By my calculations, Apple owes me at least a couple grand.
No, no, hear me out! I have a perfectly thought-out, impeccable line of thought to go with this assertion.
Every single time I get out my iPhone to do something mundane like make a call or check the traffic, I always get people asking me about it.I can't tell you how many times I've given iPhone demos. Though sometimes I begrudgingly show features to interested strangers, most of the time I'm so excited to have a cool piece of technology, I can happily chirp away for 10 minutes.
I'd estimate that I've done this at least 2 dozen times. Let's say about 5 minutes per demo, times 24 demos, that's 120 minutes. Two hours of free advertising!
In addition to those two hours of free iPhone advertising, I can name six people I've convinced to go out and buy a Mac, usually some very expensive, but fantastic portable. So, about six people at about $2750 per machine, thats $16,500 that Apple wouldn't have if it weren't for me. And those are the people I can remember.
Do any of y'all seem to do this a lot? What is it that makes us effuse so readily about our technology?
Sometimes it isn't very cost effective to be a smellypants nerd.