What do you get when you combine 90,000+ attendees from 70 countries with a million square feet of exhibit space and two hundred conference sessions, including an all-technology show-within-a-show (TecHomeExpo) that dwarfs most other stand-alone trade shows? The International Builders' Show (IBS), of course. This show is so big, there is no way to see everything in four days, and there isn't space here to talk about everything I did see... so my apologies in advance to anyone I missed.

Like it or not, for today's busy builder, job-site technology like PDAs (personal digital assistants), next-generation cell phones, and feet-inch calculators is becoming just as important as screw guns and miter saws. Toolmaker Bosch (http://www.boschtools.com) "gets it" and used the IBS to roll out its first Digital Power Tool,...

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