Engadget NYC Reader Meet Up
Calling all tech junkies! LTM is proud to present to you one of our very first dives into the world of technology, and what better way to make a splash than with Engadget: the number one source for technology and computing news!
The Engadget Reader Meet-up was perhaps one of the finest moments in my closet nerd life… Desmond and I barely made it into the venue (the fabulous Gaustavino’s on 59th, right in the heart of NYC) before we had our respective nerdgasms. The place, for lack of better words, was packed: filled to the brim with people from all walks of life, all enjoying one thing: some sweet-ass technology to preview, play with and brag about to all their little friends. And oh was it sweet….
Among the about 20 or so different vendors at the event, some big names really made a dent in our memories. Showcasing their best, shiniest and LCD-iest products were, among others, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Western Digital, Boxee, Cadence, ExoVault and Magnetic 3-D. Each of these vendors had something a little different to show, and sadly none of them let us take home anything to play with . However, they did promise us some product reviews so stay tuned for that later!
While each booth had something a little different to show, what really stood out for me was the HTC booth, where we got to see the latest and super hush-hush models of phones and HTC Sense, the Samsung booth, which showcased some phones, and some awesome looking point and shoots complete with interchangeable lenses, and the Motorola booth (pre-google acquisition) where not only did we see some awesome looking handhelds, but we got a sneak peak of some awesome products we will get to review. More on that later.
What was really cool about the event was probably the openness of the atmosphere. There was an eclectic collection of foods, juices and of course, nerds. But not just any nerds, nerds who are tech junkies like myself. What I like to refer to as the closet-nerd. You may not dress in vintage Atari Tees and strut around town with your Legend of Zelda backpack, but you DO scower the internet, looking for the random snippet of iPhone 5 news, or perhaps wonder why the hell Microsoft is making Windows 8 so damn, well, “kindergartenrey”. But aside from that, we got a chance to meet some of the real movers and shaker of the Engadget, and more importantly the men and women who make my work day go by soooo much faster: the editors.
Mr. Tim Stevens. A man, a semi-legend. There are no words that come out of his epicly bearded mouth that say anything but “I know my sh*t”. And by George, does he. Not only did we get the lowdown on the vendors at the convention, but Tim gave us some wonderful insight into the world of running a periodical such as LTM. A true gentleman and scholar, no?
Anyways, check out our slideshow for some awesome pics of this truly extraordinary event. Afterwards, check out www.engadget.com to see just how strongly Mr. Wong and I feel about their page.
Editor’s note: You should have seen the giddy school girl face Desmond had when Tim gave him his card. Even the best of us struggle to keep our composure when we meet the people we look up to.