Desktops and Notebooks: CeBIT 2009 Unfolds as a Diminished Yet Still Imposing Tech Event
HANNOVER, GermanyThis isn't your father'sor even your fatherland'sCeBIT. 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!