Have you been thinking of taking a training course in the next few months? If so you'll be interested in the latest IBM Training promotion. With this promotion you can not only learn new skills with world-class IBM instructors, you can also get a Chumby device (value $179.95 USD) to take home at the end of the class!
So... what is a Chumby?
The chumby is a compact device that displays useful and entertaining information from the web: news, photos, music, weather, celebrity gossip, webcams, sports scores — using your wireless internet connection. Always on, it shows — nonstop — what's online that matters to you. I highly recommend you view the Chumby demo at http://www.chumby.com/. Click the What the heck is a chumby button.
The Chumby sounds cool... but how does it work?
Just plug it in, connect to your wireless network, and use your computer to choose a playlist of "widgets" (the bite-sized applications that run on a chumby). And if, say, you want to see news, the surf report, and traffic in the morning, and animations, web cams and eBay auctions at night, you can group widgets in "channels." Watch constantly updated info, or use interactive widgets that take advantage of its touchscreen or motion sensor. You can even share widgets and send ecards to other people's chumbys.
With over 700 widgets across 30 different categories such as weather, social networks, photos, sports, news, entertainment, videos and much more, you'll find lots of stuff you'll love.
I'd really like a Chumby... which courses are eligible?
Check out ibm.com/services/learning/ites.wss/us/en?pageType=page&c=L576830G48338Q94 for a list of the eligible classroom and instructor-led online courses.
I really want to get a Chumby... stay tuned for a review if I end up getting one!