Win an HP HDX Entertainment Notebook Prize Pack!!!!


For almost a week now, you’ve been reading about the 31 Days of the Dragon contest being sponsored by
the great people at HP and
. Thirty-one different
mobile news, reviews and info web sites are launching their own individual seven day contests one a day starting on May 2nd. Today it’s finally The Gadgeteer’s turn and I’m very excited to share the details of the contest…

How do you win?

All you have to do is display The Gadgeteer’s URL (use in a public place where other people can see it, take a picture and email it to me. The whole idea is to help me advertise the site. Entries that are visible to lots of people, will have a much better chance at winning the prize. Some example ideas would be to print out on a 10 ft long piece of paper and tape it on the outside of a building, form the letters in whip cream on a sidewalk, or maybe climb up the Statue of Liberty and …

Ok, I know you’re not going to be able to get that crazy with this, but please do use your imagination!!! The picture has to be real, not fabricated and the crazier the display, the better chance you will have at winning the prize pack.

Here are a couple of very simple rules that I ask you to follow:

1. Don’t destroy or harm public or private property unless you have permission
2. No photoshop fake pics like the one I just posted above as an example. The image you send me can’t be an existing picture where you have used photoshop to paste the words over the top of it
3. The picture has to be in good taste please. No public restrooms pics, etc.
4. Email me ( your picture before 12am EST on 5/15/08
5. Winner has to be willing to send me a picture of themselves with all the prizes, that I’ll post here on the site
6. Enter as many times as you like
7. Contest open to any one living anywhere in the world

All entries will be posted for everyone to see on my Flickr account. The winner will be chosen by me by no specific criteria other than it will be the entry that I like best. I will contact and post the winner at some point during the day on 5/15/08.

What’s included in the prize pack?

HP HDX Dragon Notebook (Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X9000 (2.80GHz, 6MB L2
Cache, 800MHz FSB)
System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 5400RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x
20.1" diagonal WUXGA
High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen (1920×1200) 1080p
512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS
Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD+/-R/RW Double Layer
Integrated HP HDTV
Hybrid TV Tuner and 4 Altec Lansing speakers with HP Triple Bass Reflex
HP Imprint Finish
(Dragon) + Fingerprint Reader + Webcam + Microphone, Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN
Network Connection and Bluetooth
Cell Lithium Ion Battery.

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (64-bit)
Microsoft Office
Corel PaintShop Pro X2
Corel Painter Essentials
Corel Ulead Video Studio Plus 11.5
Symantec Norton Internet Security
Viva Piñata
Microsoft Flight Sim
Microsoft Flight Sim Expansion Pack
Gears of War

Blu-Ray Movies:
Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pirates of the
Caribbean – Dead Man's Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean – At World's End.

The total retail value of this prize pack is over $5,000!

This contest is sponsored by


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  • Mazofm May 8, 2008, 6:54 am

    Great contest! Just in case though, if we’ve been allowed to ‘deface’ this private property (e.g. McDonalds) by the owner. Do we still get disqualified?

    [Edited at May 08, 2008 07:00:27 AM.]

  • Julie May 8, 2008, 7:04 am

    By deface, I meant like damaging or destroying something. Just putting up a banner or something is fine :o) I just updated that rule item to be more clear.

  • Christopher Wilson May 8, 2008, 9:12 am

    Can the photo’s be edited in photo shop. So like you take a picture of something and then edit it in photoshop to add the url?

  • Julie May 8, 2008, 9:41 am

    If you need to use photoshop to crop or fix colors, that’s fine, but you can’t use photoshop to make a fake display picture like the one I posted as an example. I guess my example pic was not a good choice…. What I want is a real picture showing my URL posted someplace pubic where people can see it.

  • BL Sansotta May 8, 2008, 9:57 am

    Heck, this is the most fun contest of all that I’ve read the rules for yet! I can’t wait to get my friends to go with me to different places to get a photo!

