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  1. Nothing new. For many months now, Sun has been giving free machines to people who want to review and blog about it.

  2. Nothing new. For many months now, Sun has been giving free machines to people who want to review and blog about it.

  3. Then stop linking to Engadget, Robert!, because Ryan and Peter from Engadget were getting freebies = your idea of PayPerPost = from Microsoft and from others too. Shouldn’t you treat all equally?

  4. Then stop linking to Engadget, Robert!, because Ryan and Peter from Engadget were getting freebies = your idea of PayPerPost = from Microsoft and from others too. Shouldn’t you treat all equally?

  5. Ok.
    Where Have I to put my order?
    I need a small 12″ notebook for toilet that’s a place I blog marvellously.
    I need a Xeon 4 Gb RAM powered to blog deeply and strongly in my lounge room.
    And a 17″ widescreen Pavilion Ultra Super XGA for bedroom use. My romantic blogs are the better there.

    Ok Santa? ….ehm… Bill?

    I wait at the window…. ehm…. windows

    Stefania

  6. Ok.
    Where Have I to put my order?
    I need a small 12″ notebook for toilet that’s a place I blog marvellously.
    I need a Xeon 4 Gb RAM powered to blog deeply and strongly in my lounge room.
    And a 17″ widescreen Pavilion Ultra Super XGA for bedroom use. My romantic blogs are the better there.

    Ok Santa? ….ehm… Bill?

    I wait at the window…. ehm…. windows

    Stefania

  7. AFAIK, AMD is the one that provided the laptops to websites that are members of the Windows Featured Communities program, as well as several other Microsoft influentials. I think it was more of an AMD ploy to get dual core x64s into the hands of influentials then it was trying to get people to buy into Vista. Most of these people were relatively Microsoft-friendly to begin with.

    BTW, AMD said that the computers could be kept or given away. Most were kept.

    And to anyone that thinks it’s unfair, Microsoft gives away free crap to people who help them all the time. It’s called the MVP program.

  8. AFAIK, AMD is the one that provided the laptops to websites that are members of the Windows Featured Communities program, as well as several other Microsoft influentials. I think it was more of an AMD ploy to get dual core x64s into the hands of influentials then it was trying to get people to buy into Vista. Most of these people were relatively Microsoft-friendly to begin with.

    BTW, AMD said that the computers could be kept or given away. Most were kept.

    And to anyone that thinks it’s unfair, Microsoft gives away free crap to people who help them all the time. It’s called the MVP program.

  9. >i doubt any of these folks can be bribed with a laptop. you don’t think apple gave out ipods to celebs?

    Celebs? Most of the people associated with this giveaway are pretty low-level bloggers (C list bloggers). I run a laughably unpopular blog, yet mine ranks higher than almost every name associated with this giveaway.

  10. >i doubt any of these folks can be bribed with a laptop. you don’t think apple gave out ipods to celebs?

    Celebs? Most of the people associated with this giveaway are pretty low-level bloggers (C list bloggers). I run a laughably unpopular blog, yet mine ranks higher than almost every name associated with this giveaway.

  11. The Acer Ferrari discussion

    Robert Scoble linked to Scott’s laughinsquid (one of the recipients), who in turn linked to Australian Long Zheng, who links to a lot of other bloggers (including me, thanks!) and got into digg and Slashdot as “Microsofot bribing bloggers with laptop…

  12. Robert, this “they do not keep gifts” is a lie because they give these free gifts away to readers what boosts their readership, so if these free gifts are not a personal bribe, they are a bribe to the website! Don’t you see it?

  13. Robert, this “they do not keep gifts” is a lie because they give these free gifts away to readers what boosts their readership, so if these free gifts are not a personal bribe, they are a bribe to the website! Don’t you see it?

  14. Mmmm. There is a major difference between giving away a product for review, giving (small) gifts as tokens of appreciation or means of promotion, and giving away an expensive product worth many times the price of the product you are promoting.

    Depending on the relationship between the giver and the receiver, the latter is usually referred to as either payment or a bribe…

  15. Mmmm. There is a major difference between giving away a product for review, giving (small) gifts as tokens of appreciation or means of promotion, and giving away an expensive product worth many times the price of the product you are promoting.

