• T Shirt Friday #44 – MyFriendsMosaic.com

     
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      Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with  a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    Now this one is a little bizarre… A little while ago I got an email written in the finest Russian (actually I have no idea if it was fine, (Russian not being my stronuskiesg point and all). From someone at KeywordRush.com which is a site that does… I have no idea – take a look and let me know if you can work it out…

    Anyway, they offered to send me a shirt from another site, MyFriendsMosaic.com, a slightly more legitimate looking site that sells all manner of Twitter themed paraphernalia – you can have a mosaic of your friends on a mug, a mousepad, a bag or, yes indeed, a t shirt.

    I offered to take a shirt for a spin and a couple of weeks later my garment arrived.

    Hot

    • It is indeed white, a great color for a shirt
    • I can wear my friends close to my heart (awwww)
    • The “wear your twitter name” is a good meme – but Tweet4YourTee does it better

    Not

    • The print was pretty poor quality
    • Does being involved with this give me automatic membership of the Russian mafia?
    • The t shirt had that “designed for a gulag in Siberia” feel – kind of sackcloth like….

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  • T Shirt Friday #43 – MinuteDock

     

    DSCF6294 Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with  a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    Recently Nik Wakelin, mild mannered honcho at MinuteDock (review here) flicked me an email to suggest I review their latest product offering in their “free schwag to gain immense worldwide attention” product line. Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth I agreed to take a MinuteDock T Shirt for a spin.

    No I need to tall you I was a little distraught with this transaction – Nik is a typical young developer, at hDSCF6295ome with 80 hour weeks and caffeine fuelled, I on the other hand am practically a dinosaur (hell, I remember the launch of the original Mac and I’ll be 40 next year) – Nik obviously equated age with portliness and decrepitude and suggested I could get a large shirt if needs be. I sit here proudly typing while wearing my medium MinuteDock shirt that highlights my “not bad for an old times” physique. ;-)

    Hot

    • I get to look at least a generation earlier while wearing it
    • Have I mentioned previously that I like white t shirts?
    • The branding is attractive, the byline sufficiently je ne sais quos

    Not.

    • I mean a hand crafted, organic merino shirt made by artisans down the road from me would be nice but still….

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  • T Shirt Friday #42 – Boomi

     

    boomifront Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with  a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    At the recent NetSuite SuiteCloud event I was a little distressed at the dearth of shirts on offer. Unperturbed (well almost) I continued on my quest and came up with a couple of candidates – one of which is the fine Boomi shirt displayed here.DSCF6289

    Boomi does a nice shirt, they’re let down (in my mind at least) by their base color of choice but other than that they’re showing some nice design traits.

    Hot

    • The logo on the front is sufficiently enigmatic to be cool
    • The text on the back is similarly cool – not overstated but just right

    Not

    • I don’t wear dark shirts – of course that’s just me but still….

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  • Video: Can Cloud And On Premise Storage Co-Exist

     
    From time to time, we showcase videos showing different vendor’s perspectives on cloud computing. As a part of this tradition, today we offer the perspective of i365 , a Seagate Company. If the embedded video is not available for you, use this link.

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  • T Shirt Friday #40 – CloudCamp

     

    cc-t-frontEveryone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with  a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    For the one or two readers of this blog who don’t already know, CloudCamp is a series of events where:

    early adapters of Cloud Computing technologies exchange ideas.

    I’m the Australasian organizer for the events and am also helping run events in Denver and the Middle East this year. Given my involvement, and the fact that I actually printed these T Shirts myself, one could surmise that I’m a little biased in my assessment of these shirts – I’ll do my very best to remain suitably neutral though! cc-t

    Hot

    • White T Shirts are good!
    • CloudCamp is (OK so I’m biased!) a beautiful thing. Antipodean CloudCamps are even better
    • The CloudCamp logo is a subtle and attractive one

    Not

    • The shirts are made in China (yes OK – feel free to call my a blatant hypocrite!) – at least they’re printed here in EnZed!

