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Pictures at an Exhibition

MacWorld New York 2000: The Event

© 2000 Lawrence I. Charters

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Admission to MacWorld this year was free -- if you registered in advance. Advance registration also saved you the hassle of standing in lines to get a badge. But thousands of procrastinators failed to register in advance, and the lines were long. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

One of the more popular MacWorld exhibits was in Apple's area. This section featured new colors of iMacs, each equipped with iMovie and connected to a bank of Canon ZR10 digital video cameras. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

Thanks in large part to two chartered buses, Washington Apple Pi members were all over MacWorld. Here the Littles try to read their E-mail at the EarthLink booth. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

Computer shows, for some reason, always seem to include some form of transportation. A fairly common gimmick is a semi-trailer or two packed with things to sell, but this year's MacWorld also featured drawings for cars, including this Volkswagen bug at the Lexmark booth. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

Sinbad, the stand-up comic and actor without a last name, is also a big-time Macintosh fan. He enthusiastically toured the booths, looking at the latest goodies, and proved charmingly tolerant of those who wanted to have their pictures taken with him. By the end of the week, he was probably blind from all the flashbulbs. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)




The event manager created these custom-designed kiosks to hold the computers used for registration. The computers -- multi-hued iMacs -- looked better than the kiosks. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is huge; no other word can describe it. But the light, airy entrance hall and enthusiastic, eager Mac fanatics made it seem friendly and inviting. Old-timers groused that they preferred the less exotic exhibit halls used during MacWorld Boston expos. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

While there have been several public demonstrations of Mac OS X, Apple was far more aggressive in showing the forthcoming operating system to the public at this year's MacWorld. Presentations on Mac OS X were held several times a day in Apple's booth, and all the demos were packed. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

What kind of person goes to MacWorld? This individual has a Palm V, complete with keyboard, resting on his PowerBook G3. When told this looked quite funny, he started to rationalize this setup, but gave it up quickly and admitted he is an "übergeek." (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

Iomega was giving away highly-prized buttons with clever (and snotty) sayings. The most prized of all was the "I'm not Bill Gates" button, worn here by a Microsoft staffer in Microsoft's booth. (Photo by Lawrence I. Charters)

One company that sells "older" Macs had a unique exhibit: working computers were arranged as if they were furniture, perhaps inspired by the Pi's legendary Mac Bench series ("Introducing: Washington Apple Pi Mac Bench," Washington Apple Pi Journal, January/February 1998; "Washington Apple Pi Mac Bench Pro: Wall of Macs," Washington Apple Pi Journal, January/February 1999). A seat, formed entirely of working compact Macs (you can't see the screens in the photos, but they are all operating), featured a footrest made from a working Lisa computer. On the other side of the booth, a two-seat love seat was made from still more working compact Macs. Finally, a "fireplace" featured one fire damaged Mac and a fireplace made of compact Macs, with Mac LC "flagstones" forming a mantle. A television set played a videotape of a fireplace fire. (Photos by Lawrence I. Charters)