Smokey `Systems' Computer Show in Munich Stinks
Tabakrauchig `Systems' Messe im Muenchen Stinkt.
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English is the international language of computing
Deutsch ist das Sprache der neue Arbeitnehmer
By a Computer consultant who finds
"Systems" health damaging & a business liability, who was
still coughing while typing this the day after visiting
"Smoke Systems (& who had a persistent cough for weeks
from irritated throat after manning a stand at Systems for a
When one goes to Systems, one always gets asked that after.
"Worth it ?" is evaluated in total time & money consumed
away from one's work desk, & health risks encountered. A
free visitor ticket or sponsored stand, doesn't guarantee
it's "Worth It", think of lost work time & damaged health
- do you want to be coughing still the next day ? With
heavily reduced numbers of both visitors & exhibitors the
last few years, clearly many think Systems is not worth it.
Systems is also damaging to passive smoker's health, just
read the health warnings printed on the Many cigarette packs
consumed inside Smokey Systems !
21.10.2003 I went to Systems, approx 14:00 to 17:00 leaving
an hour before the close, all done ! I rushed through seeing
everything of interest, being periodically assaulted with
smoke both from bored exhibitors (not enough visitors to keep
them busy, as usual at Systems the last few years) & more
smoke from visitors polluting everywhere without restriction.
Impossible to constantly observe all stands of interest &
all smokers polluting, many in motion, so one inevitably ends
up either not seeing stands, or acting paranoid, avoiding
getting lungs periodically fulls of passing concentrated
I won't waste my time with a 2nd day's ticket, or a ticket
(even if free) in future years, I don't want Systems' air
poisoning my health for no business benefit. I do have
product I need to buy, but I won't make contacts at Systems.
Suppliers won't be led to support Smokey Systems in its
present format, thinking the smoke pit they rented stand
space in, brought them this non smoker's business.
Systems has been so dead the last few years, many/ most
halls seem closed, & of the halls left open (7 out of
12+4=16), some have big empty spaces curtained off, many wide
aisles, & more than the previous `good old economy' space
percentage given to copious visitor seating, which might be
nice, but that of course is largely to make the space look
Part of each of those spaces is `decorated' with large
ashtrays as [anti-] social gathering points, so that too is
wasted unusable space for smoke averse customers, I saw
nowhere to safely sit & read leaflets & plan which
stands next to visit. Astounding that despite all that unused
space, Systems planners provide no space I saw, safe for non
smokers ! Perhaps they are so stupid they fear to designate
any space as non smoking, for fear of upsetting the smoking
minority, who pollute everywhere. So, the majority breath,
& rub eyes from, & get partly deterred from doing
business, by the legal drug addiction emission pollution of
A choice of who dies first ?
In the end smoke averse computer people such as I can
perhaps only stay away, deny Systems our business, & hope
Systems dies, goes bankrupt, or gets taken over by modern
management, responsive to modern international clean air
standards, before Systems, statistically speaking, instead
kills it's share of visitors & exhibitors, by enforced
exposure to smoke.
One learns to walk the far side of aisles, away from
information stands along the side, because there always seem
to be nicotine addicts emitting, next to the magazines, so
one skips the magazines & leaflets too. - Not what the
advertisers hoped for when they paid to exhibit, one presumes
Visitors are positively encouraged to smoke, by locating
large walking height ashtrays at most aisle crossings. No
signs even politely ask people to smoke at the frequent
easily accessible outside entrances (remember there's no
crowds at Systems, it's half dead, you can walk Fast to an
exit if you're a nicotine addict that needs to smoke &
In 2001 I was an exhibitor at Systems for BIM, & ill for a month after with a
chronic recurring cough I couldn't shake off, plus getting
headaches each afternoon & evening of Systems exhibition
from indiscriminate smoking everywhere, again both from
exhibitors & visitors. That didn't do a lot for business
after - try coughing Systems polluted lungs at a potential
new customer on the phone, & having to divert to explain
you'r not about to die before the project starts, & you
haven't got anything contagious if we meet, it's just the
normal result of Smoke Systems.
Systems provides a tobacco polluted exhibition area, that
may or may not meet old fashioned German national standards,
but fails to meet international standards of clean air.
Modern computer English speaking standards of non smoke
pollution are contravened by this dirty German pollution.
Perhaps other cleaner exhibitions in USA, UK, Australia etc
suffice ? Perhaps this dirty air exhibition is doomed to die,
if it refuses to compete internationally, by providing proper
modern international standards of clean air enforcement ?
(After all, we have CeBit anyway in Germany, maybe more than
one is superfluous, as manufacturing in the Western world is
hollowing out, moving to Asia, maybe Systems is doomed to die
regardless of smoke or no smoke ? ( Good riddance if it stays
a smoker's haven!).
Keine Ahnung selbst, aber: Durch Änderung der
Arbeitsstättenverordnung im Rahmen der Verordnung zur
Rechtsvereinfachung im Bereich der Sicherheit und des
Gesundheitsschutzes ..., veröffentlicht am 2. Oktober
2002 im Bundesgesetzblatt Jahrgang 2002 Teil 1 Nr. 70 Seite
3777-3816 hat der Nichtraucherschutz am Arbeitsplatz
Gesetzeskraft erlangt. ......... Der Begriff
Arbeitsstätten schließt auch Sozialräume wie
Kantinen, Bereitschafts- und Liegeräume mit ein!
