Win a green Seagate FreeAgent Go portable hard drive!



In honor of Earth Day, Gear Diary and The Gadgeteer are holding another dual site contest. We are each giving away a Green 500GB Seagate FreeAgent Go USB hard drive with a desktop dock. What does a portable hard drive have to do with Earth Day you ask? These days with content all going digital, there is no excuse for buying CDs and DVDs that come in plastic cases, adding to the boxes full of photos tucked in a closet or printing out stacks of papers wherever you go. By embracing the 21st century, you can eliminate waste and clutter. It also gives you a more convenient way to store or carry all your precious files.

I reviewed the Mac version of the FreeAgent Go drive and liked it a lot. To win one of your own…

Contest Details:

1. Between now and 4/26/09 Midnight EST, create an avatar at (it’s free and fast).

2. Come back here and leave a comment to this post so that your new gravatar shows up. In the comment, tell us something that you already are, or are going to start doing that is earth friendly.

3. At some point on 4/27/09, Gear Diary and I will announce our randomly chosen winners.

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Contest Rules:

1. You must have a US shipping address to enter the contest.

2. One entry per person.


Good luck and happy Earth Day! 🙂

Update 4/27 – The Winner (by a random draw) is Daniel (#56). I’ve sent Daniel and email and asked him to respond in the  next 48hrs. If he does not, I’ll pick another winner.

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  • Tanya Anna Wilson April 22, 2009, 1:06 pm

    We have a heavy duty shredder that I use very regularly.(I bought it for $10 at Doctors office that was closing down) I shred torn bits of wrapping paper,old school papers,flyers,mail, BILLS (haha my favorite shredding action). I use the shredded bits for packing material instead of costly tissue paper,bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Its free, recyclable and reusuable, and often enough comes out to be pretty colorful. It comes in handy because I am always mailing out packages and putting together gift bags or baskets for someone.

  • Chris April 22, 2009, 1:22 pm

    I am all about going green – I manage a residence hall at a university that houses about 300 students and has a staff of 9. In the past, everything was done on paper – occupancy reports, logs, event planners, everything was written or typed and printed on paper. I managed to use free software from google to move everything to an online-based system which uses no paper, and also makes everything more efficient by streamlining workflow. Now, instead of having to shuffle papers back and forth between myself and my staff, everything just dumps into various spreadsheets on google docs and google calendars so that everyone has access to what they need and no paper needs to be wasted.

  • Stacey April 22, 2009, 1:23 pm

    I started a paper reusing program in my office about a year ago. Currently, I’m considering lugging all recyclable beverage containers from the office in NYC home to NJ because I just don’t trust the office “recycling.”

  • Diego April 22, 2009, 1:25 pm

    I buy drinks only with returnable bottles. 🙂

  • danny April 22, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I ride my bike to work…

  • bandgeekndb April 22, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I’m going green by reading my textbooks online instead of supporting the massive waste of paper that is printed college textbooks.

  • Turaj Pilehvar April 22, 2009, 1:40 pm

    Aside from recycling religiously (even the stuff that campus won’t take care of) I bike everywhere on campus, and have been guilting friends into doing the same.

  • Kennymac April 22, 2009, 1:41 pm

    I’ve stopped buying bottle water and started using a re-usable water bottle filled from the tap.

  • Marianne April 22, 2009, 1:46 pm

    Okay, let’s see if this gravatar thing works.

    To be earth-friendly, I already bring my own mug to coffee shops and recycle everything and anything in our house, including the cardboard in the center of paper towel and toilet paper rolls, which my husband finds to be quite odd.

  • SeahorseSeaEO April 22, 2009, 1:46 pm

    I switched to a trash company that offers recycling pickup.

  • Ken April 22, 2009, 1:48 pm

    My wife and I have made changes in the past to this end; also many of the things we’ve done help save a little money.
    CFL bulbs, reusable water bottles, travel mugs (with coffee from home), thermostat a little lower in the winter, and higher in the summer, we had UV coatings put on our big living room and dining room windows.
    There are more things I can’t think of now.
    Our town does really good with yard waste and recycling, too.
    I’m thinking of building a compost pile with my son this summer.

