An Intel representative takes mobile computing to heart at the old Exhibition Buildings
|Then there was the year when I discovered the I.T. wave -- a quick hand to the breast pocket or hip at the sound of a mobile phone. A ringing phone created a pavlovian response that would have gladdened any researcher's heart. Nowadays it's the I.T. lip curl, when the sound of a phone making a tinny approximation of a major classical piece (or happy birthday, or whatever) generates a mass, silent condemnation from superior beings who chose a more business-like tone.
The PC Show gave birth to the PC Home Show, and mercifully we were free to walk the aisles of the show without ankle-bitters pushing about underfoot and acne-faced delinquents fdisking hard drives. The year Harvey Norman came to town, and the home show was close to Christmas was a favourite. Lots of stuff to impulse-buy, lots of people around, lots of bright activity. But they sold the rights to the show and it hasn't been seen since.
This year, the powers-that-be rolled Interact (a sort of Internet/e-business trade show) and the PC Show in together. It was at the new home for exhibitions, the Melbourne Convention Centre, affectionately known as Jeff's Shed. It's a big, bold building beside the river and opposite the food court of the Crown Casino. Terry Frost and I took advantage of the location to have a Yum Cha lunch. The problem with Jeff's Shed is that it's long and hard. Stay with me here -- the PC Show is inevitably at the end away from the public transport and after hiking down to the entry, the visitor must then walk the aisles on rigid, unforgiving concrete. It's a venue that is very hard on the feet, comfy shoes are a must.
What did I love at the show? Well, I narrowly escaped buying a Canon flat-bed scanner, but that's only because I wanted to wait and talk to the PR person. I was hoping to pick up a Gateway monitor to replace my sickly equipment, but I missed my contact. I LOVED another scanner the size and shape of an electric stapler that scanner transparencies and negatives. And if any of you want to really buy me the Christmas pressie to end all pressies, I'll have the Microtek scanner with the sliding drawer that takes different sizes of trannies and scans directly. Thousands of dollars, of course, but worth it for a professional.
What I ended up with was a webcam (web camera). I was told the best option is attached to a capture card, next best is USB and least quality is through a parallel port. So I picked up a little dohickey was a capture card so Terry and I could test out Internet Commsuite. Then we found it wouldn't work with Terry's chip set. Sigh.
We had a bit of fun trying to get review copies of software from people who couldn't speak English, and watched a couple of suppliers' staff members tormenting one another in a way the general attendees would notice. This is the thing with the shows, the same people turn up every year. The PC Show you go to isn't the one I attend, and the one I attend isn't like the one the PR people or the Exhibition Services people or the Vendors attend. It's a very subjective thing, but we have fun meeting up with familiar and new journos, and visiting people who have been at the same stand for years (or have swapped to a rival).
|Over the next few months we'll be writing up the products that we sourced at the show. Watch out for them.|
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