Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trade Show Blues


Well, black-and-whites at least.

Spent the entire day yesterday at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose. This is one of those shows that has been progressively going downhill over the past few years, to the point where we decided to appear only on partner's stands and to nix having our own space. Turned out to be a very wise decision, and has likely set a trend that many others will follow next year.

Attendance was down significantly, and for large swathes of time there were more people staffing the booths than there were visiting them.

Nothing really new from the vendors, nothing very exciting on the conference program. And please, don't get me started on the $9 chicken Cesar salad that had 5 - and yes, I counted them, 5 - very small cubes of chicken in it, or the $14 cheeseburger-plus-a-drink tab.

On the plus side, though, I did get the above picture.

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