I have been on a mission for a number of years to get a Random Bag of Crap, (referenced as RBOC for the remainder of this document). The RBOC is a funny little grab bag available occasionally from http://www.woot.com.
Most of the time W00t offers one item a day. Usually with a really funny description. It’s just nice. Occasionally they have a W00t Off. A W00t Off is sort of like a clearance sale, or for those of you of a certain age, on online Blue Light special!
They offer an item and you can buy and there is a pretty flashing light, and then BAM, it’s gone and there is a new item.
Then they’ll offer up a bag. A random bag…A random bag of Crap! The is their fun way of getting rid of their bits and bobs. It’s three or so items that there are not enough of to sell. I’ve never seen of these bags in person, but I’ve heard stories. Stories of fun treasures that are delivered to the lucky winner.
I’ve been trying to get on of these RBOC’s for years. Never been successful. I’ve gotten close. I’ve gotten so close that I’m on the confirmation screen and their servers lock up. But nothing. Truth be told I’ve almost given up. I’ve tried almost everything. Last year I discovered http://www.mywoot.net. Great site that updates the screen automatically during a W00t off, and plays funny sounds during item changes, and best yet, when the RBOC comes up, it lets off a siren like you’re never heard before. Still, couldn’t get that brass ring. Then I started using http://www.wootalyzer.com with it. This also monitors the items, and when the RBOC comes up it opens the purchase page! You just have to run like the wind to confirm, submit and enter your credit card security code. Still, nothing! It’s just got me to the failure screen faster.
Last week there was a W00t Off. I have a laptop at work that’s a little hinky. It’s mainly used for testing, and W00t watching. So during a W00t off I pop it on with http://www.mywoot.net running, and every once in a while if you’re on the phone with one of us in the office you’ll hear a rooster crow, that’s how you know a new item has gone up. For days I listened to that damn rooster, no RBOC. When I left on Friday I forgot to turn it off. I had a pictures of the poor cleaners hunting the building for a rooster.
I was working out when my phones starting ringing. I didn’t answer. I was working out. Then I read the text that came in from Mike, “Hey, your alarm went off, so I pulled up the page, and got a Random Bag of Crap, thanks! I’m glad you forgot to turn it off” I hope he ends up with the Screaming Monkey with a pink cape and Bacon Salt!