Strange things are afoot at WWDC 2006

This years WWDC is starting off dramatically different from last years. I think someone took the normal event planners and replaced them with hyper-efficient aliens. Here's the proof:

  1. There is ample WiFi coverage and it copes well with the massive load of hundreds of Mac geeks using it all at once.
  2. The line for the Keynote was organized flawlessly. There as frequent communication and outstanding crowd control.
  3. The Keynote started on time. Keynotes at Apple events never start on time. I find this to be the most convoking point.
  4. Lunch was tasty.
I personally welcome our new overlords. Now onto the Keynote itself.

This was an incredibly predictable Keynote. Although, I am disappointed no one yelled "Bingo!" in honor of Ars Technica. The Mac Pro was just about what everyone predicated, aside from Quad core being standard. The Intel-based Xserve is, well, an Intel-based Xserve. Don't get me wrong, these are both great products that fulfill many of the things I've personally been looking for. There just wasn't much of a "wow" factor.

Leopard looked interesting, although it seems that Apple is keeping most of the cool features under wraps to thwart Microsoft from rolling them into Vista. I was especially drawn to the new features in iChat and Mail. The short mention of iCal going multiuser was awesome too. That's something people at my company have been asking for.

Time Machine looks neat, but I have a lot of questions as a sysadmin before I can see using it in my organization. For a WWDC Keynote, I found the Time Machine demo to be stunningly short on technical detail.

The two best parts of the Keynote was the intro the Mac/PC guys and Bernard Serlet comparing Vista to OS X. If/when the webcast goes up, watch it just for those two spots.

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