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First Lollapalooza, now this (4, Funny)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510831)

The 90's are truly dead....

Re:First Lollapalooza, now this (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510881)

Did they say where in 2005? offshore perhaps?

Re:First Lollapalooza, now this (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510981)

For me, the best part of the 90s died with Kurt Cobain.

Re:First Lollapalooza, now this (2, Insightful)

lightsaber1 (686686) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511030)

I totally agree. Awesome lineup, and cheap...the Toronto show was sold out long ago (or very close to it IIRC). Oh well, guess I'll have to find something else to do with my time. Comdex has been going downhill since '99 or so anyways. Waiting for the next big trade show to take control.

Oh no! (1)

Pii (1955) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511198)

Has anyone heard about whether or not the AVN awards will follow suit!?

(AVN Awards not linked because I'm at work... Sorry porn fans.)

Re:Oh no! (3, Informative)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511299)

Has anyone heard about whether or not the AVN awards will follow suit!?

You're confusing Comdex with January's CES, which is always the week leading up to the Adult Video News (Porn's Oscars) in Vegas.

(It frightens me that I know this...)

Shame (2, Insightful)

deltwalrus (234362) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510843)

Narrowcasting does in another hallmark of the industry. What's the bet that when it does return, it's a shadow of itsformer self?

Re:Shame (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511397)

What's the bet that when it does return, it's a shadow of itsformer self?

It needs to be a shadow of its former self. The damn show had become un-navigable, sinking beneath its own bloat. Was it a consumer show? A B2B show? There just wasn't enough common ground to bridge everything it tried to be.

Once upon a time, computer use in our lives was fairly niche-ified, and the geek in each company was sort of the tech-ombudsman across the board for all his enterprise's needs. Having a "Computer Show" these days, with tech so pervasively intertwined into every aspect of life, is like having an "Oxygen Show." It all stopped making sense about five years ago...

Smart move (4, Interesting)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510845)

I for one think this is a good move. Regroup and try to make it better than ever for 2005. I've attended the last 3 or 4 and have see it slowly losing the spark it once had.

Re:Smart move (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511153)

It's going to be hard to make it better in this day in age. The internet has pretty much superceded conventions, especially technology based ones.

WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (4, Funny)

heldlikesound (132717) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510850)

This is an outrage, where am I supposed to get my stress balls, beeping rubber balls, and caffeinated mints from this year!!!

Is there a way to bypass the conference go right for the swag?

Re:WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (3, Interesting)

OcabJ (13938) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510877)

The last Comdex I went to was in 2002. The free swag was non-existent. No hot booth girls. Same old product, different year.

I ended up hitting the tables for the rest of the week.

YEEEEEAAAAH!!!

Re:WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (2, Informative)

The Angry Mick (632931) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510987)

Is there a way to bypass the conference go right for the swag?

Yep:

  • Here [thinkgeek.com] or
  • Here [computergear.com].

Of course, you may have to actually pay for the stuff this time . . .

Re:WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511127)

Stop thinking of yourself. Think of all the unskilled tech writers who use Comdex for six month of stories.

Re:WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (4, Funny)

XaviorPenguin (789745) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511197)

Obligatory Red VS Blue [redvsblue.com] Quote by Sarge of the RED Army:

"...And then I want you to collect a bunch of free give-away crap like pens and mousepads and those little squish ball things. I love those little ball things! I had one once, can't remember where I got it. It hardly seems important at this stage.................I shore do like poofy things!"
----Taken from PSA #4 titled "Hey, Time Out"

Re:WHHHAAAATTTT!!!!!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511240)

Is there a way to bypass the conference go right for the swag?
YAYYUHHHH!

OH-KAAAAAY?

Sad . . . (0, Redundant)

harley_frog (650488) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510861)

but not surprising. Attendance for Comdex has been decling for years. Just wonder how long before it disappears entirely.

Re:Sad . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511033)

I think it just did. I doubt it will return.

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510864)

first one

First Post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510865)

My name is Kang, I have a long wang. --Kang Longwang

MS Comdex (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510871)

Comdex will return next year, but named as Microsoft Comdex . I'm not kidding either.

Wow (5, Interesting)

Ag3nt (790820) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510874)

That is interesting, it was cancelled 2 years ago, but was brought back almost a month after its cancellation. I have always looked forward to Comdex and are personally downtrodden that it is gone(for now anyway). Budget issues are always a problem when it comes to huge conventions such as Comdex, Networld Interop, and Brainshare. Renting out a convention center and providing programs and conferences for the attendees can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Especially with times being as they are, I can understand why this event might have been cancelled even though the press release did not cover the reason...

