Disclosure Time

Various companies are now offering me a chance to try out their equipment. In the past week I’ve received:

1) Lenovo X41 Tablet PC. I lent that to Jeff Sandquist so that he could try it out since he’s looking for a new Tablet PC.
2) OQO Tablet PC edition. I wish I could afford one of these. It is so cool to use this in the plane. Gets lots of looks since it’s so tiny.

I hear that Nokia is sending me a cell phone — the 90 (very brave of them) so that I can try that out. I also hear that Motion has a Tablet on its way to me. And I picked up various things at CES.

Does getting free stuff change my opinions? Of course! For one, I now have real-world experiences with these products.

Am I less likely to say something bad about them? Probably. If I can’t say something nice I probably won’t say anything at all.

But, I don’t like it when writers don’t disclose that they get stuff for free and I later find out about it. It feels dirty.

Flight to Pittsburgh is late

How do I know that? Cause I pulled a Rick Segal and checked Flytecomm. You can follow along. I’m on Southwest Airlines from Las Vegas to Philadelphia Pittsburgh. Flight 2348. I showed my Tablet to a bunch of people standing nearby with a picture of where our plane is. That was a hit.

Update: plane arrived 10 minutes late, just like Flytecomm said.

Google expands its ad network

It was pretty clear to me when I spoke at Google a few months ago that Google was now an advertising company. Today they bought their way into the radio business.

I wouldn’t be suprised if they bought into the TV business or magazine business either.

Google wants to be the one-stop-shop for advertisers.

This news is all over Memeorandum/Tech.