16. June, 2008 - WWDC and San Francisco

I’m back from WWDC and have had most of a weekend to get caught up. It’s about time to head off to work, but there are a few things I want to type about before getting started on the week.

As for WWDC itself, if you’re a Mac developer, it was fairly boring. It was more about what Apple’s taking away than what they’re adding. There are a lot of old APIs that are going to be a pain for Apple to support, so they’re going away. If you’re interested in programming for Apple’s phone, there was lots of good information, so probably half the people there learned a lot. I just wasn’t one of them. And I think that’s enough of a quick summary of the conference.

San Francisco in Fog
San Francisco in Fog

I had a revelation about San Francisco while I was out there this time. While it’s a nice enough city, and certainly is picturesque, and there are folks I like to see when I’m there, I found that I don’t really like it all that much. I’m always staying downtown, close to Market & Powell, and there are two smells in that part of town. Either it smells of piss, or it smells of Lysol for the half-hour after the cleaners have blasted the sidewalks. Neither is really my idea of appealing.

That’s not to say I don’t understand why folks want to live there. It’s a vibrant city, and as my cab driver said on the way into town, You don’t need a TV if you live here, just go outside and look around. But I’m getting older and crankier, and having to walk past the beggars on the streets, step carefully around suspicious puddles, and generally deal with a lot of “ickiness” every day I’m there has lost whatever appeal it might once have had. Add in the fact that it’s a very expensive place to be, and I don’t think I’m likely to want to visit there for fun.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:02:04.