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Doubletree rooms full, but Meet has space for now

A few days ago we reported that the Doubletree Hotel, San Francisco Airport, was now full — and so anybody headed for the HP e3000 Community Meet, Bayside will have to stay elsewhere.

But we didn't mean the Meet was full up, just the hotel where the meetings take place. At last check, about 20 slots were still open for the meeting that will connect HP 3000 customers and partners for the only time in 2007. In person, anyway. There's a 50-person limit for the event.

The Meet's organizers only needed to reserve a 12-room block in the hotel, and that's now full. That hotel is convenient to the SFO airport, and the Nov. 17 Meet date falls over a weekend — so now the Doubletree is full. That's not the case yet at the Red Roof Inn, across Anza Boulevard from the Doubletree. See our entry from Tuesday to get Red Roof contact details.

More bonus for the attendees: Jon Diercks, author of The MPE/iX System Administration Handbook — best book ever on managing a 3000 — will be leaving some copies for attendees to win, I suppose. Somehow we'll get the books to several attendees.

Phone calls and e-mails are starting to come in now about attending. We've even heard that Vesoft's Vladimir Volokh will be in the area that weekend. It's bound to be a productive and fun networking event.

Because make no mistake, that's what the meet is all about. Yes, there will be some opportunity to promote a solution to a site — or a partner. But this is about the community aspect of the marketplace. In a year with no 3000-focused user conference, or any other kind of MPE/iX experts event, this weekend is as good at it gets.

And you'll get a t-shirt, too. How many HP 3000 t-shirts have been released since 2004? How many HP 3000 systems have gotten a performance upgrade, or had their horsepower restored to its full PA-RISC potential?

We think the answer to the first question is at least one. As for the second question, that has been "none" even as OpenMPE has asked HP to liberate the A-Class and N-Class processing cycles. Maybe something to discuss at the Meet, or over a supper afterward.

Hope to see you there. There may be no room at the inn, but there's still room at the Meet.