Re:Wow (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511089)

I have always looked forward to Comdex and are personally downtrodden that it is gone

Downtrodden means "oppressed or tyrannized." I think the word you're looking for is "crestfallen" :-)

Re:Wow (1)

dourk (60585) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511214)

Renting out a convention center and providing programs and conferences for the attendees can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Working in the machine tool business, I worked shows at Westec [sme.org] a number of times. Our booth, along with power, water, carpet, etc. was several hundred thou.

And there were many larger booths than ours.

Stupid Juggler Trick (1)

beacher (82033) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511265)

This may be one of those stupid juggler tricks.. Hey! Watch me juggle 9 chainsaws.. and they drop some chainsaws a few times... Then.. a sudden miracle happens and they can do it!! Everyone feels like they've witnessed/ took part in an amazing feat!

Comdex... Cancel once.. resurrected a month later! Yay glad I could take part in what could be "the last one"!

Just once, I'd like to see the chainsaw land on an important part....

Just like I told you in 2001 (0, Troll)

sulli (195030) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510879)

Comdex is dying. [slashdot.org] Or, rather, Comdex is dead.

Which is more Sad? (4, Insightful)

sbowles (602816) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511118)

Trying to figure out which is more sad...

  1. Comdex being cancelled;
  2. The poster referencing his own post from 3 years ago; or
  3. Some Mod not realising that the 3 year old post was a troll like this [slashdot.org] or this [slashdot.org].

Re:Which is more Sad? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511238)

Some Mod not realising that the 3 year old post was a troll like this [slashdot.org] or this [slashdot.org].

Now there's an idea! Slowly seed Slashdot with a whole bunch of X is dying posts for the top 100 companies or products (or even people). Then when one of them finally dies, point to that post as prophetic.

From all the troll posts over the years, I guess this is already prior art.

Comdex is dead (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510887)

because it turned into Windows World.

Re:Comdex is dead (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511112)

And it died because Windows is dying. Has Netcraft confirmed this yet?

A Shame (5, Funny)

cerebralsugar (203167) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510893)

Comdex cancelled , yet geeks dressed up like mr spock live on at star trek conventions. God really is cruel.

Hmmm (4, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510901)

I've got to think the Internet must have played a huge role, too. There isn't nearly as much need to fly across the country and spend thousands of dollars to learn about new products and demo them. Anyway, Las Vegas won't be missing the biggest bunch of cheapskates to tie up tens of thousands of rooms every year.

Since we now have a Comdex story topic and now Comdex, maybe this is a good opportunity to revamp? Adding a Gentoo topic, for example, or a casemod topic?

Re:Hmmm (1)

Ag3nt (790820) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510978)

Although I partially agree with your comment, you can never replace a person to person meeting. Many companies who do major business insist on meeting with their clients to demo a product or discuss improvements/specification or purchasing information. As someone once said, the world is getting smaller. Many people say that before long, you won't ever need to leave your house to work, shop for things, interact. In my opinion though you can't replace in-person interaction...

Re:Hmmm (2, Interesting)

swb (14022) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511181)

But how much interaction and hands-on can you *really* get at a trade show? At the few that I've been to, the best it might get is a backroom at a booth or maybe a hotel meeting room with a more in-depth setup.

Even then, you're unlikely to be buying from the trade show rep, there's likely a sales office/person that represents your geographical area, or maybe you even have to go through a reseller.

Sometimes you get weird inspirations at trade shows simply because there's so much to see, but often it just seems like an excuse for an all-expenses junket on the company dime.

And as we all know, those aren't part of the new economy.

Re:Hmmm (1)

Ag3nt (790820) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511219)

Well from the average person's stand point, I can understand the lack of enthusiasm to attend these conventions. I am biased because my company pays for me to attend and all I do is have private demonstrations and meetings in the back rooms. So I recant my past statement because it only applies to the people who get in for free and are at a predisposition.

Re:Hmmm (3, Interesting)

doormat (63648) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511283)

"Anyway, Las Vegas won't be missing the biggest bunch of cheapskates to tie up tens of thousands of rooms every year."

My dad sells food to the casinos and when I told him he wasnt too happy, even 50,000 people eat a lot of food. At least Defcon [defcon.org] is still around.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#9511289)

Las Vegas won't be missing the biggest bunch of cheapskates to tie up tens of thousands of rooms every year.

