Grabbing Free Stuff At The AMD Microsoft Tech Tour

Yesterday was the Vancouver leg of the AMD Microsoft Tech Tour. I missed the tour last year because I was in Taipei during the time they swung through Vancouver.

For whatever reason, the tour was smaller than two years ago – the event no longer takes up the entire ballroom. The presentation format has changed as well. Instead of the interview/talk show style, the tour now features more boring one-sided presentations. There was a break during the “Are you smarter than a fifth grader” session but overall, the event was damn boring and lasted way too long.

Joining Sarah and I at the tour was Stephen Fung, Paul Mudhar and Michael Kwan. We try to make the best of a boring situation but pulling some stunts. We ate dinner on the stage because there was a table there. We had almost finished when an AMD guy took us to get off. I also took over the Visiontek booth because no one was there. I opened up their box and gave away all their T-shirts. Here are some photos.

The Show Floor


The show floor had about dozen companies showing off their stuff. Every vendor had people manning their booth except for VisionTek. I guess they missed their flight.

Taking Over The VisionTek Booth


Since VisionTek was a no-show, I decided to take over their booth. See that box behind me? It contained 100 T-shirts and a bunch of VisionTek LED lights. I guess I could have taken the entire box for myself but I ended up giving most of the T-shirts away.

Andy The Host


The host of the AMD Tech Tour is Andy. He has hosted this event for as long as I can remember. However, this is the first time I’ve seen him use a T-shirt gun.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?


This was the only entertaining part of the tour. I can understand why attendance has gone down in recent years. They need to bring back the old interview format.

The Free Stuff


It wouldn’t be an AMD event if they didn’t give away any free stuff. There was a bunch of stuff given away in a lucky draw. Stephen won a MSI motherboard. I didn’t win anything but I made off with my share of free stuff, including thirteen T-shirts. I guess if I kept the VisionTek shirts, I would have over 100.

Of course, I’m going to give away most of this stuff because I don’t really have any use for it. I think I’ll start by giving away a couple of VisionTek T-shirts. Just reply to this post and you’re entered. I’ll draw two names on Friday and those two will have a nice T to wear this summer.

Good luck.

123 thoughts on “Grabbing Free Stuff At The AMD Microsoft Tech Tour”

  1. Manthem says:

    I wouldn’t mind a free t-shirt.

    1. That’s hilarious. I wonder if anyone at VisionTek is going to notice this article and contact you.

      Kudos on the show shenanigans. πŸ˜‰


      1. Mubin says:

        What would be more interesting to note is whether they thank him or are pissed at him

      2. Ok, genius… we can see your name in “Comment By” no need to add a link signature. πŸ™„

      3. Matt Huggins says:

        Hey, I just wanted to write to let you know that if you want people to visit, you should probably provide a link to Just thought you’d like to know. πŸ˜‰

      4. haha you stole their T-Shirts and took over their booth..tats a lesson for visionTek

    2. 😯 HEY JOHN… are YOU smarter than the 5th grader?!?!??!?!? πŸ˜›

      1. He’s smart enough to make a killing off this blog each month 😎

        1. It’s funny, how Chow goes to conferences just to get a free tshirts. Dude, you make 12,000 / month… buy your own t-shirt! πŸ˜†

          1. Marc says:

            They’re not as much fun as the free ones. Any sucker can go out an buy the things they need. Having stuff given to you takes whole other level of awesomeness.

          2. Mubin says:

            Did you know if you sent shoemoney a free t-shirt he would probably take a picture and link to you.

            I dont know why we are so cheap.

          3. Matt Huggins says:

            We’re not cheap, we’re savvy. 😈

          4. Cheap is the new cool LOL gotta love the freebies, man… 😎

        2. Marc says:

          Very true and so long as you’ve got the dollars rolling in, who cares if a fifth grader can beat you at trivia πŸ˜‰

          1. haha straight up………smart does not mean rich haha

        3. yup i thin it is his carefree attitude…that makes him money

  2. Alex says:

    Hello again :p I hope win xD

    1. i hope to win everything

    2. John, give me all the stuff or else… or else I’ll πŸ˜₯

  3. Looks like a decent enough time, LOL @ taking over the booth. Gotta admire your balls, John πŸ˜€

    1. ya and then steal their content and then write about it…hahah!! john john… πŸ˜†

  4. Jason says:

    Nice job with the booth πŸ˜‰


  5. John Chow always getting into trouble. You really are evil. πŸ‘Ώ Count me in!

  6. Tyler says:

    That was pretty evil John! 😈 I like it!

    I’ll throw you a few make money online keywords to help your internet business if you send me a T-shirt so I don’t have to get a payday loan to buy new clothes from an online store.

