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

    monday morning is an ordinary weekdays here in Oman, so once I get to the office, I have to check emails

  2. 152

    Chris Darnell

    May 9, 2011 2:10 am

    Hit the snooze button. Then check the Google Reader feed. Find out if the world has changed while I’ve been sleeping.

  3. 303

    Peter Tellgren

    May 9, 2011 2:10 am

    Have a cup of tea, check my reader for what’s up, start hacking away..

  4. 454

    Alvaro Nistal

    May 9, 2011 2:10 am

    Have breakfast while I visit my Google Reader feeds, and write a post on my blog.

  5. 605

    Just watch the news for a bit while eating a cereal rich in sugar.

  6. 756

    Try to wake up my boyfriend. Usually takes about 40-60 minutes :-)

  7. 907


    May 9, 2011 2:11 am

    like many others.. coffee & RSS feeds. :) 7,500? let’s do this!

  8. 1058

    I press the snooze button on the alarm and wish it’s week-end :)

  9. 1209

    Get up, take a shower, dress and go home :>

  10. 1360

    Drinking some coffee and realising the weekend is already gone.

  11. 1511

    Dread the Tube journey to work and wish it was the weekend already

  12. 1662

    1) Check mails while listening to the entire collection of Designer.mx that I have ported to Spotify (well the ones I liked)
    2) Go through Twitter, Google Reader, FFFFound and other sources of daily inspiration.
    3) Get to work.

  13. 1813

    checkout tweet deck on my phone.

  14. 1964

    Patrick Stadler

    May 9, 2011 2:12 am

    having a cup of earl grey and reading news online.

  15. 2115

    wake up at half past 5, grab my bible to read and pray untill I fall back asleep.. zzZZz… half an hour later, when my alarm rings I get up again and prepare for university.

  16. 2266

    Oh hai ! The first thing I do on monday morning is watching the lolcats of the last week end on the Cheezburger network.

  17. 2417

    I have a coffee obviously!

  18. 2568

    Bathroom, orange juice, SM, in that order…

  19. 2719

    Wash my teeth and cry a little as i promise myself that the following Sunday I’ll be going to bed at a human-friendly hour!

  20. 2870

    What I do every morning, drink a coffee and watch the news.

  21. 3021

    Ashish Bogawat

    May 9, 2011 2:14 am

    As with most days in the week, switch on the wireless router and sync my phone to check new e-mails and RSS feeds.

  22. 3172

    Usually I’m checking all the blogs and social networks :) with the assistance of big cup of green tea…

  23. 3323

    Damned ! That’s the best SM post for a while ! :)

  24. 3474

    First thing I do is to reach for my phone and use it to check my email, Facebook and the news headlines… THEN I get up.

  25. 3625

    Lets Win ;-)

  26. 3776

    Coffe and blogs :)

  27. 3927

    Drink a large cup of coffee and head off to the office.

  28. 4078

    Pedro Ventura

    May 9, 2011 2:15 am

    This Monday morning, I woke up with the doorbell. Some Ikea guys delivered a nice Ikea sofa which I assembled effortlessly…

    Actually it took 2 hours, 2 liters of sweat and the patience dose I had reserved for the rest of the week.

  29. 4229

    I double check that it is in fact Monday and then I usually have a quick peek at Twitter/Facebook on my mobile phone on the way to work.

  30. 4380

    I wake up…

  31. 4531


  32. 4682

    Turn on some neo-classical metal music and act like a designer.

  33. 4833

    Tendy Rusdiana

    May 9, 2011 2:16 am

    The first thing i do in monday morning is realizing that today is monday!, time to set up another journey for the new week. Then turn on the computer, checking news, articles from favorite websites, and looking for any new chances. :) I wish it is sunday, but monday always give new hope…

  34. 4984

    Fall asleep in a bowl of cornflakes.

  35. 5135

    Mail, Twitter, Facebook, RSS – in that order, on my iPhone, in bed.

  36. 5286

    i moan.

  37. 5437

    Drink copious quantities of coffee and bitch at my laptop until it fires up.

  38. 5588

    Victor Jalbă-Șoimaru

    May 9, 2011 2:17 am

    I open my eyes, take a quick look at the time, then go right back to sleep…

  39. 5739

    Useful Articles & Great Resources… the only thing I believe would attract more visitors is more fun, more Smashing Cartoons.

  40. 5890

    Andrei Barburas

    May 9, 2011 2:17 am

    First thing I do on a Monday morning, is complain that it’s Monday (again). That pretty much happens every Monday.

  41. 6041

    Wake up, get up, get coffee and then go trough my google reader.

  42. 6192

    Preparing for another week of work, but not before I open my rss and drink a coffe.

  43. 6343

    Get out with the dog :-)

  44. 6494

    Open my MacBook and start reading through my RSS articles in Google Reader :)

  45. 6645

    On Monday morning, I hurry to take a shower in 10 minutes or less because I often have less time to get ready

  46. 6796

    Luca Degasperi

    May 9, 2011 2:18 am

    The first thing I do monday morning is checking out all the RSS feeds I haven’t read during the weekend.

  47. 6947

    Definitely make a strong cup of coffee!

  48. 7098

    I’d probably be looking at my Instapaper and clear up those lists.

  49. 7249

    Coffee & Socialite ;)

  50. 7400

    Jonathon Valentine

    May 9, 2011 2:18 am

    Cereal, Mashable, Smashing Magazine, Twitter then Dilbert…. Then I get out of bed.


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