Las Vegas Convention Centre

It has definitely been a very busy few days at CES 2012 in Las Vegas so far, but I’m still here trying to keep this blog updated on a regular basis too. That includes the weekly speedlink of What’s Up Wednesdays, so let’s see what the other bloggers are talking about this week.

We start out with Buzz Bishop, who provides a quick celebrity preview at CES 2012. I’ve already met up with LJ Rich of BBC fame and I hear Will Smith made an appearance at the Sony press conference. Other notable names this week include Dennis Rodman, Justin Bieber, Eliza Dushku, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

Next, my friend Bob Buskirk is also here for CES and he put up a short video of what he’s bringing to the show. Like everyone else here, it’s always more important to consider all the tech gear you bring to CES than it is to consider your clothes and toiletries. I’m packing a little lighter this year, since we’re roaming the floor as a team rather than as individuals.

CES isn’t the only thing going on in this town this week. John Chow is here for Affiliate Summit West, an entirely different kind of trade show. I hear that Miss America was this week too, as well as an adult entertainment expo, a high-end audio show, and likely even more. And that doesn’t even include the regular tourists who visit Sin City!

Moving away from Las Vegas, we turn to Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar, one of the more popular finance blogs for average Joes and Janes on the Internet. He outlines how to calculate what you really make after you factor in the costs of commuting, attire, and all the other things that go along with taking a job here or a position there. Those costs add up!

And finally, Raul Pacheco asks the age old question of how much you should tip when you’re at a restaurant. For my part, it feels like tipping has lost its original meaning and serving staff expect a certain percentage regardless of the quality of service. We’re all used to it by now, but it does vary from culture to culture, country to country. How much do you tip when you eat out?