    What do you say…


    1. Mubin says:

      heh, keyword stuffin anyone?

    2. i want a T-Shiet because it will get me a free link mention from your website πŸ‘Ώ atleast i am honest

  7. Shawn Knight says:

    Can’t beat free, count me in!

  8. Scott says:

    Woo hoo! Free merchandise! Count me in!

  9. Johnny says:

    should’ve turned it into a booth. πŸ™‚ count me in also!

  10. Michael Kwan says:

    How about giving me a little credit for the photo of you at the VisionTek booth? :p

    1. credit to kwan for the photo of JC at the VisionTek booth….

      it seems you’re close friends

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Nah, we’re not close friends. Just acquaintances who happen to live in the same area.

  11. I wonder what the most expensive item you’ve won is? I’ll take a t. Its summer time.

  12. green says:

    Here is my entry, Thanks.

    1. That’s awesome entry. You WIN! Post your address and phone number and John will make sure he gets you the stuff. πŸ˜€

  13. Edgar says:

    I will take free T-shirt

  14. Matt Stidham says:

    Count me in! I hope you have some XL in there

    1. For T-shirt give-aways, they’re usually in free sizes. Free shirts, free size…makes sense LOL. WHEN I win, I hope it fits me alright hahaha.

  15. wow, that’s some long post!

    1. John just made 100 bux write a post about his picture in a booth, what have you done with your life?

  16. Sign me up for the free tee John!

  17. free t-shirt would be nice

    actually, would take anything free

  18. Rhys says:

    What the hell is Andy holding in his hand? It look like something that i saw once during my tour of Amsterdam.

    Hell, I won’t say no to a free t-shirt πŸ™‚

    1. It’s a Tshirt gun — you stuff a shirt in there, pull the trigger, and away it goes, out into one lucky audience member’s arms. It does look like a weird contraption though (probably Dutch-made, too), I agree LOL.

  19. Free T’s rock! Love how you took over the booth. I wonder if they read Johnchow Dot Com. πŸ˜†

    1. Everyone on earth reads Chow. πŸ˜›

  20. ricdes says:

    Hey hey I’m surprised you didnt take this as a reason to make another link-bait campaign :mrgreen:

    I’m im for the competition aswell, John!

    Thx :).

  21. Mystic says:

    Free shirt? Why not 😎

  22. James says:

    VisionTek should be paying you. How long did you occupy the booth? That’s hilarious.

    1. Marc says:

      Yeah, to have a superstar like John manning the booth. That’s gotta be expensive.

  23. Cifra says:

    Haha, love the VisionTek stunt. Was the MSI Mitherboard any good? πŸ™‚

  24. Trevor says:

    I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a t-shirt gun. That thing seems pretty cool. πŸ™‚

  25. free exposure, nice

  26. Z-LiM says:

    Man,why are there no shos like these here where I live… πŸ™‚

    I wouldn`t mind the T-Shirt too :mrgreen:

    1. He used to be on TechTV, they got bought by G4 and ever since then the TV sucks.

  27. Have yet to finish up all the laundry and winning free stuff from John Chow is always worth going for.


  28. Roberta says:

    Sounds fun, I’m in πŸ™‚

    Good luck to everyone!

  29. Kyle says:

    Nice of you to pass on the free stuff.

  30. JBagley says:

    Aah, what the hell, I want a t-shirt. πŸ˜›

  31. It’s great how you just give away stuff :smile:. Thanks.

  32. G Smith says:

    What size are those T-shirts by the way?

    1. If it’s free, just take it, don’t ask questions.

  33. Moulinneuf says:

    John you did not like there exclusive bundle for 249 US?

    – Energy efficient AMD Athlon 64 dual-core processor 4400+, Rev G, 65nm
    – Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate OS – NFR (32 bit DVD)
    – ASUS M2A-VM with AMD 690G Chipset
    – McaFee VirusScan Plus – (year service) – NFR


  34. I love techy t-shirts!

  35. I need to start going to some of these conventions.

    1. Marc says:

      I just went to one this week but it didn’t have anywhere near as swanky swag. One company did have tons of candy as swag and that was a very smart idea πŸ™‚

  36. Punny Money says:

    Please give me a t-shirt. I’m naked. πŸ™

  37. Joseph.C says:

    We can always count on you John πŸ˜€ for coming big everytime πŸ™‚ I guess you’re not that evil after all…. count me in

  38. julie adams says:

    free is my price- send me one in florida!!!

    your chutzpah in taking over that booth is a hoot!!! 😈

  39. John Pratt says:

    John hello from Ontario, Canada

    Great post, how can I get a T shirt…

  40. mao says:

    It will cost you a lot to send it to me….do you have some fine print with “US resident only?”

