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    CES Show Report - Day 1

    Today the largest trade show in the USA, the 2006 International CES technology show got underway in Las Vegas.

    Our day started with a meeting with a PC Magazine reporter. He seemed very impressed with GPO, the Jazz and Big Band and Stradivari Violin libraries.

    Then a quick tour through South Hall to see the latest. Saw the folks at Creative Labs and EMU. It was good to see ICHi and Chris. The new Prodikeys was nifty - a compact hybrid computer keyboard/music keyboard. Write forum posts and make music on the same keyb oard. Creative also announced a wireless webcam that will connect to any wireless network. Now when the forum becomes video enabled we'll be able to view each other.

    I stopped by the Emagin booth. They were showing their new eyebud. It was too crowded to get to try one, but it seems to be one of the hits of the show. The Google booth was extremely popular and packed full of people. They Looked at the new computers at the Dell booth. I stopped by the Nokia booth and saw the new Internet Tablet. Looks like one of these star-trek communicators. Very sweet. Nokia was also showing several new Bluetooth Headsets

    Logitech was showing a cordless keyboard designed for Mac. VoIP was very big this year. Skype announced they were teaming up with six new partners to expand VoIP options

    Back to meetings. I met with SanDisc and discussed USB delivery and Digital Rights Management.

    We then met with Tom White, President and CEO of the MIDI Manufactures Association and we have a very good discussion. We talked bout high-definition MIDI, the future of MIDI and interesting possibilities.

    I then met with people from the Chinese Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. There some good opportunities we will be exploring.

    One of our forum members Jon Fairhurst, who was exhibiting with Sharp, came by. Jon knows a lot about technology (and he wrote quite a bit of music over the holidays). It was good to see him again and we had a good time talking about the forum.

    This was followed by was a meeting with another tech reporter for an Audio magazine. And our last meeting was with a tech writer for CNET. He seemed to know quite a bit about music technology and liked what he heard.

    After the show Sarah invited us to the PC Magazine party at the Bellagio. We met some interesting press people and there was a performance by a few members of Cirque de Soleil.

    There seems to be format wars going on in the DVD arena between HD-DVD (Microsoft, etc.) and Blu-ray (Sony, Apple, etc.). Camps are being formed and this was evident walking the show.

    Convergence seems to again be the theme of the sho w.Lot s of wireless everything, VoIP is very big. Flat panels everywhere. Things that have been discussed for several years are now being actualized in products. Better designs and better prices.

    This technopalooza is a bit overwhelming. I think if one spent all four days walking the show it may not be possible to see everything. I’ll post pictures when I return (the internet connection here is quirky). Looking forward to tomorrow at CES.


    Gary Garritan

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    Thanks for this first report Gary. It all sounds fantastic.
    Michael
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    I then met with people from the Chinese Embassy and Chamber of Commerce. There some good opportunities we will be exploring.
    Like moving a billion copies of GPO? Better put your duplicator on danger money baby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garritan
    ..... Back to meetings. I met with SanDisc and discussed USB delivery and Digital Rights Management.

    Gary Garritan
    Uhhhhoooh ... 'USB delivery and Digital Rights Management.' = dongles .. right . I hope this isn't something you are contemplating for GPO. In my opinion I find them repulsive. This is one of the reasons I opted for Finale over Sibelius (in the early days) and is the main reason I am avoiding Cubase and am going for Sonar.

    Anyway, hopefully it was just a discussion and no more. Sorry if this is the wrong place and time to dive in with this .. I'm sure the moderators will move the post if this is the case. it's just that it sent alarm bells ringing for me personally.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the show.
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    Michael, I wouldn't read anything into it. Gary keeps track of whats going on in the industry. He listens carefully and comes away with lots of usefull information and insight. I think he listens to all concerns...this is a good thing.

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    Thanks for sharing that Gary; nice to get a feel for the show.

    If you pull any sort of deal in China you may well be forced to work only for the enjoyment.....now there's a thought!

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    Re: CES Show Report - Day 1

    Local news had a report on the show. I figure you would be easy to spot wearing your fedora but no such luck.
    Have a happy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    Local news had a report on the show.
    You mean there was time for that between the snow closing reports and the east side shootings?
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    Re: CES Show Report - Day 1

    Quote Originally Posted by Shazbot
    You mean there was time for that between the snow closing reports and the east side shootings?
    Yup, it aired right after the segment on how local historical preservationist are upset that the Seneca Indians are building a new casino on the sight where the old "rat" invested, hazardous, dilapidated, out of business for 20 years, dingy, eye sore HO grain elevators are, were. Part of our historical heritage indeed! Like there’s a long line of tourist waiting to see that mess!
    As for snow ... it's been raining mostly and around 40 degrees except for today. Although, it is to get warmer again and rain by Sunday. A regular tropical paradise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Styxx
    Yup, it aired right after the segment on how local historical preservationist are upset that the Seneca Indians are building a new casino on the sight where the old "rat" invested, hazardous, dilapidated, out of business for 20 years, dingy, eye sore HO grain elevators are, were. Part of our historical heritage indeed! Like there’s a long line of tourist waiting to see that mess!
    Heheh. That sounds like Buffalo for ya... Real progress happenin' there!

    I was just in Bellevue recently, which is sort of a sub-city of Seattle. Now there's a nice lookin' city! If Buffalo could tear down even a small fraction of its old dilapidated buildings and get some new things in there, it would really help a lot. But of course nobody wants to come in there and do business because of the taxes, etc.

    I wanted to name the last band I was in Waterfront 3000, in honor of the date when Buffalo might actually do something useful with its waterfront.

    Yeah, I miss the people, for sure, but I don't really miss the place much. Can you tell?

    Anyway, back on subject here... That eyebud thing looks really cool, but I have this image of many people walking around years from now with eyes crossed and glazed over from watching that all the time. Or worse yet, walking around busy city streets while watching that! It would be amusing to watch, but dangerous, and could start a whole new kind of "road rage". "Hey, watch where you're walking! I'm trying to watch Boobah!"
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