Hardware Giveaway: 7,500 Comments Challenge!


Update: Thank you for your participation, folks! Unfortunately, we didn’t reach the amount of comments needed for the giveaway to take place (deadline was Monday, May 16th 2011!). Instead, we’re giving away a good number of Smashing badges and stickers.

The lucky winners are:

  • Guisella Acuña from Lima, Peru.
  • Andrew Griffiths from Chesapeake, USA.
  • Noga Brienes from Jerusalem, Israel.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has contributed to this post. Maybe next time, folks!

Smashing Badges and Stickers

We sincerely appreciate all the time and support our readers make to visit Smashing Magazine and participate in discussions in the comments, in your blogs as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Today, we’d love to give you something in return to show you our appreciation for your contributions. After all, why only get gifts for Christmas and your birthday? Here at Smashing Magazine, we love to give away things all year long. This time, you have the ultimate chance to win some nifty hardware.

And to make the giveaway a bit more interesting, let’s set on a small challenge! Let’s try to reach at least 7,500 comments to this post in order for the prizes to be given away. All you have to do is answer a question in the comment section below and you could be the one chosen among our three winners! Tell us: What is the first thing you do on a Monday morning?

If we don’t reach 7,500 comments altogether, the prizes will get torched. Well, not literally of course, but let’s kick the giveaway in once the 7,501st comment is submitted. It is actually not a random, unrealistic figure either; we got around 9,000 comments1 in our last giveaway two years ago.

Prizes That Were Part of The Giveaway

Zotac AMP GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB GDDR5 Graphics Card 384-bit (756MHz/3800MHz) ZT-40102-10P2
This graphics card is a powerful asset for rich 3D gaming experiences. The card features superior anti-aliasing methods that render up to 32x sample rates for lightning-fast and high quality anti-aliasing that eliminates jagged edges for crystal clear visuals without sacrificing performance. Based upon NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 GPU, it has 1536 Mb GDDR5, 384-bit memory bus and 480 Unified Shaders.

Zotac AMP GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB GDDR5 Graphics Card 384-bit (756MHz/3800MHz) ZT-40102-10P3

Sennheiser HD 600 Stereo Audiophile Headphones4
The HD 600 Avantgarde are audiophile-quality, open dynamic hi-fi/professional stereo headphones. The advanced diaphragm design eliminates standing waves in the diaphragm material. The HD 600 can be connected directly to hi-fi systems of the highest quality, in particular DAT, DVD, MD and CD players. Both developers and designers will appreciate the music quality the headphones provide when you need to fully focus your attention on your current project.

Stereo Headphones5

3D Mouse: 3DConnexion’s SpaceNavigator Optical Mouse6
This mouse can be quite handy for your 3D design and visualization applications. It has a large controller cap to control all your 3D objects and boost your design speed. The mouse has an advanced 6 degrees-of-freedom optical sensor and allows you to simultaneously pan, zoom and rotate 3D models as well as browse through Google Earth and other similar applications.

3DConnexion Space Navigator7

To participate, just leave a comment in the comment section below and tell us: What is the first thing you do on a Monday morning? The giveaway lasts until Monday, May 16th 2011. You are allowed to submit only one comment. The three winners will be selected randomly. Good luck!

And please spread the word to your friends and colleagues! Let’s reach 7,500 comments, folks!


  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/08/books-giveaway-comment-and-win-2/
  2. 2 http://www.zotacusa.com/amp-geforce-gtx-480-1536mb-384-bit-756mhz-3800mhz-zt-40102-10p.html
  3. 3 http://www.zotacusa.com/amp-geforce-gtx-480-1536mb-384-bit-756mhz-3800mhz-zt-40102-10p.html
  4. 4 http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/home_en.nsf/root/private_headphones_audiophile-headphone-hd600-quality
  5. 5 http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/home_en.nsf/root/private_headphones_audiophile-headphone-hd600-quality
  6. 6 http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spacenavigator.html
  7. 7 http://www.3dconnexion.com/products/spacenavigator.html

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  1. 1

    The first thing I do is brew coffee and complete the Independent Daily Crossword. Helps me wake up and it’s more leisurely than screaming at the top of my lungs about my distaste for Mondays.

  2. 52

    Coffee, start MacBook, google reader, iTunes.

  3. 103

    Gerry te Meij

    May 9, 2011 1:56 am

    The first thing i do is check my mail and Google reader to see what happened over night.
    I love Smashing magazine it gives so much information and use full tips I have 2 of the Smashing books.

  4. 154

    asking myself why my dog is such a damn early bird!

