.com] is then, and might provide a convincing west coast escape excuse. Similarly for the Mac OS X Conference [oreilly.com] in October. If you can get her to the west coast then, you might be able to slip off to OSCON without her later :-)

          --Nat