While Comdex fades, CES keeps growing. This year’s show drew 130,000 gadget hounds -- all of them loitering directly in front of me, gawking at the Victoria's Secret fashion show on a 60in plasma TV. This must be what CES organisers meant when they hung pink posters proclaiming "Technology is a girl’s best friend." Rumour is, they used the same posters at the Adult Entertainment Expo, which was being held down the road at the Sands … not that I was there to confirm the reports. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Between meetings and stops at the oxygen bar, I managed to find a few truly useful gizmos -- like a $US5000 massage chair that uses infrared sensors to locate your acupressure points, and a web-ready stove/refrigerator that stores food and follows remote commands to cook it. The way my love life is going, I'm going to need things like this.Viva lost wages
According to a survey by Janco Associates, salaries for IT pros jumped an average of $US234 last year, or $US19.50 a month. Now you can order imported beer instead of domestic, upgrade your cellphone plan and play those machine slots till you drop. Go crazy -- you deserve it.NAI on SlimFast
In December Network Associates sold its Magic helpdesk division for $US47 million. Now my spies report that NAI has agreed to sell its Sniffer network security business, though the buyer and purchase price are still a mystery. (NAI declined to comment.)Like no business I know
Readers who rushed out to buy The Ethel Merman Disco Album, mentioned in my column a few weeks back, got a bonus: according to Cringester Carol Warren, when played backwards, the CD sounds just like David Hasselhoff.How will you spend your $19.50? Send answers and hot gossip to firstname.lastname@example.org.