Interop 2011

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If you have ever had the opportunity to attend the Interop conference you know that it is the premier place to be for the hottest new IT gadgets. Interop 2011 in Las Vegas, NV was no exception. Now you might be thinking I am referring to servers, firewalls and switches but you would be wrong. I’m talking about the great swag the vendors give away by the truckload. In addition to the bags, flashing pens and USB lights, it seemed like every other vendor was entering you into a contest to win an iPod, iPad or iPhone. The biggest crowd of hopefuls I saw was at the Dell booth when they were giving away a 55 inch flat screen LCD TV from Visio.
Most vendors just asked to scan your RFID enabled attendee badge and that would enter you to win, oh I don’t know, maybe an iPod, iPhone or iPad. One vendor got creative and brought a couple of claw crane games where attendees try to grab small white boxes that could contain anything from a bouncing ball to an, you guessed it,  iPhone, iPad or iPod.
McAfee went so far as to have a cash grab booth. You listen to the sales spiel and if you can quickly answer questions asked about the presentation you get to climb into a booth, strap on goggles and look like a dork trying to grab a couple of dollar bills swirling around you.  Of course you are a dork with a few extra dollars, so maybe it can be worth playing the fool.

Is This Love or Bacon?

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Is there anything better than that sweet, heady smell of bacon frying? The only thing I can think of is the rich smell that wafts into my nostrils the next morning when I unwrap a package of cold bacon. There is something about day old bacon that sets my taste buds dancing. I think I have found kindred spirits over at Bacontoday.com . There you can find news, recipes, and events all related to sliced pig flesh. Could it be that there is even a bacon convention? Yes, and you can be more knowledgeable about when and where by visiting the convention web site at http://www.ba-con.org/ . If you are worried that all of these militant bacon lovers will deplete the world’s supply before you can make that next run to the store, you can always visit the guys at Thinkgeek.com and stock up on tactical bacon. Remember, the best defense is a good offense.

Being a Geek Has Never Been So Fun

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I love geeky things that the masses don’t grab on to. One such thing is the game Khet. I had wanted the game since seeing it on one of my favorite online shops ThinkGeek.com a couple of years ago. Last Saturday I was out garage saling (one of my favorite weekend activities) when I came across the original version of the game. It was in almost perfect condition and I got it for a song along with some computer stuff. I couldn’t believe that I had such luck. I brought it home wondering if I could ever convince my wife to play a game where you bounce lasers off of angled mirrors to try and kill your opponent’s plastic Pharaoh. It turns out I didn’t have to. My six-year-old son not only decided to be my opponent but he also taught himself and me how to play the thing. He didn’t seem to mind that the game is MENSA award winner and for ages 9+.

Of course, now that I have the game I want the updated version Khet 2.0. For now though, I will pat myself on the back for being in the right place at the right time and try to perfect my strategy on the version I have. I had better because my son is too smart for my own good. You can visit http://khet.com/ to buy or learn more about Khet 2.0 . They even sell Khet t-shirts so you can impress the general public by advertising something they’ve probably never heard of.