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Jul 23 2010

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Bars near Moscone Center

Thirsty Bear Brewing Co – 661 Howard St. – 415-974-0905  (.1 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The View – 55 Fourth Street (inside the Marriott, 39th floor) – 415-896-1600 (.2 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Press Club – 20 Yerba Buena Ln – 415-744-5000 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Dave’s – 29 3rd St – 415-495-6726 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
House of Shields
– 39 New Montgomery St – 415-975-8651 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Mad Pianos – 243 O’Farrel St – 415-954-0777 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Gold Dust Lounge – 247 Powell St – 415-397-1695 (.5 mile from Moscone)  (Yelp link)
Johnny Foley’s Irish House – 243 O’Farrell St – 415-954-0777 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Union Square Sports Bar – 115 Mason St – 415-345-8484 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Murphy’s Pub – 217 Kearny St – 415-693-9588 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary St – 415-982-8900 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
83 Proof – 83 1st St – 415-296-8383 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Rickhouse – 246 Kearny St – 415-398-2827 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Irish Bank Bar & Restaurant – 10 Mark Ln – 415-788-7152 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Cantina – 580 Sutter St – 415-398-0195 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Nova Bar & Restaurant – 555 2nd St – 415-543-2282 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Overtime Sports Bar & Grill – 398 7th St – 415-863-1688 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Bloodhound – 1145 Folsom St – 415-863-2840 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Summer Place Cocktail Lounge – 801 Bush St – 415-441-2252 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
EZ5 – 684 Commercial St – 415-362-9321 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Tunnel Top – 601 Bush St – 415-722-6620 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
White Horse Tavern & Restaurant – 635 Sutter St (inside Hotel Beresford) – 415-673-9900 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Pete’s Tavern – 128 King St – 415-817-5040 (.9 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Hole In the Wall Saloon – 1369 Folsom St – 415-431-4695 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Bubble Lounge – 714 Montgomery St – 415-434-4204 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Elephant & Castle – 424 Clay St – 415-268-3900 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club
– 1031 Kearny St – 415-434-1301 (1.1 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Bamboo Hut – 479 Broadway – 415-989-8555 (1.1 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Old Ship Saloon – 298 Pacific Avenue – 415-788-2222 (1.2 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
WISH – 1539 Folsom St – 415-431-1661 (1.2 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Cigar Bars near Moscone Center

Occidental Cigar Club – 471 Pine St. – 415-834-0485 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Cigar Bar & Grill
– 850 Montgomery St. – 415-398-0850 (1 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Grant’s Tobacconist (Cigar shop) – 562 Market St – 415-981-1000 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Humidor (Cigar shop) – 275 Battery St – 415-362-1405 (.9 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Coffee Shops near Moscone Center

Coffee Choice (no wifi) – 300 3rd St – 415-777-3837 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Chatz Roasting Company (no wifi) – 215 2nd St – 415-357-1514 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Peet’s Coffee & Tea (free wifi) – 370 Fourth St – 415-230-3091 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Peet’s Coffee & Tea (free wifi) – 692 Mission St – 415-593-8945 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Peet’s Coffee & Tea (free wifi) – 595 Mission St – 415-495-4323 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Peet’s Coffee & Tea (free wifi) – 845 Market St – 415-979-0106 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Epicenter Cafe (free wifi) – 764 Harrison St – 415-543-5436 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Blue Bottle Coffee Co. (no wifi) – 66 Mint St – 415-495-3394 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks Coffee (free/paid wifi) – 490 Brannan St – 415-974-5926 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (free wifi) – 773 Market St – 415-896-5029 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Organic Coffee Company (paid wifi) – 88 4th St – 415-512-7436 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks Coffee (free/paid wifi) – 74 New Montgomery St – 415-284-0651 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Latte Express (no wifi) – 48 5th St – 415-284-7328 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks (free/paid wifi) – 7 3rd St – 415-979-9530 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Bean Island (no wifi) – 101 4th St – 707-280-8527 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Cable Car Coffee Company (no wifi) – 900 Market St – 415-399-9656 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks Coffee (free/paid wifi) – 120 4th St – 415-284-0579 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Peet’s Coffee & Tea (free wifi) – 101 2nd St – 415-495-4323 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks (free/paid wifi) – 201 3rd St – 415-979-9530 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Tully’s Coffee (no wifi) – 303 2nd St – 415-369-9545 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Starbucks Coffee (free/paid wifi) – 36 2nd St – 415-227-1665 (.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Night Clubs near Moscone Center