    I’m not sure I’m eligible for the prize, since I’ve had a gravatar for a while now, but this is fun sharing!

  • StoicJim April 22, 2009, 1:52 pm

    1. My family puts everything from our community recycle list in the recycle bin and have reduced our weekly garbage collection to 1 bag per week.

    2. Every time I’m offered a plastic bag from a store I either decline it or use a re-usable bag I brought for the occasion.

    3. We’ve changed our dish soap and laundry soap to eco-friendly chemicals.

    4. We’ve reduced the amount of driving we do every week and the amount of gasoline purchased.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Mark April 22, 2009, 2:06 pm

    I use re-chargable batteries in everything I can…and with two young kids, that ends up being a lot of batteries saved from the landfill. We also recycle all of our plastics, newspaper, and cardboard.

  • Fuchikoma-X April 22, 2009, 2:09 pm

    scan all relevant documentation/appz/OS that retains records/settings/mods, personal info and conform to my “ironkey” FD . also elimates need to use IE and goto FF via TOR….hotness!

  • John April 22, 2009, 2:11 pm

    We have used reusable shopping bags for over a year now. When we get a shopping bag we always recycle it along with all recyclable items. We have reduced our grocery shopping to one day a week. We are looking into purchasing solar panels for our home and for the wells on my family’s farm. We only run our a/c (80F) and heater (69F) during the hottest/coldest time of the day. At our farm we don’t print documents unless it’s absolutely necessary and then only one doc to pass around for everyone to read. No extra copies.

  • keny April 22, 2009, 2:24 pm

    Doing the usual things: recycling, avoiding bottled water, CFL bulbs, cutting back on driving

  • Peter April 22, 2009, 2:25 pm

    I drive a fuel efficient car and try to keep my driving under control to limit fuel usage. I also will be getting a more energy efficient HVAC until within the next month or so.

  • Mark April 22, 2009, 2:34 pm

    I make sure any car I own gets above 30mpg on the highway…not the best, but better then many. I also recycle since my town has a recycline program.

  • Christopher Spera April 22, 2009, 2:35 pm

    Its actually law here in IL, but I use compost-able/earth friendly lawn and leaf bags for grass clippings. They are hauled away every week and used to make compost.

  • breley April 22, 2009, 2:39 pm

    I’ve been using a me-powered reel mower on our yard, and we’re in the process of installing new energy-efficient exterior doors and storm doors.

  • WebPastor April 22, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I ride my bike or motorcycle whenever possible to save gas. I’m also the pastor of a new church that when it builds (not too distant future) is going to build green.

  • David April 22, 2009, 2:44 pm

    I bring my lunch to work in re-useable containers instead of plastic wrap.

  • David E April 22, 2009, 2:47 pm

    POwering off all devices at home when not in use.

  • Jason April 22, 2009, 2:51 pm

    I’m in the process of clearing a space in my back yard to grow my own vegetables to go with the fruit from my apple and pear trees.

  • rghdrft April 22, 2009, 2:53 pm

    I use SnagIt to capture all my online receipts rather than printing them out. Pay almost all bills on line so no wasted paper there. Use canvas bags or go bagless for purchases. Rechargeable batteries and recycle everything that I’m able. At work I’m our department rep on the workgroup to move forward with paperless systems.

  • Jhon April 22, 2009, 3:01 pm

    Quarks Rule.

  • Michelle April 22, 2009, 3:19 pm

    I switched to taking all my class notes on my laptop using Evernote instead of half filling notebooks every semester.

  • ccollins00 April 22, 2009, 3:28 pm

    we use cfl, recycle everything we can, and use the back side of printouts for scrap paper

  • trksh22 April 22, 2009, 3:31 pm

    I currently recycle, have been for years. Our borough recently decided to pick up plastics # 1-7 and I am the only person around here (that I know of) that’s excited about that!!!!!

