Off to CES…

We’re going to be streaming live from the CES bus. Mogulus is streaming (starts at around 1 p.m. today Pacific Time — our bus ride will take at least eight hours, so come join us this afternoon). I’m using my cell phone over at Qik too (they just shipped me a new version that lets me deliver really high resolution while we’re on a 3G network). I’ll be doing a lot of little live snippets on my cell phone. And, of course, I’ll be on Twitter and Seesmic too.

For those of you coming to CES, there’s a bunch of events listed on Yahoo’s Upcoming Events page for CES2008.

How to survive CES 2008 without getting off the couch

OK, first, for those unlucky few that are going to CES (Consumer Electronics Show, aka “big gadget fest of the year”) for some reason, here’s some good posts to help you prepare:

1. Paul Kedrosky tracked how much higher the hotel prices are.
2. There’s a few events for bloggers, too.
3. Michael Gartenberg says to bring good socks AND listen to Jeremy Toeman’s advice.
4. M3 Sweatt works at Microsoft and has lots of good advice.

My advice? Stay home and avoid the two-hour taxi lines.

Here’s how.

First, if you’re one of two people who don’t addictively visit Engadget and Gizmodo every 15 minutes you should start. Now.

They are already going nuts with CES pictures, vids, rumors, and more.

I heard that Engadget has more than 10 people walking the floor for you. Why? So you don’t have to!

In fact, last year I kept Engadget on my cell phone WHILE I was walking the show floor. Why? Those crazy people find all the cool stuff and then when you see it on Engadget you rush over to get your hands on the cool geeky toy.

But, don’t stop with Engadget and Gizmodo. There are a ton of other sites that are going to be at CES too.

Here’s some:

1. CrunchGear.
2. GearLive. (Uploaded hundreds of videos last year alone — all from the BlogHaus).
3. SlashGear.
4. PCMag.
5. CNET News.com.
6. Geek News Central.
7. G4TV.

I’m sure there are many others. You can use Google News to follow CES news, for instance. But, here’s your chance. If you’re going to CES and want people to know about your coverage, post a link here!

Other ways to survive CES without getting off the couch?

1. Drink lots of beer. It helps you get through all the stupid gadget PR posts.
2. Get multiple screens. That way you can watch all the interminable streaming video (yes, I’m going to be doing live video from around Las Vegas too) and you can see if anything gets interesting without reducing your productivity too much.
3. Make sure you don’t miss all the CES Keynotes. It’s Bill Gates last CES. They are usually on in the evenings. I’ll post the URLs of the keynotes when I learn them (if I can).
4. Follow Twitter. Use a Twitter search engine to follow CES. If that one doesn’t work, try this one.
5. Have credit card ready so you can be first to Amazon.com.
6. If you can’t afford to buy new toys tell all your friends you’re waiting until next week to see what Steve Jobs is bringing out at MacWorld.

Anyway, good luck, and let us know how gadget week is going.

For me it starts tomorrow with an interview with Doug Engelbart. Inventor of the mouse. Among other things. We’ll be streaming that live sometime after 2 p.m. Pacific Time and we’ll use that same URL to stream live video from the CES Media Center Express starting Saturday morning at about 10 a.m. (Pacific) and all week long will be updated with both live and recorded video (if we can get a cell or wifi connection we’ll stream live video from the show floor).

The Blue Monster CES express

I wonder if, when Hugh Macleod started drawing little cartoons on the backs of business cards that he ever expected that one of them would be on the side of a bus? Can a bus be a “social object?” (That’s Hugh’s term for making something interesting enough to talk about. For instance, a bus? Not interesting. A blue monster express? Interesting!)

We’ll be driving this bus from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas on Saturday, January 5. We’ll have lots of streaming video and all that with tons of interesting bloggers and other people. Mogulus is helping Rocky and me produce a live video show from the bus too.

The bus will also be driving bloggers around CES during the show, especially between the main hall and the BlogHaus.

Who'll have the biggest CES news?

Kara Swisher is angling for seats at Jerry Yang’s keynote at CES in January. Just kidding, I’m sure she’ll get iin.

Last year the guy with the biggest news at CES wasn’t even AT CES. Heh. Steve Jobs is brilliant.

Unfortunately for him this year MacWorld and CES aren’t at the same time, so that means that CES’s keynotes will actually get discussed on blogs.

So, who’ll have the best keynote? Jerry Yang? Or General Motors’ CES keynoter, CEO Rick Wagener? I’m thinking General Motors might just be more interesting. Why? Did you know that BMW is charging $400 for a freaking iPod cable connector that cost them a dollar or two to make?

GM can totally change that for millions of its customers.

I want a car with a hard drive built in that gets music off of my home network while parked in my garage (which already has wifi).

Hope GM does it.

Oh, and if you’re going to CES, make sure you signup for and come to the Seagate/PodTech BlogHaus. It WILL sell out this year and those who signup on Upcoming.org will get first dibs on tickets. We’ll have lots of news of our own there.