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Anytime you take a trip it requires planning and foresight. The pre-trip planning involved getting plane tickets, taking time off work, and arranging meetings with various companies at the conference. Plane tickets were issued for Monday September 20th with a return date of Friday September 24th, Hotel accommodations were set for the San Jose Marriott and I was set to go.
The flight was set for Monday at 10:10 in the morning, Arriving at the airport, I found that the flight was overbooked and was placed on standby which is always a bit annoying but part of travel. In any event I was on the airplane to San Jose at 10:30am in the morning. I met an interesting chap that has spent most of his life in San Jose and we talked at length about his kids and grandkids.
The flight was a one hour flight. Arriving at the airport, I hopped in a taxi bound for the hotel. I found out later that NVIDIA had sent a car to pick me up at the airport, but don’t regret the cab ride as the driver showed me some of the sights along the way. Taxi drivers know the city like the palm of their hands and having worked in retail sales before, I was surprised to find out his last passenger was a jerk.
Arriving at San Jose airport about 12:30, I checked in to the Marriott. The San Jose Marriott has 506 guest rooms and is a modern hotel with all of the amenities including a gym, a Starbucks coffee, a widescreen TV and wired Internet connection. I heartily recommend the Marriott if you are ever in San Jose. I went down to the exhibit hall and checked in with the press lounge.
The first day was all about pre-conference tutorials. Cem Cebenoyan NVIDIA’s Senior Manager Developer Relations was the speaker at a DirectX 11 tutorial session which I attended. If you are a developer of games or applications that uses DirectX 11 I recommend attending one of his talks as he really knows his stuff.
The Press was invited to attend a reception at the beautiful Saint Claire Hotel where we were served drinks and met with other members of the press and NVIDIA. People attended there from many media including online media that covers graphics, mobile media that covers cell phones and analysts. Paul Marini, a standup guy that used to work for Overclockers Club and now for Hi Tech Legion and several other website editors shot the breeze.