Sunday, October 23rd, 2005
1:22 pm - You Can't Go Home Again...  
The trip to the computer show was a complete waste of time and six bucks. It's probably been a year or more since I last went to one, and the difference is pretty startling. Last time I went, the show area was completely packed with both vendors and people. Now, barely half the area was sold, and there weren't a heck of a lot of people browsing the aisles. So odd. I went to these things for years and years, and they were always packed. I wonder what happened to change things?

Prices were good, but not great, and not enough to make me buy anything. There were a couple of small gizmos I considered, if only because I'd paid to get in, but in the end I walked out fifteen minutes after I got there, having seen apparently all there was to see.

I'm currently at work converting VM to mpg so's I can watch it at home. There were a couple of false starts, but I seem to have figured out the proper settings to get the aspect ratio right. Meanwhile, I transferred the stuff I need to work on tonight to the laptop, and packed that up.

I'm also hungry. I had coffee and two cookies for breakfast several hours ago, and nothing since.
Current Mood: hungry
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Katie M.katie_m on October 23rd, 2005 - 11:31 pm
I'd guess that it was increased shopping online, but surely that transition would've happened earlier. Huh.
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DXMachinadxmachina on October 24th, 2005 - 12:12 am
The on-line option has been there for a long time. Places like Tiger Direct always had a lot of this stuff, so yeah, I'm not sure it's the reason. One thing that did change, at least in RI, was that CompUSA started catering to mod-ers over the last couple of years, so there was finally a local mass market place you could go to get a lot of the stuff you used to only be able to get at the show. It was never as cheap, but they were convenient, and you could be pretty sure they'd still be in business next week if something went wrong.

Or not. I'm just guessing. And as long as I'm guessing, I also wonder if the easy availability of games using BitTorrent put all the folks who used to sell grey market software out of business. I think there was only one such at the show today, when they used to make up a sizeable percentage of the vendors.
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