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I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

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Frequently (once a month or more, say)
85 votes / 0%
Regularly (once a quarter)
  338 votes / 2%
Once or twice a year
  2756 votes / 21%
Rarely - less than once a year
  6918 votes / 52%
Other choices aside, whenever I can
  587 votes / 4%
Other choices aside, whenever I can't escape
  2413 votes / 18%
13097 total votes.
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I go to trade shows (of any kind) ...

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  • by StefanJ (88986) on Monday December 03, 2012 @12:53AM (#42165739) Homepage Journal

    Between '89 to '95, I went to multi-dozen trade shows. Four a year sometimes. COMDEX, CES, E3.

    I stood around in my cheap suit, in horrible dress shoes, and show off CD-ROM multimedia software.

    It got a little better after other, larger companies started putting show personnel in casual-dress uniforms. Golf shirts with logos, khakis, black sneakers, that kind of thing.

    What made it all incredibly frustrating is that, while I was working in "high tech" (I mean, gosh, multimedia CD-ROM), it was all about selling and sales and making deals. There was no real interest in the technology, and what it could do, and how it worked.

    I eventually got my ass in gear and went to grad school so I could actually work on a development team. While I miss the travel sometimes, I'm so glad to be through with trade shows.

  • Re:Huh? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 03, 2012 @03:05AM (#42166405)

    Re:So that's what Im missing out on ...

    ... Perhaps you might be able to (in my case, during the last decade): Win a Palm Pilot, a 27" television, an iPod, $250.00 cash, a Samsung Galaxy 10.1; not to mention occasionally the free food and alcohol (if that's your cup o' tea). Best done when you're underemployed, having a lot of free time.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @03:32PM (#42183017)

    I go to Model Train shows 2-3 times a year.
    Better variety, lower prices, everyone talking trains.

    You Guys need to get a hobby.

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