A (bad) MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up

The Powerpage has been around a long time. Which begs the question – has it always been this clueless? (spoiler: yes)

Tom Hesser posted his MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up (let’s just ignore the intercap W because…sigh…) on Tuesday – a short three days after the show closes. Perhaps he banged his head in the interim. It would explain why he says:

The first day, Wednesday, was my traditional walk around the show floor.

The show floor opened on Thursday.

Hesser mentions some missing vendors like Mophie without pointing out Mophie had already attended (the much bigger) CES show in the iLounge Pavilion.

It would be interesting to find out if there were specific reasons for some of these changes or it was just a matter of timing. The Expo, occurring much later in the year than normal, may have had some affect on attendance.

Yes, it would. Did you ask them? Have you sent an email or called any of the companies you mentioned asking them why they didn’t attend Macworld Expo this year?

In regards to the software developer section, Hesser says:

these areas are populated by cylindrical kiosks that can accommodate one company/developer per side…

I’m no geometry whiz but…how many sides does a cylinder have?

In response to why Hesser believed these small kiosks were popular, he says:

This area was created as the result of a couple of factors. One, the economy was cutting tech budgets, but not conference booth fees. After 2009 when Apple dropped out of Macworld Expo, vendor attendance began to drop off…Smaller spaces meant a lower priced option and the return of smaller vendors.

True. But, if that’s the case, why wouldn’t the vendors who had been there in the past taken up residence in those spaces? If it was simply a cost measure, you’d think the companies who left after Apple did would come back, wouldn’t they?

Yes – If it was only about costs. The lack of vendor attendance is about a lot of issues – cost only being one.

This year saw a number of new developers as well as some well-known ones who seem to have elected for the smaller, cheaper spaces

Hesser either doesn’t know or ignores the fact IDG has, in the past, restricted these small booths to developers who hadn’t attended the show in previous years. These booths were smaller and cheaper and designed to tease developers and companies to come to the show. They also wouldn’t allow vendors to show in that small space two years running. Obviously, with companies like AgileBits, Readdle, and BusyMac there, IDG has changed that policy. I wonder why that would be? (actually, no I don’t…)

I could list a ton of products old, new, or improved that I saw, but that would be a bit crazy.

Umm…why would that be crazy?

…throughout the show flow.

Sigh.

The people are still there, but in fewer numbers.

That’s just shitty writing. And it’s what you get when you send the “West Coast Correspondant” to the show.

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5 thoughts on “A (bad) MacWorld/iWorld 2014 Expo Hall wrap-up

  1. Please don’t feed the trolls. Shawn King is a loud mouth who tries to make himself feel important by belittling others. Yawn.

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    • LMAO So – I write on *my* blog and I’m a troll and a loudmouth who belittles others. But when you crawl out from under your rock to come here and call *me* names, it’s OK?

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  2. Amateur content-mill-trained “reporter” avoids doing research or fact-checking about his subject, yet objects to having his half-assed work described as such. Puts more effort into whining about the criticism than into the original piece.

    Signal-to-noise ratio: extremely low.

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  3. “Where is yours?”

    Who says I have to write a critique of Macworld Expo in order to be able to critique your articled about Macworld Expo? Not how this works.

    “Rather than ask these questions and offer answers and suggestions on the PowerPage”

    I am under no obligation to post anything to your web site.

    “Is a misplaced capital “W” really an issue”

    Yes – it points to a symptomatic lack of attention to detail as you showed later in the article.

    “Am I privy to the way IDG works? No.”

    Yet, you make claims in the article about how IDG works. Which is it?

    “Do I have the bandwidth to contact every company to wait to find out why they didn’t attend?”

    I have no idea but it’s not hard to send out an email to any of the four companies you mentioned to ask them why they didn’t attend.

    “a brief comment on the post’s page would have been more helpful…”

    Not my job to do your copy editing or fact checking for you. I am available for hire though. Ask Jason about me. I’m sure you’ll get an earful.

    “than your choice to point to it as bad writing.”

    But it is bad writing. And BTW, it *is* my choice.

    “I could respond to each of your complaints, but I do not have the time nor feel the need.”

    LMAO And yet, you had the time and need to post this – at 1am. Seems you have plenty of time to do a word count on my post and to look for other articles of mine to shore up your (self) defense.

    “do you provide any useful tech (or any other subject) information whatsoever”

    Yes, I do.

    “I found this on only the 2nd page of a Google search.”

    So – you don’t have time to fact check your own work. You don’t have time to contact the companies you mention to ask them questions. You don’t have time to “respond to each complaint”. But you do have time to do vanity searches on Google’s second page at 1am. Got it.

    “I’m not sure anyone has ever written about me before”

    Not really a surprise.

    “you only used 192 to complain about Macworld.”

    The article wasn’t a complaint about Macworld. It was a complaint about your poorly written article.

    “I guess I should be honored.”

    Only if you’re a complete moron.

    “I look forward to you attacking my writing in the future.”

    Here’s a better idea. Learn to write better. Or just continue to be a vain, lazy “West Coast Correspondant” for a 3rd tier web site. That seems to work for you too.

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  4. Thank you for your insightful, if not venomous critique of my recount of the expo. Where is yours? A yes, here it is, an “informative” rant about the quality of photos posted by Macworld’s own web site. https://doamm.com/2014/03/30/sad-little-macworldiworld-2014-in-pictures-slideshow/

    Rather than ask these questions and offer answers and suggestions on the PowerPage, it appears you’d rather spend the time filling your own site with derisive content. Is a misplaced capital “W” really an issue in this day when I can find countless blog posts from “professional” bloggers with multiple misspellings and terrible grammar? That’s what you lead with?

    Am I privy to the way IDG works? No. Sorry. Do I have the bandwidth to contact every company to wait to find out why they didn’t attend? Unfortunately not, I have a couple hours a day to write 2-3 articles. Did I mistype the day? Boy, a brief comment on the post’s page would have been more helpful than your choice to point to it as bad writing.

    I could respond to each of your complaints, but I do not have the time nor feel the need. I do have to ask a question: do you provide any useful tech (or any other subject) information whatsoever, or do you feel that the world needs yet another blog of useless bitching? Just curious. Regardless, there’s no such thing as bad PR, eh? I found this on only the 2nd page of a Google search. Neat! I’m not sure anyone has ever written about me before, so I guess I will take that as a positive, and if Macworld itself is on your hit-list, I feel I’m in good company.

    In fact, you wrote 511 words about me when you only used 192 to complain about Macworld. So, in the end, I guess I should be honored. So thank you. I look forward to you attacking my writing in the future. It’ll make for some great Google PageRanking.

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