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

    jump in the shower

  2. 3152

    Regret falling asleep so late watching that bad movie that I was hoping it would get better!!!

  3. 6303

    Somersault out of bed and across the room to turn off the alarm on my laptop before it wakes up my flatmates.

  4. 9454

    Check email.

  5. 12605

    Wish it was Friday morning,

  6. 15756

    Check twitter and facebook

  7. 18907


  8. 22058

    I literally wake up to my alarm at 6 am, then hit snooze every 9 minutes for the next hour and a half. I have a major problem…

  9. 25209

    Turn of the alarm clock, turn around, snooze.
    Guess where the alarm of my mobile comes from, try to get it without getting up, turn it off, snooze.
    Waking up because of the second alarm clock, and start thinking if I should take one drag laiter to go to the office.
    While thinking forget about the time, have a look at the clock, jump out of bed and try to be on time at the office.

  10. 28360

    Wake up, eat breakfast, and go to work.

  11. 31511

    Turn off my alarm and hop right on Facebook!

  12. 34662

    figure out the name of the girl laying next to me… i love college!

  13. 37813

    I go into programmers isolation over the weekends to be more productive, so usually on Monday morning I love catching up on my blog reading.

  14. 40964

    On Monday mornings as well as every other weekday morning, I get up at 5am and spend an hour on lynda.com learning something new (while drinking coffee, of course).

  15. 44115

    I fire up my laptop and see if there’s any new articles on Smashingmagazine.com! Come on people!!!

  16. 47266

    Gecko Designs

    May 9, 2011 2:47 pm

    Check my emails :) just kidding.

    I hurry up and get my daughter out of the bed because i went to sleep far too late (my creativity comes at night).

  17. 50417

    After subconsciously attacking my snooze button, I roll out of bed and start singing…..

    7am, waking up in the morning
    Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
    Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
    Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
    Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
    Gotta get down to the bus stop
    Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)

    Just like on Fridays.

  18. 53568

    Curse my alarm, hit snooze and go to sleep again. Repeat this at least three times before checking my mails and finally getting out of bed.

  19. 56719

    Spark up the caffeine and nicotine binge.

  20. 59870

    wake up, go back to sleep.

  21. 63021

    Smile and stretch. Most of my clients don’t work on mondays :)

  22. 66172

    Ivan O'Donoghue

    May 9, 2011 2:50 pm

    I listen to the news – an exercise in futility. It’s always focused on the negative. Nonetheless, I feel cheated if I don’t monitor the latest doomfest. I really need to start waking up to podcasts.

  23. 69323

    Get a cup of coffee and quietly hate the sun for about an hour.

  24. 72474

    I wake up and then I go back to sleep for 20min – 1h. Then I open my PC and check my Gmail account.

  25. 75625

    I go back to sleep. :)

  26. 78776

    Wish the world is better than the day before.

  27. 81927

    I wake up and shout

  28. 85078

    I usually catch up on my ironing!

  29. 88229

    Get dressed, drive to work, coffee… not always in that order.

  30. 91380

    I look at my beautiful wife and daughter, who are sleeping next to me :)

  31. 94531

    Steven Elliott

    May 9, 2011 2:55 pm

    Peal the cat from off my face whilst shouting:
    ‘that bloody cats sleeping with his arse right on my face again!*!**’

  32. 97682

    Check Email / RSS / Twitter

  33. 100833

    First thing I do is turn off my alarm, take a shower, feed the dogs and cat and then make a delicious omelet.=) (which is actually the same as every other day)

  34. 103984

    Wake up from dreaming about making the web a better place. :)

  35. 107135

    The first thing I do when I wake up is get out of bed and drink coffee and read my Bible. When I don’t start my day off with God’s word, everything else seems to just go to crap. The word of God sustains me throughout the day, gives me creative inspiration, and promises hope for a lost, decaying world.

  36. 110286

    Get a stand up, stretch, get cup of coffee and fire up the computer.

  37. 113437

    Two things as soon i opened my eyes: check how many new twitter follows gained after weekend, check my GA if my website time on page and unique visitors growth…

  38. 116588

    I wish for more time in bed. “MORE TIME I TELLS YA!”

    Alas, ’tis only a wish.

    Hop up, get my breakfast on, hop the tram into work in Sunny (but cooooold) Melbourne town. Tram is more packed then usual on a Monday morning, so I gotta jostle for space the whole ride in.

    After connecting trams in the city , I alight the tram in front of the office, into the coffee shop for a quick wake-me-up and into the office to power up and check my emails from overnight. Run the numbers from the day before, then I am ready to roll.

  39. 119739

    Pick up my phone from the side of the bed and kick some zombie ass with a couple of rows of repeaters and torchwoods. If I’m on the pool levels I like to use the cattail first thing…

  40. 122890

    can’t wait till friday

  41. 126041

    Praveen Sewak

    May 9, 2011 3:00 pm

    Curse whoever invented the alarm…

  42. 129192

    get up, go to work and start my mac

  43. 132343

    Take the requisite pre-Monday poo and a Nexium and then snooze for the next 30 minutes.

  44. 135494

    Swipe for snooze on my phone, lay there for 5 minutes than check out twitter

  45. 138645

    The first thing I do on a Monday morning is put my pyjamas on and go to bed.

  46. 141796

    Arjun Upadhyaya

    May 9, 2011 3:05 pm

    Hit the snooze button, read my office mail ( Outlook) , & open Firefox to start my work…

  47. 144947

    Raphael Riegger

    May 9, 2011 3:05 pm

    Throw my alarm clock across the room and have a little cry.

  48. 148098

    the real first thing is open my eyes….

  49. 151249

    Guilherme Vaz

    May 9, 2011 3:07 pm

    First comes the denial: “This is not happening.”
    Then comes anger and regret: “What did I do to deserve this? I could’ve done more things on the weekend.”
    And then, bargaining: “Just five minutes and I’ll go.”
    It comes the depression: “This is really happening, I can’t do anything about it.”
    And at last, reluctant acceptance: “Okay, I have to face it…”

  50. 154400

    Milesh Chudasama

    May 9, 2011 3:08 pm

    Wake up to an alarm clock that is so loud that it has the neighbour banging on the wall every morning begging me to switch it off. I usually press snooze for another 5 minutes of attempting to sleep after a brash wake up of the deafening alarm, only for it to go off again and then I really have to wake up.


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