Fluid Ultra Lounge – 662 Mission St – 415-615-6888 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Boss Nightclub
– 750 Harrison St – 415-882-4435 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Infusion Lounge – 124 Ellis St – 415-421-8700 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Annie’s Social Club – 917 Folsom St – 415-974-1585 (.4 mile from Moscone)
Mezzanine – 444 Jessie St – 415-625-8880 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Endup – 401 6th St – 415-896-1075 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Suite 181 – 181 Eddy St – 415-345-9900 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Harry Dentons Starlight Room – 450 Powell St – 415-395-8595 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Biscuits & Blues – 401 Mason St – 415-292-2583 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Ruby Skye – 420 Mason St – 415-693-0777 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Slide Lounge – 430 Mason St – 415-421-1916 (.7 mile from Moscone)
The Cellar – 685 Sutter St – 415-441-5678 (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Restaurants near Moscone Center

Steakhouse

Tad’s Steakhouse – 120 Powell St – 415-982-1718 (.4 mile from Moscone)
Morton’s the Steakhouse – 400 Post St – 415-986-5830 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Leatherneck Steakhouse – 609 Sutter St (Inside the The Marines Memorial Club and Hotel) – 415-673-6672 (.8 mile from Moscone)
Bob’s Steak and Chop House – 500 California St – 415-273-3085  (.8 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Alfred’s Steakhouse – 659 Merchant St – 415-781-7058  (.9 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
ACME Chophouse
– 24 Willie Mays Plz – 415-644-0240 (.9 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
5A5 Steak Lounge – 244 Jackson St – 415-989-2539 (1.1 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Epic Roasthouse – 369 The Embarcadero – 415-369-9955 (1.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Seafood

Anchor & Hope – 83 Minna St – 415-501-9100 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion – 575 Mission St – 415-777-0277 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Farallon
– 450 Post St – 415-956-6969 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Sam’s Grill & Seafood Restaurant – 374 Bush St – 415-421-0594 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Plouf
– 40 Belden Place – 415-986-6491 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Waterbar – 399 The Embarcadero S – 415-284-9922 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Waterfront Restaurant – Pier 7, the Embarcadero at Broadway – 415-391-2696 (1.4 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Asian

Osha Thai – 149 2nd St – 415-278-9991 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Tian Sing – 138 Cyril Magnin St – 415-398-1338 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Ponzu – 401 Taylor St – 415-775-7979 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Tommy Toy’s Cuisine Chinoise – 655 Montgomery St – 415-397-4888 (.9 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Mexican

Tropisueno – 75 Yerba Buena Ln – 415-243-0299 (.1 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Del Taco
– 711 Market St – 415-975-0855 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Zazil Coastal Mexican Cuisine – 845 Market St 4th Floor Westfield – 415-495-6379 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Colibri Mexican Bistro – 438 Geary St – 415-440-2737 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Italian

Pazzia Restaurant & Pizzeria – 337 3rd St – 415-512-1693 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Puccini & Pinetti – 129 Ellis St – 415-392-5500 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Kuleto’s Italian Restaurant
– 221 Powell St – 415-397-7720 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Zingari Ristorante – 501 Post St – 415-885-8850  (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Other

B Restaurant and Bar – 720 Howard St – 415-495-9800 (at the Moscone) (Yelp link)
Mel’s Drive-in
– 801 Mission St – 415-227-0793 (.2 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Denny’s – 816 Mission St – 415-243-8800 (.2 mile from Moscone)
Ducca – 50 3rd St (Inside the Westin Hotel) – 415-977-0271 (.3 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant – 251 Geary St, Inside Macy’s, 8th Floor – 415-391-4444 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Just Desserts – 101 4th St – 415-369-6137 (.2 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Seasons Restaurant – 757 Market St (Inside 4 Seasons hotel) – 415-633-3838 (.4 miles from Moscone)
Lori’s Diner – 149 Powell St – 415-677-9999 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Maxfield’s Pied Piper Bar – 2 New Montgomery St (Inside the Palace Hotel) – 415-512-1111 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
John’s Grill – 63 Ellis St – 415-986-0069  (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Cafe Bellini (Bakery) – 865 Market St C46 – 415-348-1075 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Rotunda – 150 Stockton St (Inside Neiman Marcus) – 415-249-2720 (.4 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Salt House – 545 Mission St – 415-543-8900 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
New Delhi Restaurant – 160 Ellis St – 415-397-8470 (.5 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Le Central Bistro – 453 Bush St – 415-391-2233 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Daily Grill – 347 Geary St – 415-616-5000 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Michael Mina – 335 Powell St – 415-397-9222 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Urban Tavern – 333 O’Farrell St – 415-923-4400 (.6 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
21st Amendment Brewery
– 563 Second St – 415-369-0900 (.7 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
– Two Harrison St – 415-243-8246 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
The Royal Exchange – 301 Sacramento St – 415-956-1710 (1.0 mile from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Melt! – 700 Columbus Ave – 415-392-9290 (1.5 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Hard Rock Cafe – Pier 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero – 415-956-2013 (2.0 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)

