Welcome back! I just checked into a lovely hotel in downtown Taipei Taiwan after having spent fifteen hours on an airplane on a direct flight to Taipei from Amsterdam. The reason Iím in Taipei obviously is Computex. This yearly conference was actually postponed from itís original june 2003 timeframe due to the SARS threat in Asia and rescheduled to September. For those of you that arenít familiar with Computex let me briefly, by using keywords, describe what Computex is all about. Computex is all about computers, components, communications, peripherals, displays, input devices, storage devices, software, accessories, etc. Basically a great opportunity for many of the Asian, but mostly Taiwanese and Chinese, manufacturers to show off their new products and technologies to attendees from around the world.
Fig 1. The Asus tourbus parked outside exhibit hall 2, at the Computex exhibition center.
Tomorrow morning at nine the conference starts with an opening speech by representatives from the organisation behind Computex, CETRA, the China External Trade Development Council. Weíve already got a fully booked meeting schedule for tomorrow and weíll be sure to bring you an update tomorrow, naturally with lots of photos, and if possible, streaming video from the conference. With over 1200 exhibitors and close to 2500 booths Iím sure there will be lots to tell and to show you this week, so stay tuned and check back soon for a daily update.
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