Giving Stuff Away

carrot2.jpgThere’s a lot being written right now about Microsoft’s giving Vista PCs to bloggers, and the ethics of the bloggers taking them. If you’ve managed to miss it, there are a few links at the bottom of this post that you can read, but frankly, I’m already tired of the whole subject, and imagine that many other people are too.

But since I’m no longer averse to stealing good ideas (way too many of mine have been lifted), and since we’re trying to drum up more activity on this blog (both posts and comments), we’re going to start a monthly giveaway to people who comment on the posts.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Around the first of each month, we’ll give away one of our titles (recipient’s choice, and you can choose one of our suites, so you’d essentially get 3 or 4 programs) to someone who has commented on any of the posts in the previous month. People who have all the software they want can instead get some of our swag, which right now is still just stylus pens, though I’m thinking hard about getting something else.
  • We’ll pick the winner each month using a random number that we map to the comment IDs.
  • To be eligible, comments just need to be legitimate, and somehow related to the original post.

To help this along, I’ll encourage everyone here to post a lot more, so there’s more content to respond to.

And, as promised, here are the links to a few of the articles about the Microsoft giveaway:

I Started Something
Jason Dunn
Ed Bott
Joel on Software

There’s a lot more that’s been written about this, but starting with the above will probably lead you there.

71 thoughts on “Giving Stuff Away

  1. spmwinkel

    After SBSH, Ilium is my favourite PPC software company. So I was happy that you had a blog anyway, and I’m really glad you guys want to do more with it! 😀

    I used to read evrything anyway, but since nobody commented I thought that this was one of the blogs where you “just didn’t do that”.

    But no more!
    Thanks, I always like contests/giveaways 😉

  2. Doug

    Please, please, please bribe me. 🙂 I thnk Just Another Mobile Monday has already posted positive reviews of everything Ilium has to offer. And I really want to hear more about this new swag you have. 🙂

    Great job on the blog and on the giveaway.


  3. Ellen Post author

    Thanks! Swag is a funny thing – I’ve gotten tons of it. For a while we were collecting the bad examples (maybe I’ll post the bad swag museum). I have so many t-shirts that I now turn them into rags rather than washing them. I liked the little 4-port USB hub, but it only worked a few months, and the branded memory sticks quickly got replaced by bigger ones once 1GB got priced under $20.

    The most useful giveaways I ever got were the Microsoft Windows CE luggage tags – they’re big printed plastic ones that hold business cards, and make it VERY easy for me to recognize my luggage fast, and, I think, harder for other people to confuse mine with theirs. I’m thinking about getting some of those, to give away along with the stylus pens and software – any opinions?

  4. Doug

    I like the luggage tag idea. One other thing that might be good (though it could be cost prohibitive) would be cases. Not necessarily device cases, but maybe memory card cases or something small like that. Everyone has tons of memory cards and USB thumb drives or other accessories, so a nice Ilium case in which to keep them would be nice.


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  6. Neil

    Guess it’s time to stop lurking and start posting…especially when Ilium software is giving away GREAT software. I don’t look at this as a bribe because I would have said positive things about Ilium’s software even without freebies…I once had the pleasure of meeting Ellen at a PocketPC owner group function in Ann Arbor. Very down-to-earth. Keep on “bribing”…errr…I mean showcasing your software Ilium. *laughs*

  7. kws

    Wow, found this from JAMM as well. Certainly something to cheer for. Afterall Ilium developed some of the best softwares.

    Thank you.

  8. Marc

    And feel free to comment on any of our blog posts! We’re pulling names from the entire blog and not just this item!

  9. Victor

    Bring it on!

    I think it is a good initiative. It certainly made me look towards commenting here!

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  12. Andreas

    Ich nutze ewallet nun schon seit vielen Jahren. Zuerst auf div. Pocket-PC-Geräten und nun seit etwa einem Jahr auf einem Palm. Ich verwalte damit unzählige Paswörter, sämtliche Bankverbindungen und Personalausweise meiner gesamten Familie u.a. mehr. Bei Neuanschaffung eines Gerätes war und ist immer der erste Softwarekauf ewallet.
    Ich würde dieses Produkt jederzeit weiterempfehlen!
    Andreas Weß

  13. Alice Terner

    I am busy working out and I have a few (ha!) new memberships to sites that I belong to with passwords. I think I might be interested in upgrading my ewallet. Of course, getting free stuff might even be better! Pick me! Pick me!

