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What is the best tech giveaway you ever got?
Friday, June 10, 2016
- The first time I attended CES I went with my former business partner, Craig. We were walking across the convention floor and I saw a giant orange booth that went all the way to the ceiling. I suggested we should go see what they have going on, since they spent so much expense trying to get my attention. As we approached, an attractive female booth worker (formerly known as a "booth babe") said we could be entered in a drawing for a free giveaway if we dropped our business card in the bowl and watched their presentation.We dropped our cards in the empty bowl, and a few minutes later the presenter shows off these small dongles that were designed to go between your iPod and your PC. Each one would allow you to do various things not normally allowed by Apple. Keep in mind, this was the year the iPhone was introduced. The iPod was still ubiquitous but it was a closed off device. You could add or remove music using iTunes, but it was a one-way street. There wasn't an easy way to pull music down or use the device as a portable drive. Their products would do just that. One would turn your iPod into an external drive and backup your laptop to your iPod automatically when plugged in. The dongle I was most interested in was one that would let you suck the music off of your iPod and onto your PC.As the presentation went on, the crowd grew, which was disappointing to me because my odds of winning a giveaway were getting more and more slim. Finally the presenter wraps up his speech and asks the "booth babe" for the bowl of business cards. He announces he's going to give away the very dongle I was eyeing. He pulls a card, and calls out Craig's name. I faked my happiness for Craig, but I was deeply disappointed. It was almost worse that Craig got it than a random stranger. Before we could walk away though, the presenter decided he would draw another card since there were so many people that made it through his presentation. I was convinced there was no way he would pull my card though. He pulls out a second card... and he calls my name!The only other tech giveaway I really remember getting was not nearly as exciting. I once got a free flyswatter from Earthlink. It used to be that internet providers would compete for your business based on their ability to protect you from spam. So there, in the middle of a mall, was a kiosk run by Earthlink trying to get shoppers to signup for internet access, and they were handing out bright orange flyswatters with a giant "SPAM" sticker on the swatter part. I gave it to my friend, Liam, who happened to be working on a spam project at work... a direct competitor to Earthlink.