Hungry Vendors Court Wary Buyers At London's Computers In The City Show

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It's the year after the year after, and City of London technocrats are clearing away the rubble to confront the awful truth about the systems they've built. This year's Computers In the City exhibition drew an enthusiastic crowd of vendors, but a more chastened, tight- fisted customer.

"Strategic reviews" and "sensible spending" are the latest mode as overbuilt firms teeter listlessly in the aftershocks of the crash. "The downturn has added 20 points to everyone's IQ," noted one wag, and they

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