Vienna was a *blast*.

I thought Vegas was busy - but the View Conference in Vienna was busier.


All of my presentations and example databases are now loaded on my Speakers Page for your download. Thanks to the efforts (and in some cases *great* efforts!) of the View editorial staff, these are my best presentations yet. Go see.


My favourite one has to the be the BlackBerry one - as it deals with a completely new set of technologies (at least to me) and I was personally surprised as to how easy it was. The hardest to present was the C-API one. Especially when Bob Balaban sat at the back of one session in Vegas.. Talk about pressure...!


I'm really really glad I pushed myself into doing these, and I'm really impressed with the View conferences. They are ran extremely well... Allison, Debbie Lynd (and the infamous Harry!), Scott, Alan - hell- the lot of you - deserve kudos for doing such a good job.


Sitting in the bar in hotel, gently winding down after the conference - a huge round-table of speakers, Lotus folks, conference staff. I dont think I've laughed as much in years. For instance, the "dummies guide to Italian" book has "dropping plates" as chapter three, and the "quick guide to german" pocketbook only has one page dealing with sexual activity...


Some of us then took the tram into down, invaded the Hotel Bristol for beers (nice old hotel that), then trudged around Vienna looking for a nice restaurant capable of taking 12 people. Amazingly, we found a really nice one. Then went clubbing, and tried to blag our way into the bar opposite St Stephens cathedral - you know -the really trendy bar on the third floor with the floor-to-ceiling picture windows overlooking the church.. Almost made it, but the attire of some of our group let us down. Then onto what was the Penumbra conference hotel for a drink in the bar - I tried Absynth for the first time.. Wow.. .


Once back at the Hotel, myself and another member of the Scottish Drinking team then proceeded to gatecrash a company party on at the hotel. It had reached the stage where only the dead drunk, desperate and divorced were still there - lots of desperate ladies and "dad dancing". Toupees galore! Hilarious...


Finally back home - but stupidly left my suitcase (with at least two BlackBerry pearl phones) on the carousel in Aberdeen. Ho hum - another trip to the airport today...