    Depending on the relationship between the giver and the receiver, the latter is usually referred to as either payment or a bribe…

  16. [...] This story broke recently and it really blew up fast. It seems that Microsoft, through its marketing dept., has been giving free no-strings-attached notebooks to a few bloggers. The notebooks are Acer’s Ferrari top-of-the-line (a few different sizes were given) and are running Vista. Microsoft seems to be trying to get some blog buzz going, but at $2200 dollars a shot, it is an expensive marketing technique. [...]

  17. Robert, and what about company giving free hotel and free travel and free invitation to event – isn’t it bribery too? BTW: your pal Edwards has ZERO CHANCES because Hilary Clinton will be next candidate of Democrats for president of USA. Your efforts to promote Edwards are therefore in vein.

  18. Robert, and what about company giving free hotel and free travel and free invitation to event – isn’t it bribery too? BTW: your pal Edwards has ZERO CHANCES because Hilary Clinton will be next candidate of Democrats for president of USA. Your efforts to promote Edwards are therefore in vein.

  19. Scoble, make your “V for Vendetta” and send me the laptop if you receive it.. i will install a Gentoo.. it’s a scout promise!

  20. [...] Long Zheng reveals that a number of bloggers received Ferraris (of the laptop variety) from Microsoft this holiday season. Best (tongue-in-cheek) line: I don’t see the Free Software Foundation handing out any Ferrari’s. There’s already some predictable grumbling at this unprecedented largesse in the comments to the post and Robert Scoble observes amicably, “THAT is my idea of PayPerPost!” Filed under General Business, Public Relations, Microsoft [...]

  21. The only thing I ever got from Microsoft was the crasking of my computer when they brought about winxp sp2.I had to reinstall and do everything over from scratch. Good thing I did weekly backups. I think I deserve a free microsoft vista computer for my troubles

  22. The only thing I ever got from Microsoft was the crasking of my computer when they brought about winxp sp2.I had to reinstall and do everything over from scratch. Good thing I did weekly backups. I think I deserve a free microsoft vista computer for my troubles

  23. Once you accept a gift like this (and if you don’t have to return it then it is most certainly a gift) you have officially defined yourself as a whore. Just like the bloggers who took money from politicians, or the ones who accepted free trips to Amsterdam. You’ve hung out a sign that says, “I’m for sale.”

    That’s your choice. But pretty soon nobody can be sure if you’re espousing a point of view because you truly believe it or because somebody paid you to believe it. And if you think you can accept payola without it affecting your independence, you’re extremely naive.

    Oh, and you forfeit all rights to speak credibly about the biases of the mainstream media.

  24. Once you accept a gift like this (and if you don’t have to return it then it is most certainly a gift) you have officially defined yourself as a whore. Just like the bloggers who took money from politicians, or the ones who accepted free trips to Amsterdam. You’ve hung out a sign that says, “I’m for sale.”

    That’s your choice. But pretty soon nobody can be sure if you’re espousing a point of view because you truly believe it or because somebody paid you to believe it. And if you think you can accept payola without it affecting your independence, you’re extremely naive.

    Oh, and you forfeit all rights to speak credibly about the biases of the mainstream media.

  25. Wow thats a cool xmas gift. I have got softwares and games in the past from different vendors, no computers as yet.

    Uncle bill do you need my p o box address :)

  26. Wow thats a cool xmas gift. I have got softwares and games in the past from different vendors, no computers as yet.

    Uncle bill do you need my p o box address :)

  27. The two immutable forces on earth eh?

    Gravity & Greed. Look at all the gimmie gimmies clamouring for their free stuff even though they probably can’t review for nuts.

    Disclosure is a fine thing, but even so each occurence chips away at the credibility of the reviewer.

    Would you rely on Kevin trudeau’s medical advice?

    Chuck Norris or Christie Brinkley’s fitness equipment choices, knowing that their opinions were offered without fear or favour?

    If so then what would that say about your credibility?

  28. The two immutable forces on earth eh?

    Gravity & Greed. Look at all the gimmie gimmies clamouring for their free stuff even though they probably can’t review for nuts.

    Disclosure is a fine thing, but even so each occurence chips away at the credibility of the reviewer.

    Would you rely on Kevin trudeau’s medical advice?

    Chuck Norris or Christie Brinkley’s fitness equipment choices, knowing that their opinions were offered without fear or favour?

    If so then what would that say about your credibility?