Wrong. Everything I've read said that the geeks spent tons on booze, entertainment, and especially strippers, prostitutes, and other "services" of the sexual variety.

What is this, cancellation week? (1)

Arivia (783328) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510910)

Games(Warhammer Online), Festivals(Lollapalooza), and now Comdex? What's next, 3DRealms announcing that nothing ever got done on DNF? Oh, wait...

Security jitters? (4, Insightful)

14erCleaner (745600) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510916)

The article claims that "security jitters" are keeping corporate types from travelling, thus hurting attendance. Is it possible that the TSA's reign of terror [slashdot.org] against airline passengers is more responsible?

Re:Security jitters? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511056)

yet 24,000 people attended Siggraph 2003. Maybe people are just going to shows that have interesting stuff?

No way (3, Informative)

sulli (195030) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511269)

People might give security as an excuse, but it's a big fat lie. It's all about the bucks. Trade shows are simply a waste of money in this day and age.

Won't somebody think of the... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510949)

...booth babes. They gotta eat.

Re:Won't somebody think of the... (5, Funny)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511075)

Booth babes don't eat!

Re:Won't somebody think of the... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511092)

I think that you mean booth babes don't swallow ...

Re:Won't somebody think of the... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#9511399)

No. They do.

Re:Won't somebody think of the... (1)

jkabbe (631234) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511134)

I am more worried about what this will do the adult entertainment business in Vegas. Imagine, thousands of showgirls and prostitutes out of work for a week!

Re:Won't somebody think of the... (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511199)

Nah, cause then they have to purge. This just saves a couple steps.

all trade shows are suffering bad. (4, Insightful)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510950)

I went to Itec not long ago and will never attend again. it was 1/5th the size from 2 years ago and everyone had this desperate "please talk to us" look on their faces at all booths.

shows in general are pretty much useless.. overpriced tickets to see a talk by someone who is going to rehash what they said for free online and you already read, and the schwag has turned into crud.

Re:all trade shows are suffering bad. (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511156)

shows in general are pretty much useless..

How the hell can you say that? For many people the company pays for your ticket and room, you get the hell out of the office for a few days, you get to forget about your usual work, you get to see a different city, and you get to drink a lot.

Who the hell cares whether the actual content of the show is any good?

Re:all trade shows are suffering bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511244)

and that is exactly why the company no longer pay's for anything and will only let you go to a show if it's free you pay your own way.

if there is NOT a benifit to the company, most companies dont want to waste the time... that would rather you change the toner in the printer down the hall codemonkey.

Re:all trade shows are suffering bad. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511259)

Your employer sucks.

Last year we all got sent to Defcon on the company dime. And we got to expense the alcohol.

Too bad we couldn't expense our casino losses.

Re:all trade shows are suffering bad. (2, Informative)

telemonster (605238) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511342)

ITEC shot themselves in the foot. Our local unix users group in Southeastern Virginia participated a year or two ago. We gave out about 400 sets of free linux CDs, had a good attendance and were welcomed by both the visitors and show staff.

Then the next year, cold sholder. "We want to act more like a training event" was the message. ITEC thought they could charge $400 admission and run some educational material to try to clue-i-fy IT managers or something.

Whatever. Garbage in, Garbage out. It was fun the one year.

Re:all trade shows are suffering bad. (1)

Deagol (323173) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511475)

The last trade show I went to was Networld/Interop, back in '97 (I think). Is it still around and how it it doing? Anyone?

I just can't justify the couple of grand trade shows cost my employer, so I don't go in spite of having one trip allocated per admin per year in the budget. I can get the marketing spiel online, as well as archives of booth babe pics (e3girls, anyone? :), so where's the real incentive to even go to trade shows anymore?

Sorta the same reason I don't subscribe to computer rags anymore -- no more added value above and beyond what the internet offers.

Saw this coming (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510982)

Comdex was more than a place for tea and crumpets, it was a place where average Joe IT could come, check out the babeage, get the toys, drool at the pundification, and check out all the cool techtoys to recommend to their bosses. It was the engine of the soul of IT.

About the time of the .dotcom kabloom, Comdex bosses thought they were finally in the uppity ranks, and closed it all off except to 'vips' and other fortune50-exclusive folks. No more parties, just drivle from the big guys. They took out all the reason to go.

Then again, they were innovators in showing the rest of the industry how to commit suicide by banning their customers and throwing away their products. Too bad there's nothing left to part out.

