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Cash For Bad Conference Wi-Fi

Aug 27, 2009
Category Education

The Cash for Clunkers program worked – at least according to our government. 

“The CARS program ended sales on the Monday night with nearly 700,000 clunkers taken off the roads, replaced by far more fuel efficient vehicles. Rebate applications worth $2.877 billion were submitted by the 8 p.m. deadline, under the $3 billion provided by Congress to run the program.”

Ok.  Whatever.  Now the Cash for Appliances program is coming.

“Beginning late this fall, the program authorizes rebates of $50 to $200 for purchases of high-efficiency household appliances. The money is part of the broader economic stimulus bill passed earlier this year. Program details will vary by state, and the Energy Dept. has set a deadline of Oct. 15 for states to file formal applications. The Energy Dept. expects the bulk of the $300 million to be awarded by the end of November. (Unlike the clunkers auto program, consumers won’t have to trade in their old appliances.)”

Yeah, well, whatever.  Let’s deal with the real opportunity – cash for bad conference wifi.  From Eric Norlin over at the Defrag Conference blog:

“Defrag’s “cash for bad conference wifi” is based on a simple premise: some tech conferences can’t manage to have good wifi, but over here at Defrag, we know how to get it right. And we’re gonna help you trade in your bad conference wifi experience for a good one! Here’s how it works:

1. Just email me (enorlin AT any type of proof that you went to a conference and include a statement to the effect of “Hey eric – I went to this conference and the wifi SUCKED.”

2. I’ll respond to your email with a discount code that will save you some greenbacks on defrag registration, and help you trade in your bad conference wifi experience for a brand new good conference wifi experience.”

Now that’s something you can really use.  The Defrag agenda is evolving nicely – it’s going to be here sooner than we think (11/11 – 11/12 in Denver, Colorado).  Don’t miss this opportunity to stimulate your brain.