I spent 2 days at the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany on March 15,16, which was an opportunity to refresh my rusty German.
This expo was fun! Big names had huge booths: IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, Microsoft, Samsung, O2, T-Com...
If you ever think of going to CeBIT:
Book in advance: I reserved my hotel only 10 days before the event and everything was taken. I wanted a room in the city center and I had to go for a hotel located outside Hanover, in a small village called Bilm. Very pleasant hotel but I had to get a taxi every time I wanted to move to town or to the fair. A guy from Alcatel-Lucent I talked to during the flight back to London told me his company had already booked the hotel for next year.
Stay for a while: I stayed only for 2 days. This is clearly not enough. That thing is huge, you just can't see everything. Staying the whole week is probably a good idea.
Don't go with your girlfriend: the booth babes are just plain hot.
Hanover has about 500000 inhabitants with 300000 more during the CeBIT which is the most important time of the year for hotels and taxi drivers.The fair grounds (Messegelaende) cover one square kilometer. It's quite a generic show, with 20 large halls hosting business processes, communications, digital equipments and finance as shown on the plan below.
They show all sorts of things: waterproof tills,
and hot chicks.
Hall 23 hosted the PC cases and system coolers. Imagine a huge warehouse with just that: cases and fans.
The guy below built a CPU cooling system using fridge parts. It's not very good looking but he managed to push a 2.9Ghz to 5Ghz.
Because I need to buy myself a small laptop, I had a look at the latest notebooks. 2 models caught my attention: the Lifebook P1610 from Fujitsu Siemens and the Samsung Q1 Ultra. They both support UMTS, WIFI and have a touch screen. The Q1 looks better and uses HSDPA. However I'm not too sure about the side keys (which I tried). Nothing replaces a normal keyboard... The Fujitsu does have a normal keyboard but offers only UMTS, not HSDPA. I was told the Q1 would cost about €1500, the Fujitsu €2000. The Fujitsu is available now, the Q1 Ultra I played with at the Samsung booth was only a prototype: it should be available by the middle of this year.
They even had a nostalgy zone. I learned to program with this: an Atari 1040STF.
On Friday afternoon the gaming zone was packed with German teenagers, jumping to grab the freebies thrown at them by speakers on stage. EA Games had a big show and was giving away graphic cards.
I spent a lot of time at the Microsoft booth, listening to short presentations about WPF/E, .NET 3.0, Sharepoint and IIS7.
The T-Com area was huge. I believe I spotted Nicole Simon -the German blogger- at the O2 booth.
All pictures I took at Cebit are here. I'm thinking of coming back next year and staying longer.
It's 17.43 I'm in Hanover, Germany.
I've been walking through this huge expo for the past 2 days. My feet hurt.
Never seen anything so big. 1 square kilometer, only gadgets.
I think I found the laptop I want to buy: will be either Fujitsu Livebook or Samsung Q1.
Photos and sounds coming soon.
For the moment, all I have is this small pic of three Freenet ladies: