Day one of Mix06 is over. We started Day one off with a keynote by Bill G talking about how applications are taking on new dimensions with the use of the browser and how IE7 (which has a beta refresh today) is going to be a new medium for delivering these applications. Also, technologies like Atlas are going to drive usages to everything from cell phones to pdas, to desktops. Tim O`Reilly then had a impromptu interview with Bill G which seemed to be fairly tame. I was hoping for some more pointed questions. One note for Bill's writers, work on limiting the word "phenomenal"...

I then spent a few hours recovering from a splitting migraine and missed the session on "Web 2.0 Show me the Money". We'll have to hear from Dan how that one went...

I made it back for the session titled "From HTML to Services: Building a site for REST, POX, AJAX, RSS, SOAP, and WS-*". Long title for basically showing how to build a media center experience remoting the presenters home programming from Germany to the conference room. Pretty cool stuff, but nothing I haven't seen before.

Last one for the day was titled "Running a Megasite on Microsoft Technologies" hosted by guys from Microsoft.com and MySpace. They talked about the ways they have designed their systems (from front end to the database tier) to handle the tens of millions of users they support. Pretty interesting stuff.

After the sessions we hit the sponsor evening event at the Tao Night Club here at the Venetian. Dan and I walked in the door and after about 15 minutes of waiting in a dark, very crowded, smokey line, we decided to take a hike and see if we could catch a show. The Blue Man Group was here at the Venetian so we went to see if there were any last minute tickets. We lucked out with Front-Row Center. The highlight of the show was having one of the "Blue Men" jump off stage and stick a camera down Dan's throat with a full screen image blasted on stage of Dan's esophagus! Good thing we waited to have dinner after the show...

On to Dan #2...

-Joe