  14. Art Blick

    Just got your offer of the latest version of ewallet. I bought the entire suite back in the summer and the listpro is good and so is the keeptrack. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to utilize the ewallet the way I would like. My wallets just seem to disappear??? I have both the PC and the IPAQ version, so I don’t know if they have gotten together and are just having fun hiding my files or what…

    Anyway, your software is great, and it is fun dealing with folks with a sense of humor and a personality for a change. I will probably upgrade to version 5.0 on the ewallet, IF you will tell my PC and IPAQ to quit ganging up on me AND to return my wallet files……

  15. Marc

    Hi art….drop out folks at tech support a line. or 888-632-5388. The problem you are having is NOT something we typically see (although I’m guessing you are using ActiveSync’s FileSync and not SyncPro.) Anyhow, I’m sure we can help you to solve the problem!

  16. Brian Seibert

    Yes, luggage tags, sound like a great idea – a way to spread the Ilium message of great software even farther. Keep up the good work!

  17. Cathy Barwick

    Ilium is one of my favs! I’ve had serveral Pocket PC’s and always need to have ewallet and list pro running. Tech support has been very helpful whenever I’ve run into a problem These are great programs!

  18. Dave

    Great idea! I normally don’t post but getting the chance to win free stuff is the incentive I need. I’ve owned just about every PDA out there. So much in fact that I think it’s an obsession. My PDA’s may come and go, but it’s eWallet and ListPro that I always use.

  19. Darren

    Just upgraded my old PalmV to a Treo 650 (yes i know – late bloomer) and have had eWallet ever since i bought the PalmV new (1998?). Actually it was one of the reasons i upgraded. A phone with eWallet. How cool. BTW eWallet v2.1 still works great. Although a free upgrade to 5.0 would be even better.

  20. Doug

    I’ve purchased copies of eWallet for every tech in our department. I’ve also owned just about every Palm & MS PDA, Smart cell phone, PDA cell phone there is and with every device I’ve used, I always pop out to Handago and purchase eWallet. There is no better product out there protecting data that you need to be private for these devices. Keep your give-a-way stuff, just make sure this product is always there, in every flavor as you have done in the past. Once again, about to get a new cell phone – Hello Handago and Hello new version 5!

  21. Diana

    I have just upgraded to eWallet 5.0 and it looks great. I don’t know where I would be without it, or without ListPro which is about my favourite siftware ever. I have the full suite and the apps are in constant use. Fun, easy to use and essential to keep track of ever more frantic lifestyles. Not only that but It’s all so easy to instal. Thank you Handango!

  22. Frank Kaufman

    I have been using a PDA since 1990, when HP announced the LX100. I have gone through various devices since, upgrading as new models with new features arrive. With new devices, ususally new software pieces get introduced, often making previously installed programs obsolete.

    The only piece of software that has been constant on my devices for over a decade is eWallet. I wouldn’t know what to do without it.

  23. Fred Heinemann

    I tested the eWallet 5.0 and then upgraded as soon as I noticed the actual release came out. eWallet has saved my bacon more times than I can count. I work for a Fortune 100 company and I must have 200+ passwords that would be impossible to remember as every system has different criteria.

    I also just received the upgrade letter that mentioned this blog. I didn’t know it existed, but will now become a frequent visitor. On top of that, if i am lucky, I may get some “Stuff”!!

  24. Graham

    eWallet is the best and essential product for any PDA and PC. I totally rely on mine and have over 100 passwords and financial details in there. I wouldn’t live without it. Thanks Ilium for producing such a great applications.

  25. Brenda

    I have been using eWallet for a number of years and now I can’t live without it. Best product I ever bought for my PDA.

    I have eWallet on my home machine, my PDA and my office machine. It is great to hear that version 5 will be more efficient at Synchronizing them. I can’t wait to try it.

  26. John

    eWallet and Pocket Informant are my most used PPC products. Both are indispensible to me. I work in IT and have so many account IDs and passwords it’s enough to make a crazy person crazy! eWallet helps me stay cool and get in where I need to w/o worrying about forgetting the account info. Thanks

  27. Mario A. Escamilla

    Great you’re back guys! eWallet is part of my everyday life and I can’t live without it!

