The Gadgeteer turns 12yrs old – Big birthday giveaway!


birthday-cakeTwelve years ago this month (give or take a week or two) I started The Gadgeteer as a goofy little review site on the then free webpage hosting service Geocities. People seemed to like my reviews, so I registered the domain name four months later, moved to a real hosting site – and the rest is history!

I want to celebrate this 12th birthday with all of you, because without you (and my awesome team of contributors), the site would never have grown to what it is today πŸ™‚ Thank you, thank you, thank you!

For a chance to win an HP Pavilion dv4 laptop and lots of other goodies from (Vaja, Livescribe, Tom Bihn, Seagate, TokyoFlash, NZXT and FlipSide), keep reading!

Prize Details

1st place winner (1) will receive –
HP Pavilion dv4 (1145go) laptop with a 320GB hard drive and 4GB of memory
Tom Bihn ID Messenger bag and Brain cell sleeve
NZXT Cryo S laptop cooler
NZXT Avatar mouse
Livescribe SmartPen
Seagate FreeAgent Go hard drive (Red)
TokyoFlash Saishin Retsu (Gunmetal+Green LED) watch
Flipside wallet
$80 Vaja gift certificate

2nd place winner (1) will receive –
TokyoFlash NI (Stainless Steel+White LED) watch
Flipside wallet
$80 Vaja gift certificate

3rd place winner (1) will receive –
Flipside wallet
$80 Vaja gift certificate

4th place winners (7) will receive –
$80 Vaja gift certificate

How to enter

1. Between now and Sunday 08/09/2009 11:59PM EST, sign up with twitter and follow @thegadgeteer

2. Then send the following tweet:

RT Win an HP laptop and lots of other goodies @thegadgeteer Full details at

3. Come back here and leave a comment with your twitter name.

4. At some point on 08/10/2009, I’ll pick 10 random winners using The winners will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to accept their prize. If I do not receive an answer, I’ll do other drawings till all the prizes are gone.


1. One entry per person.

2. Must provide a US address for shipping.

3. Writers and friends of The Gadgeteer are exempt from entering this contest.

4. is not responsible for any lost packages or incorrect shipping addresses.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to the sponsors for this contest: HP, Vaja, Livescribe, Tom Bihn, Seagate, TokyoFlash, NZXT and FlipSide

Update 8/10/09 Winners Chosen:

Vaja Certs
1 Robert_j_m
2 Brett Q
3 Phil
4 FubarGuy
5 Sjan Evardsson
6 Dragan
7 Michele Pineda

3rd place

2nd place
Jeremy Rose

1st place
Vickie Bartlett

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  • buddy August 6, 2009, 2:25 pm

    my twitter name is inverbras.

    i enjoy your reviews too.


  • Clare Gifford August 6, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Tweeted as drofgif. Congratulations meeting the 12 year mark! That is a duration that many others could never claim…… Thanks for the contest opportunities as well.

  • Your Fans August 6, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Happy anniversary !
    from @simetriq

  • Jonathan Franzone August 6, 2009, 4:10 pm

    Happy anniversary/birthday/what-have-you from @franzone

  • Sjan Evardsson August 6, 2009, 4:35 pm

    Congrats on impressive staying power!


  • Lee Thornton August 6, 2009, 8:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to You!!! It’s been great reading everyday what is new and cool! Hope to see more and more Birthdays!

  • Lee Thornton August 6, 2009, 8:30 pm

    Happy Birthday to You!!! It’s been great reading everyday what is new and cool! Hope to see more and more Birthdays! @MoNkEyMaN912

  • Mandy Thornton August 6, 2009, 8:34 pm

    Gadgeteer Happy Birthday!!!!!! It’s been awsome I wish I was able right now to try and join the team Husband getting the family moved and it hasn’t been easy but I enjoy reading the new post and learn so much Thanks for the Site!!!!!!!!!


  • Mark August 6, 2009, 10:35 pm

    Happy Birthday Gadgeteer!! And many more to come!! This is one of my favorite websites. I always look forward to something new and sometimes wacky being reviewed here.


  • Naomi August 6, 2009, 11:24 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Howard Kuo August 7, 2009, 12:58 am

    Hi Julie,
    My twitter username is @howard_kuo

    Happy Birthday The-Gadgeteer!

  • Monica August 7, 2009, 8:21 am

    Twitter is spinning and spinning. Can’t seem to follow you!

  • Lisa August 7, 2009, 9:18 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    My twitter username is @lisantica

  • Karen August 7, 2009, 4:02 pm

    Happy Birthday, Gadgeteer! It’s so nice of you to give us the chance to get presents on your big day.

    I twittered and my username is @ckkkmk.

    Save me a piece of cake.

  • Aron August 8, 2009, 12:10 am

    Happy happy birthday birthday!

    My TwitterHandle is AronL!

    Hopefully, a winner is me!!! πŸ˜€

  • Aron August 8, 2009, 12:10 am

    Whoopsies, that was supposed to be @AronL

  • ryan tan August 8, 2009, 11:09 am

    twitter handle is rtanph – happy 12th birthday Gadgeteer! and welcome to the tween years! πŸ˜‰

  • Karen Batchelor August 8, 2009, 12:35 pm

    Julie–I’m @midlifetrip. Wishing you another great 12 years at Gadgeteer:-)

  • Kelly Dobbs August 8, 2009, 12:37 pm

    Thank YOU!!
    my tweeter name is @urbangirlyoga.

