My Day at MacWorld
by Gary Woods
In January I took a trip to MacWorld/iWorld in San Francisco. I hadn't been to the show in several years and things have definitely changed. While Apple continues to grow the MacWorld convention has diminished by about 2 thirds.
The show used to be in the Main Hall in the Moscone Center and continued down and through the concourse that connected to the hall across the street that was then filled with a whole other set of vendors. Now, the whole thing fits into Moscone's West Hall which is about half or less of the main hall.
Apple used to use the show to tell us all about the new products that it was getting ready to release but a few years ago they pulled out and now they use other venues to regale us with tales of wonderfulness in the offing.
The show also went from free to view the exhibits to $25 and if you wanted your badge sent to you instead of standing in line for an hour to get that badge on site it was another $5. In fairness I'm sure I could have gotten media credentials for the event but sometimes those are more trouble than they're worth.
Anyway, a day in San Francisco is always fun and it started for me at 5AM. I got up and drove to the Burbank Airport to fly Southwest Airlines for $69 instead of flying out of Santa Barbara for over $300. We flew into Oakland then caught the BART to Market St then a quick walk down 4th St and we were there.
We saw the whole show a couple of times over in 3 hours then walked back up 4th St and caught the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf. On the Wharf we had a delightful meal at the Fisherman's Grotto after which another short ride on the Cable Car brought us to the St Francis where we proceeded to the top floor and enjoyed a couple glasses of adult beverage.
That took us to 7PM so it was back to the BART and OAK to catch our 8:50 flight back to Burbank. Next week I'll tell you what I saw at the convention.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc