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Windows Server 2008 launch event

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

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.