COMDEX 2003

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

COMDEX 2003

The Sunday afternoon pre-opening chaos on this years show floor was as vigorous as ever.

COMDEX 2003

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At Microsofts booth, an army of attendants were being briefed on their mission for the week: We want 50,000 people to go home inspired by what they can do with our products, was the gist of the exhortation.

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COMDEX 2003 - COMDEX 2003 (see caption below)

When you consider that people who go to Comdex are probably opinion leaders for both office and personal IT choices when theyre at home, thats not a bad goal—especially when the company gets to send its most important messages in areas like securit

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COMDEX 2003 - COMDEX 2003 (see caption below)

Security was a good sell, anywhere on the show floor. One exhibit looked a lot like a set from the new TV series Threat Matrix, with SafLink Corp. representatives demonstrating the use of a single Java Card for both physical site access and

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COMDEX 2003 - COMDEX 2003 (see caption below)

The prime show floor space that used to be occupied by an enormous Intel pavilion in a bygone era was shared this year by exhibits from Korea and from Chinas Shenzhen province.

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COMDEX 2003 - COMDEX 2003 (see caption below)

This sign promoting Bangladesh connections seems to be the definitive image of Comdex 2003.

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Another of the shows themes, which goes hand in hand with outsourcing, was productivity aids for the in-house staff who remain. Handy little boxes for cloning hard drives, for example, were typical of the tools that are cheaper today than ever before

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The conference sessions, like the surprisingly large and vigorous panel that AMD assembled to prognosticate the future of ubiquitous 64-bit systems, drew solid crowds even toward the end of each day.

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Comdex still included glitzy demos like the 3-D Looking Glass user interface that Suns Scott McNealy showed at his Monday morning keynote speech.

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The off-floor evening receptions still had great food, good crowds and energetic representatives—often lead engineers and managers—from mid-sized hardware and software firms.

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COMDEX 2003 - Sun Microsystems\ Scott McNealy at COMDEX 2003

Scott McNealys keynote announced a significant Java Desktop initiative in China.

COMDEX 2003 - Sun Microsystems\ Scott McNealy at COMDEX 2003

COMDEX 2003 - AMD\s Hector Ruiz at COMDEX 2003

AMDs Hector Ruiz met with eWEEK Editor in Chief Eric Lundquist to discuss Opteron uptake among enterprise server manufacturers.

COMDEX 2003 - AMD\s Hector Ruiz at COMDEX 2003

COMDEX 2003 - eWEEK\s Eric Lundquist at COMDEX 2003

eWEEK Editor in Chief Eric Lundquist asked AMDs Ruiz if the Sun announcement was the most important development yet for Opteron. Ruiz replied that the most important thing is the accumulating momentum for AMD64, with IBM and Sun now both building Opteron

COMDEX 2003 - eWEEK\s Eric Lundquist at COMDEX 2003

COMDEX 2003 - McNealy and Ruiz at COMDEX 2003

McNealy and Ruiz unveiled Suns first two AMD64 machines during McNealys keynote address.

COMDEX 2003 - McNealy and Ruiz at COMDEX 2003

COMDEX 2003 - Microsoft\s Bill Gates at COMDEX 2003

Bill Gates Sunday night pre-show keynote focused on enterprise themes including administrative tools and security, with a few end-user highlights including Tablet PC improvements—and a video parody of The Matrix in which Steve Ballmer

COMDEX 2003 - Microsoft\s Bill Gates at COMDEX 2003

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And the Eiffel Tower, even at reduced size, is still a beautiful sight to pass while trekking from one evening event to another: partial compensation for what remains, even after downsizing, the most tiring week of the IT year.

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