  • Julie May 8, 2008, 12:02 pm

    There appears to be some confusion as to what I’m asking for… I’ve had 3 entries already where people have just pasted the words on an image using photoshop. It’s my fault because of the example picture that I posted. I’ve modified the contest information and rules so that I hope it is now more clear…

  • karolis pilibaitis May 8, 2008, 4:45 pm

    by enter as many times as you like, does that mean we can take as many pictures as we want, and send them in one email and you will choose?


  • Julie May 8, 2008, 5:01 pm

    As long as they are all different pictures, each one will be considered a separate entry.

  • karolis pilibaitis May 8, 2008, 6:06 pm

    ok thank you for the clarification 🙂 best of luck to all

  • Darrell Jackson May 9, 2008, 1:07 am

    Thank you having this contest i’m in need of a laptop

  • Raj May 9, 2008, 3:42 am

    This way of organizing this contenst is something REAL and Genuine.

    HATS OFF to Julie :o)

  • Christopher Wilson May 9, 2008, 10:09 am

    This contest is awesome and I must say thanks to Julie for hosting it. I do have one question. If we email you pics do we get a confirmation that they’ve been recieved? Or possibly entered in?

  • Julie May 9, 2008, 10:57 am

    I will email each person once I put their entry on my flickr page. 🙂 I received your entry Chris, but I’m at work and haven’t had a chance to post it up there yet. I’ll get to it soon.

  • ParvathReddy May 9, 2008, 2:30 pm

    Julie so you have the dragon with you now???? 🙂

  • Julie May 9, 2008, 3:21 pm

    No, I opted to have HP ship it directly to the winner instead of to me. I didn’t want to spoil the package for the winner by opening and playing with it first. :o)

  • Christopher Wilson May 10, 2008, 8:34 am

    Julie you are so awesome for having this contest. Im in such need for a laptop with school starting in the fall. Your awesome I hope you like the pics I sent

  • Mike Amato May 10, 2008, 3:46 pm

    Woo hoo! Sent my picture in today. Wow Julie, that is pretty cool of you to have HP send it directly to the winner , it makes it more exciting !!!!!! : ^ )

  • Mike Amato May 10, 2008, 8:39 pm

    ~ don’t see my picture on the flickr page, did it get to you? or maybe just a busy day

    [Edited at May 10, 2008 20:40:23 PM.]

  • Julie May 10, 2008, 9:15 pm

    I just posted your picture. Yes, it’s been a busy day :o)

  • Geo Peter May 11, 2008, 9:37 am

    sent in my first entry …… gonna send in some more later.
    just had a question abt pic no 35 ….. Is that a real pic? Is that a banner on the whole length of a building? Looks too good to be true .. but if it is real is a real awesome one.

  • Julie May 11, 2008, 10:01 am


    The person that submitted that tower picture (#35) says it’s a projection on the building. He sent several more copies of the image, but I asked him to narrow it down and send me just one to use since I don’t want to post multiples of the exact same thing. I’ve yet to hear back from him…

  • Mike Amato May 11, 2008, 10:13 am

    Cool, I see it now, thanks. More to come hopefully.

    [Edited at May 11, 2008 10:43:40 AM.]

  • Geo Peter May 11, 2008, 11:41 am

    wow .. some projector he’s got.

    Looks like I’ve got to think something real big if I ought to have any chances at this.

  • Christopher Wilson May 12, 2008, 11:24 am

    Can we still submit photos today, at least until the end of the day.

  • Julie May 12, 2008, 11:42 am

    You can submit entries till 12am EST time Thursday :o)

  • ParvathReddy May 12, 2008, 2:16 pm

    Julie tell us about the hits on ur website? You must be getting pounded with so many ppl advertising the website.

  • Julie May 12, 2008, 3:41 pm

    There was a nice bump in traffic on the 8th when I announced the contest but traffic over the weekend was not a lot different than it usually is. I’m curious to see what it will be for today. Monday’s are usually high traffic days and hopefully everyone that saw the URL over the weekend, remembered it and started visiting today :o)

  • Mike Amato May 12, 2008, 8:53 pm

    Sheesh, finals are holding me back from posting more entries. I have a busy week but I can squeeze in another before the deadline I think. This is definitely the most enjoyable contest out of the bunch. Hope to see your site bump more this week.

