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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  2. 6402

    I moan that weekend is over and head to kitchen to make a big mug of coffee.

  3. 12803

    Yeeaah, I want those headphones ;-)

  4. 19204

    I get up and go home to my Mac:)

  5. 25605

    Commented so this giveaway does happen and mouse gets into the right hands. ;)
    The first thing I do? I open my window, that’s what I do. :)

  6. 32006

    I will do any thing for those head phones.. let me know wat to do on monday morning to get them.

  7. 38407

    1) Sigh and wish it were Saturday morning.

    2) Turn off iPod alarm and hope I didn’t wake the baby.

    3) Remove cat from whatever body part she’s sleeping on. If it’s my head, this would precede #2.

    4) Sit up, throw back covers, and get out of bed.

    If I’m breathing and moving under my own power, everything after that is a bonus. :)

  8. 44808

    stretch my back and fall back on my bed!

  9. 51209

    Think about how I can now relax and get to work after a weekend of intensely physical lounging around …

  10. 57610

    I’m trying to find out where am I and who’s that girl lying beside me :)

  11. 64011

    Larry Smithmier

    May 19, 2011 6:16 am

    The first thing next Monday will be bike to work, listening to podcasts.

  12. 70412

    I check my emails on my smartphone while still in bed.

  13. 76813

    Snooze! – then check emails on my phone

  14. 83214

    technically, open my eyes, wake up and get fresh.

    generally, hurry to office and make a list of task breakup

  15. 89615

    Sync up FlipBoard (iPad app) to check all the content streams ready to catch up on what’s happening on the train to work.

  16. 96016

    Jump online and facebook about how I hate Monday Mornings ;).

  17. 102417

    After I turn off the phone alarm clock, I switch on the light, put my watch on my left wrist and for 30 seconds I count my heard beats.

  18. 108818

    wince as my wife has probably just hit me to wake me up. =P

  19. 115219

    I try to keep myself from going “crazy”, take a deep breath, then proceed to my computer to make sure the world is still intact, because I have no cable, and most importantly I surf to Smashing Magazine to update my brain with all the new cool stuff you guys publish everyday. I find as a scholar, Smashing Magazine is critical and of great use to advance my learning capability to keep up with the ever evolving world of technology!!!!! I give ya props!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for all your help, and by the way my web design professor introduced us to Smashing Magazine and he used it everyday in the office the first hour or two of work, so thanks to him, now I check it out. He now has brain cancer, but If I had to guess he is still computing Smashing Magazines data!!! Thanks Again

  20. 121620

    Drink a strong cup of coffee while browsing my RSS feeds to get the creative juices flowing.

  21. 128021

    i take a pee

  22. 134422

    Loong yawn & leaping towards the full power graphics work in geek pc.

  23. 140823

    Grab a coffee, turn my 2 computers on, plug my iphone, and drink my cup…

  24. 147224

    The first thing I do is try and figure out what happened last night

  25. 153625

    turn off my alarm

  26. 160026

    Probably whining about the upcoming week.

  27. 166427

    I catch up on Smashing Magazine. Looking at it from my phone over the weekend isn’t quite the same.

  28. 172828

    I check my phone for updates from the social media world.

  29. 179229

    Check social media

  30. 185630

    f*ck its already monday.

  31. 192031

    Open Smashing Magazine!

  32. 198432

    You guys rock!

  33. 204833

    check the time and wish it was wrong

  34. 211234

    Click snooze (.. a few times), after all design is a product of our thoughts. What we think, we make.
    Dream BIG!

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    José Martínez

    May 19, 2011 7:47 pm

    I delay the alarm 10 minutes. :D

  36. 224036

    Give a huge to my wife

  37. 230437

    Go to bed, ’cause I’ve likely pulled another all-nighter.

  38. 236838

    aha monday morning…
    first thing that i do is hit my alarm clock off… it has a real loud beeper to shake u off your dreams…

  39. 243239

    Think whether to go office or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. 249640


    May 20, 2011 1:27 am

    check myself out in the mirror, hahaha

  41. 256041

    Call my sweet darling and say good morning.

  42. 262442

    steve crawford

    May 20, 2011 1:56 am


  43. 268843

    Snooze the alarm clock for 15 more minutes!

  44. 275244

    I am winning!! hoorey

  45. 281645

    First thing i do – drag over the screen of my htc to stop the alarm… Man im so happy i got myself this phone.. my wife is calling it “my dearest”…

  46. 288046

    Vincent Talbot

    May 20, 2011 4:53 am

    Those products are awesome!

  47. 294447

    Wow, ur laptop must be smelling like………. but nice one.

  48. 300848

    What….I like SM….

  49. 307249

    then listen “Back in black” ACDC on max volume :)


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