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NetApp’s gift of a T-shirt the other day made me think about all the other s.w.a.g. I’ve collected during my time in the storage industry – I’ve become something of a collector of odd trade-show tchotchkes. And I realized when I looked at the items I’ve kept, my desk has become a personal museum of now-defunct or acquired companies. So I thought a brief tour of my collection might be a fun Friday post.
Here are some of the things I’ve accumulated:
Commemorative EMC baseball
This baseball commemorates EMC’s naming rights to the luxury boxes at Fenway Park. No word on whether it matches the one Joe Tucci threw at Hideki Okajima.
Stress ball collection
I’m into items I can squish in moments of angst. As you can tell by the wear and tear, the green Copan version in the back there is the prize piece of my collection. It makes a sickening squishing noise when you squeeze it thanks to its air-filled honeycomb structure.
Somehow not the message I think they wanted to send
All I can think of when I see this Arsenal dice-shaped mint box is, “Arsenal–roll the dice and choose us!” Not the kind of thing a backup SaaS provider wants to be saying to customers, necessarily, but then again, that is taking this particular item out of context – I’m sure I got it in Vegas, where 99.9% of storage vendor conferences are held and where chip, dice and card-themed giveaways are mandatory.
Another of my absolute favorites. It’s really difficult to describe the sticky, squishy texture of this little model brain in a plastic petri dish from ADIC. Kind of like Wacky WallWalkers, if anybody remembers those. Can be used to simultaneously entertain and horrify coworkers and friends!
“Who Backs Up Your Remote Office?”
This colorful travel mug, another Avamar classic, is meant to provoke frightened introspection about whether your remote office data protection strategies have been left up to a gum-popping entry-level employee.
Green EMC storage
Last year’s origami project helped me repurpose these EMC calendar resources and cut down the amount of waste I generated from my desk. My goal is to do the same with this year’s calendar, totally behind though I am, and put both batches of birds towards a Senbazuru.
Email archiving voodoo doll
Now this is the piece de resistance. Quite possibly the most thoughtful and elaborate marketing giveaway ever, by MessageOne. this voodoo doll comes with pins, hair samples and an instruction guide as well as its own storage box…