Desktops and Notebooks: CeBIT 2009 Unfolds as a Diminished Yet Still Imposing Tech Event

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-03 Print this article Print
CeBIT 2009 Unfolds as a Diminished, Yet Still Imposing Tech Event

CeBIT 2009 Unfolds as a Diminished, Yet Still Imposing Tech Event

by Chris Preimesberger in Hannover, Germany
HANNOVER, Germany—This isn't your father's—or even your fatherland's—CeBIT. This isn't at all like 2001, when about 850,000 people crowded the 28 pavilions, attendees crammed into buses and journalists ran for consecutive press conferences. There are no parking delays, there's plenty of space to wander around and there's no problem finding buses or shuttles. The weather was brisk but sunny most of the day on March 3. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany toured the grounds early in the day, causing the biggest stir by far with the crowd. Fewer than a half-million people are expected to be here for the four-day event, about half the attendance of eight years ago. However, there are 4,300 companies on the grounds and plenty of innovative products on view at this still-huge expo. We selected several interesting notebooks and other products for this slide show. Enjoy!
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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