Once a year, he said, top software programmers from rival software companies from around the world gather at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose, California, for what they term a â€œplugfest.â€
The engineers bring computers and the software programs they are working on and literally plug them together to see how their programs interoperate. â€œWe work around the clock for a week. We torture our machines in the pursuit of interoperability,â€ he told a rapt courtroom.
â€œCan you do this test with Microsoft?â€ Judge Cooke asked.
â€œYes, but they donâ€™t turn up,â€ Tridgell said.