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My doorman just brought a package of blogger kryptonite, aka the Acer Ferrari laptop tricked out with Microsoft Vista and Office 2007. Before the recent brouhaha broke out, I was going to do a simple review, and then send the machine back to Microsoft. As I […]

My doorman just brought a package of blogger kryptonite, aka the Acer Ferrari laptop tricked out with Microsoft Vista and Office 2007. Before the recent brouhaha broke out, I was going to do a simple review, and then send the machine back to Microsoft. As I told InternetNews.com, “Frankly, I need another laptop like I need another hole in my head.”

If you have a tricked out MacBook Pro with Parallels, you don’t even need a Ferrari. I will buy Vista when it comes out, and upgrade the WinXP on my MBP, just so I can make sure everything works all across the platform.

Given that I am no Pete Rojas or Walt Mossberg, why would anyone read my review of a laptop? The only thing I thought that was worth checking out was Vista’s networking features, and Outlook’s VoIP capabilities. Regardless, the box sits here ready to be shipped back, unless of course my readers decide otherwise. Take the poll, and let me know. You have the entire weekend to decide.

This is my last post for today, so folks have yourself a Happy New Year!

  1. How about doing the review and donating the laptop to a local school? Or selling it and donating the money to charity?

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  2. You should definately forward it to me for review…then send it back.

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  3. sure that is an option. donating it to charity. i think it be safer if microsoft did that. don’t you think?

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  4. Just give it away to one of your readers through a contest. I believe Microsoft said this was Ok, at least that’s what I heard them telling other receivers of the laptops.

    This way someone gets new shinny laptop that wants it for the holidays.

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  5. Send it off to a lesser-known technology blogger (like myself) and we will review it! After that you may control its fate. Plus you’ll help build my pub and Microsoft will get its review! Win-win for all.

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  6. Oh, fine, OM! Delegate your ethical dilemmas to your readers. I guess that’s what social media is all about. ;-)

    My question is this: Since the laptop give-away (lend-away?) was co-sponsored by AMD, how come all the mud is landing on Microsoft and Edelman? How did AMD earn a pass in this brouhaha?

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  7. send it back and say no thank you…

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  8. I’d be angry with Microsoft for increasing my tax liability with a machine that won’t even run OS X.

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  9. “Blogger Kryptonite” is a very good description of the laptop. What a fiasco it’s turned into.

    I’m still wondering if there would’ve been such a storm had Apple sent out Macbook Pros to bloggers. Probably not…

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  10. Please do a review and then sell the laptop on ebay and donate the proceeds to an open source project of your choice.

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