I receive a lot of invites to events, launches, training, etc.
It’s kind of handy in my line of work. There’s the opportunity to mix and mingle, hear the latest news and gossip and, of course, get to play with some new toys.
More often than not, however, as I flick through the promotional spiel I can’t help but be somewhat disappointed. Generally it’s the ‘same old, same old’. A hotel lobby or conference room, speeches, death by PowerPoint, muffins and lukewarm coffee (or nuts and wine after 5pm). I guess this is a tried-and-tested formula, but it doesn’t really get the blood flowing.
So, it was with some fascination and excitement, (not to mention relief) when I received an unusual invitation the other day. It didn’t start particularly well: ‘Join us for a view into the future’, it said.
If I had the proverbial dollar for every time I’d heard that old chestnut, well, let’s just say, I could eat out a couple of times… at least.
Anyhow, it was all on a very nice printed card, so I figured I should extend the courtesy of reading it.
’We would love you to join us to be one of the first in New Zealand to see Wall-E – the new Disney-Pixar movie…”
What? A movie?
Cool. And a ‘private screening’ no less at the new Hoyts in Auckland’s Sylvia Park. Now that’s more like it. So, a big thanks to Toshiba for making life just a little more varied and interesting. Okay, so they threw in some promotional stuff as well. I could live with that. Besides I got a sneak preview of its new mini, the NetBook NB100. I was sworn to secrecy, but I don’t think they will mind me saying it looked pretty darn nifty.
As for the movie… hmmm… I noticed the other day Empire magazine has brought out yet another ‘best ever’ list. It had all the usual suspects, with this incarnation having The Godfather in top spot. I must hold my hand up and admit that I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it the whole way through. Anyhow, when we’re looking for tech stuff in films, it’s usually sci-fi by default. The Empire Strikes Back flew the e-flag coming third in Empire’s poll (for sure it’s good, but I don’t think you can beat the first one).
If I had to pick my favourite techy movie, maybe 2001 – A Space Odyssey (but probably a bit obvious), or Invasion of the Body Snatchers (a tad dated now), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (just kidding …!) Maybe Terminator. Arnie ‘n’ all.
As for Wall-E… as enjoyable as it was in my lounger and scoffing free popcorn and Coke courtesy of Toshiba, let’s just say it won’t be making my Top 100.
Finally, in keeping with the ‘best ever’ theme for this column, in my ongoing search for the best ever IT-related joke, how about this beauty from a group of six-year-olds.
Q. What’s Harry Potter’s favourite software program?
A. The spell checker.