It's June again and this means for me flying over to Asia to attend my favorite IT trade show, Computex, in Taiwan. The reason why I favor Computex over shows like CeBIT or Comdex is pretty simple. Neither Las Vegas/USA nor Hannover/Germany can quite do it for me, while Taipei is a rather exciting place. I've always got the chance to visit my favorite town in the world, Hong Kong, and my No.2, Bangkok, in that time as well, and the mountains around Taipei are also worth a visit every time I am here. The show itself is not as huge as CeBIT and even a bit smaller than Comdex, so that you can save your feet whilst being very effective in getting to your meetings on time. The companies here supply you with a lot of information rather than tons of marketing crap, which is saving my nerves at the same time. My 'affinity' to the Asian people and culture is already quite known as well, which makes reason number 5 why I am enjoying my stay here every year again.
Tom's Hardware's Computex Team
In the last months the staff of Tom's Hardware Guide has grown quite nicely, so that two of our excellent editors could join me on this trip to Taipei.
Frank used to work for Ziff-Davis Germany and we are very proud that we could win this very skilled and highly energetic journalist. He is already very well known and respected amongst the Taiwanese motherboard makers as a very thorough reviewer who has a deep passion to squeeze the last bit of performance out of a system. Like myself, Frank is never afraid to use the soldering iron to make a motherboard obey his ideas. We both share the opinion that 'impossible' doesn't exist, as long as you try hard enough.
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