"Ross does a as good a job as anyone"
Agh, excuse me whilst I open my mouth to change feet...
Sorry the comment I made was not ment to be disparaging against Ross or anybody else. I was pointing out that live bloging is a narrow communication channel, thus not all information comes across that even the bloger is party to. Further that the bloger will thus have a perspective that colours what they think is significant or not.
As an example I used Davi's comment about the confrence being Microsoft heavy, I did not get this impression from what I had read over on the CambLabs site.
As a general case I personaly look forward to a time where a lot of confrences become partialy "virtual" (ie audio/video feeds/recordings) for several reasons.
Firstly attendance in many cases is limited by several factors, and not every body wants to be a full participant or attend all the conferance. Some just would like to observe the proceadings at a later time/date (students / non academics etc)
Secondly for some travel to a venue (picturesque or otherwise) is problematic for many reasons some for health reasons other for work or family reasons.
Thirdly some confrences have multiple streams thus you have to make a choice as to which stream you are in at any given time.
Fourthly the historical record, although most of us don't consider or daily lives as being significant enough even for personal diaries. Historians amongst others would disagree when it comes to "meetings of mind" at confrences etc. Whilst I'm not sugesting the informal asspects of a confrence be recorded the formal aspects such as the sesions presenting papers etc and Q&A rumps may be seen in future times as significant points in time and thus a much more detailed record be desirable.
We know that all of this is possible because various other events do get recorded and put up on the likes of UTube etc, and we are starting to see virtual classrooms with distance learning as a norm not an exception.
I think some of the smaller less comercial confrences would actually benifit from putting up either live feeds or recordings of confrence sessions. As for the big thousand dollar+ / attendee confrences no doubt they would find a way to turn it into additional revenue in similar ways they currently do with the conference papers etc.