This will be my first ETech, so I'm not really sure what to expect. It's got a reputation as the ultimate nerd-fest, which is a bit intimidating, but means there'll be alot to learn. I'm optimistic that the O'Reilly people seem to be living up to their reputation as framing "the ideas, projects, and technologies lurking just below the mainstream radar." moving away from the straight up "Web 2.0" topics which seem to have moved well up above the mainstream radar by now.
My pals Alex Steffen, David Pescovitz, and Justin Hall are all speaking, & I'm curious to see what JC Herz will reference when she talks aboutWeb Visualization: Beyond RSS Lava Lamps, which will provide "a 90-second blipvert overview of the shiny vizporn and kinetic data sculptures to date [and] why they’re not useful" 🙂