Everybody knows LSI Corporation as an electronics company based in Milpitas, California, that designs ASICs, host bus adapters, RAID adapters, storage systems, and computer networking products. LSI stands for Large Scale Integration. They were also a very generous sponsor at the front door of IDF – San Francisco this week. LSI provided rickshaw service (Pedicabs) to everyone who attended IDF.

LSI Riksha: Not the Serial Attached SCSI one, but rather a single HP one (HP as in Human Power, not Hewlett Packard or a certain animal ;))
tHE LSI Riksha: Not the Serial Attached SCSI one, but rather a single HP one (HP as in Human Power, not Hewlett Packard or a certain animal kind ;-)

Pedicab drivers tend to be extremely knowledgeable about San Francisco, and can offer lots of useful hints and tips for seeing the city. Whether you’re looking for the best restaurant in town or seeing San Francisco’s famous architecture. A pedicab ride makes it all the more of a memorable San Francisco experience.

Another  great part of these rickshaw rides is privacy. BSN* was invited to take a ride around San Francisco by an elfish analyst who will remain unnamed. He wanted to talk about the ‘dysfunctional company in Silicon Valley?. We asked which one? They said simply type into Google search ‘dysfunctional and HP?. He claimed there will be over ten hits on the first page.

Is this the name for the old HP after the PSG spinoff?
Is this the new name for the old HP after the PSG spinoff? Should appeal to the current head of the comppany

Then they slipped us a new logo for the ‘dysfunctional’ company as well as their new mantra. BSN wonders if HP?s maybe spin-off eighteen months from now will still have enough customers to afford to buy pens and hats for their next trade show entry.

The LSI sponsored rickshaw saved many tired feet when hurrying to another hotel to listen to a future roadmap. BSN writers took advantage of it several times over the four days of IDF.

Our illustrious ed-in-chief Theo is enjoying the ride loaded with all the goodies. Our Senior Analyst Gil Russel is hiding behind Mark, the rihska driver
Our illustrious ed-in-chief Theo is enjoying the ride loaded with all the goodies. Our Senior Analyst Gil Russell is hiding behind Mark, the second riksha/pedicab driver

Our driver Peter said all the rickshaw drivers in San Francisco hold a valid California drivers license and are register with the City of San Francisco as pedicab operators. The bikes themselves are registered like taxis, there are approximately 12 permits for pedicabs spread across two companies. We asked him how much did these pedicabs cost? He said the ones rented by LSI were their deluxe versions and cost about $4,000.

The price list when Golden Gate pedicab operators aren't carrying LSI sponsorship
The price list when Golden Gate pedicab operators aren’t carrying LSI sponsorship

Next  time you are in San Francisco, and it is one of those beautiful sunny  days, take the time for a pedicab ride.
Rates are reasonable for two passengers and the views are unique.