Shopping near Moscone Center

San Francisco Wine and Spirits – 810 Mission St – 415-541-9644 (.2 mile from Moscone)
Metreon Shopping Center – 101 4th St – 415-369-6000 (.2 miles from Moscone)
Apple Retail Store – 1 Stockton St – 415-392-0202 (.3 miles from Moscone)
Westfield San Francisco Centre – 865 Market St – 415-512-6776 (.4 miles from Moscone)
Napa Valley Winery Exchange – 415 Taylor St – 415-771-2887 (.7 mile from Moscone)
Embarcadero Center – 4 Embarcadero Ctr – 415-772-0700 (1.1 mile from Moscone)
Ghiradelli Square – 900 North Point St – 415-775-5500 (2.2 miles from Moscone)
Pier 39 Shops at Fisherman’s Wharf – Pier 39, The Embarcadero at Beach Street – 415-705-5500 (2.6 miles from Moscone)

Sightseeing/Activites

49 Mile Scenic Drive – (Route map) (Wiki) (Google map of route)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
– 151 Third St – 415-357-4000 (.2 miles from Moscone)
Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals
– 689A Bryant St – 415-495-2774 (.6 mile from Moscone)
Chinatown (1.1 mile from Moscone)
Eaglerider Motorcycle Rentals – 1060 Bryant St – 310-536-6777 (1.2 mile from Moscone)
Coit Tower – 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd – 415-362-0808 (1.7 miles from Moscone) (Yelp link)
Lombard Street (World’s Crookedest Street) – 1000 Lombard St – (1.9 miles from Moscone)
Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours – 1325 Columbus Avenue – 415-346-2453 (2.0 miles from Moscone)
Aquatic Park Historic District – Pier 39, The Embarcadero at Beach Street (2.0 miles from Moscone) (Yelp review)
Segway and Electric Bike Tours
– 757 Beach Street – 415-474-3130 (2.2 miles from Moscone)
Alcatraz Island Tours & Cruises
– Pier 33, Hornblower Alcatraz Landing – 415-981-7625 – (2.4 miles from Moscone)
Aquarium of the Bay – Pier 39, The Embarcadero at Beach Street – 415-623-5300 (2.6 miles from Moscone)
Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruises
– Pier 39, The Embarcadero at Beach Street – 415-705-8200 (2.6 miles from Moscone)
Rocket Boat Cruise of the Bay – see above info
Red and White Fleet Bay Cruises – Pier 43 1/2, Taylor Street & The Embarcadero – 415-673-2900 (3.0 miles from Moscone)
World War II Submarine USS Pampanito – Pier 45, Taylor Street & The Embarcadero – 415-775-1943 (3.0 miles from Moscone)
California Academy of Sciences – 55 Music Concourse Dr, Golden Gate Park – 415-379-8000 (3.7 miles from Moscone)
Golden Gate Park Skate & Bike – 3038 Fulton Street – 415-668-1117 (4.0 miles from Moscone)
Presidio Golf Course
– 300 Finley Road – 415-561-4653 (4.3 miles from Moscone)
Golden Gate Park – (Park map) (4.7 miles from Moscone)
Presidio Park – (Park map) (5.3 miles from Moscone)
Twin Peaks – Twin Peaks Blvd (5.1 miles from Moscone)
China Beach490 Sea Cliff Ave (6.0 miles from Moscone) (Yelp review)
Golden Gate Bridge – US 101 North – (6.1 miles from Moscone)
Ocean BeachFulton St & Great Highway (6.9 miles from Moscone) (Yelp review)
Baker BeachGibson Rd – (7.2 miles from Moscone) (Yelp review)
Sausalito – US 101 North to Alexander Ave (10.1 miles from Moscone)
San Francisco Zoo – 1 Zoo Road – 415-753-7080 (11.2 miles from Moscone)
USS Hornet Museum
– 707 W Hornet Ave,  Alameda, CA – 510-521-8448 (13.6 miles from Moscone)
Muir Woods
– 1 Muir Woods Road,  Mill Valley, CA (17.1 miles from Moscone)
Stinson Beach – 1 Calle Del Sierra, Stinson Beach, CA (24.2 miles from Moscone) (Yelp review)