The legal protection doesn't include pubs & discos
(Gaststatten etc) Is Systems, a smokey pub ? a place to
drink, dance, play music, & pull members of the opposite
sex ? Or do companies expect their employees to have a decent
clean air environment, to minimise distraction from computer
products under review ? Do business people have a right to a
working environment including clean air, or to pay to be
polluted by the smoke emission products of legal tobacco drug
Maybe Systems will Have to implement a clean air no
smoking policy anyway, when some employees of Messe Muenchen
or local & international Exhibitors start realising
they're going to be smoke damaged, & start quoting German
& other nations' legal requirements to protect the health
of employees. Ref NID for
German advice/info. Manning a stand/booth at exhibitions is
often unpopular work, for numerous reasons, including being
smoked at & around. The new German law may have given
employees legal grounds to refuse to leave their clean
offices, to have their health damaged at Smokey Systems.
With a rotten economy, & ever more international
computer company employees having a legal right to clean air
at work, increasingly, companies will find it easier not to
book a stand at Smokey Systems, & instead find it easier
to recruit employees to man the stand in other cleaner cities
If you want a cough, & the taste of smoke on your
tongue & still up your nose next day, as a `souvenir' ?
if you fancy a headache, & want your girl friend to tell
you your shirt smells of smoke, even though you'r a non
smoker ? If a shower after Systems is needed not because of
sweat on a hot busy business days, but from excess smoke on a
cold boring day with virtually no business leads as either
customer or supplier; if you fancy the increased cancer risk
from passive smoking ? ... But a smokey pub has no entry fee,
no web application form, & you don't need to travel so
Were the exhibits worth seeing ? One was, But I could have
found more products faster using a search engine. I wanted to
find more product. I failed - not enough exhibitors, & no
smoke free seating areas & halls to safely pause &
plan next stands to visit.
Sales staff seemed resigned to getting little sales -
again. Not enough customers !
I handed out just one business card to a potential buyer !
so seeking business was as barren a desert (admittedly I
didn't try very hard: business climate is awful & the
Systems halls have constant wafts of heavy duty smoke as you
No - It Wasn't Worth Going
If Systems ever stops it tobacco stink, it might be worth
going, one could stay longer, concentrate better, & maybe
do more business, till then, not even worth getting in for
The staff say the `Systems' Messe is their worst polluted
Messe, & that their other non computer exhibitions aren't
so badly polluted. Sadly Systems management dinosaurs haven't
realised this means Systems Stinks Worst.
I don't want an overdose of second hand smoke, & the
irritation & health deficit, I won't go ! Won't buy a
visitors ticket, Won't exhibit there, Won't damage the health
of self or work associates there. If I need to exhibit, I'll
visit a decent clean air site in UK, USA, or Australia, &
not Smoke Systems. There's not exactly many visitors at
Systems with money in their pockets anyway, the German
economy's half dead at least with respect to planning new
computer systems, & if it stinks, you get a cough &
headache, & smokey clothes, why bother ? Easier faster
cleaner, to surf the web & use a search engine, & do
business by phone.
I informed many people Systems was on this year, & how to
get promotional tickets (In 2003. Instead of buying a 23.20
Euro ticket, it was just necessary to tear out the coupon in
the 3 Euro CT magazine & or get a free invite from a
company, & fill in a web form: Presumably Systems was
desperate for visitors, but there still weren't many
visitors)... I foolishly contributed to raising awareness of
Systems, & thus profit for Systems, (having temporarily
forgotten how bad the Systems addiction to smoke is).
Such tickets presumably benefit Systems several ways:
- They can only keep selling exhibitors stand space while
there are enough apparent visitors in the halls.
- Whether Systems also collects payments from promotional
ticket distributors I don't know.
- Full price ticket purchasers are also more likely to
visit again if the halls don't look too empty.
- It keeps visitors in the habit, even if next year there
are no cheap tickets & they have to buy full
- Full price ticket purchasers are also likely to be
drawn in, if accompanied by associates going anyway as they
got a free ticket.
- Data willing given by web site applicants may be sold
to 2nd &/or 3rd parties ?.
Just because someone will give you a ticket for `free'
(actually in exchanging for your time & permission filing
in your personal details on their web data collection form),
doesn't necessarily mean it's worth accepting the offer.
Think again !
Before accepting a ticket, (paid or free) do you accept
you will be enveloped in smoke polluted air, for all the time
you visit exhibition stands ?
I invite URL's
from anyone who knows
of computer exhibition centres world wide that do Not permit
(List opened 2003.10.21 so no entries yet.)
`Systems' is of course not eligible, until either they adopt
modern standards of clean air at computer exhibitions as
expected in the English speaking international computer
world, or perhaps the event dies, or management get sacked or
prosecuted for running an exhibition damaging to employee
[& visitor] health.