Tuesday, January 23, 2007

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So prior to Christmas it seemed like I’d done something right, to someone, somewhere. Not only did I receive a baby daughter in November but shortly after, and not as planned, came Mr. FedEX with a rather large box from ACER/Microsoft and AMD. What was it you ask? Only an Acer Ferrari 1000 Notebook with Windows Vista Ultimate pre-installed and Office 2007 Ultimate too.

I know there was a big uproar about the entire giveaway, and a great deal of fanfare due to the “morality” of the entire event, and in case you didn’t follow it read Mitch Denny, Craig Pringle or Frank Arrigo. All I can say however is that being on the receiving end was rather nice – if it weren’t for the fact that I’m a Tablet Guy and the Ferrari is a “just” a notebook.

Not to sound ungrateful but I must admit, to the horror of many geeks around the globe, that the box sat untouched for much of the festive season. When I finally got around to opening the box I was disappointed I hadn’t cracked her open earlier; I fell in love with Windows Vista and was overwhelmed with all the new Office features.

So there I was with an AMD Dual Core beast with all the bells-and-whistles staring back at me, and yet there was no pen. First thing I did was connect to the internet, obviously, and looked for the latest Windows Updates, of which there were none. Then I quickly modified my Sidebar via the Gadget Gallery, and then I stared…I stared at the closed lid of my little box. What was staring back at me you might ask; only the most beautifully molded piece of Carbon Fibre (replica I think) staring right back at me, and at the heart of the stare was the shiny-Red Ferrari emblem, embossed as only the precious horse should be.

I believe there are only three types of men in the world: those that like Porsches, those that like Ferraris, and everyone else. I for one have always been a Porsche man, and if you ever sat in a Porsche Cayenne you’d know what I mean; and yet when this little Black Stallion pranced on his little yellow shield of honor all I could think was thank you Microsoft, thank you.

Many journalists battled with the morality of handing bloggers a FREE top of the range notebook. They saw it as a bribe and even worse as a form of blackmail. I think Mitch Denny put it best when he said we were already converted, we’ve only been blogging about the merits of Microsoft forever…come on! You only have to read my blog for 6 seconds to know that I am an unpaid evangelist, part of the VEP (Volunteer Evangelistic Program…LOL), who is a passionate advocate for all things MS, although my primary expertise is Tablet PC.

The dilemma lies herein; do we keep the notebook, give it back to Microsoft or give it away. When I received an email today from Frank Arrigo I couldn’t help but feel a little nudged! Perhaps they did have expectations of the giveaway…of course…and perhaps, rightly so, Frank was wondering why I hadn’t blogged about the event given that my blog has quite a “nice” global following. So tonight I’ve blogged about it, and even posted a simple video. You may remember Wacom gave me a Vista enabled Tablet board recently which cleverly turns any notebook, or desktop, into a Tablet PC. So what else was there left for me to do but Ink Enable my Ferrari; and that’s exactly what I did. The following is a little video showing exactly that. I am happy to blog about any of the Ferrari features you like, and even comment on Vista. This is your space so let me know how I can benefit you from this giveaway.





And for those of you interested my plan is NOT to keep it…that leaves two choices, I believe. ;-)


28 comments:

frank arrigo said...

send it over to me hugo

we can find a good home for it

and fwiw - my intention wasnt a nudge. i was just checking to see it had arrived - that's all

Gordon said...

Darn notebooks...They need to give you tablets to get away. I mean how better to seduce me away from my Mac and back to Windows and onto the tablet experience than with a freebie? :P

On that note, sadly, it's already starting...I talked work into getting me a Mac Pro for my desk and though I love OSX, I'm finding I'm far less productive running XP in a virtual machine. Sigh. Time to Boot Camp it so I can get my day to day work done more efficiently.

Hugo Ortega said...

LOL Frank

You know this isn't go back to you...if anyone can find happy home for the machine it will be this blog, or my son's school. Thanks for the offer though...

You'll see that my post is a bit of fun and tease. The Ferrariis beautiful in many ways but the best features on it remains Vista! Lovely!

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Gordon! WTF!

You are a long time reader and follower of this blog, and a MacBook Pro user...come' on. I thought if I hadn't converted you to Tablet by now that at least you would have a decent notebook. The only reason to have a make was the aesthetics, and now Windows Vista blows that out of the water...

Truth be told, I have a PowerMac G5 Dual Processor thing that arely gets used...lol

Steven said...

Hugo,
Thanks for the video. I guess when you mean keep watching for a video demo, you mean, watch, and watch, and watch,... lol We've been waiting for your UMPC family demo for a while now.
Anyway, you have other stuff to do that pay the bills.
That pad would be much more appealing if it did not need to be tethered to a computer.

Regards.
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Hugo Ortega said...

LOL Steven,

You made me laugh mate. Not only did you gather just how much work goes into these videos, and the amount of distraction they create in my life, but you also worked out they don't pay! The fact that you need to wait is NOT a tactic I use to keep you on the edge of your seat, but rather it's a result of everything I have to do inbetween (to "pay the bills") while I get a moment to do another. The video will be shot today and uploaded tonight! How's that! (UMPC family that is.)

Steven said...

Fantastic!

Or, as one of Microsoft's sweepstakes would put it...

Wow!

Gordon said...

Heh! I'm riding the fence on this one. For my home user stuff (pictures, music, email, etc) I really enjoy OSX. It's elegant and pretty much hiccup free for me.

At work though it's rough in that I do Windows for a living (and linux). I put Vista 32 on my Mac Pro this morning only to find out I need 64 to address more than 2GB of RAM thanks to the BIOS on the Mac. Grrrrr.

I'm still trying to convince myself that a Tablet would do everything I need. But you know..I haven't given up the thought yet. :)

Omar said...

Hello Frank,

Just noticed your comment in my blog, and added your link to the list of people who received this laptop from Microsoft.

If you're still looking to give away your laptop, I'd be glad to take it off your hands.

I promise to generate publicity to your blog too!

Contact me at alshamshoon@gmail.com if you want to send it to me.

Thanks!

- Omar

Hugo Ortega said...

HI Omar,

I will keep this in mind although I will admit to you know that it will probaly go to my son's school or someone in need of it locally...publicity stunts are not what I blog about. My incentive is the community and supporting you, I get enough love elsewhere...I will keep it in mind though. Thanks.

Omar said...

Okay Hugo I'm sure that laptop will be put to good use whatever you do with it. You seem really excited about the Vista launch, hope you have a good time!

- Omar

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Omar,

Thanks for your understanding. I will see what happens and obviously blog about it soon.

Vista launch was great!!!

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