CES for us is as much about seeing vendors as it is seeing friends and colleagues. We had a great time and made some great contacts. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of WHS talk on the show floor. I think we did more evangelizing of the product than the vendors did but I expected as much.
We did tons of video this year. If you follow Twitter you are very aware of that aren't you?!!! I apologize for all the tweet blasts when we were recording but it was a blast to do it and the vendors really enjoyed the method that Jim and I chose this year. In past years we brought all the video home and cleaned it up for YouTube and some of the pizazz was lost with the time that elapsed. This year the video was live and automatically uploaded to YouTube. It's raw and viral looking but it allowed readers to be on the show floor with us.
The keynote broadcast and live blog was a huge success as well. In total we had 240 different people watch some or all of the live broadcast and the chat stream in uStream and TDL's live blogging app was a blast to participate in. I thank you for making that a success. I want to share a few photos with you of some sights here at CES. We all get caught up in the products and I always try to photograph some of the fun parts of the show.
Lastly, a big thank you to all my friends for making this a CES to remember. TDL, UWHS, BYOB, HSS, WGS, etc. Wives included! It was great to see you again.
Here is the infamous miss-labeled sign depicting Windows 7 Home Server. The second shot shows the corrected sign.
This is what the Microsoft booth looked like all day long! It was crazy busy. The only Windows Home Server was nestled under all the cool new tablets so I’m wondering if the general public even noticed it. The second shot is an after hours look at the display minus the crowd.
More booth shots after hours. Windows Phone 7 had a huge presence and there were some cool Kinect stations where you could watch people interacting with the various Kinect games.
Blink and you might miss the Core i5 next gen she is holding. Good shot of the Kinect booths in the back.
Here is a gallery of our coverage of the keynote speech by Steve Ballmer. We are in a hallway on the floor borrowing power and wi-fi. In the shots are Ian and Garry of TheDigitalLifestyle.com. The last shot is a look at the chatroom and twitter feed I was monitoring during the keynote. It was an absolute blast covering this with everybody viewing and chatting.
BYOB in the pressroom and in the press hallway. First photo left to right: Timothy Daleo, Mike Faucher, Michael Martis. Second photo: Jim, Michael, Tim.
ioMega’s motto. I wish I had thought of this one!
Press room and party time! How come I’m always taking the picture?
Jim was everywhere. The first shot is of Jim and his hero ironman competitors. They were fun to talk with. Second shot is Mario from Drobo. Then it’s Jim and one of the many tablets vying for attention at CES. The last one? I’m not real sure what Jim is trying to do to this oversized access point. Perhaps hack into it with his phone/battery combo?
Day one loot.
Your typical Vegas shots from the low end to the high end. Classic sign, “If it’s in stock, we have it!”
And last but not least….Mr. Edney.