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Hacks prepare for IDF

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IDF, San Francisco – IT hacks from all corners of the world descended on San Francisco yesterday for Intel's Fall IDF and local barmen are already wary – or is that weary?

It's taken 26 hours to get here from Johannesburg, but we're now firmly ensconsed in the totally non-smoking Marriott where the majority of the world's IT press seem to be staying. Mike Magee, of Register, Inquirer and now ITExaminer fame, however, is staying round the corner at the Hilton – in a smoking room, as he keeps reminding smokers huddled around the ashtray on the pavement outside.
IDF doesn't officially kick-off until Tuesday when former Intel chairman and CEO, Craig Barrett presents the opening keynote, but hacks will today be attending what Intel CTO Justin Ratner established as the traditional IDF "Day Zero". Unfortunately though, just like in Shanghai, Ratner won't be presenting at Day Zero. We'll have to wait until Thursday morning for his keynote.
More tomorrow, but in the meantime, I'm off downstairs to have a final cigarette for the night.