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

    I turn off my alarm, wake up late and nearly miss my bus to history of typography class!

  2. 3002

    Ivan Risteski

    May 9, 2011 1:00 pm

    Wake up with my wife and our baby :)

    • 6003

      Open my eyes, turn on TV. CNN maybe, learn about any emergencies that I should know before I get to the office.

  3. 9004

    Hit snooze!

  4. 12005

    Chester Mealer

    May 9, 2011 1:01 pm

    hit the snooze button about 5 times, then get up and check my e-mail.

  5. 15006

    Why I do the same thing I do every morning… I try to take over the world!

  6. 18007

    Please stop your car now. Traffic Jam!

  7. 21008

    1st thing(s) on Monday morning: Turn on some tech news podcast, check twitter for @replies/DM’s, and then head to shower.

  8. 24009

    reading some rss feeds & recent tweets while lying in bed …

  9. 27010

    Hit the snooze button a thousand times, realize I’m running late for work, then run around like a fool. Happens every Monday morning…

  10. 30011

    Thinking about the weird dream I had.

  11. 33012

    Grab the phone, shut off that alarm ( “Always look on the bright side of life” ringtone) then I check emails, etc. before I actually roll out from under the covers.

  12. 36013

    Choose which music genre to listen to.

  13. 39014

    Wash the weekend off.

  14. 42015

    I mourn the passing of yet another beautiful weekend, then ninja-roll out of bed and sneak up on the unsuspecting coffee machine.

  15. 45016

    Read email and tweets while the espresso machine heats up.

  16. 48017


  17. 51018

    Wonder why I always wake up before the alarm and wait for it to ring

  18. 54019

    Normally, wake up with enough time to try and wake up in the shower before taking the baby to daycare and heading to work. Today, throw in the additional trip to the pet hospital at 6:30 with the baby tagging along. Swag would help me feel better.

  19. 57020

    Sleep until it’s afternoon

  20. 60021

    First thing Monday morning, I change my kid’s diape. Then I warm up a bottle.

    ..of brandy

    …for me, not the kid.

  21. 63022

    Jelani Harris

    May 9, 2011 1:11 pm

    First thing I do on Monday morning is immediately wonder what happened to my weekend.
    Usually it’s feelings of remorse due to an unproductive weekend that comes after :)

  22. 66023

    Hit snooze on the alarm, realise I can’t hide from it much longer and then groan and get up ha! :) Great idea for a giveaway.

  23. 69024

    Eduardo Carvalho

    May 9, 2011 1:12 pm

    Remember how the weekend was good!

  24. 72025

    I hit the snooze button a few times, then I check my mobile for incoming e-mails, sms, facebook notifications and twitter, then I hit the snooze button once again, an finally I go to the bathroom.
    On monday morning I prefer having a cold cup of tea instead of a hot coffee :-) you know… Sunday night is a really nice night for partying.. :-)

  25. 75026

    Justin Edelson

    May 9, 2011 1:13 pm

    Check Smashing Magazine.

  26. 78027

    Putting on my cycling shorts and go out for a 20 mile ride.

  27. 81028

    steven gardner

    May 9, 2011 1:13 pm

    Started the countdown to the weekend!

  28. 84029

    Collect my roachies from the day before and then make a roachie joint.

  29. 87030

    Wonder who invented Mondays and plot their untimely demise.

  30. 90031

    I sleep in a little longer then get on a computer

  31. 93032

    I wake up to the sudden alarm of my 8-year old asking me to draw at 6am. And I’m silly enough to freakin’ love it!

  32. 96033

    Try to ignore reality for a few more seconds…

  33. 99034

    Do thirty minutes of morning meditation, walk barefoot for a few minutes in my area, and finally back home for daily life (checking emails, read newspaper, and work!)


  34. 102035

    Get up from the bed, but then sit on the armchair to awake fully. Monday is always the hardest day in the week… We all know that ;D

  35. 105036

    Hit snooze for 30 minutes. Literally.

  36. 108037

    Thank god for another day

  37. 111038


  38. 114039

    as any other day: switch off the annoying alarm preset and fall back to the sweet land of dreams again ! :)

  39. 117040

    siminiciuc andrei

    May 9, 2011 1:19 pm

    I first verify my mail. I try at least sunday to stay out with friend or with familly away from the computer, but the need for internet :)) is there .

  40. 120041

    I have a new dream :)

  41. 123042

    Remember fondly the days I was unemployed. I was poor, but I could have a lay in EVERY DAY! …bliss.

    Then I remember money helps life be more interesting and get my ass out of bed :)

  42. 126043

    I hurry towards Friday.

  43. 129044

    I thought, shoot 8:10AM came too fast. SNOOZE*!

  44. 132045

    Drink a cup of Earl Grey tea and ponder how life became so wonderful.

  45. 135046

    Thank the Lord for a new day to serve Him. Glory!

  46. 138047

    I’ll just wake up and eat something. Then I read my emails.

  47. 141048

    I hope to have slept 5 days to be again the weekend

  48. 144049


  49. 147050

    Brush my teeth with Jack.

  50. 150051

    Michael Bryan

    May 9, 2011 1:29 pm

    Check my email then hit snooze.


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