A side-effect of distributed editorial responsibility:
I voted early, but I didn’t use one of those creepy touchscreen voting machines. I got a paper ballot instead.
Yes, I know that California isn’t using the Diebold machines (my county is using AVC Edge). But I still think we need a better electronic voting system. I am biased towards David Chaum’s Votegrity system, probably because I think using blinded signatures is a slick technique for an e-voting system.
Until we get a real electronic voting system, I’m going to stick to the paper ballots.
Ariella and I are at McCafe on El Camino Real in Palo Alto. She’s preparing materials for a lecture she’s giving this week, and I’m writing annual performance reviews for my team. If you buy a coffee drink (I got an Americano for $1.45) you get a free hour of wireless internet access. 802.11b/g network is provided by WayPort.
According to the Bandwidth Place’s Speed Test, I’m getting 316 kilobits/second. Not bad.
I am pleasantly surprised to report that the coffee is pretty good, too. And their baristas don’t seem to have the same angst that I expereience so frequently at Starbucks. And they even bring the coffee directly to your table!
I’m not thrilled about giving my business to McDonald’s (they have a bad track record for being vegetarian-friendly) but I just can’t complain about this place. Their Chipotle mexican fast food chain is also quite good.
One of the many dishes I did not eat tonight:
Looks like it was 50% beef, 50% chili peppers. The entire conference (over 100 engineers) went out to dinner after a pretty full day of presentations. They stuck the two vegetarians (me and Tej) at the same table and gave us over a dozen dishes, but still managed to put another two dozen meat dishes on the table for the other 8 folks.
The schedule is pretty packed tomorrow, and I’m speaking again on Thursday, so it looks like I won’t get to do any sightseeing until Friday.
I’m in Beijing and checked into the hotel. Extremely nice place. Complimentary broadband Internet.
Air China flight 984 from LAX ended up being delayed 12 hours due to mechanical problems. It’s a real bummer, since I was supposed to give a “Platform Overview” talk at the conference this morning, but I missed the entire first day. I’ve been rescheduled to speak tomorrow morning.
Ironically, as I cleared immigration, I heard over the loudspeaker that United Airlines flight 889 from SFO had just arrived.
My flight to China was delayed 10 hours due to mechanical trouble with the plane. We’re supposedly leaving at 12 noon today, but who knows if that will really happen.
I’m off to Beijing tonight to visit the Yahoo! China office.
Check out this l33t speaker button for ApacheCon 2004:
My HTTP Caching and Cache-busting for Content Publishers talk has nothing to do with Yahoo and nothing to do with PHP. 100% pure Apache, baby.