  • Rodney April 22, 2009, 3:31 pm

    I teach lawn, golf, and sports professionals and homeowners how to properly manage their turfgrass/lawn areas with the least impact on the environment.

    Green is Great. Green grass protects and enhances the environment.

    May the force be with you all. 🙂 As Yoda says “Go Green, When 900 years old you reach, look this good you could”

    Thought this T-Shirt plays well with my avatar and today’s Green Topic. 🙂

  • Peter April 22, 2009, 3:32 pm

    In order to be more green I have changed my home computing strategy to using a netbook and NAS device instead of my energy sucking desktop computer for most of my computing needs. Once I moved all of the files off of the desktop onto the NAS I found that I rarely ever boot up the desktop.

  • hybrid-kernel April 22, 2009, 4:07 pm

    I do best to buy things with little or no waste packaging. I generally go for either no packaging or some very recyclable material such as metal or glass.

    Additionally I keep the lights on only in the room I’m in.

  • Brett April 22, 2009, 4:17 pm

    We regularly recycle all of our printer supplies so that they can be reused. Also, we recycle plastic, paper, corrugated materials, etc. at home.

  • ZZamboni April 22, 2009, 4:39 pm

    I already had a gravatar, so I didn’t need to create one 🙂

    I bike to work every day.
    At home we recycle paper, carton, glass and metal.

  • B Dawg April 22, 2009, 7:08 pm

    We recycle plastic bottles at home and I ride the train to work everyday.

  • Ray Waldo April 22, 2009, 7:37 pm

    I have replaced all of my windows with high efficiency types. I use all CFL bulbs & leave the windows open as much as possible to avoid AC here in South Louisiana. I use rechargeable batteries and keep looking for new ways to save energy. For EARTH, I love trees and have continued to nurture them on my property. Even after Hurricane Katrina (when I lost most of my old trees), I did not follow the advise of most – instead, I retained several large oaks within fall range of my home. The reason: they are beautiful and they shade the house to reduce energy consumption.

  • Bamfhacker April 22, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Wife and I bought new cars that get way better gas millage than the last two cars we had

  • Nick Cornaglia April 22, 2009, 10:46 pm

    I stopped using plastic water bottles now that I am caffeine free and only drink water. Bought an aluminum bottle that I carry everywhere. If I need to us a plastic water bottle….I use it a million times by refilling it until it starts to stink! My aluminum bottle gets funky too. You really do need to clean these things out once in a while! 😀

    Thanks for the contest!

  • saltyoldsailor April 22, 2009, 11:04 pm

    We recycle plastic bottles and glass as well as cardboard at the local recycling center, I save my shredded paper from my shredder and use it for starting my log fire in the winter in my stove and bedding in my dog houses.

  • Jared April 22, 2009, 11:06 pm

    Bought a new bicycle and am going to ride it instead of driving my SUV as much as possible this summer.

  • chuckman April 22, 2009, 11:15 pm

    Just switched to recyclable batteries and I’m buying a hybrid car.

  • Jhon April 22, 2009, 11:37 pm

    I’ve got a solar charger sitting in the bed of my truck. Just enough to charge up 4 AA and/or trickle charge my cell phone. Very handy.

  • aydrian April 22, 2009, 11:47 pm

    I am a teacher and I taught my students the significance of Earth Hour. My students were quite motivated and they switched off all unnecessary electrical appliances to show support for Earth Hour.

    On a personal note, I do not use plastic bags when I go shopping and use my own bag as a carrier. Also, I cycle to places and take public transport wherever possible to minimise my carbon footprint.

  • Eric April 22, 2009, 11:54 pm

    I love trees.

  • Jackie April 23, 2009, 12:12 am

    I actually planted 2 new trees in my new house’s yard.

  • Avaviel April 23, 2009, 12:22 am

    I’ve been going green by using less ink when I print in my printmaking class. Then I can use the HD to store even more prints that I make, the scans!

