This one goes out to the entire team at the Microsoft Windows Beta team, and specifically Wendy who spearheaded the community aspects of the Beta program, making it an awesome program to participate in.
I was lucky enough to be randomly selected (from a bunch of guys who answered the Printing Management Service survey) to receive a bunch of gifts from Wendy and the Microsoft team, and here they are:
All the stuff together
Again, with labels:
Again, from a higher angle:
And now, to close-ups:
Ok, I’m not sure how they call this in English, but then again, from the height of my age (kidding) I don’t even remember the Hebrew name. I just remembered I had those as a kid in Kansas when I was three years old, except that the ones I had weren’t as cool:
The ergonomic pen, the USB-Powered Fish tank and the Frisbee took some trial and error to figure out., but they’re cool! The fish-tank is especially cool, being a ‘live light and water show’. My cats are gonna LUV this!
The next item is a multi-functional pen. You read it right – multifunctional. It’s a pen, but it’s also a bobble-head, and an LCD monitor anti-static dust brush. Sweet – except that it won’t stay standing up, the vacuum thingy is a bit dry, but it’s nothing a bit of water that dripped off the fish tank can’t fix.
The next couple of items I couldn’t quite figure out, so I had to have Wendy explain them to me :-P
I must be dead inside :-|
First is this spidery sticky thing. Basically, you throw it at anything like you would a Ninja star, and it stick to it. Sweet:
The rocket kept me feeling a bit stupid, as I had to have Wendy explain it to me, and I figured out how cool it was too late to use it against my co-workers. Anyway, I shot it at my cat several times and he played around with it, but every time I tried to take his photo while he was playing with it he just ran off (if you have a cat, you know how nearly impossible it is to get them to pose – they do what THEY want, when THEY want it). This is the best I could get:
And this is it. I wanted to take a photo with me in the T-shirt, but it’s a bloody 35 degrees Celsius (that’s 95 Fahrenheit!) and the T-Shirt is long sleeved and 100% ‘ultra’ cotton, so ….. computer says no.
I’d like to thank Wendy again for this great pack of stuff, and to everyone else at the Beta team for a great run and what’s looking up to be the most exciting Windows release since ol’ Bill debuted Win95 (I know, they say that about every release, but this one really has a good vibe about it).
Keep up the good work, and thank you for allowing us to take part in Windows history.
See you all at the Windows 8 Beta,