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 check my post and take my dog out, then it’s on to breakfast and work related stuff.

  2. 102

    Checking Smashing Magazine; any giveaways today? ;-)

  3. 203

    Mohamed Fasil

    May 9, 2011 2:03 am

    Check My tweets …:)

  4. 304

    I inject espresso into my eyeballs and emit an anguished scream.

  5. 405

    Check my emails and RSS feeds for anything interesting like this

  6. 506

    Wish it was Saturday again..

  7. 607

    Go to a nearby park for a jog, while keeping a keen lookout for cute, hopping rabbits along the way.

  8. 708

    Michel Bozgounov

    May 9, 2011 2:03 am

    The question: “What is the first thing you do on a Monday morning?”

    My answer: It depends! :)

    1) On a Monday morning, at home? Kiss my girl, get out of bed, grab my bicycle and go to work!

    2) On a Monday morning, at work? I make some good coffee, start my ThinkPad and check what’s hot/new on dribbble, SmashingMag and in the blogs I follow daily (incl. @molif‘s Friday Bunny — although, most likely, I have already seen the new episode on Friday, hehe).

    3) On a Monday morning, but when not @ work? Most likely, a combination of 1) and 2) will happen + a nice breakfast (and minus the cycling)! :-)

  9. 809

    Pet my cat!
    It’s either that or having a clawy furball munching on my toes while I browse reddit.

  10. 910

    Cup of coffee, and check the baseball scores.

  11. 1011

    Use ‘snooze’ on alarm at least twice, then head to shower to wake up.

  12. 1112

    Đurica Bogosavljev

    May 9, 2011 2:04 am

    Make a gooood warm cup of coffee and read design RSS Feeds :)

  13. 1213

    Rodrigo Silva

    May 9, 2011 2:04 am

    Well, as usual in a Monday morning, I turn off the alarm and sleep a lil’ bit more :D

  14. 1314

    make a list of things to do for the week

  15. 1415

    The same thing we do every morning, Pinky – try to take over the world!

  16. 1516

    trying to destroy my alarm clock

  17. 1617

    Definitely drinking coffee, then second coffee and checking Google Reader with subscribed blogs (SM as well) and Facebook

  18. 1718

    I get to work, boot up my PC, check my email and regret every choice I’ve ever made!

  19. 1819

    Daddy needs new Sennheiser HD 600 Stereo Audiophile Headphones to enjoy his music even more :)

  20. 1920

    Get into the office, grab a cup of coffe on the way to my spot. Read my mail and check updates from the sites I follow (RSS in Outlook woho!). After that I look through what needs to get done this week and prepare for the Monday meeting.

  21. 2021

    What I do on a Monday morning? Trying to wake up after a wrong turned circadian rhythm, after that, some shower and breakfast – 3 eggs.

  22. 2122

    Send my alarm clock to the other side of the room.

  23. 2223

    Drink 2 cups of coffee and starting checking all the google’s service of my client’s web site. (adwords,adsense,analytics,webmaster tools).

  24. 2324

    I check the email first, and clean the many thing in Google Reader which has Smashing.

  25. 2425

    Natasha Hampshire

    May 9, 2011 2:06 am

    On a normal Monday the first thing I do is go on Twitter! But this morning we were moving desks because its a new sprint!

  26. 2526

    I damn myself for going to bed late

  27. 2627

    Stumble downstairs and make some brekky, the most important meal of the day for budding designers!

  28. 2728

    Run over to the bathroom for a shower!

  29. 2829

    First thing I do on Monday morning, and every morning, is check email, Facebook, and blogs.

  30. 2930

    Giuseppe Bianco

    May 9, 2011 2:07 am

    Power on my stereo system. otherwise i can’t do anything

  31. 3031

    Launch Reeder on my iPhone and read latests news and feeds. Including smashing!

  32. 3132

    Katseas Savvas

    May 9, 2011 2:07 am

    Have some coffee — same as any other day.

  33. 3233

    Google Reader.

  34. 3334

    the same procedure as every morning:
    have a cup of coffee and check mails :-)

  35. 3435

    First thing monday morning. Light up a cigarette (not healthy … i know) and drink coffee…

  36. 3536

    Cry, as I realise it’s Monday. Then I commence wishing it was Friday.

  37. 3637

    I open my journal and (most often) report on the weather out of the window.

  38. 3738

    First thing is get a coffee, really I need that.
    While drinking the coffee I will check my mail, which include also the Smashing Magazine blog. New ideas on Monday morning are always welcome.

  39. 3839

    Kunal Mamtura

    May 9, 2011 2:09 am

    The first thing in the morning ..have coffee and start stumbleupon.com and then to work and visit blogs like sixrevison.com, smashingmagazine.com and masable.com


  40. 3940

    The first thing I do is put a cup of coffee on, go and stand on the balcony outside my apartment and listen to the river for 20 minutes. Its my time of relaxation and reflection before a busy, busy day.

  41. 4041

    I stop the alarm clock…

  42. 4142

    I’ve usually just gotten to work at 11PM, so around midnight on Monday mornings, I’m usually firing up my laptop and starting a long night of getting paid to do about 15 minutes of actual work.

  43. 4243

    After Breakfast and morning commute I make Tea in the office. Check Mails and dive into the daily grind.

  44. 4344

    Having a breakfast with my kids <3

  45. 4445

    Fredrik Björeman

    May 9, 2011 2:10 am

    Stare at the alarm clock in disbelief, wondering how it can be both that time and day of week already.

  46. 4546

    monday morning, at the office : coffee. croissant. google reader.

  47. 4647

    Anelia kostova-Bozgounova

    May 9, 2011 2:10 am

    I stretch and reach to hug my husband. Then I go and switch on the computer. :)

  48. 4748

    The first thing i do on monday morning aside from crying that the weekend is over is check smashing magazine for something to start my week off on a good note

  49. 4849

    I check the Chive for FLBP.

  50. 4950

    It’s Facebook. Booooring!


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