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

    Vernon Garcia

    May 9, 2011 1:59 pm

    This morning, I opened and blinked my sticky eyes, licked my lips and took a long deep breath while my mind was still trying to make sense of where I was and why I was no longer on a rooftop fighting to protect my friends and family from hordes of necrotic zombies. After a moment, I swung my bare legs from under the warm covers, placed my feet firmly on the cool grey carpet wiggling my toes to make sure they were still there, grabbed my cell phone and shut off the alarm.

  2. 3102

    When I get to my desk on a Monday morning I fire up google reader and burn through my smashing magazine feeds amongst others, Whilst drowning my brain in coffee and coming up with improvements to our websites that I can sneak under management’s radar that week.

  3. 6203

    Wake up, turn on iPad, check Smashing Magazine for cool info :-)

  4. 9304

    keep sleeping and does not want to get up!

  5. 12405

    Read the news online, then the blogs. Same ‘ol, same ‘ol. What else? Gotta start the day off right, gotta know what’s going on the world (of web).

  6. 15506

    The same thing I do every morning. Try and get my wife to rub my package :)

  7. 18607

    Give my gf a good morning kiss, since monday’s my day off.

  8. 21708

    Read my rss feeds and check my emails while eating breakfast.

  9. 24809

    After spend more then 1h hitting snooze on my alarm clock, the first thing that I do is: List the neat goals for the week (entertainment, work, things to learn, etc) while having my fresh brewed coffee ;)

  10. 27910

    Generally do my timesheet for Friday.

  11. 31011

    I “wake up” then go back to sleep.

  12. 34112

    Wish i had not played mine craft for several hours during the night!

  13. 37213

    Inevitably at the moment, it’s giving my baby daughter her first milk bottle of the day at about 5.30 while trying to wake up myself. The first techy thing I’ll do will be to check my mail accounts and blog feeds to get some news in my head and a feel for what’s happening out there.

  14. 40314

    Go to sleep

  15. 43415

    Curse the gods that created Monday and then dig around trying to find a pair of clean socks.

  16. 46516

    Melissa Meyers

    May 9, 2011 2:09 pm

    wish it were Sunday, realize it’s Monday, get up and have some breakfast

  17. 49617

    Jonathan Burton

    May 9, 2011 2:10 pm

    Try and convince myself it’s not Monday morning…

  18. 52718

    Can’t post it! i’m always here! … I TRY :)

  19. 55819

    Open my eyes and wish I was more productive the last two days.

  20. 58920

    Realize that it is not, in fact, Sunday.

  21. 62021

    Pop open my iPad, open up Reeder and check to see if Smashing’s posted something overnight, of course!
    Here’s hoping for that beautiful pair of cans…

  22. 65122

    There’s only one thing you should do on a Monday morning… take a dump.

  23. 68223

    kiss your wife goodbye and leave

  24. 71324

    monday morning…? i´m never awake monday m o r n i n g

  25. 74425

    Hit the snooze button

  26. 77526

    Make and drink coffee.

  27. 80627

    The first thing I do on a Monday is sit down, open my rss app and catch up to make sure the world didn’t blow up over the weekend.

  28. 83728

    Go back to sleep while congratulating myself for becoming a freelancer.

  29. 86829

    Przemek Szatkowski

    May 9, 2011 2:17 pm

    Try to not fall under all those things to do in starting week…

  30. 89930

    More, more, more…

  31. 93031

    Dora E. H. Crow

    May 9, 2011 2:19 pm

    Look at the previous night’s designs with a pair of fresh eyes. :)

  32. 96132

    Petar Šimić

    May 9, 2011 2:20 pm

    I hope it’s Sunday!

  33. 99233

    I get a kiss from my Girl Friend and then I wake up kissing her.

  34. 102334

    Try very hard not to read my emails for the first half hour.

  35. 105435

    turn on the nespresso machine, hardly awaiting my first coffee …

  36. 108536

    I know this is bad, and is generally frowned upon, but first thing on Monday mornings I check my email. My bad, I know.

  37. 111637

    Curse my aching bones.

  38. 114738

    Whine about going to work and then open the laptop to catchup with a couple websites while I wakeup.

  39. 117839

    Get up to use the bathroom lol.

  40. 120940

    Aramael Pena-Alcantara

    May 9, 2011 2:28 pm

    The first thing I do in the morning is make a quick sketch. I can’t spend more than five minutes on it and it must be done in pen (Constrains me to be loose and permanent so the sketch goes somewhere. If I draw in pencil I never get the sketch done :( ) The reason why I sketch is because I always know that I am improving and because I have not actually woken up yet, I know that anything and everything I do the rest of the day will be better but I can always do work like that. It is a reminder that failure is always an option.

    • 124041

      What a great way to start the morning! I tend to be a perfectionist and I’m always looking for different ways to release my creativity while improving my drawing skills. I also tend to remember my dreams very well when I first wake up and they would be a great inspiration for some neat sketches. I’ll have to try it! Thanks!

  41. 127142

    Panic about all the work I should have done last week.

  42. 130243

    Take the dog outside to pee

  43. 133344

    Look at my phone/alarm clock curse the time, try to get out of bed, wish I still smoked for that early morning nicotine hit, then remember that I’m glad I don’t so I don’t have that early morning coughing fit/wheezing, coffee, shower, dressed, coffee, about to leave only to remember I have left my house keys inside, stop the door from shutting just in time, grab keys and then leave back out the door.

  44. 136445

    Rarely wake up that early :/

  45. 139546

    Decide whether or not to press the snooze button.

  46. 142647

    Think about starting my workout before going back to bed for another 30 minutes.

  47. 145748

    Open my eyelids, lift my head off of my pillow, pick up phone.

  48. 148849

    Turn on computer.

  49. 151950

    For whatever reason, I have this reaccuring ‘dream’ that I actually got up, at cereal, and went to school. And then I actually wake up and realize I have like 5 minutes to skip breakfast and just grab my backpack and run to school.

  50. 155051

    Monday…….yes I am awake, but am i healthy enough? am i breathing enough? am i taken seriously by myself and by my friends and coworkers? am i good enough to believe it doesn’t matter? and do i maintain eye contact, but not too intensely? am i unstable for laughing all alone? am i forgetting the right amount of the past to make room for the present? and what about the future? do i wear the right size and shape of shoes appropriate to the day’s weather? maintain sincerity without vulnerability? present a facade of composure yet evilness? consume enough custard? eat enough noodles? am i in tune with the moment? am i unique yet stylish? not humorous enough? why do i fake smile like this? and sometimes look away nervously? have i lost sight of things and people? is it me or the greeks that are really rude? am i too nice to be sincere? should i be more sincere and less nice? betraying my discomfort? spending my time wisely? spending my money foolishly? consuming too much sustagen? enough calcium? and what’s feverfew? shark’s cartilage? cat’s claw? ginko? magnesium? red meat? are these apples really organic? am i laughing genuinely at least 60% of the time? am i wrong for acting like i don’t care as much as i do? do people consider me a valuable way to spend the afternoon? do i sing or hum off key? do i act like i know too much when i know i am right? am i smart or knowledgeable or intelligent or merely relearning continuously? do i take compliments that aren’t intended as such? am i insensitive? did that dream about death again mean anything? do i care what taxi drivers or bus drivers think of me? do i yeild with compassion, or from insecurity? should art come from great ease or consistent struggle? did i sunbathe too much at the beach this month? am i maintaining credit on my phone? seize the day? misrepresent my intentions? possess honest motives? brush too hard? do i ask too much?


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