Tech-Ed 2004: I Won a Media Center PC!!!

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Last night I attended the Microsoft Office System party at the Hard Rock Cafe. The “Unauthorized Rolling Stones” were playing and the crowd was into it. I was primarily there for the food at first, but after a few free drinks, I was having a jolly good time talking to people. Even met a techie from Juneau, Alaska. Though I live in L.A., I still claim Anchorage since my family still lives there. So it was nice to bond with another Alaskan. Especially as I didn’t figure the Alaskan government would be using .NET.

In any case, I stuck out the party till the end and was rightly rewarded for it. I won the grand prize of the raffle which was a 3GHZ HP Media Center PC. It’s one of them TIVO like systems with 160 GB hard-drive, ATI Radeon 9200 (I think), TV and Radio Tuner, etc… I hear the next version of the Media Center operating system will support HDTV.

The funny part is that at the time, I was bummed I didn’t win second place which was a Tablet PC. I even went up to the guy who won it and offerred a trade, but he wasn’t having it. Especially considering I had to carry this big honking box to my car. ;)

Thanks Microsoft!

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  1. Avatar for Koba
    Koba May 28th, 2004

    The charmed life continues (you are now 2 for 2 while intoxicated -- Vegas, Let It Ride)... I wonder if MSFT realizes that the second place prize is coveted over the first place. Strange.

  2. Avatar for Jeremy Brayton
    Jeremy Brayton May 28th, 2004

    2 letters sum up why the 1st place prize is worse than the second place prize:

    H and P. Get any other manufacturer to make the computer and it might actually be better than a Tablet PC :)

  3. Avatar for (haac (haac June 1st, 2004

    Hmmm... Good advice Koba. I think I'm going to go to the liquor store, get really tanked, and as I'm leaving, purchase a lotto ticket.