CES 2013 – Pre Show

CES 2013

I am here in Las Vegas for the annual CES trade show. This is my third year back and I’m excited to be attending all four days of the show this year.

Lots To See

I am looking forward to seeing lots of new tech and gadgets, especially digital cameras (both video and still), the 4K television (four times the resolution of today’s 1080p TVs), non-Apple tablets and the growing curiosity of the newest crop of ultrabooks. Plus anything else that piques my interest.

But First..

But before the official show starts tomorrow, there is a pre show CES party I will be attending at the Bond Bar inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, drinking martinis and enjoying the company of fellow tech people.

More reports as I find them both here and over on my main blog, Banal Leakage.

Week Ending January 5, 2013

The blogging week worth of posts for the first week of 2013.

Adult Beverages

  • Crown Royal Black & Sprite
  • – my favorite whisky mixed with Sprite, which is tones down the sweet when mixing

  • Master Bloody Mary
  • – what makes a quick but tasty bloody mary, using Tito’s Vodka

    Banal Leakage

  • LEGO Star Wars Droid Escape
  • – the build of a LEGO set that has sat on my shelf at home for the last few months

  • She Would Have Been 90
  • – my mom, who passed away in 2006, would have been 90 years old. I reflect on what a birthday phone call conversation would be if she were still alive

    CES 2012 – Day 1 – Ultrabooks

    CES 2012 crowds

    Day one of CES 2012 was packed.  Hard to walk anywhere most of the day, but I fought the crowds and made some nice discoveries in the ultrabook category.

    lenovo u300s

    Ultrabooks are one of the most talked about gadgets this year and there was no shortage of them.  Lenovo has a strong contender with the U300S.  Just under 3 lbs, it’s a light and speedy portable that make for an easy to carry anywhere.

    hp folio

    Don’t confuse the name HP chose for their ultrabook. This is not anything close to the DOA Palm netbook from a few years ago. First off, the spelling is different (smart move, HP) and it’s running Windows not an OEM operating system. This sturdy lightweight has got a dual core processor, 4gb of RAM and a bright screen and had a soft rubber backing on the bottom for easy handling.

    samsung ub900

    Samsung’s 900 series ultrabook is an all aluminum case, a comfortable keyboard and a clear display that’s easy on the eyes for the 7 hours of battery life this portable gives out.


    Toshiba’s ultrabook is 2.5 lbs – one of the lightest of the bunch – and with a 13-inch screen that appears to be flimsy, but it’s not… just thin and clear and built tough.  The keyboard and trackpad were one of the better ones of the bunch.

    As a Mac guy, I don’t see myself switching to any of these ultrabooks (my heart is set on the MacBook Air), but if you are a Windows person and need a capable laptop to take with you pretty much anywhere, I highly recommend these models, based on my time with them at the show.

    I will have more coverage of all that I saw at CES once I return home both here and over on Banal Leakage.

    Going to CES 2011 in Las Vegas

    CES 2011

    For the first time in 10 years, I will be going to CES in Las Vegas.  I first attended CES in 1992 during one of my publishing business ventures.  I last attended CES in 2001 and have missed being a part of the industry.  Now for 2011, I will be back on the show floor and scouring the latest and greatest of technology.

    My main focus is video – cameras, lighting, production tools and opportunities.  I will be posting daily reports from the show on this site, as well as a recap of cool products – both video and otherwise – over on my personal blog, Banal Leakage.