So after finding my Mac buddy, we entered the BDC using our free pre-booked passes. Apparently, you could get in free if you had an iPod, as I was wearing mine, I got in free twice (well sort of). The place was packed and it only took five minutes before Neill was handed his first freebie - a Contour Hockey Puck Mouse Converter.
My Expo mission was to find a copy of Mac OS X Panther for as cheap as possible and, perhaps, a bargain basement Wacom tablet. After a quick scout around I discovered that most of the real bargains were to be found at Gasteiner Technology's stand - Panther for £85 and a 60GB IDE Drive (for my mate and work partner, Steve) at only £50 and that's both with no tax! (don't tell the tax man). Publishers Highbury Paragon were giving away iCreate and Digital Creative Arts Magazines for free, in exchange for your details. Disappointingly, there weren't any raffles. These are always a sure way of leaving with something worthwhile. Last year I won a MacAlly AirStick, not down to luck but down to the fact that most entrants hadn't returned at 5pm for the draw. Even more disappointingly, a few stands were selling iTrips (still illegal in the UK) for as little as £30 - a day after I had won one on Ebay for £45! Gutting. I convinced Neill to buy one at such a good price, even though he technically doesn't have an iPod (his 1st gen. died).
After about three hours, the noisy atmosphere and nerds we're getting to Neill and if I'd have stayed any longer I would've spent too much on stuff I didn't need. I'd liked to have seen the music thing that Kiss fm were laying on but we'd already had our coats on and our hands on the exit doors as it was about to start. Otherwise a good day had by all.
Neill got the bargain of the day.
And Steve got 60 gigs more drive space in his Blue & White G3 and a mouse he can use (yes he ended up with the Contour freebie). Lucky him!