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

    Punch my alarm phone in the face and go back to sleep.

  2. 3052

    Sebastian Wild

    May 9, 2011 1:30 pm

    Check everything’s still there and I’m not dreaming.

  3. 6103

    enjoy an espresso

  4. 9154

    turn around…
    then turn around again

  5. 12205

    Turn the computer on.

  6. 15256

    Nice. Hope I get one.

  7. 18307

    Watch anime and eat cerial!

  8. 21358

    check my mail on the ipad!

  9. 24409

    Panic, as I had thought it was sunday and slept in.

  10. 27460

    hit snooze and roll over

  11. 30511

    After logging into my computer I check work email, work instant messages, home/personal email and then twitter. Then I’ll Iook at the workload for the week.

  12. 33562

    I could say that I go to smashingmagazine.com, but really: coffee!

  13. 36613

    Read smashing magazine on the bus to work, check email, make a list of things I need to do, procrastinate…

  14. 39664

    Cant post it here :)

  15. 42715

    I have the (questionable) benefit of usually having Monday off unless I have pertinent freelance work to do, so I roll over at the crack of noon and do my usual email/blog/cereal/dog handling thing. And since it’s getting nice out, this should soon include laying in the hammock in my very small Brooklyn yard.

    I need all of these things so I don’t have to think about how much money I pay for rent. Crap, I just started thinking about it again.


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  17. 48817

    Try to reverse time to Friday with the power of my mind, then realize is useless as all the times T_T

  18. 51868

    I wonder why Smashing Magazine no longer posts quality inspiration stuff.

  19. 54919

    Read Smashing Magazine!

  20. 57970

    Go to gym!

  21. 61021

    Ladislav Miklo

    May 9, 2011 1:42 pm

    Coffee… cigaret… :) and then to work :(

  22. 64072

    First thing I do is check my phone to see if I’ve been contacted while I was asleep.

  23. 67123

    Shutting off the alarm on my phone, followed by kissing my future wife. Then I do a quick mail-check, while my dog is wagging eagerly beside the bed – he wants breakfast :-). Strangely it makes my eyes more awake glancing at the sharp AMOLED-screen. Let the day begin!

  24. 70174

    – Rise
    – Run
    – Scrambled Eggs
    – Work

  25. 73225

    Put my robe on and get some coffee.

  26. 76276

    close my eyes again and again…. =)

  27. 79327

    Sleep in because I don’t have class on Mondays!

  28. 82378

    Open the eyes and think: I don´t wanna live on this planet any more

  29. 85429

    I hear the alarm clock and open my eyes.

  30. 88480

    I wish I could sleep some more.

  31. 91531

    SLAYYYER, then BLAAACK coffee.

  32. 94582

    Christopher Clarke

    May 9, 2011 1:46 pm

    Tumble out of bed and stumble to the kitchen
    Pour myself a cup of ambition
    And yawn and stretch and try to come to life
    Jump in the shower and the blood starts pumping
    Out on the street the traffic starts jumping

    With folks like me… hell I forgot the rest but this summarizes it nicely. Thanks Dolly!

  33. 97633

    … try to get my ass to the university.

  34. 100684

    Turn the computer on. Get some Coffee, check the newspaper, the email, css-tricks & relate stuff and of course smashing magazine. Then see whats is in the toDo list for the new week.

  35. 103735

    Nothing more remarkable than taking a shower.

  36. 106786

    Mike Weatherly

    May 9, 2011 1:47 pm

    Wake up and milk our goats. Yep goats.

  37. 109837

    Andrés Laplace

    May 9, 2011 1:48 pm

    Hit snoose like 5 times before wake up!, wake up, take some break fast and go to work.

  38. 112888

    feel some light kicks from my gf’s belly ;)

  39. 115939

    I overdose to coffee

  40. 118990

    I make the effort to get up, then lay on the sofa sleepily and waste just enough time to make me late for work :P

  41. 122041

    Benjamin Williams

    May 9, 2011 1:50 pm

    Say good morning to my fish

  42. 125092

    check my iPhone for any emails, tweets, and texts

  43. 128143

    Always I give a thought about applying for a Sick leave. Then I would go for shower when I realise it may not work.

  44. 131194

    check emails on iphone

  45. 134245

    I hit snooze at least once, then hop in the shower, then coffee.
    Tuesday through Friday aren’t really much different.

  46. 137296

    snooze the alarm

  47. 140347

    Rush for the bus…

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    Travis Nelson

    May 9, 2011 1:56 pm

    Literally the very first thing I do? I check my email. I grab my iPhone before I even open my eyes and I’m checking email within 5 seconds. Probably not the best thing to do to start my day. :)

  49. 146449

    I moonwalk to the shower.

  50. 149500

    What else… Dress and go to work…..


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