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Announcing the Rules for my Free Computer Giveaway

December 14th, 2008 · 25 comments

HP Magic

4 Is The New 1

Earlier this fall, I teamed up with HP for the Freshman 15 giveaway and was able to give a brand spanking new laptop to a most deserving student. As I announced a couple weeks back, HP, now teamed up with Microsoft, has returned with an even sweeter offer: 4 brand new computers for me to give away; not to mention printers, software, DVDs, the whole works…

Today, I officially open my contest. The rules are listed below and you have exactly one week to enter.

But before I continue, I should clarify, in case you’re wondering: I get nothing out of this promotion. (Sadly.) That is, HP is not paying me. Their hope is that by giving away thousands of dollars of free stuff they will generate good will with you guys. My interest is only that I like giving you free stuff!

The Official Rules

The rules for my contest are as follows:

  • You have to be a current college or graduate student to enter.
  • You have to e-mail me by midnight EST on Wednesday 12/17 with a proposal for how you would play Santa Claus at your school this season if you were to win. In other words, make a pitch for how you would distribute this equipment at your school if you were to win the contest. (Of course, I assume that you’ll keep one of the machines for yourself!) Is there a club that really needs it? Do you have an idea for a campus-wide contest? Do you have a plan to use the giveaway to drum up some media attention or raise money for a worthy cause?
  • You don’t have to live in the United States to win.

To select the winner, I will start randomly selecting entries to read. The first proposal that I come across that I consider to be “really cool” will win the prize. The definition of “really cool” is left to my discretion, but my threshold will be really high. Please don’t bother entering if you’re a not a student or if you know me — in both cases you won’t win.

The Prizes

Listed below are the prizes the winner will receive. Wherever possible I included links to unbiased reviews. (Actually, I stole the review links from the post over at Student Bloggers, so my many thanks are sent in their direction.)

I should add that from my own personal experience (by which I mean screwing around with it at Staples) the TouchSmart computer is as fun to use as it looks on TV. Though I wonder if, over time, a user might get bored with the slowness of touching the screen and return exclusively to the mouse?

I will also note that my officemate Alex here at MIT loves his HP Mini. It’s very small. And very light. But he runs Debian Linux on it with no real complaints.

But enough of my thoughts, let’s get to the goods…

Hardware:

Accessories:

Software:

Panda-Related Merchandise:

Other Participating Blogs

Below is the full list of participating blogs. Each of these sites is holding their own contest on their dates with their own rules. Check them out (especially the other student blogs) for 49 other chances to win.

It’s the season to do good. I look forward to reading your proposals for making the holidays even more merry.

25 thoughts on “Announcing the Rules for my Free Computer Giveaway

  1. Sebastian says:

    Yay. very cool.

  2. MBS says:

    Sweet contest!

  3. Sebastian says:

    Alrighty, my official plan of action just went out via email. Hoping for the best 🙂

    Thanks again for playing Santa Cal. Although, it must make you a bit sad to see all that great stuff leave your place 😉

  4. Am I right if I say that you win the whole package? Not one computer, but all of them?

  5. Arnold says:

    OK I just sent my entry 😀

  6. marcpodi says:

    there’s no exact subject line isn’t?

  7. Study Hacks says:

    Am I right if I say that you win the whole package? Not one computer, but all of them?

    You are right. There will be one winner and s/he will get everything.

    there’s no exact subject line isn’t?

    No. Just put something like “HP Contest Entry” or the equivalent.

  8. Simple enough, thanks sharing the goods. 🙂 I’ll drop you an email. Thanks.

    -Mig

  9. Harish says:

    Sent mine, hope a worthy cause wins the Magical Give-Away.

    The HP-Giveaway is truly MAGICAL. Kudos for them and you too for giving the opportunity esp. to the student community.

  10. I am having trouble emailing you. The address I get from clicking on your link, when I try to use it my email says that it cannot be resolved.

  11. Study Hacks says:

    I am having trouble emailing you. The address I get from clicking on your link, when I try to use it my email says that it cannot be resolved.

    Maybe your browser doesn’t recognize the mailto tag? The address is author [at] calnewport.com (replacing the [at] with @, of course)

  12. Wayne says:

    Just emailed my entry, but thought you might like to see our dept. photos…I found yours online and I’m sure you could appreciate the humor in my proposal 🙂

  13. JedMeister says:

    Hi!

    I’ve sent mine already. Hope my worthy cause would appeal to you! 🙂

    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU AND HP FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN! 🙂

    Merry Christmas! 🙂

  14. Caffery says:

    I wish that my mail has been arrived into the mailbox.

    The email address is the same with the one I use to comment.

    Good luck everyone.

  15. Sushruta says:

    Sent my entry.

  16. Cristian B says:

    Sent my entry! Hope we win! Sent it from my .edu email
    (Should have been a requirement :P)

  17. Gah, this is exciting. I did email you earlier in the contest, but I just sent you an updated version – if you can accept that – up to you.

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