And Now, On an Entirely Self-Serving Note

Hey, now that I think about it, why wasn’t I tagged by Microsoft for their nifty “here’s a laptop with some Vista on it” promotion? I totally have a higher Technorati ranking than most of these dudes! I get 25,000 visitors a day! I’ve got a punchy, engaging prose style! Clearly, there was an error in the selection process. They should send me that laptop with Vista on it. Also, Office 2007. And an Xbox 360 with the optional HD-DVD drive and Gears of War. And a pony. Which I know is not something that Microsoft usually produces or markets, but, you know. They have to make it up to me.

Indeed, I don’t know why I’m not entirely flooded by tech gadgets from tech publicists and marketeers all the time. I am the disposable income demographic. That’s all I’m saying. Tech folks, you know where I am, and you know how to get your stuff to me. I’ll be waiting. Oh, yes. Waiting.

21 Comments on “And Now, On an Entirely Self-Serving Note”

  1. Your problem is that you seem to believe that honesty is a fairly good policy to follow. Given the state of (a) Microsoft Software and (b) Acer laptops honesty is probably NOT what they are looking for.

  2. Scalzi – Indeed, I don’t why I’m not entirely flooded by tech gadgets from tech publicists and marketeers all the time.[/quote]

    I guess you just don’t have the “know” for it. :-D

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  3. Well some people in Redmond read your blog (and books). Billy’s a bit bitter – and wrong but hey, you can’t win them all.

  4. re Pony 1.0: There’s a saying in MS, “Quality is job 3.1.”

    re Office 2007: I’ve been using the beta. I don’t know if it’s worth the price of upgrading. Word’s master doc feature is still craptacular. Saving in XML does more for me as a developer rather than user. Ribbon menu is nice though.

  5. Nate Trost:

    Yeah, I saw the brown Zune and wondered if was made from corduroy. Which, you know, is not a good sign.

  6. This has the makings of a perfect case of be careful what you wish for. I see you getting the laptop and then the Whatever entry 30 days after about how you had just written the most inciteful entry ever for a blog, but, alas, the computer crashed.

  7. Considering how lackluster your praise for that free cameraphone was awhile back, I can’t say as I’m surprised. Get with the brownnosing, ya doof!

  8. Scalzi-
    Good post! It and the comments gave me two LOL moments – ‘And a pony’ was the first, sxKitten’s MS Pony 1.0 was the second -that one had the house resounding in peals of laughter. As for getting on the swag distribution lists- maybe you have to bait ’em.
    Like they bait for sharks (and lawyers)- throw out some chum and see if you can get a little churn…

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