Today in Las Vegas, hundreds of thousands of people have gathered for the next 3 days for the 2006 CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, the technology industry’s annual orgy of self-congratulation. In 1992, I attended Comdex, the predecessor to this event, and in that year there were 140,000 people in attendance. Comdex has since gone by the wayside, but a rose by any other name, blah, blah, blah.
Why, you may wonder, would anyone want to go to the expense and trouble to be in such a mass of humanity? The answer is that most of us, myself included, are fascinated about what the future holds in the area of technology. I confess it is intoxicating.
Last night, Bill Gates gave the pre-conference keynote speech and that is available online here. Although this video will be more enjoyable if you have a broadband connection, it is also available for those of you with a 56K connection. You’ll just have to wait a bit longer for the download. The focus of Mr. Gates’ presentation is the new Windows operating system, called Vista.
Being able to see this presentation on my PC here at home is a much better way to “attend” this event than having to go to Las Vegas for it. It’s much easier to sit here in the comfort of my home and watch the more than an hour of information (1 hour and 36 minutes). If you are interested in what’s coming next, take the time to see this presentation.