Organizers were pleased with this year's turnout at the AICPA Tech Show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Monday's scuttlebutt had some 450 paid attendees, some 700 total, with many more slated to arrive later on Monday or early Tuesday. Maybe the venue helped: mention of Austin, Texas, the show's locale a few years back, still raised a smirk or two, and this year's attendees seemed thankful the show has returned to a big-name destination ...

More than a few exhibitors, such as nGenx and Silver Edge, were new to the show, and admitted looking to move into the CPA market ... Ten years ago: hot topics included security and e-mail. 2008: hot topics include security and FaceBook ... Organizers made presentations downloadable from a site. Thanks to them for sparing my back the lugging of the traditional 10-pound loose-leaf binder ...

"Most firms still have a long way to go with document management!" proclaimed Randy Johnston in his "Tech Update 2008," raising a rueful chuckle at every table in the room ... Two tech glitches: the light-blue URLs in the first general presentation were hard to read, and WAY TOO MANY buttons were busted on the Bellagio's video poker games ... Check out "Zune Phone" on YouTube. Hilarious ...

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