Reporter's Notebook: Woz draws a big crowd, too

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(A disclaimer: Now that the 2003 Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco has started, it's time for my bi-annual ramblings and musings on the Apple shows. In case you haven't read my "Reporter's Notebook" columns before, these are tidbits, observations, and ramblings designed to capture the flavor of the show for those unable to be here. If that sort of thing's not your cup of tea, just skip this column and move on to something else.)

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs may attract crowds like a rock star, but the other Steve, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, also draws a big crowd.

During a special "Move to Mac OS X" presentation "Woz" -- along with Neil Ticktin (publisher of MacTech magazine), author Robin Williams, author/consultant Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus, and Dave Mark (editor of MacTech magazine) -- drew a capacity crew. The line to get into the presentation stretched out the North Hall of the Moscone Center halfway to the South Hall.

When Woz appeared onstage, he got a standing ovation. Unfortunately, the "Move to Mac OS X" presentation was marred by technical problems, making much of the session difficult to hear.

Speaking of Jobs, I enjoyed the Macworld Eddys event at Jillian's Restaurant Monday evening. Apple's CEO wasn't present, so I offered to pick up Apple's awards for the flat-panel iMac and iPod in his stead, but wasn't allowed to do so. Sorry, Steve.

Yesterday is one of my two busiest days of the year (Jobs' twice-yearly Macworld keynotes in the US), but I've mostly eaten on the run. The most substantial meal I've had is a Mel Burger and fries at Mel's Drive-In at 801 Mission Street at 4th. The burger was big and juicy, but the really cool thing about Mel's is the "American Graffiti" atmosphere.

Finally, I had a brief ego trip when, while ordering a mocha frappucino at Starbucks, the guy concocting my beverage saw my MacCentral shirt. He said he was a fan of the site and was enjoying this week's Macworld expo. Ah, the thrill of being famous.

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