Sleepless in Seattle

Seattle outside my windowI am in Seattle for the Microsoft MVP Global Summit and while I’m not entirely sleepless between the time zone change and the Daylight Savings Time change yesterday my body was saying “time to get up” at 4:30 this morning.  While I have been awake with no where to go (a rarity) it’s given me some free time to muse about things so here they are in no particular order (after the jump):

It’s easy to spot the other MVPs at the various hotels and wandering around the surrounding area.  They look rather, well, geeky.  They invariably have the mandatory backpack no doubt filled with all sorts of laptops, PDAs, and other geek gear.  It’s pretty funny actually. 

When you see a group of them together in a hotel lobby or similar location they always start showing off their gear.  Sort of a “my device is bigger/ smaller than yours” ritual.

There are very few female MVPs, or at least they aren’t carrying around the gear backpacks like the guys.

Everybody asks to see the Vulcan FlipStart.  I have been asked if I brought it everywhere I go.  Then when I hand it to them they invariably comment how heavy it is.

It rains all the time in Seattle (no surprise that).  Not hard rain as a rule but a steady, heavy drizzle.  I hope all of those geek backpacks are waterproof.

The Westin hotel has a very nice desk set up with power strip, Cisco router, and everything.  Pretty much plug and play.

Downtown Seattle maintains a 4 Starbucks per city block ratio.  I’ve been to all of them.

Multiple file operations in Vista really suck.  They take 3 – 4 times longer than in XP.

The DST patch has broken the ability to sync my Dash to the P1610. Again.  I had to manually open up 6 ports in the OneCare firewall to get it working before and after applying the patch I get the old “can’t talk to the server” error, even though the ports are still open in OneCare.  I had no other DST related issues with the patch, although the server at my wife’s office is going a little crazy this morning.

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