  29. Ohhh…I really, really want a “giftee” one too! I’d even promise to get my tubes tied (maybe) if they gave me one (maybe), although I have absolutely no idea at all why they would do such a foolish thing! Unless someone at Microsoft would really enjoy hearing about me getting tied and tangled into absolute knots learning how to use a PC, having been a MAC user for 21 years….

  30. Ohhh…I really, really want a “giftee” one too! I’d even promise to get my tubes tied (maybe) if they gave me one (maybe), although I have absolutely no idea at all why they would do such a foolish thing! Unless someone at Microsoft would really enjoy hearing about me getting tied and tangled into absolute knots learning how to use a PC, having been a MAC user for 21 years….

  31. [...] The morning of the 28th is when I started to read about people getting upset about Microsoft and AMD sending us this hardware. It started to blow up all over the place. Some flippant comments gave people the wrong idea (come on Robert, you should know better), some were constantly-evolving-multiple-edit stories (the graphic up top there didn’t always say “Free”), and some were just full of angry people calling it a bribe. Some of the bloggers that received the units are new at this and getting beat up unfairly over it because they didn’t do or say exactly what some people thought they should have, which is unfair. All of this happened over Christmas as well, so anyone that thinks we should have been rushing to update our blogs instead of spending time with friends and family needs to get a life and some friends and family of their own. [...]

  32. [...] Scoble “Talk about Pay Per Post.” . OK I confess I sent Scoble a gift- a Monkey Phone Call. In short you pay a dude ten bucks, he calls someone up and screams like a monkey- really- I am not kidding- I mean screams, great service and highly in demand. I offered one to Steve Rubel, via Linked IN too (Robert said he wouldn’t appreciate it- so much for micropersuasion) to cheer him up over the Walmart thing. The guy seemed morose and I liked him. I offered him $10.00 to get himself one, or I would buy him one (I have his digits anyway.) Blank. Way to treat a client. Zero response. I failed in persuasing on a micro level. Then again maybe he had nothing to do with it…maybe it is the dark arts division or something… [...]

  33. [...] ¿Porqué hay gente que habla tan bien de Vista a pesar de los problemas de seguridad, los precios, etc.? Según eWeek porque Microsoft les está sobornando con un bonito portátil Acer Ferrari con el Windows Vista instalado. Más en http://www.istartedsomething.com.nyud.net:8080/20061227/microsoft-free-ferrari, scobleizer.com/2006/12/26/microsoft-sending-free-computers-to-bloggers/ [...]

  34. Microsoft is kind and their Xbox PR Edelman gave me a copy of Roboblitz and John Porcaro gave me Viva Pinata, not much but it was nice. A computer would be to much, not that great of a blogger yet but wish I got one.

  35. Microsoft is kind and their Xbox PR Edelman gave me a copy of Roboblitz and John Porcaro gave me Viva Pinata, not much but it was nice. A computer would be to much, not that great of a blogger yet but wish I got one.

  36. Robert,

    I imagine it is as much to do with Intelligent Processor Architecture and Networking Mirroring Neural Nodes and Synapses of the Brain, AMD’s Forte, as with a SMART Operating System which builds ITs own UpGrades from Transparent Applications Run on Vista Machines.

    Running in Parallel with Open Source would be a Boon and a worthy Facility which apparently is presently denied.

    Then IT would be Fit for AI Purposes…… and NeXXXXt Generation Quantum Operating Systems Networking.

    That is the Computer MetaMorphing into a Network. Heavy METAI.

  37. Robert,

    I imagine it is as much to do with Intelligent Processor Architecture and Networking Mirroring Neural Nodes and Synapses of the Brain, AMD’s Forte, as with a SMART Operating System which builds ITs own UpGrades from Transparent Applications Run on Vista Machines.

    Running in Parallel with Open Source would be a Boon and a worthy Facility which apparently is presently denied.

    Then IT would be Fit for AI Purposes…… and NeXXXXt Generation Quantum Operating Systems Networking.

    That is the Computer MetaMorphing into a Network. Heavy METAI.

  38. Please i need to get a free..pc. bilive it or not i am still using a pentium1..which is rather slow..i have tryd upgrading it but its js a waste of time. i desperatly need your help. memesofmwami@yahoo.com. thank you!!

  39. Please i need to get a free..pc. bilive it or not i am still using a pentium1..which is rather slow..i have tryd upgrading it but its js a waste of time. i desperatly need your help. memesofmwami@yahoo.com. thank you!!

