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New Microsoft bribing bloggers
[link|http://joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/12/28.html|Bribing Bloggers]

A few months ago they invited bloggers out to Seattle to meet Bill Gates, with all expenses paid (hotel, airfare, etc). Last week they send out a round of expensive laptops with Vista preinstalled. These are not loans, by the way: they're completely free laptops ("yours to keep!"). Here's the offer I received from a Microsoft employee:

I\ufffdm working on getting some hardware out to key community folks, and I\ufffdd like to offer you a review PC. I\ufffdd love to send you a loaded Ferrari 1000 courtesy of Windows Vista and AMD. Are you interested?

This would be a review machine, so I\ufffdd love to hear your opinion on the machine and OS. Full disclosure - while I hope you will blog about your experience with the pc, you don\ufffdt have to. Also, you are welcome to send the machine back to us after you are done playing with it, or you can give it away on your site, or you can keep it. My recommendation is that you give it away on your site, but it\ufffds your call. Just let me know your opinion on Windows Vista and what you plan to do with it when the time comes.

New Speaking of which...
...John Udell is now a [link|http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2006/12/08.html#a1574|Microsoft Employee].
New And InfoWorld's comment system still is broken.
At least it seems that way to me. Why on Earth did they default to Newest First in a list that seems to try to encourage discussion?

New That's just it.
It doesn't encourage 'discussion'. Heavens, no, the posters might wander off-topic and we *can't* have that! But we need a way for people to leave these things called 'comments', whatever they are... Marketing is insisting.

Wade. :-)
"Don't give up!"
[link|http://staticsan.livejournal.com/|blog] · [link|http://yceran.org/|website]
New That's an LRPD. (new thread)
Created as new thread #277342 titled [link|/forums/render/content/show?contentid=277342|That's an LRPD.]

Imric's Tips for Living
  • Paranoia Is a Survival Trait
  • Pessimists are never disappointed - but sometimes, if they are very lucky, they can be pleasantly surprised...
  • Even though everyone is out to get you, it doesn't matter unless you let them win.

Nothing is as simple as it seems in the beginning,
As hopeless as it seems in the middle,
Or as finished as it seems in the end.
     Microsoft bribing bloggers - (bluke) - (4)
         Speaking of which... - (ChrisR) - (3)
             And InfoWorld's comment system still is broken. - (Another Scott) - (2)
                 That's just it. - (static)
                 That's an LRPD. (new thread) - (imric)

Well, from then on, we had a whale of a time. I took her to dinner, I took her to dance. I bought her a bouquet of flounders. And then I went home with her. And what did I get for my trouble? A case of the clams.
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