Virtual CES 2021 – Part 3

Consumer Hardware Needs Content Quantity, Variety

Since the earliest CES, the OMG of the show has always been the screen … bigger, better, brighter, more immersive, more versatile, less expensive.  That’s a good thing because this year’s virtual event (and our locked at home lives) would have been terribly dull without the screen … and the content.

5G/NextGen TV, streaming and remote learning/work/communications tools are great, but they are nothing without the content creation industry – audio, video, gaming. Content and virtual CES became even more important ingredients in the CTA world technology mix. 

2020 left a lasting mark on our relationship with (and blurred the lines between) work, technology and entertainment. The pandemic was devastating to the out-of-home entertainment industry – theatrical live and video.

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Virtual CES 2021 – Part 2

The Tech Event that Mixes Business and Pleasure


Chips are important…DUH, but there’s more to CES than present/future technology. There’s also the practical side for home and the office. While chips are in everything today, most of us feel the first place to experience them is in productivity, personal tools. 

At CES, the work/play/communicate device makers were at their best and compute, notebook folks rolled out so many outstanding devices that picking faves wasn’t easy.

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Virtual CES 2021 – Part 1

A Technology Event So Big You Can’t See It All in One Seating

After years of working the floor at CES, it’s easy to summarize … dumb from the neck up, numb from the neck down.  This year was worse. 

You couldn’t “miss” a keynote, press event, panel session – seven days of pre and CES press events, news, analysis, projections – because they were there, online waiting for you. The good stuff you revisit.  The rest you hit delete.

 Simply put, CES 2021 was different and challenging for Shapiro’s CTA crew … everyone!

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File or Path Name Too Long? Find out before you do your backup

Those of us who back up our devices sometimes get a message that some file couldn’t be backed up because its name — more likely its file path name — is too long. Lim Electronics‘ website offers a free, small, easy-to-use program called, appropriately enough, FindLongNames, that lets you check your Windows machine for files whose name or pathname is longer than some number of characters you specify, so you can do some adjustment beforehand and hopefully not have to deal with the long-name problem after your backing up procedure has run. Their page of free software includes other programs you may want to check out.