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Wanna Give Yourself Away?

The days of being the next Subway Jared (with a lifetime of free food and years of paid commercials for being a reformed but still chubby dork) are long gone, I fear.

Just like CBS and their 15 seconds Super Bowl Commercial hijinks with YouTube, Southwest Airlines signed up with the Tube for the NBA Playoffs.

The Wanna Get Away contest invites anyone and everyone to submit a 30-second video of original content. The grand prize being that it will be shown. On TV. During a basketball game. “You have the chance to have millions of people laugh at you.” And…

Entrants grant permission to Sponsor to use their names, likenesses, biographical information for promotional or advertising purposes in all media worldwide, without notice or further compensation

It’s more like — Wanna Give Yourself Away? ….Be exploited your entire life, without a dime or free flight to show for it?

Microsoft Office 2007

The long-awaited MS Office 2007 is here but is it worth it? The NYTimes’ David Pogue says, why hell yes: “After a radical redesign, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are almost totally new programs.”

It may help MSFT that the apps are finally online, in keeping up with Google, but history says that most companies/enterprises will be slow to upgrade to 007, and perhaps for good reason. In fact, there really may be no good reason to upgrade…

As Elsa found:

Product: Microsoft Office Standard 2007 (trial)
Lowpoints: Lots of vague language about “Internet Based Services” without explaining what that means. There are three separate EULAs without explaining that the RFF terms are the ones to pay attention to if you bought Office in a store. I installed without being connected to the Internet. Then when running Office, Microsoft kept prompting me to install things such as a desktop search for Outlook.

Highpoints: This doesn’t have to do with the EULA, but installation was faster than in the past. And by default, Microsoft offers the least-intrusive installation options. You’ll have to mark a radio button if you want Microsoft to see how you use Office for its customer experience program, for instance.

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