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12
Mar 99
Fri

PC IT 99

This show was supposed to be targetted at the commercial business market, but it turned out to be more orientated towards the home-level consumer. Looking at this convention today, and conventions like it 3 years ago, it really looks much more high-tech and slick. I was going to meet up with a friend at the cafe at 6:30pm. At the entrance, they make you register at a computer terminal, then they print this card with a magnetic stripe on it which contains your particulars. This card is used by the retailers to quickly grab your details (address etc.) – one swipe through a magnetic reader and you’re instantly added to their mailing list. This probably has been around for a while, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it firsthand. Pretty neat stuff.

Anyway it turns out I was quite lucky to find my friend. It turns out that PC IT was staged over three convention halls, each with its own cafe, and somehow, we arrived at the same cafe. Anyway I saw the Orb Drive which was camped right next to Iomega. Interesting comparing the Jaz Drive to the Orb Drive. The Orb is more than twice as cheap as the Jaz, and holds 10% more on one cartridge. The next stop was the Sony stand. I can tell you, it’s no lie when they say they make the best monitors in the world. I took a look at the top of the line 500PS (21″ Platinum series) – the best consumer market monitor available. That thing is simply awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping and drool-inducing.

Then it was a matter of going from booth to booth looking to scab some freebies. At Iomega they were giving away tonnes of these obnoxious devices. Their sole purpose in life is to annoy the hell out of everyone by producing a sharp and loud “click”. So all over the convention centre there was a background noise of constant clicking that got progressively louder as you approached the Iomega stand. They were using the device to promote the “Clik” drive which takes 40Mb disk that’s about a quarter the size of a 3.5 inch floppy (designed for digital cameras and laptops). Intel was chucking away little bunny men at the Pentium 3 stand, but I didn’t get one, which was quite annoying (I do have a Linux penguin sitting on top of my monitor now, however :). Last year Gateway was giving away small cows. One of those would be nice on top of the monitor. Do you have anything interesting on your monitor? Mail me. All in all it was quite a good convention, considering that I got free entry and ended up with a frisbee, a drink bottle, and various other miscellania.