November 25, 2003, 3:32 PM — I always enjoy Comdex. I went a couple of times during the '80s, and have been a regular since 1991. I've also been on the Comdex Conference Advisory Board since 1997, and I'm now the longest surviving member. "Surviving" is actually a good description, because this event is enormous, demanding, and challenging to plan, stage, present, and otherwise produce. My hat is off to the folks at MediaLive International (the new owner of Comdex, Networld+Interop, Next Generation Networks, and a few other well-known brands). Comdex for me has always been time well-spent, even with all the craziness of Las Vegas in the mix.
Comdex is not a telecom or wireless show, and other events cover these areas in more depth, but Comdex does bring all aspects of IT, including wireless, into focus in an interdisciplinary environment. You've probably seen reports that Comdex was smaller this year, at least in terms of the Expo itself. I really have nothing to do with this part of the show, other than enjoying the discovery of new products and services. And with just a little searching, I uncovered a few wireless gems that were announced. Among the more interesting: