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My favorite schwag item from VMworld 2008

As I sat in my cozy office, drinking from a VMware mug, wearing a SearchVMware.com t-shirt under my dress shirt, saving drafts of a SharePoint training presentation to a 1GB USB stick emblazoned with eG’s logo and watching Jan and Hannah go through their big bag-o-stuff from the conference, I mulled over something … what was the one thing, above all of the other schwag, that I wound up using most? The answer was the lowest-tech item there: Sun’s little black book.

Yup, just a small black notepad. I’ve already filled up ten pages of notes in just around two weeks, and I now carry it with me to all my meetings. I look less rude taking notes on paper than entering them into my Blackberry (the message most people get when they see that: “Is this person note-taking or is he texting?” You tell me!). It fits in whatever bag I carry, whether it’s a notebook case, organizer or nothing at all. It’s better than a USB drive due to the simplicity of “open and write” versus “boot and type.”

So, the Completely Unofficial Best of VMworld Schwag Award (TM, patent-pending, Copyright 2008, all rights reserved) goes to Sun Microsystems for providing such an elegant and simple tool.

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Hey, Joe, next show stop by the Cassatt booth for a glowing green swizzle stick. Especially useful to stir your cocktail (and at a show in Vegas, there are sometimes a few of those to be found). Perhaps not so useful back in your cozy office. Of course, that depends upon what you put in your VMware mug, I s'pose. :^)
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Glad you liked it! -Steve Steve Wilson VP, xVM Virtualization Software Sun Microsystems
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A little black book beats outlook any day. Leave it to the people at Sun to know that.
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Came back across this today... Sun may be gone, but this notebook is still seeing service.
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