Microsoft, Vista and AMD

In the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to point out that I didn’t get a free laptop from Microsoft and AMD – but if I did , I’d tell you honestly how it would influence my planned (wished for…) purchase of a Macbook Pro.. – I’m just that kind of guy.

On a serious side, some people are up in arms about this. They feel it takes away from the honesty of the ‘sphere. I’m of the mind that if it’s with full and honest disclosure, there’s nothing wrong with it. Even in pre-blogging days, people would get something like a bottle of Scope in the mail to try for free.. While it didn’t prompt people to write full-page articles, there was a good chance the water cooler conversation the next day mentioned how strange it was to get free mouthwash in the mail.

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  1. Bruce Murray says:

    Hey Bob, sorry to hear that a Ferrari laptop was not forthcoming, you definitely deserve it, but I think you’re better off holding out for the MacBook Pro (I’ll call Steve and put in a good word).

    I think most people are forgetting that tech journalists on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and yes, blogs and podcasts, have been receiving “demo” products for years. It is part of the hardware/software business. And almost no new products would get reviewed if the reviewers had to go and buy them themselves. The letter was very open and said that they were looking for honest no-strings-attached feedback if the bloggers chose to blog about it, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.

    The question is: does it require a $4000 laptop to run Vista properly? Otherwise it’s like sending a car stereo for review wrapped in a Porsche. And that would raise suspicions.

    – Bruce

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