Bad Dog, No Biscuit

So here I am at linux.conf.au, and they’re giving out prizes. Up for grabs is a shiny new Nokia N810, and they’re pulling up names out of a hat, and they pull out my name! Yay, shiny new N810. Now, I already have the previous revision, a N800, so I thought I’d find a good home for the old one and told the crowd that I now have a N800 for sale. Except I don’t think I made it clear that I already had an older model and wanted to upgrade, and probably ended up sounding like I was just being mercenary, taking a free prize and cashing it in immediately. I got some dirty looks, so I just gave the shiny box back. Bugger. In retropsect, if I wanted to keep the newer N810, what I should have done was take the N810, pull out my old N800 and add to the give-away pile.

In the end, though, someone else undoubtedly more deserving got a cool Nokia tablet, and I still get to keep my original pocket full of awesome, which I’m perfectly happy with (I actually missed a boarding call at the airport a couple of weeks ago because I was immersed in pocket West Wing). Nobody really got hurt, except I looked like a tool up on stage. Oh, well, it’s not like that hasn’t happened before…

3 comments ↓

#1 Donna on 02.03.08 at 12:39 pm

Hey Nigel,

Sorry you missed out on the upgrade, and apologies for the confusion. Thank you for explaining what you really meant at the time… I’m sure this means you end up with positive karma in the end.

Otherwise – I hope you enjoyed the conference!

cheers
Donna
LCA2008 director

#2 Nigel Tao on 02.03.08 at 5:31 pm

Yeah, no worries. The conference was indeed thoroughly enjoyable. :)

#3 Sigi on 02.22.08 at 11:21 am

I guess that’s the problem with humour when people don’t know you. Knowing Nige, I just could never imagine him to be malicious or mercenary. A razor wit, definitely, but not nasty (ironically).