Update on Windows Vista Laptop Blogger Controversy

Acer Ferrari 1000 with Windows Vista

Earlier this week, Microsoft & AMD via the PR firm Edelman, sent me and several other bloggers an Acer Ferrari 1000 laptop with Windows Vista as a “present” with “no strings attached” (that’s the wording that they used in the email they sent me). There has been quite a bit of controversy related to this issue.

Just to be clear, I never had any intention on keeping this laptop. I’m a Mac user and open source person and I’ve actually been in the process of purging all of my old PC’s. I use still Windows, but mostly for troubleshooting hosting issues with our Windows customers (I run a small web hosting company), IE compatibility testing for our websites, to try out Windows only betas and to play the occasional Windows only game. The way I run Windows XP now is with Parallels Desktop for Mac or Boot Camp and I will do the same with Windows Vista. I plan on purchasing the Windows Vista upgrade for our company like I have in the past with previous versions. Regarding the Acer Ferrari 1000 laptop, I will be unloading it in an interesting fashion. Stay tuned.

PR blogger Brian Solis wrote a great post about this issue over on PR 2.0. Jeremy Pepper of POP! PR also has a write-up about the ethical implications. Both are from the perspective of bloggers who work in public relations. I’m still curious to see what Tara Hunt think about all of this.

UPDATE: I’ve decided to auction off the laptop on eBay and donate the proceeds to EFF.

photo credit: Scott Beale
Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.