When the entire computer world descends on the Comdex show in Las Vegas, locals groan. In some company visitors find it best not to mention why they’re in town. Taxi drivers and wait staff hate the hit-and-run geeks because they don’t tip. The Las Vegas City Council says that they’re not even good for gambling, spending a paltry $37 per day on average. The influx of people during the show literally chokes the city. Traffic is at a standstill, taxis can’t be found and local networks get so clogged that using a cellular phone is next to impossible. Meanwhile, since Saturday, when the Comdex invasion started, there have been three shootings, although it is unclear whether Comdex people were packing the guns, killed themselves or were slain by locals. Las Vegas isn’t a truly joyous place to be during Comdex. Nobody seems happy there. Well, except for the 200,000 grinning aliens running around in their I Love My PC T-shirts.
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