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3:51 am on Nov 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Doubt that I'm the first, but this is sure early compared to last year when I was sitting in the bathroom feeling all rejected with a razor blade waiting to open a vein if that Google gift didn't show up the day before xmas.....

Just kidding, I use an electric razor, and it showed up :)

Tonight, the knock at the door came and it was the Fedex Santa once again bringing goodies to all the good boys and girls that shoved AdSense in their visitors faces all year long.

Everyone knows I've been naughty, but this gift sure is nice!

The gift specs are as follows:

* 3.6 inch TFT digital photo frame
* 960 x 240 TFT screen, 16 mega-color
* Picture: JPG format
* Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV and records WAV itself
* Video: ASF only
* Media: Internal memory and SD card, comes with sample slideshow in memory
* USB 1.1 interface
* Power: 4 AA batteries or USB 5V or AC/DC power adapter

All I can say, in my best Borat accent, is...
"IT'S VERY NIIIIIICE! I LIKE! HIGH 5!"

Thank you Google, well done ;)

Happy Holidays to everyone at Google and especially AdSense Advisor, Matt Cutts, Adam Lasnik, Vanessa Fox, Brian White, Phoebe Ho, or as Santa would call her, Phoebe HO! HO! HO! and if I missed anyone I'm sorry, you'll just have to send me hate mail.

Oh yes, Happy Thanksgiving to all you turkeys too ;)

[edited by: incrediBILL at 3:51 am (utc) on Nov. 23, 2006]

6:42 am on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can't they just give us some Google stock instead? That would be some gift.
2:57 pm on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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All I would like for Christmas is for November payment in my bank account before the 25th of December. That would put a smile on my dial.
8:43 pm on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, just got mine via fedex. Looks pretty cool!
3:01 am on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Mine arrived today.
4:39 am on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Got mine today ... pretty cool!
3:10 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Got mine yesterday. Also came with a multi-country power adapter and a small, presumably blank CD. The box it came in was fun too.

But, I've had the "file error" problem with the photo frame too. Of the 10 pics I tried to load up, only one shows and the rest are "file error".

It's a beautiful gift though, and once I figure out how to make it work properly, I'll be even giddier. How do they know what makes us geeks happy? They've done pretty well at that the last 3 years. My kids still love the light-up radio.

4:18 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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On the CD is a little program that will fix up images that give the file error. (or) When the images were re-sized with irfanview it gave the file error, but if it was resized with photoimpact it worked no problem.
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Got mine today, its pretty nice! First time i've received a gift from google!
10:27 pm on Nov 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Are the gifts delivered anywhere outsite the US yet (or at all)?
2:29 pm on Dec 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got mine yesterday, Thanks google!
12:58 am on Dec 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Got mine yesterday.
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Got mine and my wife had to talk me out of throwing it away. Granted, I get a little frustrated when I can't get things to work immediately. I can't get any pictures to work on it. All I get is file error messages. I've read of many other people having this problem. The software on that little disc that converts it to whatever jpg format it needs to be in is awful. Basically, I can only get it to accept photos straight from my digital camera, but nothing else. Nothing that has ever been touched by photoshop.

Any ideas on how to make it work?

[edited by: Murfman at 2:50 am (utc) on Dec. 2, 2006]

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If I had one I could probably tell you exactly what the issue is. But alas I'm still waiting.
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Almost four freaking years with AS and every year I heard about the gift here and I never got anything.

It's OK, I'll rather have my big check (actually is a direct deposit now) every month than a small gift for christmas.

Are those gifts suppose to go to those who make less than 3K/month? or any body can get it?

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I just read on a blog that anyone can save the photo using MSPaint and you wont get the error messages. I tried it, it works. I noticed that paint saved using uppercase file extension, so I tried changing photoshop settings to not use lowercase, but still didn't work in frame.

I wish Paint had a batch function. I'll have to go looking for that old copy of photoimpact I had around here. Hope it does batch processing like PS Elements does.

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I'm by no means a Google Adsense 'biggie' yet, but I would LOVE to get a freebie gift. :) Congrats on the gift - enjoy.

Christina

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I didn't get a picture frame, but I know that Microsoft has a power toy that does batch image resizing. If they use the same engine for making images in both paint and their resizer, then it might be a quick way to make your images compatible and even the right resolution to fit in the frame. Google "PowerToys XP". And good ol' MS made it free too :)
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I just got my frame today. I had the same problems... so I batched my pics in photoshop and then opened them one by one in MS Paint and simply saved. Uploaded to frame, reset power.... voila.

Quirky, but I love the frame.

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ho ho ho hehe I love it...
3:58 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just received my Google gift today. Earlier than last year.
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Congratulations to all you people on your successes!

It's always nice to read about other people's achievements, seem to give me hope to reach the same place as you guys though I'm still a terribly frightfully long way off.

Anyway, you guys make it sound so easy to hit the high end adsense income. But in truth, is it really that easy?

Could you all share of some obstacles and difficulties that you all had and have gotten through?

I understand that some of you guys have trade secrets that you need to guard with your life, so just the tip of the iceberg will do?

6:53 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got mine today in Florida, US. I don't think I'm even going to try to use it, looks complicated. I guess I'll just keep it in it's box and look at it every now and again like last year's gift. I have gotten lots of use out of the radio though, was listening to it last night!
8:06 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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spaceylacie it's just a little technology, nothing a sharp cookie like you can't handle ;)

My gift from last year is almost worn out! That USB kit and wireless mouse has been around the country and back a few times now. Can't live without the little thing so when it drops dead I'll have to replace it.

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Just got it in Connecticut - first time.

I am very happy to get it! (saved pics in Photoshop, then saved as .jpg as 640x480)... then had to power off and on again. Worked then.

Thank you Google!

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Still no sign of SantaGoogle™ or a GoogleGift™ for 2006 here in Massachusetts.

Please oh please SantaGoogle™!

I wrote a little song for you, to the tune of "Santa Baby":

SantaGoogle™ just slip a Frame under the tree, for me
Been a white hat for you
SantaGoogle™ so hurry down with FedEx to me.

SantaGoogle™ A Wireless Accessory too, in blue
I'll wait up for you, dear
SantaGoogle™ so hurry down with FedEx to me.

Think of all the fun I've missed,
Think of all the Ads that I haven't clicked,
You would give me a real big lift
If you'd send me a GoogleGift™

SantaGoogle™ I want a Mood Radio too, from you.
Been without tunes all year
SantaGoogle™ so hurry down with FedEx to me.

((Google "santababy mp3" (no quotes) about the 3rd down is a page called kong something and the Marilyn Monroe version of this song that you can listen to, or sing along using our new lyrics. Fun song.))

So whattaya say, SantaGoogle™? Please?

11:02 pm on Dec 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got mine today and it's a piece of crap, doesn't work. I get file errors trying to view a photo and sound cuts off 2 seconds into a song for mp3. Nice try google, but it's JUNK
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Works great for me. Easy to use no problems. My 7 year old daughter operates all functions with no problems.
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Just got my very first Google gift today. It was quite the nice surprise... thanks Google!

Happy Holidays to you guys/girls as well.

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G_Smitty, when my son has time this weekend, he's 14, I'm going to try to get him to show me what it is and how it works. incrediBILL, photo frames are not within my realm of expertise, not even close! I'm only sharp when it comes to some things... very few things when it comes to everything computer-related as a whole! Happy Holidays all!
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Does anyone, outside US (in Europe for example...) has already received any gift from Santa Google? ;)
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