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 Link

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!

Footnotes Link

  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

    No lie, but Smashing magazine is really the first site I visit :)

  2. 2

    I am making myself a cup of Coffee and visit Reddit :-)

  3. 3

    First thing monday morning. Drink coffee and check blogs.

  4. 4

    wish it was a sunday!

  5. 5

    The very first thing I do on a Monday morning…is moan the fact that its Monday morning! lol :o)

  6. 6

    Checking smashing magazine, alistapart and 456bereastreet for new posts.
    And after that drinking coffee :)

  7. 7

    falling out of bed, starting pc with my nose, crawling into the kitchen to start the coffee machine, crawling back with a hot coffee, cursing my slow pc and wait for another 3mins until i can move the mouse cursor, checking emails, facebook, news sites and some blogs (slanted, smashingmagazine, etc.), while i slowly awake for the day.

  8. 8

    Hit my clock and try smashing it to pieces, it’s way to early to get up!

  9. 9

    The first thing I do on a Monday, after snoozing the alarm a couple of times, is a blog round, checking for new posts, from which my first is always Smashing Magazine and the the Smashing Network. After my blogs, my twitterfeed is next…

  10. 10

    Eat a bowl of cereals, trying to open my eyes enough to read the latests Smashing Magazine article, and glance at some deviations on dA.

  11. 11

    Peter Hilgersom

    May 9, 2011 1:45 am

    Hit the Snooze button. (then accidentally turning off the alarm and oversleep, haven’t we all lol)

  12. 12

    Get myself a cup of coffee, then check incoming e-mails.

  13. 13

    Brush my theet.

  14. 14

    first thing on monday morning would be to get my underwear in my drawer and take a shower, harhar :p

  15. 15

    Company meeting, after that usually some caffeine, emails and check some websites. And yes, Smashing Magazine is on the list

  16. 16

    Tzz, what a question… I turn my bialetti on… I foam the milk… taaddaa… latte art! :)

  17. 17

    Check on the computer if I didn’t forget to turn it off.

  18. 18

    Usually… I wake up….

  19. 19

    Busy in Sister marriage :) with lots of work

  20. 20

    Vadim Demedes

    May 9, 2011 1:49 am

    Every morning(not just Monday) I take my iPhone, and visit Mail, Reeder, TweetDeck, Tumblr, Skype, Safari in that order every time ;-)

  21. 21

    Coffee and google reader !

  22. 22

    Get coffee, run to the metro and send an email to the office that i’ll be late because i missed the metro.

  23. 23

    Every monday morning, i grab a cup of coffee and check my project dependencies.

  24. 24

    Avinash Mudunuri

    May 9, 2011 1:52 am

    Try to get up and check my mails in iphone and open my google reader for the updates on blogs and sites

  25. 25

    reading news on my mobilephone and drinking coffee while i’m on the train

  26. 26

    Get the morning coffee and check my feeds

  27. 27

    Go back to bed

  28. 28


  29. 29

    The same thing I do every morning.

  30. 30

    The very first thing to do in the monday morning is to check my RSS feed for some news and blog posts from the weekend.

  31. 31

    First thing i do on Monday morning is praying to God for having a successful day.

  32. 32

    George Kaliakoudas

    May 9, 2011 1:53 am

    Blog check and coffee.. :)

  33. 33

    Sorry to break it to some people… but first thing I do (usually) is taking a leak :/.

  34. 34

    Wonder what day it is.

  35. 35

    The first thing is a cup of coffee!

  36. 36

    Get a coffee and check my rss feeds

  37. 37

    Chris Coppenbarger

    May 9, 2011 1:54 am

    I have a regular routine every day M-F.
    1) Get Coffee
    2) Read my Bible reading plan on youversion.com
    3) Set Ipod touch to start syncing new podcasts
    4) Check email
    5) Check google reader
    6) Freelance web development projects

  38. 38

    Resolving to do real work first and reading my mails/rss anyway. ;)

  39. 39

    Kathryn Mallow

    May 9, 2011 1:54 am

    Walk the dog, feed the dog, then yoga – not a bad start to a week, especially for the dog

  40. 40

    I kiss my girl.

  41. 41

    grab my macbook and check mails in bed!

  42. 42

    Think that the coming week will be succesfull!

  43. 43

    I wake up, after it get myself a good cup of coffee. Then code code code…

  44. 44

    I turn on my PC an check my newsfeeds.

  45. 45

    Wonder why Friday is so far away….

  46. 46

    Weed through the thousands of news items in Google Reader that I neglected over the weekend

  47. 47

    First I make a cup of coffee and then read my feeds in google reader.

  48. 48

    very coool

  49. 49

    I try to get up :D

  50. 50

    facebook maybe, smashing magazine…you bet !


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