Trade shows are boring

Dave Winer only told you half the story when he said I said that CES was boring. It was boring. Why? Cause I read about all the cool stuff on Engadget before I saw it in person — even my cool “find” the Celestron SkyScout was covered on Engadget two weeks before CES. Tradeshows are really pretty boring for the most part. You walk up and down the aisles, occassionally seeing something interesting. You walk over, and get pitched. Then they try to give you stuff. I have a rule, that I told Patrick “I don’t take anything from anyone.” Why? Cause then you have to carry it around.

MacWorld is even more boring. Why? It’s like one big booth surrounded by lots of small ones. The Samsung booth at CES was three times the size of the biggest booth here and Samsung wasn’t the biggest booth at CES. The scale at CES is something you simply can’t explain on a blog. The scale here at MacWorld can be explained by “it all fits in the Moscone Center.”

Somethings don’t change between CES or MacWorld, though, the Microsoft booth was packed here too (although I could get in and talk with employees, which totally was different from CES). The booths here at MacWorld are a LOT smaller and a LOT less crowded than at CES. Another difference? I got a parking space right across the street. At CES I had to wait in a one-hour taxi line just to get to the show.

Another difference? We saw almost the entire show floor here in a few hours. At CES? You can’t even see 1/10 the show in the same amount of time (and I never saw the entire CES, despite walking around it for three hours).

Another difference? You had to pay to get into MacWorld. Damn. $45. CES was free (and had a LOT more to see).

Lots of surprises at MacWorld

It’s been a day of surprises at MacWorld.

First, Dave Winer, at breakfast, told Patrick “this is your lucky day, I’m buying you a Mac.” Wow. Patrick is in heaven. We’ll do a podcast later. Sort of a Mac vs. Tablet PC kind of debate. Mine is black. His is white. We’re dressed the same. The Channel 9 guy has been visiting MacWorld.

Second, Shel Israel called me during lunch and said “our book is in stock at Amazon.” Awesome, you can buy your copy now. Go, we’ll wait. :-)

Third, Phillip Torrone called me up and said “let’s hang out.” Which we’re doing at the Metreon right now. All four of us are sharing his EVDO link.

Tokash amazed by per-app audio (and FeedLounge)

The evening started out skeptical enough. John Tokash, director of software development at Homestead Technologies, wrote me with a list of troubles he’s having with Windows Vista. He also wrote me some of the things he liked and asked “what else is there?” I gave him a short list, one of which included per-application audio settings. He went nuts!

I just realized that the power of my evangelism is simply journalistic work. I go around to the teams and ask them what they are doing, they tell me, and then when people ask me what’s cool in Windows Vista, I just tell them. Long way of saying that I hung out for an hour with Steve Ball and Larry Osterman and a few others and got the skinny on per-app audio.

Oh, and John isn’t just raving about Vista, he got a look at FeedLounge, a new RSS aggregator that’s launching on Monday, and he says it’s worth a look.