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  • 2 Chances to Win a Free Pass for SMB Nation

    Posted on September 13th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    That’s right, if you have been thinking about going to SMB Nation 2009 but needed that little something to push you over the edge here it is.

    Both GFI and Calyptix have purchased Full Passes to SMB Nation’s Fall Conference and they are both holding contests to give them away.

    Here is the link to the details for the GFI Contest on the Talk Tech To Me Blog,

    Here is the link to the details for the Calyptix contest (which also includes travel)

    I recommend entering both! A little quick math, this conference usually draws around 750 people, if you figure there are as many that want to go as there are that do go, that means you have a 2 in 750 chance of winning. Now I am not a satiation but that sure seems like good odds to me :>)

    Good Luck I hope you win so I will get to see you there,

  • GFI’s Where Is MAX Contest

    Posted on September 9th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    Just got this note from my friend Dave at GFI about a new contest.



    Have you met MAX?

    MAX is GFI’s latest recruit, providing IT support providers, Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) with an easy and affordable solution that will help them deliver a better service to their clients.


    Take MAX to Your World

    MAX loves meeting new clients and visiting different places and he’d love to visit your neck of the woods and beyond! By showing MAX around the first 100 participants will receive a GFI MAX T-shirt (one T-shirt per person, not per submission!) and one lucky person has the chance of winning a fantastic Sony VAIO netbook!


    How to Win

    Take photos of MAX at your favourite place/landmark, or in some interesting location using the image of MAX available on which you can print out. You can also:

    – draw/paint/illustrate MAX

    – use MAX in graphic design

    Email your photo to us on or upload the photo to a site. You can also add your photo link on Twitter tagging it with #gfi and addressing it to @GFISoftware.

    Comment on this blog post with a valid email address with the URL of where the picture is uploaded (if applicable).


    We will then upload it to the GFI MAX Around the World gallery*.


    Internal judging will take place to pick out the best GFI MAX Around the World submission that will win the grand prize – a great Sony VAIO netbook available in either brown, pink or white!**



    GFI MAX T-shirts –  guaranteed to the first 100 participants.  90 T-shirts now left for grabs!

    SONY VAIO Netbook – 1 WINNER!


    Where’s MAX – The Gallery

    Check out the online MAX Around the World Gallery to see where MAX has been! The gallery is being updated constantly with all the submissions so see what others are up to and submit your own!


    Rules and Deadline

    There is no limit as to how many entries you can submit. As always you can be as creative as you like but please stick to the basic rules of decency and morality. Any offensive images will not be uploaded or considered.


    The competition is going to run throughout the month of September 2009 so get snapping away for your chance to win a fantastic prize! The first 100 participants will each receive a GFI MAX T-shirt; however, all entries throughout September are eligible to win the netbook.



    * We must be able to save the image from the site where you upload the photo because we will need to upload it to our gallery. By entering the competition, you give us the rights to use your images on our website.
    ** Color choice subject to availability.






    Dave Sanders

    Director of Partner Relations

    GFI Software

     Direct: +1 704 491 9541


  • Do you like MAX like I do, Please Vote

    Posted on September 4th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    GFI Logo


    Windows IT Pro 2009 Community Choice Awards



    Web Bug from

    Dear Partner,

    We are excited to announce that GFI Software products have been nominated in the Windows IT Pro 2009 Community Choice Awards. As you are one of our valued Partners, we would like to encourage you to vote for these products in this prestigious competition. Your vote is important.

    To vote for GFI products, please click on this link: Community Choice Awards.

    Here, you will be presented with including a list of categories to choose from.

    To vote for GFI, click on the relative category and drop-down list and choose GFI’s entry.

    Please vote for each GFI product.

    At the end of the survey you will be asked to provide your name and email address to validate the entry.

    Voting closes on September 16, so please act now!

    Thank you for taking time to vote for GFI’s products.

    The GFI Software team

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    GFI Software
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    © 2009. GFI Software. All rights reserved.

    Magna House, 18-32 London Road, Staines, Middlesex TW18 4BP, UK
    tel: +44 (0) 870 770 5370 | fax: +44 (0) 870 770 5377

  • Friday Funny, Ready for the long weekend

    Posted on September 4th, 2009 HandyAndy No comments

    A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from

    her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.


    “Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $3,000 loan to take a holiday.”


    Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.


    Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral.


    The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.


    Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.


    She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $3,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.”


    She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”


    The bank manager looks back at her and says…


    “It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan, His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”


    Author Unknown


    (You’re singing it, aren’t you? Yeah, I know you are……..)


    Never take life too seriously! Come on now, you grinned, I know you did!!!