  5. 205

    thor skjelbreia

    May 9, 2011 1:56 am

    First thing I do is wake up

  6. 256

    Waking up of course!

  7. 307

    Hit the snooze button on my alarm, roll over and pretend it never happened.

  8. 358

    I have a bowl of Crunchy Nut Clusters.

  9. 409

    Yoram Blumenberg

    May 9, 2011 1:57 am

    Turn around and close my eyes again for one hour.

  10. 460

    First thing I do is not for publication ;-) but the second thing is tea and read my mails and rss feeds.

  11. 511

    Same as everyday: I try to start something useful immediately but … I check mail/rss/… ^_^

  12. 562

    I grab a coffee and my iPad and start flipping through 800+ items in Google Reader, and Smashing was first today :).

  13. 613

    Wake up to a very strong tea :) …

  14. 664

    Turn my alarm off and go to sleep for another hour! :)

  15. 715

    Close my eyes again and wish it was Saturday.

  16. 766

    Thomas S. Lindstrøm

    May 9, 2011 1:58 am

    The first thing i do on a Monday morning is probably waking up very early (in comparison to the last two days), but then quickly trying to memorize my dream and then what this days events are.

  17. 817

    Groan, go back to sleep, wake up paranoid and terrified that I’ve overslept only to find it’s actually only three minutes later, finally get up, then shuffle to the computer and get to work. Freelancing, baby!

  18. 868

    takin a hot shower

  19. 919

    I go to sleep :)

  20. 970

    Eetu Tourunen

    May 9, 2011 1:59 am

    I curse that its a monday again…

  21. 1021

    Turn off the alarm 5 times, then sleep some more

  22. 1072

    Turn off the alarm 5 times, then sleep some more

  23. 1123

    Turn off the alarm 5 times, then sleep some more

  24. 1174

    Curse. Coffee. Resign myself.

  25. 1225

    I kiss my wife before getting out of bed.

  26. 1276

    It usually takes me 10 minutes to accept it’s yet another monday morning and not my well deserved sunday.

  27. 1327

    Chester Sabado

    May 9, 2011 1:59 am

    Every Monday morning when I wake up, I stare at the ceiling, put my glasses on, stretch and try to convince myself that it’s still a weekend.

  28. 1378

    The first thing I see in the morning is ceiling

  29. 1429

    Grab a coffee and check my RSS Feeds.

  30. 1480

    I wake up early, wondering what time it is, and then I fall back to sleep – ‘coz I’m on vacation!

  31. 1531

    Take a shower while my smarthpone downloads all the RSS feeds and read mail before taking the car.

  32. 1582

    Sig. Tolleranza

    May 9, 2011 2:00 am

    Check my private parts to see if they’re still there.

  33. 1633

    wake up music + chrome-news squares.

  34. 1684

    first thing i do i check my cell phone, to see is there any text message or missed call.

  35. 1735

    I groan that I need to get up, coax myself out of bed, and have breakfast :)

  36. 1786

    Paul Bradforth

    May 9, 2011 2:00 am

    Have a cigarette, make tea, check email and then the BBC News RSS feeds

  37. 1837

    While half of my thoughts still fly around in my wonderful dreamworld, the other half goes through the last amazing weekend and hopes that the next one is coming soon!

  38. 1888

    Satya Gumilang

    May 9, 2011 2:01 am

    Generally, take a pee.
    Specifically, Find Projects on-line for a week job.

  39. 1939

    thank you for your work and your state of mind!!

  40. 1990

    take a shower…

  41. 2041

    Take a shower followed by a breakfast before setting out for work.

  42. 2092

    I make a cup of coffee, check facebook and the nba results.

  43. 2143

    The first thing I do, is walk the dog, grab myself a cup of coffee and read up on the usual websites

  44. 2194

    Edgar Gonçalves

    May 9, 2011 2:01 am

    Right before leaving home for work, I always sync my ipod with fresh daily podcasts and my google reader items (I’ve been using Byline, and it works perfectly so far). These are “digested” in a public transportation. Right after getting in my workplace, the first task is always an email check (I found out doing it at my place first thing in the morning usually left many email pending, and I ended up reading them again at work, so I only do it once, now).

  45. 2245

    Most Mondays, I usually check email and Google Reader before anything else. THEN, I make coffee/tea.

  46. 2296

    wake up, of course… ;)

  47. 2347

    First thing is always coffee. Second BaseCamp and blogs :)

  48. 2398

    swear at my alarm clock!

  49. 2449

    I take a really hot shower.

  50. 2500

    Mike Brogowski

    May 9, 2011 2:02 am



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