[Alas, for 2006 there's over 1000 mentions of Microsoft in InfoSec News,
but there was no e-mail from either Microsoft or Edelman PR on where to
ship a shiny new laptop. Honestly, I would have been ecstatic with the
refurbished Thinkpad T41 my local VAR was trying to sell me... - WK]
By Long Zheng
December 27th, 2006
Microsoft together with AMD gave out some really nice Christmas presents
to a bunch of bloggers this year. Brandon LeBlanc  got one, Scott
Beale  got one, Barb Bowman  got one, Mauricio Freitas  got
one, Mitch Denny  got one, Zen.Heavengames  got one, plus many
other bloggers who did not even write about it (shame on them). They
seem to have covered everyone from A-list to Z-list, a first in the
industry with such a valuable gift, kudos for thinking about the little
Update: Some people got Ferrari 1000s, others got 5000s. The following
specs are from the 5000.
The machine looks just as good as it specs. As part of Acers Ferrari
designer computing range, the carbon-fiber case is styled with a slick
threaded finish with genuine Ferrari badging and color strips. Just like
the racing counterpart, this machine has grunt. It sports an AMD Turion
64 X2 dual-core 2ghz CPU, 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, AMD-ATI Mobility Radeon
X1600 on a 15.4? widescreen. It also has a 160GB SATA drive, HD-DVD
reader and burner as well as a 1.3mp camera. Full specifications
available at the Acer website.
Assuming it doesnt use Sony batteries, this laptop blows everything out
of the water. It retails for a hot $2,299. But if you write about
Microsoft, they might even give you one for free. Is it ethical?
Probably not. Is it worth something to hard-working sweat and tears
bloggers? Hell yeah.
I dont see the Free Software Foundation handing out any Ferraris. :P
Update: Robert Scoble also picked up the story, comparing this to
PayPerPost. Although I think PayPerPost is about profiting, whilst this
is about rewarding. Even though the outcome might be the same.
Update 2: Dan Warne from APCMag has a different perspective on this
issue, he thinks this is highly inappropriate and immoral. Could this
act of generosity turn upside-down into a PR disaster?
Update 3: Just something for everyone to keep in mind. Remember bloggers
are given a choice which includes giving the machine back when theyre
done with it. Keeping the unit is a decision made solely by the bloggers
receiving the computers.
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