I was just watching the Pop!Tech conference again, and it was eerily like being there. On my home machine, for some reason over less bandwidth, I got a very clear voice and video signal via QuickTime streaming, and blew it up to be full screen. It wasn't much different than sitting halfway back in the opera house last year. I was surprised at how immersive it was. Perhaps next year, they can have satellite conferences with the live stuff beamed in and local networking - that was what I missed. And the ice cream social, of course.