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OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Here's a challenge for you: Compile a photo essay from a show that has no booth babes.

To do so, go to OFC/NFOEC, a show that proudly has come back to its roots as a mostly technical conference. Decades ago, the original Optical Fiber Communication conference convened about 100 PhDs in a room. So you can only imagine what those photo essays were like.

And it's still got that touch. Post-deadline papers, thumbtacked unglamorously on bulletin boards, are considered one of the show's highlights.

A tradeshow is still a tradeshow, though, and now that the money's coming back to optics, OFC/NFOEC had its share of fun and free drinks. Click on the pic below to start the slideshow (there's 11 of 'em):

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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Dredgie 12/5/2012 | 3:10:58 PM
re: OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures Coincidently, Craig, the trade show for trade shows was held the same week as NFOEC GĒō but in Las Vegas:


CanGĒÖt imagine youGĒÖd have any problems finding booth babes there!

(By the way - thanks for the link to the Oregon Fishing Club)
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:10:57 PM
re: OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures So, all in all, OFC/NFOEC seemed in better spirits than last year, probably with more attendees but it didn't feel any busier. I ran into fewer financial types this year than last, although that might just be a function of luck, combined with CTIA being the same week.

I split town too early to attend the JDSU party in downtown Disney, which would have yielded some good photos, I'm sure. (JDSU folks breathing a sigh of relief there.) And I regret not taking pictures of the lines for Starbucks and lunch at the Hilton, next door to the convention center -- they weren't quite E-ticket waits, but there was a good joke caption to be had there nonetheless.

Apologies to folks from Orange County, but I'll be so much happier when the show moves to San Diego. Even downtown L.A. is preferable IMHO -- cruddy neighborhood, yes, but there's more to *do*.
Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:10:57 PM
re: OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures Oh, that's funny, and awesome that it was the same week. Thanks for the info.

Booths full of displays *about* displays ... booths for lighting, booth magicians, "model/hostess" companies ... the mind reels. Hey, they even list fiber optics as a category!


> (By the way - thanks for the link to the Oregon Fishing Club)

I love those guys. Happy to support them whenever I can.

(grumble grumble ... ok, the link's fixed. After typing the correct one repeatedly for the past two weeks, you'd think I'd learn...)
waverunner 12/5/2012 | 3:10:53 PM
re: OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures I am screaming down an empty well. Sad show :(

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 3:10:53 PM
re: OFC/NFOEC 2007 in Pictures Bet you're a lot of fun at parties. :)

I love the "screaming down an empty well" image, but I'd have to say things are at least a *little* better than that. Yes, the components industry still has problems: negative margins and oversupply (too many competitors) being two biggies.

But things are far better than 2003. Talk about your empty well...

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