Today was a mixed bag of disappointing session by some supposedly smart people who will remain nameless (unless I think better of it later).  This was balanced out by some great sessions by Mark Miller and Dan Appleman.

I'll start with Mark's session on Science of Great UIs.  It was great how he showed how UIs can be built objectively.  That and his sense of hurmor would have been reason enough to get your money's worth.  But then ...

In the middle of his presentation Mark's laptop died.  I don't mean hung, threw an error or gave a blue screen of death.  It went blank and wouldn't restart.  OW!

Of course this didn't stop him.  First he grabbed and print-out of the slide and kept going.  In the mean time he asked someone from the audience to lend him their laptop, found a back-up of his slides and finished the presentation like nothing ever happened.  Wow!

Dan Appleman's session wasn't as eventful, but it was refreshing.  He covered how to implement architecture in a small organization.  There was nothing in his presentation earth shattering but it was a solid reminder of things we run into every day and how best to handle them.  You also can't argue with someone who starts off their presentation with a Dilbert cartoon.

One more day to go ...