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Jul 23 2010

Justification

Not going to VMworld this year? (Youtube video)
Convince your boss letter (VMware)
Sample letter for justifying VMworld to your manager (Virtualization Pro)
Why attend VMworld during financial crisis? (Virtual Future)
Attend VMworld 2009 (Musings of Rodos)
VMworld, just be there! (Yellow Bricks)
VMworld 2009 (The Lone Sysadmin)
Why attend VMworld? (VMworld blog)

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Jul 23 2010

Best of VMworld Awards Links

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Jul 22 2010

.VMworld 2010 Index

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Best of VMworld AwardsConference InfoConference Recaps – CoverageDay 0 (Sunday)Day 1 (Monday)Day 2 (Tuesday) – Day 3 (Wednesday) – Day 4 (Thursday) – JustificationMiscellaneousMultimedia (Audio/Videos/ Pictures)PartiesPre-conference Sessions & LabsThings to do in SFTravel Info – Vendor Announcements

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May 24 2010

Please consider voting for my VMworld sessions

I have 2 sessions in consideration for VMworld 2010 in the Virtualization 101 track. The first is a deep-dive session on vSphere features, I’m the curious type and always have to know how things work behind the scenes. As a result I do a lot of research trying to figure out the technical magic behind features like VMDirectPath, VMCI, Fault Tolerance, DVFS, etc. Once I have a firm understanding of how things work I can better explain it to everyone else so they can understand it as well without having to do all the work I did to find out. The second session is on home labs and small vSphere environments. I’ve had a lot of experience recently with different home lab configurations and done a lot of research on supported configurations, hardware and shared storage options. I’ve gone from building a powerful desktop to use with VMware Workstation and running ESX/ESXi as VMs to using low-cost brand name servers running ESX/ESXi bare metal. For a pretty affordable price I’ve built a pretty cool lab that any VMware admin would enjoy having. So if you’d like to hear more about either topic head on over to the VMworld website and vote for me.

Vote here: http://vmworld.com/community/conferences/2010/cfpvote/v101

Title: Deep Dive on Virtualization – How stuff works in virtualization
Session Id: V18268
Abstract: You may use virtualization everyday but do you really understand how everything works behind the scenes? This session will provide deep dives into the many features of virtualization so you may better understand them and be able to use them more effectively. In this session we will cover things like paravirtualization, hardware virtualization (CPU & chipsets), VMDirectPath, Trusted Platform Module, Dynamic Voltage Frequency Scaling, VMCI, CBT, snapshots, ESXi anatomy, virtual machine anatomy (hardware/files) and more. This session will provide a better understanding of some of the more complex features of vSphere and those that rely on specific server hardware. Attendees will learn the mechanics behind these features with technical deep dives that go beyond the product documentation which only tells you how to use them and not how they work or why you should use them. For those that are curious about how everything works in virtualization this session will give you a much better understanding of the technology so when you go to use a feature you will know exactly what is happening, requirements and the benefits of the feature. In addition the deep dives into the anatomy of ESXi & VM’s will provide you with information that will allow you to more effectively troubleshoot and administer them.
Type: Breakout Session
Track:Virtualization 101
Speaker: Eric Siebert Company: Boston Market
Title: Building an affordable vSphere environment for a lab or small business
Session Id:V18328
Abstract:“This session will cover how to build a vSphere home lab or an environment for use in a small business. It will cover the following areas: 1) How to choose the hardware, including white box hardware, brand name hardware, network components and storage 2) What the hardware compatibility guide means and the consequences of using unsupported hardware 3) Making sure the hardware you choose will work with vSphere 4) Using VMware Workstation to run nested hypervisors and virtual machines 5) Using ESX or ESXi to run nested hypervisors or virtual machines 6) Installing ESXi on to a USB flash drive 7) How to choose and use affordable shared storage devices 8) Using free ESXi and free administration tools to manage it 9) Using the affordable Essentials editions to gain big features at a reduced cost 10) Putting it all together to make a virtual environment”
Type: Breakout Session
Track:Virtualization 101
Speaker: Eric Siebert Company: Boston Market
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