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Macworld SF 2007 Events

by Adam C. Engst

After we snap out of our dreams of sugar plum fairies and New Year's celebrations, we'll be trekking off to San Francisco for the annual Macworld Expo and Steve Jobs Keynote of Apple Goodies. This will be the first year in some time that Macworld Expo has occupied both the South and North Halls of Moscone Center, and by my count there are over 360 vendors currently signed up. Although oodles of them will undoubtedly be selling iPod cases and accessories, it's still way more fun to see Macworld Expo once again large enough to expand into both halls.

Expo Happenings -- Along with Steve Jobs's keynote, other feature presentations [1] include a Q&A with Kevin Smith (of "Clerks" fame), Macworld Live! with David Pogue, the presentation of Macworld Magazine's Best of Show 2007 awards, the ever-enjoyable MacBrainiac Challenge game show, and a talk by photographer Joel Meyerowitz.

The show will feature numerous welcome extras, including the free advice from the Apple Consultants Network, the new Microsoft Blogger Lounge (booth #702 in the South Hall) for bloggers to take a load off their feet and their minds, the Taste of the Conference sessions [2], and of course the huge user group presence with a User Group Booth, the User Group Lounge, and guided tours from user group volunteers.

Conference sessions [3] are becoming ever more a part of Macworld Expo, with five separate tracks of training, including the day-long Power Tools Conference sessions (plus Lesa Snider King's intensive two-day Graphic Secrets for Business course), the MacIT Conference, the Users Conference, the Hands-on MacLabs, and the Market Symposiums. The sessions radically increase the cost of attendance, though, so pick carefully.

On Thursday, January 11th, the Netter's Dinner [4] is celebrating its 21st anniversary in traditional style at the Hunan at Sansome and Broadway, where the hot and spicy Chinese dinner (vegetarian dishes are available) costs $18. You must register in advance by Tuesday, January 9th, via Kagi; the link below has all the details. As in previous years, meet at the top of the escalators on the south side of Moscone at 6:00 PM and be prepared for a brisk, sometimes damp, walk that snarls traffic throughout downtown San Francisco. We'll leave no later than 6:30 PM for the restaurant.

And of course, there will undoubtedly be a variety of other parties, though it's a bit early for everything to be scheduled. Check out Ilene Hoffman's Hess Events List [5] for updates as we get closer.

TidBITS Events -- As usual, a number of us will be at the show, singing, dancing, and... well, okay, not singing or dancing, but imparting whatever words of wisdom we can. Here's our current schedule, and please do come by and say hello!