Well, things are moving forward on the STOC 2009 PC front. I think the committee is just about finalized; more about that in a future post.
The next big question is what software to use for paper submission and reviewing. The last several conferences I've been involved with used easychair, which I view as OK from the PC committee member side of things. Adequate, but not great.
Of course, now I'm viewing things as a PC chair, which feels somewhat different. The first priority is that it makes automated tasks easy, to save me (and the committee) time. The second (although related) priority is that there is some mechanism to easily get the data out -- preferably in some sort of tab-delimited text type way -- so that I can process it as necessary. I'd like this both so I can process information as I see fit, and so I can deal effectively with any emergencies that arise by managing the data myself. The third priority is a reasonable amount of flexibility. Finally, I'd like it easy enough that a minimally trained monkey can use it. I don't know how easychair performs in these respects.
Obviously, I'm asking too much. But I'm eager to take suggestions, both from people who have run conferences and from reviewers who just have software preferences.