Follow us:

Brier Dudley's blog

Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

January 10, 2007 at 2:24 PM

Cabbie coverage of CES

LAS VEGAS — CES is so big and overwhelming, reporters look for people to put it all in perspective. Like cabbies, who always turn up in stories about how huge the show has become.

I’ve done it myself a few times with limited success. But today I had a great chat with Habtom Tekie, who hails from Eritrea but lived in Seattle 11 years before moving to Vegas.

After we talked about Iraq and the problems in Somalia, we started talking about cellphones and he mentioned that Eritreans call the devices “tsunami” because they debuted there after a real tsunami and washed over the country in a flash. He estimates half the population has a phone, vs. about 50,000 that have PCs.

Get him a job at IDC or Gartner.

Comments | More in | Topics: CES

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►