    1. Marc says:

      You mean “Canadian residents only” πŸ™‚ John usually is pretty generous and willing to ship anywhere. At least he did with his pens.

  41. What if I don’t want the shirt but just want to reply?

    1. I’d take a hand-me-down (LOL talk about “Cheap” eh). πŸ˜†

  42. chris.pund says:

    Count me in for the T!

  43. I’m in for a shirt, John. Thanks!

  44. Nocturnal says:

    So no one asked you what you were doing at the Vision Tek booth? That is hilarious that you were able to just go over there and start giving out their stuff.

    1. Didn’t you know? That WAS the plan of VisionTek…they spot John Chow in the crowd, lure him to the empty booth, and let him give the company swag away — BRILLIANT advertising. And they didn’t even have to pay John for his talent fee! 😈

  45. Chris Mendes says:

    I have been reading stuff on this site for two weeks now, but it took your ‘evil’ contest for me to post. πŸ˜‰

  46. Fabiana says:

    I want one of them. Here in Brazil is a little bit difficult to get one of these πŸ˜›

  47. Matt Huggins says:

    I could use a new gym shirt. πŸ˜€

    1. You want John to give you his hard earned t-shirt and you’re gonna use it to collect your sweat? How dare you?! πŸ‘Ώ

  48. I was there. I was the guy in the Digg hoodie, I saw you, 2nd row I think? Anyways, I tried to “accidently” run into you and introduce myself, but you’re just way too fast.

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Yup, we were in the second row.

    2. A close encounter with the Chow posse…I so envy you (I’ll settle for a shirt though LOL). :mrgreen:

  49. James Pegram says:

    I never win nuttin!!!! πŸ™

  50. Jamie says:

    I might as well enter! Beginners luck hopefully πŸ˜›

  51. Johnny says:

    Wooo… I need those lovely T-shirts. πŸ˜†

  52. Derrich says:

    Enter me. Me want T-shirt!

  53. Gdog says:

    Count me in for a free tshirt. Way to take over the booth John, lol!

  54. Pallab says:

    Well, I have an AMD Athlon 64 processor, so its apt if I wear an AMD shirt.

  55. Tyler Ingram says:

    I’m game for AMD t-shirts πŸ˜‰

    Oh John I forgot about that flip-it t-shirt that I was drawn for earlier.. you can re-contest that if you want unless you still want to mail it to me πŸ˜‰

  56. Kiltak says:

    Count me in πŸ™‚

  57. gaman says:

    Count me in πŸ™‚

  58. simon says:

    Cool~ I’m in too. Hopefully I will get one and I don’t need to buy any T-shirt this summer:)

  59. Hari says:

    I would like to have a Free T-Shirt too.

  60. Matt says:

    Count me in for the contest, John! Thanks!

    I wonder if VisionTek actually intended to give away the whole box? πŸ˜›

  61. J says:

    I’ll win a free t-shirt, and meet John Chow one day!!!

  62. Anglia says:

    Count me in if You can send it to Poland.

  63. I’d like a Tshirt…and a video card…and a car. Fine, a shirt would do for now LOL.

  64. John Hood says:

    I love free swag, and your “stage” shenanigans sounded hilarious! Reminded me of the times I’ve walked into catered events, at previous employers, and started chatting to guests whilst savouring the catering delights!

  65. Jason says:

    Hey, throw one over here!!

  66. VisionTek needs to pay you a booth babe fee.

  67. bmaggard says:

    I would not mind a free t-shirt

  68. Alex Shalman says:

    I’ll play 😈

  69. Matthew says:

    I just went to something like this where I got tons of free stuff as well πŸ™‚

  70. Allen Young says:

    If its free, give me three. Hey, I’m Chinese.

    I’ll settle for one.

  71. Ali says:

    count me in for the shirts

  72. I was laughing my ass off when I read(on two other blogs that you might know) that you took over the VisionTech boot.
    It’s like if you go to McDonalds(which I don’t as their food is unhealthy and sucks in several other ways)… and no one’s there. Then you say… oh well… I might as well make some hamburgers.
    “Who wants a friggin mc chickin??!”

  73. scott says:

    Hi john this is the guy who threw you off the stage at the vancouver show.let me know what you think would make a better tech tour always looking for better ways too educate and entertain.see ya scott

  74. Charlotte Web Design says:

    Where do I get one of those tshirt guns? πŸ™‚

  75. Wahlau.NET says:

    nice grab…too late to get any free t-shirt…

    u shipping the free tshirt to any part of the world?

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