Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Great Laptop Giveaway

I read an article today on Microsoft's recent laptop giveaway. It's a bit off-topic, but pretty amusing, so I thought it was worth sharing.

It seems Microsoft recently provided prominent bloggers with free, top-of-the-line laptops pre-loaded with the new Microsoft Vista operating system. Apparently, these were some pretty spiffy laptops:

"According to Microsoft blogger Long Zheng, his Ferrari 5000 came with an AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core 2GHz CPU, 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, AMD-ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics, and a 15.4-inch widescreen LCD. It also has a 160GB SATA drive, HD-DVD reader and burner, and a 1.3 megapixel camera. The system would cost approximately $2,299."

To make a long story short, it seems there is now some fuss brewing over the credibility of the bloggers who accepted the laptops. So much fuss, in fact, that Microsoft now wants its laptops back. I wish them luck in trying to get that horse back into the barn.

Personally, the credibility issue is big with me. So I want everyone reading to know that my credibility is intact. Yesiree Bob, nobody has offered me any freebies on the basis of this blog: no laptops, no Oracle software, not even a cheapo pen or a lousy giveaway hat.

*sigh* I wonder what I'm doing wrong ;)

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