- Buyers Guide
The Anaheim Connector
Free time is hard to account for during Microwave Week. The IMS, RFIC, ARFTG conferences, the microwave exhibition and the various social events keep most attendees quite busy. This year’s show in Anaheim probably won’t be any different. In order to be more efficient with your time, the staff here at Microwave Journal has compiled a brief guide to help you find your way around town.
Visitors to the city may want to start by getting a quick lay of the land. Both www.anaheimoc.org and www.comevisitanaheim.com provide plenty of information regarding local restaurants, hotels, events and transportation. No trip to Anaheim would be complete without a trip to Disneyland, of course, and http://disneyland.disney.go.com has got you covered with prices, discounts and special events.
There are a couple of good sites that can help you decide where to eat. Both www.anaheim.diningguide.com and www.letseatoc.com/anaheim.htm break down a variety of Anaheim restaurants by location and cuisine. In addition, the new Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk (www.anaheimgardenwalk.com) offers 46 different stores and restaurants for you to choose from.
All Anaheim Tours (www.allanaheimtours.com) provides a great way to see Anaheim and the surrounding area. The company offers bus tours to theme parks like Universal Studios, Sea World and Six Flags Magic Mountain, the cities of Hollywood and Los Angeles, and longer trips to Las Vegas and even the Grand Canyon.
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Good news for baseball fans: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are at home during Microwave Week for games vs. the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners. Incidentally, the Angels will be hosting the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star game. Visit http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com for more information.
Together on Twitter
Join in the fun and social media scene by using the Hashtag (or keyword) #MTTS2010 in your Tweets so everyone can follow the action. The “#” indicates the word is a Hashtag (developed by Hashtags.org) and the text following it is the keyword. At last year’s symposium we had a handful of companies Twittering about the latest product releases, news, social events and happenings on the show floor. We encouraged everyone to use a Hashtag and had a search feed displaying all the Tweets on our Online Show Daily web site. We will be doing the same this year.
If you do not yet have a Twitter account, go to Twitter.com and click “Sign up now.” Pick a username and password and you are good to go. It’s also helpful to upload a picture and complete any other desired profile information.
The Twitter network works even if the user is not at a computer or browsing the Web. Once you are registered, you can connect your mobile phone and instant messenger (IM) account. Go to Settings/Mobile to set up text messaging. There are many free applications for your mobile device that will allow you to send Tweets easily with your mobile device without dialing 40404 to send messages.
Use Twitter to note interesting sessions, new products, social events, good giveaways, interesting demos on the show floor, good restaurants and bars, etc. If everyone does a couple of Tweets a day about favorite (and not so favorite) things that have been found around town, everyone will know where the good restaurants and watering holes are in the area. It will also allow everyone to know in real time the exciting activities that are going on at the show or after hours.
Visit the Microwave Journal web site for the Twitter feed at www.mwjournal.com. Remember to use the Hashtag #MTTS2010 and trace the MWJ staff on Twitter by following David Vye @mwjournal, Pat Hindle @pathindle and Kristen Andersen @KAatMWJ.