WWDC 2011The annual pilgrimage to San Francisco is underway this week. I figure I’ve attended about a dozen in the past 21 years. All have indeed been awesome. Many long-time attendees seem to have mastered the week-long partying and a few have even published “survival guides.” My goal is not to get as many free drinks as I can, or to stay awake during the late-afternoon sessions. I’m here to see old friends, make new ones, and absorb the latest installment of greatness from Apple. I came prepared with questions, code problems, and and open mind about what’s next for iOS and OS X. Seeing a live Stevenote will be a bonus.

Yes the conference has grown a great deal since the 1990′s in San Jose. I think there were barely 1,000 attendees that year. But it’s still easy to find people in the crowds or in the streets around the conference center. Most will have iPhones or iPads and Twitter at the ready, and the proliferation of third-party events means you’ll likely run into someone more than once without even trying.

There are an awful lot of To Be Announced sessions at the time I am writing this. I’m not sure what to make of it except that we’re sure to see a few surprises this morning. No, we won’t be getting free iPhones, but around noontime today I guarantee we’ll all be maneuvering to plug in ethernet cables and download the pre-release of [REDACTED].

If you’re not here I’m sure you’re watching a live stream of the day’s events. Hang in there, all will soon be revealed. If you are here and you see me, please say hi!

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