Reporter's Notebook: Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Highlights and lowlights from this year's show: Cloud talk eclipsed by real-life rain, too many #oow09 tweets, not enough specifics about Fusion or Java plans, and an action-packed visit by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. CIO.com's Thomas Wailgum shares his favorite tidbits from the Ellison extravaganza.

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Speaking of Twitter, the #oow09 Twitter stream was half informative, half crap. At times, trying to digest the enormous amounts of tweets was practically impossible.

I heard a lot of good and cool things about the Unconference gatherings at OpenWorld 2009. Must attend next year.

Was it just me, or were there a lot fewer Booth Babes on the floor of the Exposition Center? I saw more vendor booths with more game-based attractions.

The Blue Angels performed their aerial feats over the San Francisco Bay on Sunday afternoon, delighting the thousands of watchers (and many OpenWorld attendees). Impressive stuff, especially when it seemed like the jet planes were going to shatter windows and rip the roofs off of buildings. (They didn't, thankfully.)

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Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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