Yargl in the sun
I know, the title is bad, but I am lazy. I am in San Diego, sitting on a bar's terrasse with free WiFi, although I don't know if it's provided by the bar itself or some hacktivist in the area. The pretty young girl in front of me does not understand why I was laughing at loud a few minutes ago (it's Tristan's fault, his last post is hilarious). The beer is excellent, the view too, and I enjoy an hour of rest after 3 days of work, 16 hours of travel, 9 hours of time shift, and two nights of jetlag.
I was supposed to have dinner with a friend yesterday night, but that did not work well; I had to have dinner alone and tried to find an empty spot in a correct restaurant... After 45 minutes, I gave up. Each restaurant I visited had a waiting list of 40 to 75 minutes. Eventually, I went to the supermarket, bought some excellent hot food I brought back to the hotel, and had an excellent dinner in my own company, listening to Bob Woodward interviewed by Larry King. Larry King is never better than when he has a smart guest, and Woodward has a wonderful brain.
The Desktop Linux Summit went very well and the panel I was in was quite appreciated I think.
For those of you who know the story behind the terms disruptive innovation, besides the fact blake and hyatt went upset about it when I said firefox/firebird/phoenix was a disruptive innovation for the Mozilla Application Suite (and I was right about it), I had the chance to hear Clayton Christensen, Innovator's Dilemma's author, give a speech at the end of the Desktop Linux Summit. Quite interesting; not brilliant, but interesting. I had a question for him, given the fact his books and all his examples only deal with corporations: does free software increase or not the disruption given the fact the software authors have no constraints of ROI or time while sustaining technologies' providers do have such constraints. The answer was a bit disappointing "well, you are right, maybe harvardian smile meaning I can tell you more for a thousand bucks an hour)". He also told us about the concept of "trivial innovation" from Andry Grove . That was more than interesting; unfortunately, he spent only a minute or two on that topic.
I also found the time to visit the local Fry's Electronics. I just can't make a trip to California without a visit to Fry's. I'm coming back with a few gadgets that I can't find in France in these versions or that cost so much more in France that it's worth bringing'em back from the US. I bought for istance a wifi/g printer server for $119 that costs 249EUR in Paris... Unfortunately, still no iPod mini.
Since I did not want to play yesterday evening's game, trying to find a restaurant, I ended up at McDonald's. Asking for a 6pcs McNuggets meal. To my big surprise, the hostess started laughing, telling me 6pcs are only in the HappyMeal for kids and that adults meals were 10 or 20pcs. Laughing myself, I said "ok for a kids's happy meal" Got my nice paperbag with a toy inside, the other people looking at me as if I was an alien from outerspace! No wonder why so many people are fat here, sucking sodas from sunrise to sunfall and eating for two or three.
Last thing, I am pondering a W3C's membership for my company despite of the price, I already blogged about that. If Disruptive Innovations joins, that'll be to work on CSS and the HTML4 errata. We'll see.