May 8th, 2002 – Hmmm….slow show. I am irritated today for a few reasons. I didn’t sleep well (a common issue in Las Vegas for me) and some stuff came up in conversation with some other people that riled me a bit. Nothing big…I just need to blow it off.
I did get a few toys today and one additional t-shirt (that is too small). One vendor (an acquaintance) I was talking to told me about the ‘local talent’ they hire here to work the shows. It works like this. They hire cute girls from a local agency, teach them a few lines about their product and if questions are asked, the girls redirect the ‘customer’ to an engineer or sales guy. I always suspected this was the case but this confirmed it.
I am again going to submit my request for the computer press to grab the brass ring and move to slam the poor displays. This year, I have seen some outright insulting displays coming from vendors. Too much money being spent on Kelly Bundy look-alike bimbos who leave IT professionals not able to remember the company’s name or product or, worse yet, feeling the company was insulting to their field of expertise.
I am horribly glad the show did allow wireless at this year’s show. I do regret I do not have a cell phone that allows IM since it is not really viable to carry around my laptop and check for instant messages. Maybe by next year, I will have 802.11 running on a handheld PC. Maybe by next year, some other people will bother to show up here.
Well, I think I am off to eat. Maybe Quarks today since I have had Italian the last two nights. If not, who knows.