    Which takes me to another point, I’ll be migrating to Mac OS X in a few months… do you have plans to make a desktop version for OS X? I’d really appreciate it, and I’m certain many others will…

  28. mmidgley

    Speaking of winning software– I have both purchased and won (at ppct) Ilium software. Even when it seems too simple, it really is possible to win stuff. Other swag is good too; I recently lost my first pda stylus in nearly ten years of pda use.

    Anyway, I hope the chance of winning does improve avtivity on this site and hopefully have a significant affect on Ilium developers and software.

    thanks guys,

  29. Leslie

    I’ve been using both ListPro and eWallet for quite some time, on several PDA’s, and love both programs! I’ve never had a problem with either one except for unlocking when I had hard drive issues. Tech support has been great!

  30. Marge O'Connor

    I’ve been using your products since 1989, and on every upgrade HP has made to its handheld computers — and now on my iPaq. On balance, ListPro is more important to me than eWallet, but I really can’t live without both. They’re my auxiliary brain, and more reliable than the main brain!

  31. Matt

    Really great stuff here. I have been using the ewallet for 3 years now and cannot imagine not having it.

    Keep up the good work.

  32. Rob, Argentina

    I, too, have been using ewallet for 3 years now and cannot imagine not having it. (Sorry Matt, I though we were supposed to lift people’s ideas.) (How many NOTs can one use in one sentence?)

    One little niggle. $16.95 for an upgrade is too rich for me. As I assume my version 4 won’t self destruct, I am going to have to soldier on with my steam-driven version.

    Unless I win this lottery – yea!

  33. Kevin Pike

    Thanks for your awesome product. I’m active duty military and often deployed. I use my personal handheld to maintain finances and home issues from around the globe. The tools you provide are invaluable! Thank you again!

    SSgt Kevin Pike
    NCOIC, Chapel Operations

  34. Sheri

    I just purchased the ewallet 5.0 after having used the 4.0 and 4.1 versions for over a year. I appreciate the security aspects of the software as well as the ease of use. I have it with me all the time so I can keep all my valuable account information at hand any time I need it. Thank you.

  35. Steve

    Hello, is anyone there?

    Is this where I order my blog? Where does my blog plug into (can I have a usb one) and do I need the new Windows Vespa system to run it?

    Just kidding! I know that blogs don’t come in usb versions – I’m an old techie and know they plog in to COM1 9600 baud!


  36. Ross

    Used last two versions across PDA and PC – got me out a tricky corner many times, especially when speaking to call centres and they ask you the dreaded ‘what’s your password’ question!!!!

    ewallet seems to the only piece of software I use that doesn’t cause me any problems.

    Keep up the good work.

  37. Shahid

    I am from the part of the world where even Microsoft Windows is available in night market and cost only $5. No one seems to buy software here for personal use. When I downloaded trial version of ewallet first time, I fall in love and purchased it immediately. Best return of investment for all of my PPC SW.

  38. Ralph Wilson

    I have a couple of favoraite swag items:
    1) A mug that I got for “going above and beyond” in assisting an end user . . .
    it has a little battery operated blade in the bottom that stirs the beverage 😉

    2) A _really_ nice set of 3 luggage tags that let me swap out the business cards
    in them so that I can keep them current.

    I am now hoping to find out what sort of grand and glorious (based upon their software 😉 swag Ilium will be handing out!

  39. Jim Murphy

    I am an IT by trade & I would like to tell others out there that are thinking about updating thrie computer to Vista should wait a while. One thing I see & hear all the time is that it is crashing their system. I would highly recommend to wait about a year or more till Microsoft fixes the many operating system glitches that are outstanding. You should never update to a new operating system right away. It will cost you a lot of time & money to repair it to its previous state. However some people have to have the all the new computer material & regret it later. I hope this will info will help someone make the right decision out there. Honestly & sincerely, Jim.

  40. Vince

    I love Ewallet. I use it often as it’s the only way I can keep all my personal data organized — I keep adding to and updating it constantly. List pro I use spratically but am glad I have it as well. I don’t really use the PDA calender portion anymore since I prefer the basic interface of my PDA
    I’m not sure I would see the benifits of upgrading to eWallet 5.0 just yet since I use ActiveSync’s file folder to keep my files syncronized. Most other features seem cosmetic. But hey, I would not refuse a free upgrade. I also put my vote in for USB drive/SD card organization case. Those little things always end up at the bottom of my laptop carry case and I’m always searching for them.

