NVIDIA Coughs Up iPods for Articles
October 27, 2007 4:43 AM
comment(s) - last by
If two iPods can get a Vista driver article, imagine what two high-end video cards yields.
When I used to review hardware, a slick gift was a polo shirt
I can't tell you the amount of USB thumb drives I've received over the last couple years. It first started innocent enough: 128MB drives to hold 100MB presentations. Unfortunately, over the last year or so the companies are more aggressive -- 1GB and 2GB modules "just for showing up."
"Keep the drive," the agencies say. "Our gift."
Its easy to overlook the odd thumbdrive. It's not so easy to overlook an iPod Nano ... or two. At my old company,
, anything that cost more than the price of shipping went back to the vendor, including the unsolicited stuff.
Reviewers are certainly not shy about accepting such gifts. Hardware.FR
proudly included two iPod Nanos sporting the NVIDIA SLI logo in a recent satire filler
) regarding NVIDIA's Vista SLI performance. It's a little unfair to single-out Hardware.FR, given that it took me no less than five minutes to confirm several other publications received the same gift.
It's bad enough when the rogue reviewer puts an unreleased next-generation video card on eBay. It's even worse when someone starts hawking the lagniappe as well.
To the reviewers: C'mon guys, do you really need the money that bad? Does anyone need proof of the effects of sloth and hubris on the tech journalism industry?
To NVIDIA: Shame on you. If your presentation was not able to capture the attention spans of reviewers without placing it on a pair of MP3 players, it shouldn't have been sent out.
NVIDIA has an embargo lift on its GeForce 8800 GT (codename G92) on Monday. The prudent reader should ask, "Am I reading a thoughtout analysis, or am I reading something coerced by two shiny new iPods?"
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Dailytech and the news of the future
10/27/2007 6:12:58 PM
Indeed, DT's code of conduct is very strict about sources of influence.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
Latest By Kristopher Kubicki
Hello AMD Socket G34
July 16, 2008, 5:38 PM
Update: AMD Preps Radeon 4850 Launch for June 25
June 19, 2008, 12:21 PM
Next-gen NVIDIA GeForce Specifications Unveiled
May 20, 2008, 3:52 PM
Newegg Guns for Amazon
April 22, 2008, 12:30 PM
Dodeca-core: The Megahertz Race is Now Officially the Multi-core Race
April 17, 2008, 6:51 PM
NVIDIA, AMD Set to Square Off Once Again This Summer
April 16, 2008, 1:37 PM
NVIDIA CEO: "We're Going to Open a Can of Whoop Ass"
April 10, 2008, 3:12 PM
Ternary Computing Might Make its Big Debut with Quantum Computing
April 6, 2008, 4:12 PM
Lies, Damn Lies and Identity Theft
April 4, 2008, 1:07 PM
The World Mourns the Loss of Arthur C. Clarke
March 18, 2008, 6:11 PM
AMD, Zen Processor might power the upcoming Apple MacBook Pro
September 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
Laptop or Tablet - Which Do You Prefer?
September 20, 2016, 6:32 AM
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Battery Issue Fixed
August 30, 2016, 6:30 AM
First Apple Computer Auctions for $815,000
August 27, 2016, 7:51 AM
Lenovo vs. Asus vs. HP - Best Laptop Under $500.00
August 19, 2016, 4:00 AM
Best Router for Your Home Network (Under $200.00)
August 6, 2016, 9:51 PM
Most Popular Articles
Are you ready for this ? HyperDrive Aircraft
September 24, 2016, 9:29 AM
Leaked – Samsung S8 is a Dream and a Dream 2
September 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs
September 25, 2016, 9:00 AM
Snapchat’s New Sunglasses are a Spectacle – No Pun Intended
September 24, 2016, 9:02 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Are farm children less likely to have allergies and asthma in adulthood?
Sep 30, 2016, 5:00 AM
MH 17 shot down by missile 'brought from Russia' into Ukraine's rebel territory
Sep 29, 2016, 5:00 PM
Burlington Gun Attack
Sep 27, 2016, 5:00 AM
Who is in Risk of Getting Oral Cancer?
Sep 23, 2016, 6:02 AM
France Bans Plastic Eating Utensils in Restaurants
Sep 18, 2016, 10:49 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information