Macworld / WWDC (2, Interesting)

tirefire (724526) | more than 9 years ago | (#9510988)

I don't care what happens as long as I can get my webcast fix of keynotes at Macworld and the WWDC. Anyway, doesn't admission to these kinds of things cost ~$1500? I can see why, at this price, no one would want to go...

Re:Macworld / WWDC (2, Insightful)

dknight (202308) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511398)

You could get out of paying if they thought you were special. Heck, I recieved invitations every single year to attend, and was never expected to pay for it.

Confirmed: Comdex is dying (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9510989)

n/t

but what about ... (0, Redundant)

JSkills (69686) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511005)

Are they going to cancel the Adult Entertainment show they always run in Vegas at the same time as Comdex too?

Once went with my boss... (1)

jekewa (751500) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511163)

I went to all of the Comdex exhibits, he went to the other exhibits after the first hour of looking at Comdex.

I seem to remember we each thought we had a better time than the other. Although, now that I think of it, he had pictures to prove he had a good time...

Re:but what about ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511262)

of course not, The porn industry has a higher market capitalization that the IT Industry.

R.I.P. Comdex 1979 - 1995 (5, Insightful)

oldstrat (87076) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511011)


Comdex lost track sometime in the 90's but the real end was in 1995 when it was sold to Softbank.

It went from being a twice yearly Mecca to being a monthly, or bimonthly travelling international 'Disneyland' for marketing.

Prior to the infiltration by 'Windows World' it had been the hard core contact point for developers, implementors, and users, all feeding and grooming the craft (with the spice of some good natured marketing).

There is a real need for what Comdex was just as there is still a need for the every other year show of photographics at Photokina in Koln Germany.

Let Comdex lay in it's grave, quiet in silent repose, and start something unique and alive in the spitit of the original Comdex.

Reflecting a change in corporate reimbursement? (5, Insightful)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511016)

Does the declining attendance reflect the fact that employers are less willing to waste/invest money sending people to "Gee Whiz" conventions?

-PM

Re:Reflecting a change in corporate reimbursement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#9511442)

No, probably the realization that try as you may, "you cannot polish a turd."

Step #1 (1)

Phillup (317168) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511037)

The first step towards fixing Comdex is to get a good keynote speaker.

Ideally, someone with a clue.

The previous guy was almost always wrong.

Eh, not like we didn't see it coming (2, Interesting)

CarrionBird (589738) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511039)

The IT business is quite fond of eating its young.

In other news, check out the interview with Boucher linked on that page. At least he seems to actually be thinking about these things, instead of just following orders.

Quick! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511053)

Blame it on [choose]MS/Apple/Linux!

Damn!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511070)

Todays headlines are starting to read like its April 1...but its not....scary!!

First Bunnies, Now This (3, Insightful)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511101)

The passing of Comdex kinda reminds me of when the Playboy Clubs in North America closed down back in the early 1980s (I think). It's the passing of an era, which in itself is not a bad thing. Things change and evolve and there's always the next big thing on the horizon.

Comdex was killed by a number of things. The internet makes physically attending shows less necessary. Not only that with so many thousands of IT jobs sent overseas, many of those who might have attended in the past are no longer in IT at all. And the current generation of technology (I know, not well defined) has matured somewhat. There just isn't much in the way of mind blowing, paradigm shifting technologies that demand a Comdex. And heck, the consumer tech oriented shows like CES or E3 are more fun!

Will Comdex really be back? Who knows? I won't cry if it isn't because when the time is right, something new and exciting will arrive on the scene. Afterall, the Playboy Club is still gone, but now we have Hooters! ;-) Buh-dump dump!

Re:First Bunnies, Now This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511210)

Things change and evolve

hmm evolve usually means to get bette adn if you think hooters is better than the playboy clubs then you are mistaken

Re:First Bunnies, Now This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#9511395)

hmm evolve usually means to get bette adn if you think hooters is better than the playboy clubs then you are mistaken

Sadly, the spelling gene seems immune to improvement.

It's about time (3, Insightful)

spidergoat2 (715962) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511129)

Ten years ago, computer shows used to be a lot of fun. Vendors had interesting displays, they had non computer related activities, they handed out lotsa cool wampum (swag). Last five years have been BORING at best. I just stopped going. I can get all the product information I need off the web. If vendors can't provide the carnival enviroment I need to make me want to go, well, fine. Comdex has left the building.

wow... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511167)

This is a major shock to see that they've actually cancelled it. We knew that attendance was declining, but, BAM, cancellation.

It's as if Doom 3 had just come out.