  • Christopher April 23, 2009, 2:45 am

    Compost as much as possible, even used Kleenex (yuck!)

  • Sarai Stewart April 23, 2009, 5:59 am

    I’m going to start bring reusable bags when I go shopping. 🙂

  • Fromamerica April 23, 2009, 8:46 am

    I have changed all of the lightbulbs in my house to more energy efficient bulbs.

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  • jumiki April 23, 2009, 10:28 am

    I’ve changed my lightbulbs to energy efficient bulbs, started riding my bike or walking places, and converted all my files to electronic versions, thereby reducing paper usage and clutter.

  • Hai Vu April 23, 2009, 12:18 pm

    I no longer print out receipts from online purchases, something I used to do. I also replaced most of my home’s lighting bulbs (120W) with the new low-energy florescent bulbs (23W).

  • inghamc April 23, 2009, 12:18 pm

    In 2005 we chose a builder who specializes in energy efficient home construction: 90% efficient furnace, high efficiency insulation & windows, whole house fan, etc. We placed the house along old growth cottonwoods to the South that provide Summer shade and allow Winter light & warmth. We pay a premium for wind supplied electricity and still enjoy much lower energy bills than before. And our large mortgage payments really help us cut down on driving to malls & restaurants 🙂

  • Ravi Ramachandran April 23, 2009, 1:05 pm

    I always plant either a tree or plant on Earth day since it is my birthday.

  • Josh K April 23, 2009, 1:42 pm

    I think we all owe ourselves to the next generation to conserve as much as possible. In addition to recycling, I have managed my family to stop buying the bottled water and start carrying our own bottle when we travel. I also love to use my porcelain “not-a-paper cup” for drinking hot beverages.

  • Daniel April 23, 2009, 2:08 pm

    I am implementing Smart Grid technologies.

  • Jeremie Lariviere April 23, 2009, 3:50 pm

    I recycle & turn devices Off, not put them in Standby mode

  • Roan April 23, 2009, 3:50 pm

    I hyper-mile on my commute, and I run CFL and LED bulbs.

  • Ryan April 23, 2009, 4:29 pm

    I eat grass:)

  • Chuck April 23, 2009, 6:52 pm

    I have stopped using dead tree books. I only read ebooks.

  • bas.o April 23, 2009, 8:11 pm

    I’ve decided to mindfully turn off lights when I leave rooms.

  • Doan April 23, 2009, 9:33 pm

    I always recycle recyclable things. I will try to buy a ticket to the new Disney movie, Earth, so they will plant a tree, when I have some free time. Plus, I will try to get my family to unplug all of our electric plugs at night!

  • Carlos Pereira April 23, 2009, 11:25 pm

    I always print in both sides of paper at my workplace. This saves a lot of trees because there are thousands of print jobs per day.

  • Rico April 23, 2009, 11:44 pm

    We try to recycle everything coming into our house. Paper, cardboard, plastic, and cans all get recycled. I also give away items for free that I no longer use/need on craigslist to save them from going to the dump.

  • Rob April 24, 2009, 1:46 am

    We do cloth diapering for our little guy – saves money and landfill space

  • Bensonp April 24, 2009, 9:47 am

    I am planting more trees and bushes in the yard

  • Ramon Rodriguez April 24, 2009, 10:53 am

    My family and I return plastic bags to the store for recycle. Also, I am big on powering off devices throughout our home.

    Seagate Rocks!!!

  • eschk April 24, 2009, 4:47 pm

    I turn off or unplug everything when not in use, especially computers, printers, and tvs. Also, I just plain turned off the furnace even though it’s been 55 outside all week. Damn so-called “spring.” Can’t wait til it warms up this weekend.

  • Lloydv April 24, 2009, 8:03 pm

    We reuse and recycle. Also switching to CFLs and placing “zombie” appliances on their own power strips to further reduce our energy consumption.

