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Emerging Tech; Filled Hotel!

I’m all reved up to head out to San Diego in a little over a month to go to O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference. I lined up all my various discounts and got Tim to swear to his staff that I’m a faculty member so’s I don’t have to go through the hassle of faxing a bunch of verifications. (Thanks Tim I wasn’t really asking for that but I appreciate it). I got lined up to visit with Cory and with Tim and was chatting with Doc on AIM as I was trying to register at the Westin Hotel where the block of rooms for the conference was supposedly being held til February 18. The big word in the previous sentence is “supposedly.” I got back a message saying the block of rooms was entirely taken! Must be a broken reservation program, says I. I tell Doc who opens another AIM with Sara W of O’Reilly. Who tells us sure enough the conference is filling up fast and the hotel filled even faster!
There is no room for me or for Doc or for anyone registering after today. The good O’Reilly folks were surprised too and promise to have a list of alternative hotels on the website tomorrow.
The question is less whether I’ll be booked in a dive, but whether where ever I stay will have wireless, broadband, or any net.connections. Anyone familiar with the Horton Plaza area in San Diego? Or the Gas Light area?


  1. fyi, i registered today…

  2. I hate you both. ­čśŤ

    I’m not sure about specific hotels in the Gaslamp, but that entire district is very walkable to the convention center, Paul. If you can locate a decent hotel you shouldn’t have any trouble getting around. The only time I was there I was in a hostel in the Gaslamp, so no wifi for me. ­čÖé

  3. Last year I stayed at the Wyndham in SanDiego which was fine. It’s not a particularly inspired chain, but they have consistent high-speed Internet in each room (if you join their “ByRequest” program).

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