But in keeping with splashy Vegas show traditions, there's a pair of shows this week that could make Siegfried and Roy proud.
One is Sun Microsystems' "Tiger," the code name for its latest version of Java 2 Standard Edition 1.5, designed to make Java programmers more productive and Java applications run faster. It will be put through its paces, as CEO Scott McNealy, President Jonathan Schwartz andwhip up excitement for the faithful.
The other tiger will take the stage with Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference. Jobs' keynote will feature its own showing of "Tiger," the code name for the next major release of Mac OS X, which will be revealed to the crowd of Mac fanatics there.
Across town, there's likely to be a showdown at thein District Court in San Francisco, where Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway will be sure to . Closing statements could come as soon as Friday.
In another battle, Intel isversion of the Xeon server processor. The chip, its first 32/64-bit processor for workstations and servers, was and could help Intel counter the growing popularity of the Opteron processor from Advanced Micro Devices. A variety of manufacturers are expected to come out with workstations incorporating the Intel chip on Monday.
Meanwhile, tech earnings are mostly on vacation this week, with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion the only notable company scheduled to report.
Events scheduled this week:
Monday, June 28
- Sun Microsystems' JavaOne conference will be at the Moscone Center and thronged with the Java-faithful looking for the latest releases. June 28 to July 1, San Francisco.
- Apple Computer's Worldwide Developer Conference, at the Moscone Center and flocked by Mac fanatics. June 28 to July 2, San Francisco.
- Storage World Conference 2004, June 28 to July 1, Long Beach, Calif.
Monday, June 28
- Research In Motion makes the BlackBerry handheld. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 32 cents a share.
Thursday, July 1
- Initial Claims is the weekly total of new claims filed for unemployment compensation. Briefing.com expects the total to decrease to 340,000 for the week ended June 26, from 349,000 the previous week.
Friday, July 2
- The Unemployment Rate is the percentage of American workers looking for jobs. The June rate is expected to stay flat at 5.6 percent, from the previous month.