  41. bnycastro

    I think giveaways are a great way to generate buzz and interest. Oh and good karma of course. So don’t be shy to send stuff my way hehehe. 😀

  42. Tom

    If it wasn’t for ewallet I’d be lost. It’s one of the best pieces of software I own and the most used.

  43. Steve Z

    Free stuff? I’m in. Also just got to say, i think EWallet is a great program, stable, user friendly, and very handy ( as long as you remeber to input your new or changed data ). Im an IT Director, i keep all my passwords stored in it on my pda. very convienent. i’ll have to checkout 5.x now…. thanks

  44. Singablend

    Hi there. On my PPC am using last two versions but when I wanted to upgrade tje PC version it failed and since doesn’t work any more. So I’m a bit sceptical about a further upgrade. But I might at least give it a chance ie trial.

  45. Marc

    If you haven’t already please contact our tech support folks! Typically it just works and it works really well. If you are having trouble it is an unusual situation and most likely we can fix it. email ( or call (888-632-5388) and we will help!

  46. Ray

    Why not get a ticket to a free prize? Actually I was happy to find Wallet some time ago. A never liked trying to sync my contact information from my business computer to my home computer with Microsoft or Palm’s offerings. And keeping track of passwords, etc. was the worst. Having replaced my old Palm with a ‘handed down’ used iPAQ got me looking at ‘new’ software for it. I am anxious to see how the new Wallet works with multiple computers (now 2 desk and 2 laptops at home, & 1 at work. Since I only have ‘dial-up’ access at work, and broadband at home I try to do most of my ‘computer stuff’ at home in the evenings. I’m off to upgrade to the new stuff. Thanks.

  47. John Venables

    This is new to me….Not really done much blogging or responded to a blog…But thought I would give it a go while I look at buying the new version of Newsbreak…

    I have been looking at utilising my PPC for some new things…

    I am quite keen on the whole RSS/Podcast/Videocast thing….Is there anywhere I can find out more about the casts and any good casts peeps think i should be looking at??

  48. Susan

    Sometimes I make it through an entire week without having to resort to checking what many of my numerous passwords are in eWallet. However, that’s a very rare occurrence. I make sure I enter my passwords to websites, programs, ATM cards, etc. as soon as I create a new password. Without eWallet, I’d be one frustrated lady more often than I care to think about! I also record my credit card information, including phone numbers to call in case of loss or theft. Since I have both the desktop and the Pocket PC versions of eWallet, I’m pretty confident that I will be able to notify appropriate parties, should the need arise.

  49. Robert

    I have been using eWallet for many years now and I could not agree more with what Susan is saying in this very blog at March 30th, 2007. I used it privately and at work every day. I retired from work just recently but I still frequently need the fabulous eWallet.

  50. Marc

    Thanks! We really appreciate your compliments. Even though we’re a business, we really love the idea of our products making lives easier.

  51. Manny Proenza

    Does Version 5 work on PPC 2003 phone edition? I’m using v4.1 and it does everything I need it to do so I am reviewing the reasons to upgrade. The one thing that stands out at me is the ability to sync to multiple PCs. I’ve tried that with the current version and it’s a hit or miss kind of thing. I’m running Winxp now with activesync 4.5. And I sync to my home computer via the cradle, and my work computer via bluetooth.

    Also, just want to echo the sentiments of other bloggers. Great product! I’ve been using it ever since I bought my first Ipaq 3600 in 2000. Very happy with it. eWallet houses my electronic identity and I’d be lost without it. Thanks again.

  52. Marc

    Yep. It should work just fine Manny. And I think you’ll really like the revamped sync. It works great.

  53. David Gray

    I didn’t realize i’d fallen so far behind with the versions i’m using. I’ve had eWallet on my Axim since i got it. Now i need to get current on it AND my Q.

  54. Dean

    I just picked up an AT&T 8525. Trying out newsbrek and listpro. Great software!
    I’d get the whole lot of Ilium software if I could afford it.
    One strange thing I noticed was that I lost my lists and RSS feeds when I believe I had trouble with a memory card. When the device starts up, it seems the card isn’t always recognized. Think that had something to do with files getting corrupt. I got a better memory card now and doing more backups now to be safe.

    Thanks for the chance to win some great software!

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