Acer Ferrari 1000: Ours isn't for keeps

I've been reading that the Featured Community Laptop 'give away' has been receiving some bad press. I thought it would be a good idea to clear up some confusion surrounding this whole process as far as Neowin is concerned.

Microsoft has given the featured community bloggers the chance to review theses machines and then either send it back, give it away to our respective communities or keep it. Keeping the machine was said loosely, basically it is up to us to do as we see fit. On Neowin, we will be giving our review item away. Like previous competions the only requirement to enter our competion is that you are a registered user and you click a link to enter.

We don't require an essay, a subscription or 1000 posts within a week.

The winner will be announced before January 30th which is the date Windows Vista will be in stores.

Hopefully this clears up any confusion on Neowin or Microsoft's part, we like to represent our community for Microsoft and you can rest assured our review will be un-biased, just like that of Windows Vista.

Link: Tom Warrens Blog

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I have two questions:

first, i have been waiting for this link to finally be put up, so where is it? (not to seem rude, but i would love to win)

second, will this be available to those under 18? ( i hope so)

Would be nice to have - Very good decisson - Bet you guys no more than you are letting on then when it comes to the VanishingPointGame eh! Nudge Nudge !

Nice one Thanks !

Nice to see this generousity coming from Neowin's staff. Wasn't a giveaway done last year, or two years ago?

One nitpicker though: why the hell did you link to the "Bribing Bloggers" article? That writer, Mr. Vaughn-Nichols, is one known flaming-Microsoft-promoting-Linux nuthead. If I do a search on NFN I can pull out about three articles pulled and written from his ass.

I don't consider anything from him to be "bad press"... it's more like rants. Like this one.

Nice, I'll be entering this :)
This reminds me, what happened to the annual giveaways? They were supposed to be annual and the last one that happened was October last year, was it not? :worried:

:nuts: hmm a ferrari acer lappytop would be a lot better than my current paper weight Toshiba s120. But I asked Santa for one already and he didn't come thru :P

Are there any restrictions to this contest? E.g. Can Canadians win, too? Or people overseas? More importantly, to make it more fair.... Subscribers should get x2 votes, and staff should be disqualified entirely

has anyone seen this comment made on another blogger website?

I don’t see the Free Software Foundation handing out any Ferrari’s.

I'd like to make it very clear this is what we were told about the laptop originally from Microsoft:

“Full disclosure - while I hope you will blog about your experience with the pc, you don’t have to. Also, you are welcome to send the machine back to us after you are done playing with it, or you can give it away on your site, or you can keep it. My recommendation is that you give it away on your site.”