CES to be a snore?

Seagate gets out in front of CES news with announcements that a terabyte hard drive is coming. It’s on top of TechMeme.

If you told me six months ago that Seagate would be on top of TechMeme the last working day before CES I would have said you’re drinking better Merlot than I was. Heheh. But, Seagate is a great company to work with, has a lot of fun making something that most of us don’t really spend too much time thinking about, I greatly appreciate their continued support of the ScobleShow, and their products rock and are getting more and more important especially to those of us who’ve bought new digital SLRs and new HD camcorders.

But, that sort of plays into the next point. Is a hard drive going to be the sexiest thing to come out of this year’s CES? Michael Gartenberg seems to think so (Dave Winer also comments). Now, one thing you gotta know about Michael: he’s already seen most of the cool stuff from both the CES show and the Apple side of the fence. He’s an analyst and, to boot, he’s a gadget freak with relationships inside the big companies that are far better than mine are.

So, I’m reading between the lines a little bit when I read his post, but he’s been pretty consistent on sending these “unspoken signals” through his blog and they’ve been pretty accurate. Remember when I was too excited about what’d come from the Apple World Wide Developer Conference? He sent a signal that I was wrong. He ended up being right and my sources were too exuberant (everything they told me about did end up shipping, but they were off on their timing).

What that all means is that Michael is sending gestures to us that Apple is going to have some significant announcements next week that’ll make the rest of us at CES talk. We’ll see if my reading of his gestures are accurate.

As to Dave Winer: CES is a pain in the behind (I still remember the two-hour taxi line last year at 1 a.m. in the morning when I arrived), but there’s a couple of things that make it interesting. First, it’s the only place where you can see almost all the consumer electronics. If you’re looking for a surround sound system (as I know Dave is) this is the place to do it.

Also, because of the sheer size it draws in tons of interesting people. The most time I spent with Doc Searls, for instance, last year, was at last year’s CES. This year is looking a LOT better than last year’s CES on that front.

We’re very fortune to have more than our fair share who say they’ll be at the BlogHaus (more than 100 bloggers, at last count). Hope to see you there! Regarding the BlogHaus, I’ll be emailing today an update to everyone on my attendee list, but if you miss that, the update is here. Next week my cell phone is 425-205-1921 in case you wanna meet up (my schedule through Tuesday, though, is really packed).

Monday night, at 9 p.m., though, the CEO of Seagate, Bill Watkins, will be in the BlogHaus — hope to see you there. If you want to come to the BlogHaus, you need to get on our list or else you won’t be able to get up to our suite, sorry.

Comments

  1. Michael Gartenberg is in on what from the Apple side of the fence? Somehow, I think..”Nothing yet” describes it well. Mossberg, maybe.

    And dude, shopping for surround sound at a tech show? Yah, THERE’S the place to really hear a sound system…surrounded by tens of thousands of people and other noisemakers. Dave would be better off picking brand names at CES, then going home and listening to them properly.

  2. Michael Gartenberg is in on what from the Apple side of the fence? Somehow, I think..”Nothing yet” describes it well. Mossberg, maybe.

    And dude, shopping for surround sound at a tech show? Yah, THERE’S the place to really hear a sound system…surrounded by tens of thousands of people and other noisemakers. Dave would be better off picking brand names at CES, then going home and listening to them properly.

  3. All I know is I saw the 1 tb announcements today and started drooling. I keep picturing relacing my three 400gb drives in my Media Center with three 1tb drives. Pure video storing sweatness! :-)

  4. All I know is I saw the 1 tb announcements today and started drooling. I keep picturing relacing my three 400gb drives in my Media Center with three 1tb drives. Pure video storing sweatness! :-)

  5. John: most stereo manufacturers at CES have their own listening rooms that are soundproofed (or are in hotel suites).

    It’s — by far — the best place to come and get a sense of what’s out there in home entertainment equipment.

    Have you ever been? This was true even back in the 1980s. I carried my CDs from hotel suite to hotel suite.

    The problem with stores is they never have their equipment setup properly and they only carry three or four brands so comparing is VERY difficult at stores. Not so at CES.

  6. John: most stereo manufacturers at CES have their own listening rooms that are soundproofed (or are in hotel suites).

    It’s — by far — the best place to come and get a sense of what’s out there in home entertainment equipment.

    Have you ever been? This was true even back in the 1980s. I carried my CDs from hotel suite to hotel suite.

    The problem with stores is they never have their equipment setup properly and they only carry three or four brands so comparing is VERY difficult at stores. Not so at CES.

  7. John: Michael gets briefed ahead of time by the Apple folks. He’ll never talk about it, though, but you’ll see his quotes show up in articles. Just because bloggers don’t get early looks at Apple stuff doesn’t mean analysts and “professional” press don’t.

  8. John: Michael gets briefed ahead of time by the Apple folks. He’ll never talk about it, though, but you’ll see his quotes show up in articles. Just because bloggers don’t get early looks at Apple stuff doesn’t mean analysts and “professional” press don’t.

  9. I don’t mean to be spamming the comments here or anything, but the company I work for, Klipsch Audio Technologies, is going to be there and I’m pretty sure we have listening rooms built into our booth. The computer renderings I’ve seen of our booth look massive. I’m sure the Marketing dept. has other things planned, but I have no idea what.

    But yeah, a lot of home entertainment companies have sound-proof listening areas set up in their booths or off-site.

    I wish I could go to CES but the webmaster seems to always gets left at home. Oh well.

  10. I don’t mean to be spamming the comments here or anything, but the company I work for, Klipsch Audio Technologies, is going to be there and I’m pretty sure we have listening rooms built into our booth. The computer renderings I’ve seen of our booth look massive. I’m sure the Marketing dept. has other things planned, but I have no idea what.

    But yeah, a lot of home entertainment companies have sound-proof listening areas set up in their booths or off-site.

    I wish I could go to CES but the webmaster seems to always gets left at home. Oh well.

  11. And, yet, Michael says you are interpreting his comments incorrectly, Scoble.

    You should read his blog more often or summin’.

  12. And, yet, Michael says you are interpreting his comments incorrectly, Scoble.

    You should read his blog more often or summin’.

  13. “Also, because of the sheer size it draws in tons of interesting people.”

    That’s an argument I made a few times on other blogs, but it’s really the key take-away for me for this year’s CES…

    It’s the people, studid!

    Whatever the event, big or small, the most interesting things has always been the people I got a chance to meet.

    In this regard, the idea of having a bloghaus at CES is really neat… Thanks!

  14. “Also, because of the sheer size it draws in tons of interesting people.”

    That’s an argument I made a few times on other blogs, but it’s really the key take-away for me for this year’s CES…

    It’s the people, studid!

    Whatever the event, big or small, the most interesting things has always been the people I got a chance to meet.

    In this regard, the idea of having a bloghaus at CES is really neat… Thanks!

  15. Um, CES will be ignored, obviously.

    Let’s see.. Steve Jobs or…. huh? Terabytes? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    In other news, Windows will launch it’s… Vista marketing, as Steve Jobs pushes MS back another 5 years with the Leopard unveiling…

  16. Um, CES will be ignored, obviously.

    Let’s see.. Steve Jobs or…. huh? Terabytes? zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    In other news, Windows will launch it’s… Vista marketing, as Steve Jobs pushes MS back another 5 years with the Leopard unveiling…