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Whoa, onto something cool here: advertising on the back of my laptop

UPDATE: See http://sachachua.com/advertise-on-my-laptop.html

Want to grab the eyeballs of every geek at BarCampEarthToronto
and the other tech events I go to? Advertise on the back of my
laptop. Even better: tell me enough about your stuff so that I can
enthusiastically talk about it.

I’m an evangelist. Give me something cool to talk about.

The back of an 8.9″ laptop screen *really* doesn’t seem like much
space to advertise on, but *everyone* looks, believe me. It’s the
irresistable combination of cute geek girl _and_ insanely tiny laptop.

And it happens *every* *single* *time.* It helps that I have small
hands. Most people just can’t deal with something that small. Sure,
black Macbooks are trendy, but they’re not as rare as a *teensy*
little laptop that a geek girl is happily typing away on. (In Emacs,
no less.)

Amber MacArthur (TechTV) called attention to the sticker I had on
my laptop (“The geek shall inherit the earth”) and the pins I have on
my backpack (“No, you can’t just explain it in the manual” – Human
Factors International). Random strangers cross the street to
compliment me on my outfit, ask about the stickers on my skateboard,
or wonder out loud if that’s a *real* computer I’m typing away on.
(Yes, as I walk.) And that happens both in geek-heavy get-togethers
and while just walking in cosmopolitan, blase downtown Toronto.

I can’t help it. I get attention. I might as well make use of it.

More to the point: _you_ might as well make use of it.

So here’s what’s going to happen:

  • TONIGHT: I’ll decide on a pricing scheme. E-mail me or leave a
    comment if you want to hear about it as soon as I’ve come up with
    it (probably later tonight).
  • TONIGHT: I’ll set up a static page, blog about it, and tell people.
  • WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: I’ll accept orders.
  • THURSDAY: I’ll figure out exactly how to mount it. Don’t worry, I
    have several plans.
  • FRIDAY: I’ll select and confirm orders, and print out and mount the
    final thing on Friday afternoon.

My skateboard’s also open for advertising.

E-mail me at [email protected] or leave a comment using the form
below to find out about the next step as soon as possible.

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See also my previous blog entry:

Networking for Geeks: Advertise with your laptop!

Other people’s blog entries:

(leave me a comment to get linked!)

Advertise on my laptop! Webpage up

Okay, we’re open for business! Buy adspace on my laptop for USD 1.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (basic) or USD 2.00 / 0.5″x0.5″ (premium, includes elevator pitch). Hurry! BarCampEarthToronto is just a few days away!

Props to Gabriel Mansour for helping me work things out!

See also my previous blog entries:

Other people’s blog entries:

Reserve ad space now!

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Chasing a wild idea

See http://sachachua.com/advertise-on-my-laptop.html

Mmkay. I took that wild idea of selling advertising space on my
laptop and ran with it. The page is up, I’ve taken new photos, and I’m waiting for AdSense to get approved. Please digg and del.icio.us and forward my advertising page! <laugh>

No, I don’t expect to raise a million dollars through this, although
that would certainly help me not worry about funding graduate school
and even move out of the shared double room I currently live in. ;)

I’ve built it. Will anyone bite? If not, hey, I’ve got a bunch of
laptop signs I’ve been meaning to make…

I expect to get a good story or two out of it, though. Simon thinks
it’s probably more trouble than it’s worth. <laugh> Perhaps for
him it would be—he’s already used to earning money. *I* think that
whether or not I’ll actually be able to buy myself a cup of hot
chocolate from the proceeds, it’ll still be totally worth it for the
experience.

If nothing else, it was great just forcing myself to learn how to set
up a totally small-time e-commerce thing. =) I want to get better and
better at chasing wild ideas and getting them off the ground quickly,
like the way situational apps seize the moment. This will probably
help me out a lot in the long run!

I have a feeling that there are the seeds of a semi-business in here
somewhere. I don’t mind letting the idea go so that other people can
take advantage of it. Have fun and make cool things happen!

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Sweeeet! WordPress.org bought ad space on my laptop!

Remember my crazy idea to sell advertising space on my laptop during BarCampEarthToronto? Well, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress.org – *WORDPRESS.ORG!* My favorite blogging platform! (Okay, my *second-favorite* – nothing beats Emacs Planner)

!!

They are *uber*cool. Another thing I really, really, really, really like. Whenever I need to set up a blog for someone else, the very first thing I do is download the latest version of WordPress, unpack it, and set it up. I like it a lot.

So here’s what’s going to happen. I am going to make the logos for Orange & Bronze and WordPress.org as large as I can. I don’t mind potentially wasting space. It’ll be a *fantastic* story.

I’ll blog more from BarCamp tomorrow, and I’ll post my D*I*Y tutorial on Sunday. =) Or today, if I feel particularly diligent…

Anyway. WordPress.org. They are totally, totally cool.

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Quick book notes

How to Write Fast (While Writing Well): Books: David Fryxell

Recommended. Good stuff all the way through. Advice you’d read in other writing books, but well-illustrated. I loved the examples of story structure, and the quotes sprinkled throughout the book.

Key takeaways: Writing quickly is possible, even for fiction. It’s all about discipline and organization. Outlines are really helpful. Index cards and research are really helpful, because then you can hang them on the outline and practically write the article/book/whatever from there.

Other notes: Research is good, but not too much research. If you over-write, you waste time. Keep your eyes open for irony, twists, structure–these make a story interesting. During delays or lulls in the interview, write down details. Shorthand (or some kind of it) is worth learning.

Open an Online Business in 10 Days: Books: Melissa Campanelli

Not recommended. Nothing particularly spectacular. The interviews near the end of the book are good if you want to get a quick tour through popular Web businesses, but nothing jumped out at me even though I scanned the book cover to cover. Will probably use scanning technique suggested in How to Read a Book next time I do stuff like this…

You know, I might just stand a chance at finishing all the books…

Software as a service, high tech startup :: Morph Code :: Schedule of Events

Winston Damarillo is an all-around cool guy and a serial tech entrepreneur who wants to help more people start up tech companies in the Philippines. So he put together Mor.ph, and now Mor.ph is holding a bootcamp for aspiring tech entrepreneurs. It’s also a business competition, so if you win, you get funding, support, and mentoring. Good stuff. Kinda makes me wish I was based in Manila instead! ;)

Software as a service, high tech startup :: Morph Code :: Schedule of Events