     

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  • T Shirt Friday #39 – CloudSherpas

     

    Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

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    If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    I reviewed CloudSherpas tools for Google apps migrations recently. In highly a highly uncharacteristic move for me (or possibly just because I knew these shirts were black) I agreed to review the CloudSherpa t shirt without actually getting the schwag – gasp! quel horreur!

    Hot

    • I don’t wear black – luckily this T shirt is no more than some pixels on my screen
    • The print.. kind of a combination of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Wonder Woman – either way it’s pretty cool
    • Reasonably subtle branding… reasonably

    Not

    • Dropping my schwag standards for this review – it ain’t no fun if you can’t actually touch it!

     

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  • T Shirt Friday #38 – MaxiScale

     

    maxiEveryone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    MaxiScale was one of the finalists in the recent Launchpad event held at the Cloud Connect conference in San Jose. You can check out the video pitch for their big data solution below:

    Trawling the expo on the last day, Krish and I had a chat to them and convinced them that a perfect go to market strategy was to give me a T shirt to review – well something like that anyway. So here ya go…

    Hot

    • I normally prefer white t shirts but this is a nice understated blue color
    • Made in the USA – the home of the free!
    • No scratchy internal label – this has a lovely printed inside badge
    • The logo.. well that’s my personal motto

    Not

    • Hmmm – despite being cool, the logo is quite… large
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  • T Shirt Friday #37 – Appirio #3

     

    appirio1v2Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    Appirio1  If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange Appirio backthings. The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    Last in this series of Appirio t shirts is this nice little number. For a cloud evangelist such as myself it’s hard to resist something that claims ones allegiance on one’s chest. True it’s black which is a non-starter in my books, and true it’s made by near-slaves, but nonetheless it’s a nice design

    Hot

    • I like the motto – telling it like it is!
    • The Appirio logo is pretty classy

    Not

    • The slaves, the pollution and the social inequity caused by its production
    • I don’t like black
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  • Xero Now Hosted by MYOB

     

    It’s not Friday, but it’s time for a Friday funny…

    A couple of years ago, Xero got hold of the URL relating to MYOB’s new (at that time) SaaS product Business Basics Online. I posted about it at the time saying:

    But in the craziest turn of the story, check out this link –www.businessbasicsonline.co.nz. Yes indeed, the URL links straight to Xero.

    Someone at MYOB corporate HQ is going to be really, really uptight about this one.

    So far Xero 1, MYOB 0, and if this start is anything to go by, it could just prove the SaaS debacle of the year.

    I think the score has just been leveled – have a look at the screenshot below froma Xero listing on a certain accounting software’s site:

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    Take a close look at the URL:

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    I’m umpire and I’ve just called a tie break…. (oh and as it says in my disclosure statement – I’ve worked for ‘em both)

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  • T Shirt Friday #36 – Appirio #2

     

    Appirio2v2Everyone knows that professional conference goers like myself attend events not to listen to presentations, not to network but to collect schwag. Over the past couple of years I’ve done fairly well collecting tech t-shirts and I decided to create a weekly series critiquing tech companies t-shirt offerings in the expectation that a company with a great t-shirt is a prime candidate to have a great product also. Click here to see the series.

    Appirio2If you’d like your t-shirt reviewed, flick me an email to arrange things. Appirio back The judges decision is, of course, final and very little correspondence will be entered into (perhaps).

    Second in the series of Appirio t shirts is this one, resplendent in the (quite attractive actually) Appirio logo on the back and with a *humorous* quote on the front – well maybe humorous to the frat boys, to those of us past 18 it’s just a little low brow (but maybe that’s just me being a snob).

    Hot

    • Hmmm – it was free (to be honest I gave it away at a CloudCamp)

    Not

    • Country of origin “Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains”
    • Black – it sucs as a t shirt color IMHO
    • The childish quote on the front

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