It looks like folks are starting review the year that was and it won’t be long before the predicions start rolling in. I thought it might be fun to tag posts with the predictions2007 tag – spread the word – now to work on my predictions for 2007.
Bella woke me up this morning wanting to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). I’m on holidays so I thought why not, I climbed out of bed, grabbed a “blankie” and a pillow and zoned out on the couch while the movie rolled.
By about mid-way through the movie I was woken up by the door bell, since Nicola wasn’t up I figured I should shake off the snooze and answer it. At the door there was a courier standing there holding a medium sized box (I’m all about scientific measurements in the morning). Anyway – along the outside of the box the words “Acer” were printed – my dazed expression turned to a giddy smile.
Backstory: About mid-December I was contacted by Aaron Coldiron from the Windows Product Management Group and asked if I would like to try out an Acer Ferrari 1000 courtesy of the Windows Vista team and AMD (the Acer Ferrari has a Turion64 dual core processor and ATI graphics). I was interested in trying out the device mostly because I hadn’t used Vista on a 64-bit machine before and I hadn’t used an AMD processor in I don’t know how many years.
Anyway, I carried the box into the bedroom and woke up Nicola to show her the box (I know how to impress the girls). I then moved forward to the unboxing ceremony. The first step was to get rid of the courier box. Inside was a nice black box with Acer and Ferrari branding. I pulled it out and unwrapped it all.
Inside the box you get the following components:
So that is the unboxing. I’ve now tuned on the device and have started to get a feel for it but I will be following up with a more detailed post on how various parts of Vista work with the Ferrari but for now a few final physical observations.
Well – thats it for now, you can check out the rest of the photos up on Flickr check back later on for a more detailed investigation of how well the device goes with Windows Vista and Office 2007. My wife is an expert Vista-novice so I will be enlisting her help to try out all the features.
P.S: From the desk of Loki . . .
OK – so this is the first time that someone has sent me a device to review, and even though I am a pretty active blogger I thought it was pretty weird. However, it now looks like I am a participant in a viral marketing campaign called the “Vanishing Point” game. Along with the laptop came a letter “From the desk of Loki” with the following text:
You are now a decoder. There are only a few like you, but thousands more are looking for you. Find the other decoders before Zero Hour. Go to: www.vanishingpointgame.com
A spectacular adventure is on the horizon…. can you find it before it disappears?
P.S. I’ve hidden something in a puzzle box for you. Find the box, find the way to open it?
After reading the letter there was a knock at the door (spooky) and our neighbor delivered a box, presumably the courier must have thought it was for them (we live on a split block). Inside the cardboard box was a wooden trick box which took me a few moments to open up. Inside was another copy of the letter and a USB memory stick and on the stick were three files:
I have uploaded the video to Soapbox on MSN Video under the tag of “vanishing point”. I am uploading from an ISDN connection so progress is slow. Anyway – I am off to find fellow decoders and crack some of the puzzles!
Update: Folks have requested that I post up the cypher key image. As you can see the key is not a new one as I’ve seen it posted on the Internet is a few other locations – thanks to those who referred me to http://vanishingpointwiki.com.