(Well okay, we have a release date. It's like Half-life 2 had just come out.)

Best Linux show (0, Offtopic)

xtronics (259660) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511175)

What is the best or biggest Linux trade show?

Re:I wonder... (1)

theendlessnow (516149) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511348)

Well.. the biggest are the LinuxWorld Expos on the East and West coasts... but the best, IMHO were the early ALS shows.

Re:Best Linux show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#9511391)

Probably LinuxTag http://www.linuxtag.org/2004/index.html

about time (4, Insightful)

mabu (178417) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511213)

I used to exhibit at Comdex in the late 80s and early 90s and it was fun back then, with the exception of the facist Interface Group organization that used to run the thing and would take advantage of everyone they could. Exhibitors would pay years in advance to get a good space and then other people would show up at the last minute with cash and IG would give them premium exhibit space. It was a huge sham. I stopped attending years ago when it got so big that you needed a passport to get from one side of the convention to the other.

I'm sure locals in Vegas are probably thrilled. Most of them hated Comdex anyway.

They can hold it in my garage, no charge !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9511225)

They can hold it in my garage, no charge !!

Sucks for Vegas (1)

pherris (314792) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511273)

Las Vegas will survive (and survive quite well) but this has to hurt. They charged room rates during COMDEX like New Orleans charged for Mardi Gras, a lot of money per night and a minimum stay requirement of up to five days at some properties. Some places were completely booked by just one or two companies.

No COMDEX means a thousands of people will be getting a bit less pay and/or smaller year end bonuses.

I wonder if the 'net played some role in this. I mean some booths had nothing but one or two marketing drones and the rest were temps. I could get better information from a pdf on a web site.

If Comdex truly is an Tech/IT Convention (5, Funny)

debian4life (701155) | more than 9 years ago | (#9511277)

Just hold it in India. What better representation of the Tech/IT industry could there be.

It's dead Jim... (1)

subl33t (739983) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511301)

... it just doesn't accept it yet.

I went to Comdex in Vancouver in 2001. Utter garbage. They could have (should have) set up some kiosks in a mall.

Re:It's dead Jim... (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511402)

Comdex turning into a travelling franchise operation was one of the signs of the end times for them. No company is going to release Earth-shaking news at Comdex Holeinthewall.

Re:It's dead Jim... (2, Funny)

ashitaka (27544) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511412)

This is why Comdex Vancouver hasn't been held since 2002. When the biggest exhibitors are LAN Rack salesmen you know you're in trouble.

and on a side note... (1)

huckda (398277) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511307)

technology stocks rise due to increased productivity during quarter 2 as all Geeks have remained onsite and working during the normal 'Comdex Exodus'.
Once, the only semblance of a vacation these Techno-Junkies attained during their captivity in cube-farm America.

Good! (1)

radiumhahn (631215) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511316)

Now high tech start-ups can spend investment dollars on worthwhile things like "making products people want" and "hiring salespeople to sell them" and god forbid "quality support and documentation"...goodbye to bad garbage. The only thing you get from comdex is a bill and the knowledge of how many strippers will fit on your lap at once. A lot of people squander it and don't learn that second thing.

So Much for "Windex!" (4, Interesting)

Spencerian (465343) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511353)

My problem with Comdex was that it wasn't a particularly attractive show. Because most tech on display was heavily influenced, in my opinion, by Microsoft work, the show got the nickname of Windex. As a result over the years, the less creative Microsoft became, the less interesting the shows became. Fewer people and exhibitors attended, and you see the result.

Sorry, as a Mac tech, I don't do Windows, primarily. Today, in this world where viable alternatives to MS tech are plentiful, other companies are considering Linux, Mac OS X and other UNIX-derived tech and not looking back.

I am not surprised. (4, Interesting)

changa (197280) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511410)


Last year I worked tech at some of the press shows around Comdex and since I hadn't been to Comdex in years I just HAD to make it to the show.

Nothing went right... Time was not in my favor but I managed on my last day to make it to the main show.

With only 6 hours left to my trip I went into the show and saw it all in 2 hours.

At least I had Vegas to check out for the rest of the time.

I never got to go... (1)

SnakeStu (60546) | more than 8 years ago | (#9511501)

I've wanted to go to Comdex for years, but never could swing it time-wise or money-wise. There used to be a local "computer fair" at the University of Washington that I enjoyed going to, but that came to an end some years ago. {sigh} Oddly enough, I had a dream just last night about being at a trade show with my parents and showing them how to find and collect the various freebies...??

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