The Wide, Open Spaces of PC Expo

Small booths, thin crowds, few free T-shirts. Like the computer industry it celebrates, this trade show's glory days are over

PC Expo in New York isn't what it used to be. Nor is the PC industry for that matter. Given the state of the economy, and of the tech industry in particular, it's no surprise that the crowds at the big summer trade show, which was held over June 26-28, were noticeably thinner than in 2000. The shrinkage in exhibits -- already apparent a year ago, when the dot-com implosion was just starting -- was even more dramatic this year. Not only did the lower-level exhibit hall of the Jacob Javits Center go unused, a few thousand square feet of the once-prized main hall stood empty, too.

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