It is fitting that this year's expo, the first since July 1 last year, should have a large Chinese presence. The largest computer company in the mainland, Legend Computer Systems, has just listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong as Legend Holdings. It is taking part in the show for the first time and is one of the sponsors. Its participation is a source of pride for Addison Chan, Legend's international department marketing officer. 'This year is the first time for us to participate in the expo,' he said. Legend will display some of its own offerings and some from its partners. One of its partners is the Hong Kong- based Data Systems, a systems integrator. However, its emphasis will be on the home PC. 'We will be displaying our home PCs,' Mr Chan said. 'One model comes with a remote control device that lets you control most of the computer. 'For example, you can use it to browse the Internet.' Mr Chan said the remote control was good for those with fears of radiation from their machines as the computer could be controlled from a distance. Although there is no conclusive proof that a computer is a health hazard, those with doubts can get a Legend and play safe. Because Legend is a Chinese company, it has Chinese-language support. 'We have software to manage fax and e- mail. This software is in Chinese, of course,' he said. 'In fact, it is based on simplified Chinese [the characters used in China and Singapore].' Perhaps by the end of the year, there would be an option to support the tradition characters used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, he said. 'We are still in the process of working on the traditional Chinese offering.' The simplified Chinese versions do have a use, however, even in Hong Kong. 'We think some people would like to buy a computer with a simplified Chinese system,' he said. 'There are many who would like to do business in mainland China and this gives them the opportunity to practise.' Legend will be showing its Lyra series of desktop computers, the Lyra 919 and the Lyra 959. It will also have a notebook computer on view and will be demonstrating an LCD display.