  • Terra Rodriguez April 24, 2009, 10:31 pm

    This drive would help me back up my family’s pictures and save money – always having to have our pictures developed.

    Go Seagate!!

  • Don Holt April 25, 2009, 12:00 am

    I was always such a pig, in the 70’s and 80’s!

    Now, simple things like recycling ALL bottles and aluminum from home, as well as my work, riding my bike to work, and even keeping my car tires, inflated to the proper air pressure keeps my pig pen “greener”!

  • Fred April 25, 2009, 8:58 am

    I sold my car and have been riding bicycle to work since November.

  • dbng April 25, 2009, 2:33 pm

    Drive to work no more than once a week. Car pool and train.
    And Nalgene water bottles. Not brave enough to drop the disposable diapers though…

  • Geek4life1986 April 25, 2009, 3:01 pm

    I buy rechargeable batteries, use cloth shopping bags, refill my own ink cartridges, buy energy-saving lightbulbs, and even use the backs of old printouts as scratch paper. Just need to save up for that eco-friendly car, unless you are giving one of them away too. 🙂

  • taoistpunk April 25, 2009, 7:27 pm

    Just went from a Pathfinder to a Mazda 3…1.7 weeks on one tank of gas…doing my part!

  • Brandon April 26, 2009, 11:13 am

    We recycle (a lot). We’ve got containers for all the plastics, cans, etc – and then for the bigger stuff there’s a recycle place right down the street. We also end up donating old clothes that are still in good shape to places like goodwill.

    Overall in the household we usually produce one bag (or less) of trash a week, and we could probably cut that down even further if we started composting.

  • TheDreamer April 26, 2009, 11:13 am

    I’m riding my bike to work and I’m replacing all my lights with CFLs. And, I got a fan in the bedroom to save on nighttime AC use. Planning to get one for the living room now.

  • Jessica April 26, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I walk to work – I realize I’m lucky to live close enough to have this as an option! – and I ride my bike most other places.

  • FubarGuy April 26, 2009, 3:18 pm

    I’ve had all of my regular bills (Car payment, banks, cable & phones, etc.) converted to electronic delivery, no more bulky wasteful paper trail!

  • barbarabaker April 26, 2009, 8:11 pm

    I have already begun using material bags (hand made from old jeans and T-shirts) when I go grocery shopping; I’ve also begun using less laundry soap, cold water and walking rather than driving places (when neccessary).
    -barbarabaker 🙂

  • Cuddlydoom April 26, 2009, 10:11 pm

    I walk to work whenever weather permits, and take the bus otherwise (saves gas, reduces pollution, and gets me exercise and sunshine!) Also, I have all of my bills go through an electronic service in order to limit paper usage.

  • Q April 26, 2009, 10:47 pm

    I make a point of using reusable bags, whether it’s grocery shopping or some other kind. If it can be recycled, it gets recycled. (They’ll take windowpane envelopes too, as long as they’re not destroyed. I walk or take the bus/subway for most of the places I go. I turn off lights that aren’t in use. And I’m working on switching all the plug-in electronics to surge protectors so they can be turned off or unplugged.

  • tom April 27, 2009, 12:11 am

    so did this enter me into the contest?

  • Cliff Tuttle April 27, 2009, 9:12 am

    Great review! I hope Seagate has the good sense to follow Gadgeteer and follow your advice and read the comments.

    I may need some help with my Avatar if it does not appear automatically when I submit. Thanks for that tip. I’ll get it.

    Oh, yes, Earth Day: I have been gradually relying on electronic files over paper files. It took a long time to trust the backup over paper. There must be a good reason to print and those reasons usually have to do with the needs of others.

    Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk


  • Julie April 27, 2009, 12:14 pm

    The Winner is Daniel (#56). I’ve sent Daniel and email and asked him to respond in the next 48hrs. If he does not, I’ll pick another winner.

    Thanks to everyone that entered this contest! Please come back Thursday to try out for another contest to win a Pantech Matrix Pro GSM phone from AT&T.

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