I attended JavaOne in San Francisco on May 6 - 9, 2008. Community One was held the day before (May 5) at the same location, so I attended that as well. Both were extremely informative and well conducted events.
Following are my notes and thoughts on the event–some are terse, others are verbose. YMMV.
I had a little bit of time for sight seeing before and after the event. Here are some photos taken with my low-res cell phone camera.
|The Howard Street Party. Otherwise known as the “How Weird” Party. A street festival complete with live music and good food. A chance for those with alternative lifestyles to meet in public. It was like Halloween in May.|
|The obligatory San Francisco trolley car. You haven't been to San Francisco until you've ridden one of these. Some of the trolleys are as old as the city itself. It costs $5/ride, or buy a weekly/monthly pass. You can't appreciate the trolley until you walk up Nob Hill yourself. Been there, done that.|
|Standing on the shore of Ghirardelli Square looking out at the pier and Alcatraz Island. (Cool toy: you can control the webcam on top of Ghirardelli Square)|
|Alcatraz Island. This is as close as I could get without taking a tour. I'm standing on the Ghirardelli Pier; the sun has set, the wind is blowing, and the temperature is dropping. Snap the picture and get off the pier! (Cool toy: listen to the first podcast of Radio Free Alcatraz)|
|A shot of Ghirardelli Square. Its in a protected bay created by the rounded pier that I'm standing on, plus one other that form a protective barrier for the ships in the harbor.|
|The Golden Gate Bridge. I'm several miles from it, at a high vantage point next to Ghirardelli Square. The shot was taken right at sunset and would have been fantastic if taken with a better camera. Given more time, I would have rented a bike and ridden across the bridge.|