  40. hi i really need a comuter my family doesnt have money to get anything and we all have to sharefood just to get by from day to day so pleaseif u r giving away any thing it dont matter what it is can u please give it to me and my family thank

    GOD BLESS U

  41. hi i really need a comuter my family doesnt have money to get anything and we all have to sharefood just to get by from day to day so pleaseif u r giving away any thing it dont matter what it is can u please give it to me and my family thank

    GOD BLESS U

  42. this is sbdul nasir belongs to oneof the poor family of pakistan but is so insspired by the help of “Microsoft”
    as i am too poor to pay and buy a computer for my self
    which i will use for to get information and education by using internet .so therefor i request to “microsoft”to please send me a computer for me. i shall be very thankfull to “microsoft” which is one he best poor helpers company to send a computer for nasir .if you would please consider me fit for the above statement so please e maial to me by the address given aobve.bye

  43. this is sbdul nasir belongs to oneof the poor family of pakistan but is so insspired by the help of “Microsoft”
    as i am too poor to pay and buy a computer for my self
    which i will use for to get information and education by using internet .so therefor i request to “microsoft”to please send me a computer for me. i shall be very thankfull to “microsoft” which is one he best poor helpers company to send a computer for nasir .if you would please consider me fit for the above statement so please e maial to me by the address given aobve.bye

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  46. I’am a poor student in SRI LANKA.now i’am following a computer GRAPHIC course.But i don’t have a computer can you give me a LAPTOP COMPUTER.PLEASE KIND ABOUT ME!!!!!

  47. I’am a poor student in SRI LANKA.now i’am following a computer GRAPHIC course.But i don’t have a computer can you give me a LAPTOP COMPUTER.PLEASE KIND ABOUT ME!!!!!

  48. I JUST GOT AN ADDMISSION IN THE UNIVERSITY ,BUT TO DO WELL IN MY COURSE I NEED A PERSONAL LAPTOP PLS I WOULD BE GRATEFULL IF U GET ME ONE I LIVE IN NIGERIA.THANKS

  49. I JUST GOT AN ADDMISSION IN THE UNIVERSITY ,BUT TO DO WELL IN MY COURSE I NEED A PERSONAL LAPTOP PLS I WOULD BE GRATEFULL IF U GET ME ONE I LIVE IN NIGERIA.THANKS

  50. Sir,
    My son is need of a laptop for his programing subject but I cannot buy him due to financial difficulty. I will be very gratefull if you can send me a laptop even second hand for my son not to fail his subject.
    Please, please, please sir help my son.

    Thamk you

  51. Sir,
    My son is need of a laptop for his programing subject but I cannot buy him due to financial difficulty. I will be very gratefull if you can send me a laptop even second hand for my son not to fail his subject.
    Please, please, please sir help my son.

    Thamk you

  52. PLEASE,
    I AM VERY POOR STUDENT. I DONT HAVE A COMPUTER BECAOUSE I WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER STUDIES BUT MY EDUCATIONAL EXPENSE IS TOO MUCH. I CANT THINK ABOUT PURCHASE A COMPUTER . SO PLEASE HELP ME FOR CONT…. MY COMPUTER STUDY SEND A LAPTOP MAY BE POSIBLE OTHERWISE THIS MY ONLY DREAMS.I CANT THINK ABOUT THAT .
    MY ADDRESS :
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  53. PLEASE,
    I AM VERY POOR STUDENT. I DONT HAVE A COMPUTER BECAOUSE I WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER STUDIES BUT MY EDUCATIONAL EXPENSE IS TOO MUCH. I CANT THINK ABOUT PURCHASE A COMPUTER . SO PLEASE HELP ME FOR CONT…. MY COMPUTER STUDY SEND A LAPTOP MAY BE POSIBLE OTHERWISE THIS MY ONLY DREAMS.I CANT THINK ABOUT THAT .
    MY ADDRESS :
    Ward No. 05, Post Office Talhar, District Badin, Sindh, Pakistan. (Talhar)

  54. to protect the piaracy there is simple and clean way .. but how i can trust that microsoft will give me the computer

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  56. respected sir
    iam doing in engg i really need a comuter my family doesnt have money to get anything and we all have to sharefood just to get by from day to day so pleaseif u r giving away any thing it dont matter what it is can u please give it to me and my family thank

    regards
    rajasekar.M

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