4D Summit 2005 Photos


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Here is a sampling of photos from the 4D Summit in San Francisco, October 11 - 15, 2005. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005: Our Summit began at the lovely Westin St. Francis in downtown San Francisco. It was a great location, across the street from sunny Union Square and just blocks from Chinatown. The 4D flag waved for several days in front of the hotel.
Let's just face the inevitable. There are a lot of photos of Tom D. on my Summit pages. Get used to it now.
The hotel lobby bar was the place to see old friends and meet new ones. Here I am with Cliff, Tim, and Tommy.
At some point, Ant or Tom or someone talked over a dozen programmers into checking out the bar on the top floor. Somehow, we all managed to fit into the glass elevator and took a little ride.
The view from the top was wonderful in all directions.
Afraid of heights? Don't look down. Not afraid? Then enjoy the view of Union Square below. Sadly, the bar at the top of the hotel no longer exists, so we rode back down.
Per and his son joined us back at the lobby. You wouldn't think that babies would get much out of a conference like this, but I'm convinced that kid could write his own component by the end of the week.
Our missing friend, Mike, sent us on a sacred quest -- to find his new employee, Mark, take him out drinking, photograph said drinking, keep him out of too much trouble, and bail him out of jail as needed. At the opening reception, I met two different people who were not Mark: Fritz (left) and Justin (right).
With our second smooshed-face photo in a row, it was officially a Summit tradition for Brian and me. Christian tried to join in but was not entirely successful.
My husband, Tom, and I were delighted to meet Jordi, who had helped us with tourist tips and a full walking tour when we visited Barcelona in 2004.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005: The next morning, the conference started with an excellent keynote, as usual.
That evening, Henry, Tom, and I headed to Chinatown for dinner. Chinese food is delicious!
Chinatown itself is a very colorful place, especially at night.
It features some of the coolest street lamps you'll see anywhere.
Thursday, October 13, 2005: Thursday morning brought the keynote we'd been waiting for -- a demo of 4D 2007. At Orchard Software, we weare especially looking forward to the increased field and table limits, but there are many other goodies in 4D 2007 as well.
That evening, 4D treated us to an evening at SBC Park. Orchard's unofficial mascot, Orchy, tagged along.
We enjoyed beverages and appetizers on the field and in the dugout. Note the 4D logo on the scoreboard. It was all very cool and enough to make grown baseball fans break down in happy tears.
Orchy enjoyed one of the extremely tiny hotdog appetizers. Other goodies included artichoke hors d'oeuvres and the tiniest, roundest hamburgers you've ever seen.
Next, the batting cages were opened to the group. My husband was a baseball player in a former life and couldn't wait to give it a try.
Out in the hallway, this little guy proved how much he loves baseball by singing every word of "Take me out to the ballgame."
He was a seasoned performer, having sung over the loudspeaker at his home ballpark, so he knew how to bow to his audience when he was done.
4D's resident graphics and video guru, Omid, outdid himself this year with a great video broadcast on the Giants scoreboard.
The faithful turned to watch ...
... as various 4D players, such as David, were interviewed sports-style for a very funny video.
With a flash of graphics, it was over too soon.
Next, we were herded upstairs to the party room, featuring food, drinks, a live band, foosball tables, and seats with a great view of the field.
At that time, partying did ensue as you can clearly see.
Those who wanted to get some more batting practice were brought back down to the batting cages in shifts.
Mark got in his second round of batting ...
... as did my husband. I am proud to say that man can hit a baseball. It's nice to have one person in the marriage who can do that.
Despite my best efforts, ball did not meet bat while I was up.
Lefty Victor relived some of his athletic glory days by hitting a few balls.
Marie of 4D Sweden took her turn and was thrilled to hit one. Everyone wanted to get a photo of her because she looks so good in a baseball helmet.
Back in the box seats, Mark (who was finally located on Wednesday) dreamed of watching the NC State football game while Tom D., Henry, and Tom B. waited for the lady with the camera to go away.
Jess and Clayton managed to smile despite not being the youngest developers at the Summit. Dang close, though.
We were so sad that Peter couldn't attend this year, but then he showed up out of the blue, just like last year. He's so spontaneous that way.
Justin and his lovely wife, Tamara, paused for a photo when they weren't busy cutting loose.
Moments later, they could be found out on the dance floor with Tom and me.
With Wednesday's and Thursday's keynote presentations behind him, Brendan busted a move while Tom busted something.
Mehboob got down with his funky self as well.
Sati and Brian serenaded us with an empassioned performance of "Mustang Sally" while lead singer Ruthie looked on.
While we were dancing to songs that were hits before they were born, the kids compared birthdates in the warm night air.
Bryan didn't actually attend the Summit, but he made time to join us for the 4D party and for drinks on Friday evening.
Friday, October 14, 2005: The next morning, my husband hijacked our camera and spent the morning sightseeing. While I was learning a ton of new stuff in John B.'s 4D Tips and Tricks session, Tom was enjoying the scenery at the waterfront. Here's Alcatraz in the distance.
Nary a Windows laptop could be seen in the break room, but shiny Apple laptops dotted the room like sparkly stars in the sky. Melinda and Tom have the same size laptop, but Tom propped his on his backpack to make his appear larger. It's a 4D Trick he learned from John B.
Ant and Rob grabbed their customary keynote seats for the wrap up session with Laurent.
Brendan, Laurent, David, and Tom had a laugh before the keynote. Perhaps it's funny to be famous like them.
She's friendly, she's charming, and she can hit a baseball. I thought it might be nice to get a photo of Marie without the baseball helmet on.
Laurent's session showed us a little more detail of 4D 2007. Here is a query generated by 4D. Cool.
Saturday, October 15, 2005: In the cold light of Saturday morning, with the Summit behind us, Tom and I treated ourselves to "the best deal on the Square" for breakfast. Previously touted by a certain golden-haired Summit attendee as a bar within crawling distance of the hotel, Lefty O'Doul's serves a seriously delicious breakfast.
We were sad to say goodbye to our third floor hotel room with the view of the square and a 50-yard-walk to the session rooms below.
We shared a shuttle ride with Randall back to the San Francisco airport for the first leg of our ride home.
During our layover in Denver, we waved goodbye to Tom D. through the window of the airport.

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