    Happy Happy Birthday!
    Be Well.

  • Jackie Cheng August 8, 2009, 1:50 pm



  • Justin August 8, 2009, 3:46 pm

    Twitter is @waidot


  • Darrin Schmidt August 8, 2009, 6:48 pm

    Whooho! Thanks for 12 great years of reviews! And many more . . . Twitter @dfractal

  • YoonFui August 8, 2009, 9:16 pm

    yoonfui is my twitter name. thank you.

  • Vikram August 8, 2009, 11:37 pm

    my twitter username is @vikramdhani


  • Tony August 9, 2009, 12:57 am

    Happy Birthday gadgeteer


  • Adrienne August 9, 2009, 2:16 am

    Congrats on 12 wonderful years Julie!

    My twitter handle is chcksum

  • bobby ziemba August 9, 2009, 8:45 am

    happy 12th!
    twitter- @bobbyziemba

  • Carolyn G August 9, 2009, 10:50 am

    Wow 12 years, congratulations.

    Twitter: carogonza

  • Syndi Ponte August 9, 2009, 10:53 am

    @syndi1285. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Congrats

  • JaydDragyn August 9, 2009, 10:55 am

    wow! 12 years? that’s amazing!! Happy Birthday!! πŸ˜€

  • Ryan August 9, 2009, 10:57 am


  • Jack Corzine August 9, 2009, 10:58 am

    My Twitter name is jackcorzine and I love your updates! Keep up the good work!!

  • tung yeung August 9, 2009, 11:00 am

    twitter is: tung1800
    Happy Birthday Gadgeteers πŸ™‚

  • sara August 9, 2009, 11:01 am

    Twitter ID# @diysara

    Congratulations on 12 years! and here’s to many more! β™₯

  • Bill Bradford August 9, 2009, 11:03 am

    “mrbill” on twitter here.

  • Lindsey Groepper August 9, 2009, 11:07 am

    Love me some freebies!

  • JonelB August 9, 2009, 11:12 am

    My twitter id is JonelB!
    Thanks for doing this giveaway! Congrats on 12 years!

  • Mike C August 9, 2009, 11:17 am

    Congrats on the 12 years, wishing you 12 more…
    twitter- williammoney

  • Juergen August 9, 2009, 11:20 am

    Dancing rodents from jnievele πŸ˜‰

  • zorkor August 9, 2009, 11:23 am

    only US shipping? shame…

  • TheDreamer August 9, 2009, 11:24 am


  • tung yeung August 9, 2009, 11:27 am

    happy B-day!!! now where’s my prize

  • Gayle Watkins August 9, 2009, 11:57 am

    Happy Birthday!

    My Twitter is @CleverGayle

  • Mark August 9, 2009, 12:34 pm

    RT’d at @atomic22

    Thanks for the great giveaway, Julie. Big Gadgeteer fan for many years, best to you folks in for many more years. Congrats on the 12th Birthday!

  • Arthur Bartlett August 9, 2009, 12:48 pm

    Happy B-day my twitter name is bartletts4

  • Brad McMullen August 9, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Your website is the bomb. Bad for the marriage, but still great! My twitter is @quibbley.

  • steph August 9, 2009, 2:39 pm

    neat blog.
    twitter: k1ngster

  • BritOnTour August 9, 2009, 2:48 pm

    Congrats from @britontour

  • joshjoshlol August 9, 2009, 3:26 pm

    the site’s almost old enough to drive! next thing you know, it’ll be off to college. they grow up so fast. happy birthday, gadgeteer!

    twitter: joshjoshlol

  • Devin L. Ganger August 9, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Twitter ID is devinganger

  • Bernard August 9, 2009, 5:46 pm

    Tweet name: Bernard_Mel =]

  • Brandon August 9, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Congrats! Here’s to another 12 years!

    Twitter username – brandonsteili

  • Tim August 9, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Congrats! @aliethel

  • Richard Raborn August 9, 2009, 7:02 pm

    Happy birthday Gadgetteer! Twitter name rabornmd

  • Richard Raborn August 9, 2009, 7:05 pm

    Did not see my comment pop up Twitter name @rabornmd

  • shanella August 9, 2009, 9:37 pm

    I’m @shanella

    Congrats on 12 years!

  • Brett Q August 9, 2009, 11:32 pm

    Happy Birthday! 12 years is a big deal for sure.


  • Marsha Keeffer August 10, 2009, 12:21 am

    Happy Birthday to The Gadgeteer! Thanks for all your great reviews, Julie and team…

    My Twitter name is marsha.

  • bas.o August 10, 2009, 12:52 am

    happy birthday, love this website! tweet @chinoy885

  • Julie August 10, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Update 8/10/09 Winners Chosen:

    Vaja Certs
    1 Robert_j_m
    2 Brett Q
    3 Phil
    4 FubarGuy
    5 Sjan Evardsson
    6 Dragan
    7 Michele Pineda

    3rd place

    2nd place
    Jeremy Rose

    1st place
    Vickie Bartlett

  • FubarGuy August 10, 2009, 11:19 pm

    Wow, thanks Julie! For all of your excellent reviews & insights. And, of course, free schwag! πŸ˜€

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