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

    Hit the snooze button on my phone.

  2. 3202

    Luya Tshimbalanga

    May 9, 2011 3:11 pm

    Stretching when I woke up.

  3. 6403

    Michael Scollo

    May 9, 2011 3:11 pm

    I press the snooze button. Then press it again and lastly realise i’m late and rush out the door.

  4. 9604

    Check my mail on my iPhone.

  5. 12805

    Cheril Barber

    May 9, 2011 3:13 pm

    It has to be coffee for me :-)

  6. 16006

    Words with Friends.

  7. 19207

    I take a shower. Sometimes.

  8. 22408

    Charles Vallieres

    May 9, 2011 3:14 pm

    Prepare myself a coffee!

  9. 25609

    Honestly, I have been reading my smashing magazine book every morning first thing as I eat my breakfast. Not even brown nosing or anything. LOL. Great question!

  10. 28810

    The first thing I do on a Monday morning is double check that it’s actually Monday, realize I can’t sleep in, and literally jump out of bed.

  11. 32011

    Are Kristoffer Lamo

    May 9, 2011 3:19 pm

    The first thing I do on Monday morning is to ignore the two alarm clocks I’ve set up, first is my computer hooked up to my speaker and the other my is phone, and almost oversleep to class.

    At least it’s a short day, but it starts so early! :/

  12. 35212

    Glad I’m not the only one that needs to hit snooze repeatedly. The first time it goes off there are many seconds of trying to figure out what the heck that noise is. Then I catch the bus and check Twitter on my phone and read.

  13. 38413

    Turned off my alarm clock and checked my email.

  14. 41614


  15. 44815

    Get a shower and get ready for the long day ahead!

  16. 48016

    Chris Tarquinio

    May 9, 2011 3:22 pm


  17. 51217

    Shower, then breakfast then time with the family.

  18. 54418

    I planned what to do, where to go, what to eat, who to meet for the coming weekend :)

  19. 57619

    Have a really *hot* shower to shrug off the last weekend while thinking about what I’m gonna do with the next one.

  20. 60820

    Check my twitter.

  21. 64021

    I check my e-mail… nothing special about Mondays as far as that goes! ;)

  22. 67222

    1. shut off the alarm
    2. take a leak
    3. make coffee
    4. check emails
    5. check news
    6. have breakfast
    7. take a shower
    8. get dressed
    9. brush teeth
    10. leave for work

  23. 70423

    pray that no one noticed the 404 pages and errors from stuff i did not do on friday.

  24. 73624

    Wake up. Then check Facebook and Twitter.

  25. 76825

    Wake up and wish that I could go back to sleep for a few more hours.

  26. 80026

    Oscar Gutierrez

    May 9, 2011 3:30 pm

    I open my eyes, then turn on my laptop to see my email and agenda, then shower, breakfast, laptop again, work, work, work … :)

  27. 83227

    Usually I yawn and stretch my hands:)

  28. 86428

    Annette Fuentes

    May 9, 2011 3:31 pm

    Before I open my eyes I try to think really hard what it is, and try to decide weather its worth getting up early. :)

  29. 89629

    Normal answer: Take a shower to wake up.
    Geek answer: Check my mails on my iPhone.
    Real answer: Turn off my alarm and stay in bed till the next alarm.

  30. 92830

    dread going into work because I despise my job sometimes

  31. 96031

    Pamela Gossage

    May 9, 2011 3:32 pm

    Jump out of bed. Get in bath run by my husband and drink coffee while there

  32. 99232

    First thing on Monday – hot’n’cold shower to wake up finally :)

  33. 102433

    I dread going to work – but hey it pays the bills so lets go.

  34. 105634

    Feed the cat!

  35. 108835

    First thing I do Monday morning is try to remember the kick ass dream I was having… fail and get up and ready for work.

  36. 112036

    struggle out of bed,head slowly towards shower. Only awake after that

  37. 115237

    Jonathan Lorentzen

    May 9, 2011 3:34 pm

    Feel the tiny thought that it might be sunday morning fade away slowly, until it completely breaks apart at the sound of my alarm..

  38. 118438

    Attempt to convince my hubby to make the coffee…

  39. 121639

    I push the stunningly beautiful redhead woman from on top of me, yell at her to get dressed, get out and go home…then I amble over to my laptop to check The Chive and post a picture of said hot redhead on my blog. NOT.

    (Reality: There is never a Monday morning for me…there is only Sunday night and Monday afternoon.)

  40. 124840

    Jan Wroblewski

    May 9, 2011 3:37 pm

    Hit the alarm – to stop it bleeping away at me.

  41. 128041

    I’m epic win! ..so give epic items hardware plx!

  42. 131242

    First thing I do on a Monday morning is look thru the pics on my iphone to remind me of what I did the 2 nights beforehand!!

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    chris kuhlman

    May 9, 2011 3:39 pm

    I am usually awoken by the sound of my own screams. I am not always sure if I am awake or not, so to test if I am dreaming I attack the monster that lives in my wood stove. If the monster defeats me, then I usually re-awake to the sound of my own screams. If I defeat the monster I usually celebrate with a bowl of grape nuts and a cup of coffee with half and half (no sugar).

  44. 137644

    Have a glass of water next to me

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  46. 144046

    I am checking NBA, NHL and NFL results from yesterday.

  47. 147247

    Louis Marinello

    May 9, 2011 3:43 pm

    The first thing I do on a monday morning is get up and wish that I had never gotten up, have breakfast then go to school. EVERY MONDAY.

  48. 150448

    Slowly open my eyes and hope I smell coffee, meaning my husband is already up and has made coffee.

  49. 153649

    Look at the daily newegg deals…then drink juice

  50. 156850

    Handcuff myself to the bedpost.


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