Windows Server 2008 launch event

Today I didn’t go into the office.  Today I went to the Wan Chai Convention and Expo Centre to attend the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 launch event.   I’d like to say it was fun.  I’d like to, but I can’t.  Oddly enough, going to a product event here in Hong Kong is not much different than going to a public festival.  It’s crowded and people will push past you to get to what you are trying to get to no matter what.

Add to this that the break-out sessions that I wanted to attend were all either full or in Cantonese only and it wasn’t all that great.  I really only wanted the free copy of Windows Vista Ultimate NFR and the little 3 Kingdoms figurines that they were giving away and I gotta say that it just wasn’t worth it to me to stay till the very end to try and get those.

But of course it was a Microsoft event and there were tons of vendors on hand to deplete my business card stash and add me to their mailing and call lists: all in the name of shwag.  Granted the shwag wasn’t as good as some events I’ve heard about, but it wasn’t bad.
Here’s a picture of the official Microsoft  Shwag Bag.
The official Microsoft Shwag Bag
It’s a pretty nice messenger bag with a compartment for holding a notebook computer smaller than mine.

Here’s the crap… I mean shwag… that I dumped out  of it after I got home.
Contents of the Shwag Bag
Which consisted of leaflets and folders from over a dozen companies that I could care less about, 4 spiral notepads, 3 post-it note bundles, a wireless mouse (no batteries), an inflatable drink float shaped like a tiny inflatable chair, a Swiss-Army like pocket knife, numerous CDs and DVDs with things on them I will never install, a couple of pens, 2 monitor wipey things, and a nice booklet of all the updates in Vista SP1: completely in Chinese.

I’m sure I missed a few things but who cares really.  It’s all crap and will almost all eventually end up in the trash just like usual.  It may take me a while but that’s the ultimate end for shwag.

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3 Responses to “Windows Server 2008 launch event”

  1. yoshi says:

    Well, at least you got a couple pens. you could definitely use those i’m sure. :D

  2. jason says:

    It’s all about the swag.

  3. Hmmm, your comments in the beginning about how the public behaves over there… It struck a chord in me. I am suddenly involved in a group presentation, which is actually only me and one other guy, about China. We quickly discussed it and decided I’ll do the “culture” and “religion” of China, while he’s going to do the history and other military type stuff.

    I thought I would just ask you… do you know of any websites or articles or journals… or I dunno, anything I can use for a source? I need to do an annotated bibliography and cite 5 journal article sources and 5 websites. ???

    Anyways, I just thought I’d ask, see if you already knew of a few cool places I could go for information.

    Thanks in advance, no matter what the outcome is. ;-)

    LOL. Ebay the shwag. Har har.

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