  • Cory May 12, 2008, 10:01 pm

    I’ll probably submit a picture tomorrow if I get it ready in time.

  • Raj May 14, 2008, 1:39 am

    Do you think 169 is orignal entry

  • David Imperato May 14, 2008, 3:53 am

    Hi! Um, im really desperate to get this computer but i dont have any way to advertise in real life-but i generate a few hundred thousand pageviews on my youtube videos, could i make one advertising the gadgeteer? i thought id ask since the rules dont mention it.

  • Julie May 14, 2008, 11:07 am


    Yes, it’s original. He sent a 2nd picture showing how he did it:


  • Julie May 14, 2008, 11:08 am


    Sure, go for it. Just sent a screenshot of your video and then the link to where it’s located if people want to watch it.

  • David Imperato May 14, 2008, 1:53 pm

    ok cool! thank you!

  • Cory May 14, 2008, 2:36 pm

    Yo, throwing it out there. I believe it was number 149, with the church sign, that’s totally ‘shopped’. I mean, it even has the website URL under it. And I’m hopefully getting mine in later by the way.

  • Alexis May 14, 2008, 2:44 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I just sent in my entries, I hope you enjoy looking through them. Byeee

  • Mike Amato May 14, 2008, 3:15 pm

    Cory, good call!! That site has an option to generate whatever you want it to say, just tried it myself.
    woah, a little late, looks like it was noticed long ago

    [Edited at May 14, 2008 15:33:58 PM.]

  • David Imperato May 14, 2008, 5:19 pm

    i just entered mine!
    im so happy! almost instantly after posting my video i got 62 views ^__^

    EDIT: the page view number seems to lag behind a lot so at any time i can take a screenshot of the real number from my video center

    159 people watched it already!!!! =)

    [Edited at May 14, 2008 17:33:53 PM.]

  • Christopher Wilson May 14, 2008, 5:19 pm

    Hey Julie I was wondering if you got the photo’s I sent you this morning? My email was acting weird, and I dont know if you recieved them? I didn’t see them up on your flicker page, thats the only reason I ask.

  • IdoEs May 14, 2008, 6:36 pm

    Hi Julie,
    I sent in my entry and photos – can you please let me know if thay had arrived safely and in time?

    Many thanks,

  • Julie May 14, 2008, 7:06 pm

    Hey guys, I’m working hard to get all the entries up. They’ve been flooding in and this week has been insane with my day job and then spending all day at the hospital yesterday with a friend who had surgery. I’m amazed at how many entries that I’m getting. I’m already wondering how the heck I’m going to manage to pick a winner. As usual, I wish everyone could win. :o)

  • Cory May 14, 2008, 7:37 pm

    Unfortunately, I do not have an entry,

    SUPER PAUSE – Ranting alert, skip to the Un pause if you want.

    Much to my own disbelief. Today, as I was looking for string to tie my banner up, some A-holes decided it’d be fun to stalk me. So, an hour later, my friends had arrived and the kids started hiding, still stalking me none-the-less. Eventually I got mad enough that I got in my car, rode by them, and gave them the double birdy. (Oh yes, it was worth it) So they chased after me, despite my being in a car, and about 30 minutes later I went back to chill with my friends and the security guard was called by my friends and blah blah blah. In the end,


    I found no string, and my entry is prolly gonna be thrown together right now and stuck out front of my neighbor hood. Sorry, it’s dark outside. (Good god that’s alot of words)

  • Alexis May 14, 2008, 7:55 pm

    Julie, I hope you received my entries. Ido commented 2 hours after I submitted my entries but his are up before mine. Did you get my entries? I put a link in the email to a zip file.

    EDIT: Ok, ignore that. I just received an email in my junk folder that you received my entries. Thanks 🙂

    [Edited at May 14, 2008 19:57:39 PM.]

  • David Imperato May 14, 2008, 8:44 pm

    awww….. i attached the picture but it didnt send in the mail T__T
    it was a screenshot of the video having 875 views…
    it has almost a thousand but on the video display page its stuck on 300!

  • Cory May 14, 2008, 9:07 pm

    Uploading and sending now!

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