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Google Xmas Present

 10:14 am on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Arrived in the post today - a card in a leather container.

What is it?



 12:41 pm on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

A 2GB memory card, I hear.


 7:49 pm on Dec 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

They never give anything to the GAPs who bring in and/or manage the business... just the people who pay the bills. Ah well. I got a 128mb Google flash drive once when I went to the AdWords Training Seminar.


 9:03 pm on Dec 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

It's a 2gb flash memory drive. Stick it in your USB slot and watch your monitor (I know it doesn't look like a conventional USB connection, but trust me and do it).

Then you're ready to use!


 12:53 am on Dec 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

unique USB card, about the size of a credit card, also got a $100 gift card for some site that enables one to donate to educational projects at schools.


 5:31 pm on Dec 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

I had mine today (in the UK).

I probably wouldn't have guessed it was a 2GB flash drive if the customs declaration didn't have it printed on.

The usb attachment is pretty unconventional, but it works. Comes in a nice wallet and with a card in just about every language.

I may never use it, but shown it to a few people and get a couple of responses - 'Why did Google send YOU that?' and 'That's so cool'.


 6:49 pm on Dec 8, 2007 (gmt 0)

Got mine. pretty cool!

donated the $100 to a local elementary school here needing a laptop.

thanks google!


 6:13 pm on Dec 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm impressed, I just used the donation gift certificate to help out my old high school. That's the best swag I ever received from the big G.

If anyone is looking for a school to donate their gift cert to, the biology department at my old high school is in need of a new computer, sticky me if you want the permalink, they would really appreciate it and so would I.


 10:29 pm on Dec 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm guessing it is an el-cheapo gimmick product direct from China, with Google's logo on it.

I'd much prefer something that had some quality and usefulness, something that reinforced Google's brand image, rather than something that feels I like bought it from eBay for $2.

The USB drive they sent me, might work if I can be bothered installing the software on each PC I use, but being an internet professional, I already have a Cruzer.

Give me a mousepad, stress-reliever, mini-dairy, calendar any time - I have no use for 3rd-rate electronics.

(I wouldn't say no to a bar fridge!)


 10:10 am on Dec 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

As a veggie, I am narked to receive unwanted leather goods from Google.

My thoughts go out to the cow that gave up its life so Google could reward me for spending loads of money.

Was the leather container REALLY necessary?


 5:52 pm on Dec 15, 2007 (gmt 0)


Upon close inspection I'm pretty sure the pouch is synthetic. (I'm an ethical vegetarian too.)

The donation card to Donors Choose . org is the best gift Google has ever given.


 11:05 am on Dec 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yes I wasn't totally sure. I'm glad to hear it was synthetic. I threw it away before close inspection I must admit.


 5:57 pm on Dec 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hmm i did not get anything strange...


 6:06 pm on Dec 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hmm i did not get anything strange...

Were you looking for something strange?

Without a comma after 'anything' - that statement has a whole different meaning. :)


 5:44 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

The donors.org $100 donation card was great. Much better than the fridge I never use, the digital pic frame that I have no idea where it is, the Goolge hat I will never wear and the usb thing that I don't even know what it does.

Now, a math teacher has $100 to buy supplies for her trig students.


 6:12 pm on Dec 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Got two. I guess they treated my shorten name from some accounts as different one.

There is always that nice feeling when you get something. On another side, this is something to take space on your desk for some time, then in some drawer and that’s it. The laptop kit from couple of years ago was better. Little Google mouse etc… Even mood radio did it for many people I am sure.

Finally, a gift you can donate to somebody else is really cool idea.

I did $100 in cash to a local school. I'll ask them if they need 2GB usb drive. ;)


 6:22 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I got the flash memory and $100 gift cert to donorschoose.org a couple weeks ago... then today a lava lamp from Google. Not a $10 knock off from Walmart either, but an original Lava brand lamp.

Also, I got another $100 gift cert for donorschoose.org from Yahoo today.

Great job by both G & Y!

[edited by: PPC_Chris at 6:23 pm (utc) on Dec. 21, 2007]


 12:13 am on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

Lava Lamp is from your dedicated support person or team. ;)

Got one last year.


 7:11 am on Dec 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Two lumps of coal? Does that signify anything?...KF


 11:28 am on Dec 25, 2007 (gmt 0)


Can someone tell me off the top if the donorschoose.org certificate has an expiration date on it? It won't be close at hand for a few days and I'd truly hate to see it go to waste.



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