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I'm Not a Cheap Date

8:00 AM -- How much is your time worth? $50 an hour? $150? More?

You don't have to be a senior partner at a boutique law firm or a well-heeled callgirl to pull down the equivalent of $800 an hour -- all you need is an opinion about Cisco's storage efforts.

I hate to be cagey about my source on this -- this woman asked me to mask her identity - but she was among the chosen to get the following email last week, not once but twice (first from Cisco's PR firm, then from the vendor directly):

    Cisco is conducting research to assess the perceptions of IT media thought leaders. We are interested in understanding your perception on the technology and support leadership of the vendors addressing enterprise data center challenges.

    This research will be conducted by KRC Research, whose representatives should be contacting you in the next few days to schedule a 15 minute interview. The interview will be scheduled around your availability and they will be completely confidential and all your comments will be kept anonymous.

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