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Corbin's March/April 2006 TechTalk Newsletter

Volume VIII,Issue 2


 Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its seventh year of providing the latest in technology for meetings, hospitality and travel professionals in more than 60 countries.

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UPDATED ARTICLE: .Technology Adolescence: Why Are Things So Complicated and What Can We Do About It?
This article explores the reasons why things have gotten so complicated, where things are heading and what you can do about it. wrote, just published in the February 2006 edition of MPI's Meeting Professional Magazine explores the
challenges we face with technology and what can be done about it. 

NEW ARTICLE: Digital Audio - The Better Alternative to Cassettes
This article,
writtenby Nancy Domenichelli, covers the reasons why digital recording is the way to go for conferences. 

NEW ARTICLE: Managing the Meeting and Event Supply Chain
This article, by Elling Hamso, a meetings management expert from Norway, discuss how to best manage your suppliers for meetings. 

PODCAST SERIES STARTED: The Impact of Technology on the Tradeshow Industry and Society  (MP3 file)
Expo magazine has a new podcast series at with professionally produced 20-minute programs on tradeshow news and a weekly technology interview with Corbin in MP3.
The title link above goes directly to my interview, while the web link takes you to the entire program.    
"Corbin's Favorites" is the most comprehensive list of categorized Web site favorites for the meetings and hospitality industries found on the Internet has just been cleaned-up and updated with many new links. 

WTMI Chooses Starcite
As predicted i
n previous issues of TechTalk, there has been further consolidation in the high-end meetings technology arena. WTMI, after spending sizable amount for their consolidation and meetings management product has decided to go with StarCite ( for their technology product. 

Google Implements Censorship in Its New China site
Google  has just been opened for China( But not all search engines are created equal. Try searching for the dissident group "Falun Gong" on that site and then compare the results to and see a startling difference in the results.

iTunes Downloads Its Billionth File
..And its not music alone! Video and audio blogs are moving in a big way. This major societal trend has great potential for the events industry m (see podcast links above).   .

13 Web Site Favorites for Business and Fun

3 Favorite Meeting Industry Related Sites:

Smoke-free Hotel Directory
More than 200 hotels in North America and more coming.

CompuSystems BuyerConnect Reverse Lead Retrieval
Interesting reverse-lead retrieval system where, when a buyer's badge is scanned on the show floor, the product/service information is automatically uploaded to a central, personalized web page for the buyer.

Purchase your own credit card-sized audience
response pads:
PowerPoint enabled -- about $90 per pad. 

3 Favorite Utility/Reference Sites:         

CNet Best Practices - Tips for your Small Business
Lots o
f categorized tech suggestions.

Spyware Directory
A "neighborhood watch" approach to identifying spyware and other malware that threaten your computer.

OnGuard Online
Good overview site from FEMA on spyware, phishing, Spam scams and other online fraud.

Sites for Fun:      

Humorous Windows parody site.

ID Tracking Taken Too Far!
Thanks Rodman Marymor for this funny link suggestion from the ACLU.

FBI Terrorist Tracking - joke site
Internet surfing being tracked by the FBI? Check out this "non-intrusive" method. From Jo Angela Maniaci, CMP, MiForum posting.

Sun Weather Forecast
Very interesting site on solar storms and more.

Online Game
How long can you survive this addictive game?

Incredible Fishing Video
The fish are a jumpin'.

Talk About Your Compact Cars
A great way to eliminate parking problems.

Recent Articles with "Quotes from Corbin." 

WTMI Pulls Tech Plug (Business Travel News)
This article by Corrie Dosh covers the adoption of StarCite by WTMI.

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
     -- Saint Augustine (354-430)

"Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value."  
-- Boston Post, on the telephone (1865)  
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My speaking and consulting schedule for March and April will be bringing me to Las Vegas, Madeira, Lisbon, Edinburgh, Washington DC, the
AustralianGreat Barrier Reef, the Australian Gold Coast and likely a few other places as well. Click the link above for specific details. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date.


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Corbin Ball, CMP
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EIBTM -- 28-30 November 2006  -- Barcelona Spain
EIBTM Is The Premier International Event Dedicated To The Global Meetings And Incentive Industry.  EIBTM attracts 5,000 industry buyers and 2,000 exhibitors from over 100 countries. Over 2,500 buyers at EIBTM are top-level decision-makers bought to the event as part its Hosted Buyer Programme®.

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