Day 3 started out a bit earlier with sessions starting at 8:30. First on the block was "Open, De Jure, De Facto and Proprietary : Standards and Microsoft" lead by Chris Wilson of Microsoft. I was a bit dissapointed by this one. Basically Chris just went over what standards are and how some are proprietary and how the standards bodies work. I was looking for more of how Microsoft was "tailoring" standards to suit their interests but he didn't want to go that direction (not surprisingly...).

Next up was "Building Components and Services for the Programmable Web" by Nikhil Kothari, Software Architect at Microsoft. He went over a lot of code on how to build mashups, and expose "gadgets" for extenral services. Pretty cool stuff! Again, the main thing that stands out is that the effects of the network are not being taking into account and will be a major issue to be addressed. Luckily they all have F5 to help them out B-).

The last session of the show was "The Future of Media and the Web", led by Marc Canter of Broadband Mechanics and paneled by Jeff Sandquist of Microsoft, Laura Porto of Avenue A/Razorfish, Paul Sidlo CEO of REZN8, Jason Rapp of the New York Times, and Mike Kelly of Arrow Design Studio. This was one of the more interesting talks of the whole show. Basically it focused on how media is going to have to be super simple to publish, distribute, and consume and how DRM and Localization ties into the upcoming uses of media. Very thought provoking...

I'm at the Las Vegas Airport at the moment and since they have free Wi-Fi, I'm able to post this update. Thanks Las Vegas for the connectivity! Home I go...

-Joe