Computex 2007: Cases

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June 13, 2007 by Mike Chin

It's been impossible not to get wet during Computex. June is the start of the rainy season in Taiwan, and in all three of my visits to Taipei for Computex thus far, the rain has been infallible. This time around, it was pouring when I arrived two nights before the official start of the show, and it rained almost incessantly all through the week. Most of the time, it wasn't anything like the drizzle of the Pacific Northwest; it was a pelting downpour. With some 150,000 visitors (or thereabouts, I am told) adding to the already congested streets, getting around was a nightmare. All for the mecca of the second largest IT trade event in the world.

This view from the plane window moments before landing gave a hint of what was to come for the rest of the week in Taipei

There's no attempt here to bring you a coherent story. But there are innmuerable snippets and images, perhaps even a bit of video footage. In this report, we focus mostly on cases. We start with the show floor at hall one...

From the top floor of the main hall of Taipei's convention center: It shows perhaps 10% of the area in this hall. There were four other halls of booths and several floors of company show suites at the adjacent Grand Hyatt Hotel.

A view from near the top of Taipei 101, technically, the tallest building in the world, where Intel likes to do press conferences during Computex. All the views are spectacular from this high up.

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