One Man’s Junk, Is Another Man’s Treasure

I get lots of gifts from companies during the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show. Most gifts are branded item so I get a reminder that I visited those companies while at the show. Some gifts are really nice and some are, well, junk. Normally I leave the junk behind in the hotel and let house keeping get rid of it. Then I remember the old saying, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. With that in mind, I’ve decided I would give away the gifts that I have no use for.

Our first piece of junk up for grab is a gift from ECS. The is the company that flew me to Taiwan and China all expenses paid, but when it came to giving me a CES gift, all they can managed was a fountain pen and a 128 Meg USB flash drive. I didn’t know they still make flash drives that small!


The contest is really simple – just add John Chow dot Com to your Technorati favorites and you are entered. If you already have this blog in your Technorati favorites, then you don’t have to do anything. Right now, the blog is favorited by 68 members, so your chances are winning are 1 in 68 (for now).

On Monday, I will draw a random name from all the Technorati members who have this blog in their favorites and that person will win a nice pen and flash drive. It comes in a nice black box too.

*Update – The winner will be announced in a new post, and if they have a blog, a link to their blog will also be posted.

49 thoughts on “One Man’s Junk, Is Another Man’s Treasure”

  1. Good idea on giving away the “junk”. What other loot bags did you get from CES?


  2. Raghu says:

    John – That is an ‘innovative’ way that you have come up for to part with the junk.

    Though I think, the link you might get on Technocrati might be way more beneficial to you than the ‘junk / treasure’ I might get in return !

  3. Matt says:

    John Chow you clever dog… guessing the winner will be ‘featured’ on here? or at least have a mention?

  4. Eli says:

    Even though it’s just 128mb, it still looks nice 🙂
    I don’t do any of that bookmarking stuff.. so I won’t be entering this, nice idea though.

  5. baron says:

    I’ve added you but please hang on to it if I do win!

  6. Nomar says:

    That is a nice price for the 1 that has you in their favs on technoratie, I have 🙂 hope I will be the lucky one, than you can send something to the netherlands :p

  7. HMTKSteve says:

    I picked up some 64MB USB thumb drives from Staples last week for about $5 each on clearance. They do not hold much but… I still remember the days when a 10MB hard drive meant you were super-cool!

  8. Yet another brilliant example of your skills at building your rankings and popularity. Just added your site to my favorites and noticed you are now up to 80 members.

  9. Dan says:

    I will bite I was looking for some tech antiques:p
    And yeah I live in Australia so I may actually until something really heavy comes up 🙂

  10. Leftblank says:

    Very nice, I’ve had you in my favorites for a while already, so no action from my side is required. That USB stick is indeed pretty small, but I wouldn’t mind receiving a free one – I’m still using a 64MB one right now, I didn’t require much space until a while ago, only documents are on it most of the time 😉

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi, I like your website. I saw it a few days ago. I don’t remember from where. Anyway, you’ve got a hair cut of a man from the northern part of China. Classic Beijing man’s hair-cut.

  12. Ryan says:

    You’ve got 84 now. 😀

    Oh, and what kind of random number generator will you be using? 😉

  13. Tyler says:

    Woo 128Mb, I’d guess it go with my collection of 32, 64, 128, 256, 512 ones I have laying around at my desk here at work.

    Though it is pretty and has ECS on it 😉

  14. Paul says:

    Throw in a mention in one of your posts and I’m in.

    Arrr what the hell, technorati favorites don’t cost anything, you’re added!

  15. John Wesley says:

    Great, now everyone is going to start doing bribe contests for Technorati favorites. Congratulations on making their ranking system illegitimate. Not that I hold it against you.

  16. HMTKSteve says:

    I do not think favorites affects yout technorati rank, only links do.

  17. John Wesley says:

    There is a separate top 100 page based only on favorites. If favorites meant nothing why would Chow want them?

  18. Stew says:

    John, you’re evil.

    Luckily you’re already on my technorati favourites.

  19. Jeff says:

    Haha what else you got? What would I do with a 128 MB one?

  20. Ed Lau says:

    This man is the devil.

  21. derrich says:

    Got anymore pens, John?

  22. Alex Becker says:

    What other junk do you have to give away?

  23. Cool contest – very clever John. But does it help your Technorati ranking if more people have your blog as a favorite?

    “Favorited by: 107 members”

    By the way, you’ve broken into the Technorati Top 1000 – congratulations! I’m sure you’ll be able to brake into the Top 100 by the end of the year 🙂

  24. Hey John maybe you should sign it as well, since you’re such a celebrity. I bet most of us will be adding you to the technorati favs just for the backlink 😛

  25. Nik Agarwal says:

    John strikes again 🙂

    Hey next time, maybe you can have us as “slaves” to do your evil bidding for more treasures. 😉

  26. TheAnand says:

    you .. . . .you. . .forget it! you really have been bribing us reading your blog. . .first the backlinks for google, then this technocrati thingy. . .you are onto sumthing very ambitious…planning to become a google whore or sumthing? unluckily(maybe luckily :-)] i am not a technocrati user. . .

    one thing john, was ther ne mention about the new ngage or neting bout it?

  27. TheAnand says:


    hey john, did it actually happen? read it from hannes johnsons blog. . .

  28. Another good promotion idea from John Chow.

  29. Andrew says:

    Once again another great idea John, and especially a great way to bring more attention to your site.

    This should be a great year for your blog!

  30. Bryce says:

    W00t! Free stuff.

  31. Raghu says:

    Seeing the amount of interest your post has generated I am sure you have quite a few members to make your lucky draw from – when are you doing that ?

  32. John Chow says:

    The draw is on Monday.

  33. David Mackey says:

    Mmmm…I already have a usb flash drive…

  34. Gdog says:

    Haha…nice one John. I’ve entered. 😉

  35. Consider yourself technorati-favoriteded – everyone loves free stuff!

    Dam you and your evil schemes 😉


  36. Tyler says:

    Oh hopefully I’m the winner! A perm-link from John’s blog could help with a bit o traffic. Though looking over my stats I do get a fair amount of traffic from here.

  37. Youre on there bud!!! cant wait.

  38. Andy says:

    Added your blog

  39. Nomar says:

    This is a great marketing idea john, to give that away for adding your blog to everybodies favorites, it got me thinking, i need to hold an action as this to on mine 🙂

  40. Jane says:

    haha…I still use a 128 Meg Flash Drive. I keep getting heat from friends, but will I given to the upgrade, heck no…

  41. Ryan says:

    Today’s the day!

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