I’m looking at the Microsoft Live Earth concert site (they have concerts playing right now, and will be for the next 24 hours) but I must be missing something. Is there a damn schedule? I can’t find it. Oh, and I’m not the only one who is having problems finding the schedule, either. David in Chicago called me and asked me the same thing.
Christopher Allen was just here. He runs the iPhoneWebDev Web site. That really is great and there’s tons of cool apps. I’ll share the best tomorrow. One? Gasapp. It will find you a gas station near you and tell you the price. Here’s a post about it. I put up a short interview with Christopher so you can hear him talking.
Fluther.com is sort of like Yahoo Answers, but live and on your iPhone. Pretty cool. Ben Finkel, founder, just showed it to me. If you visit http://iphone.fluther.com you can visit on your iPhone.
A fun little project that was released today over on Google’s Code site is an iPhone remote (not for end users yet, but for developers).
This has gotten shown to me a few times already cause developers here know I am a Flash on iPhone advocate.
OK, let me set the scene here. Three weeks ago this event didn’t exist. 300 developers are here in San Francisco. All voluntarily. All organized themselves.
I’ve already met a Microsoft employee. A Yahoo employee. A Verisign employee.
But where’s the Apple employees?
Here are 300 developers who WANT to help Apple make its iPhone even better. Yet Apple’s secrecy and lack of care for developers demonstrates itself by not showing up.
Apple should remember 1989. It had a massive lead with the Macintosh. It ended up with, what, five percent market share.
Why? At least in part because it told developers to go pound sand.
History is repeating itself.
This is a VERY geeky room. Developers only (I’m one of only a handful of people who aren’t a developer here).
Watch Flickr for photos from the event.
Watch Twitters from the event. I’ll put up some TwitterGrams (short, recorded audio pieces sent to Twitter) shortly.
If you’re a developer you’ll want to be at this event. It’s a remarkable event already. The conversations here are flowing big time. I haven’t seen this kind of developer energy for a long time.
Where’s Apple? Microsoft is here.
If this were a Microsoft event the evangelism team would be here in force with T-shirts, stickers, free dev tools, tons of geeks who could help people figure out technical issues, and more. Look at how Microsoft dealt with Maker Faire, they sent the guy who builds Bill Gates’ keynote demos to help out. THAT is how Microsoft got 90% market share.
UPDATE: John Dowdell notes that there may be a few Apple employees there, but they aren’t telling anyone they are from Apple. That changes his opinion of Apple, for the worse.