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January 9, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Seattleites crawling all over CES

LAS VEGAS — It’s always amazing how many Seattle people I bump into at CES.

Today I was at a Taiwanese company’s booth displaying a variety of new Ultra-Mobile PCs running Windows Vista. The word “Vistagami” was scrawled in orange pen on a piece of notebook paper to explain the merchandise.

Another guy examining the machines said, “I’d like to see the Windows logo here,” and I wondered if I was seeing a software piracy bust go down in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

It turned out there was a Windows logo on the back of the device, the guy talking was Jeff Meissner, who works on the Windows logo program in Redmond. He was with a posse of Windows guys roaming the international exhibits.

I worked my way through Taiwan and Hong Kong, then headed over to Denmark to see the high-end stereo equipment on display.

I was checking out a new wireless music streaming device at the OXX Digital booth, when the Dane behind the podium saw my nametag. He told me that OXX within the past week opened a new office in the Seattle area — Snoqualmie, actually — that’s headed by a guy named Chris Lee.

UPDATE: I finally connected with Chris, who gave me some details about his background. For the past two and a half years he’s owned a local company, RareWave, that manufactures phone and iPod accessories. OXX is a joint venture by RareWave and Smart Vizion ApS in Denmark. Earlier, Lee was European director of sales for Body Glove in England.

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