Not sure if this is allowed (could be counted as advertising, but...it's a MacBook Air!)
Wow, the guys over at the Australian MacWorld have really outdone themselves this time.
From the website:
"Win a MacBook Air!
We're giving away a MacBook Air valued at $2499, just to find out what a reader thinks of it. All you have to do is write a review between 250 and 500 words of the Mac you're using right now."
Have fun, and good luck!
Nice. I wonder how much email they'll have to sort through to determine a winner!
2005 15" PowerBook G4 1.67Ghz (1st Mac purchased on the day iTunes AU opened!); 2014 15" Retina MacBook Pro (16GB RAM; Nvidia 750M); iPad 3rd Gen 64GB w/ cellular
I reckon it's more of a ploy.. instead of, "tell us your sob story about how you can't afford a new mac and are stuck using a dinosaur"... they get you to write about what mac you're using, all the time hunting for the person using the oldest and shittiest machine..
All those flashing their wares with MPB C2D - digging their own graves...
Of course I could just be wrong!
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You know it's just a ploy to get people posting on their forums
Apple never gives us Macs to give away!
I just signed up and they have a pre-requisite that I give my date of birth, my gender, postcode, field I work in etc. There's no option on the page to skip this (I bet a lot of people continue and give up this information), but if you just leave the page and go back to the forums, you can log in. To me, that sort of stuff really sets the tone for the ideology for the forum.
Don't forget how much that personal info decryption was talking about is worth to their advertisers for their magazine or web ads.
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Which is why registration questions like "Household Earnings" got dropped years ago. People who filled it in couldn't be trusted to tell you the truth, and those who might tell the truth might not actually want to.
MacWorld's Postcode question is a great case in point. I know lots of people who intentionally freak that question whenever asked it... usually by naming the postcode for Darwin or somewhere equally remote (if you're in Melbourne). Totally ruins the data if enough people do it.
I like your review uncyherb, "even though Megan is more svelte than a newspaper on Christmas day"
but what if they could get the average age and gender.
So for example if the average age was 25 and male they might have ads about new beers or clubs (not that you would really get that on a mac forum, but it will do for the purpose of this)
whereas, if the average age was 45 and male, they might have ads about cars that are exotic and at the higher income levels for those going through a mid life crisis.
That sort of info completely changes the advertising and the prices they can charge as they know it will be more likely to be accepted by their target demographic or as someone was saying about the mac guy arrogant article, the psychographic or something...
I've signed up... I don't intend to post over there, beyond this competition though.
MacWorld have given computers away before, though not sure how they fund the competition. I know for instance they gave away a Twentieth Anniversary Mac in 1997, back when they were at their original US$7500 price... So I very much guess that Apple AU gave them one in that case!
Written 2 reviews so far... 2 more to go (That is to say, based on the Macs that I use at least now and then in my home)
Well, I only got 2 of my reviews done...
13 minutes left, for anyone who wants to write one and submit it.
Here's hoping... though my fiancée's already claiming the Air will be HER laptop to use at Uni, cos the Pismo is so heavy.