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The Gadgeteer turns 12yrs old – Big birthday giveaway!

on August 3, 2009 11:09 am

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 :) 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


  1. 201
    hyjeong says:

    My twitter ID is hyjeong
    Thank you!

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    Julian Williams says:

    julzzw is my Twitter name

    Happy Birthday Gadgeteer! Happens to be 2 days before my Birthday as well! Best Wishes!

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    Hai-Yeong Jeong says:

    I am great fan of this site for a long time.
    My ID IS @hyjeong.

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    buddy says:

    my twitter name is inverbras.

    i enjoy your reviews too.


  5. 205

    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.

  6. 206
    Your Fans says:

    Happy anniversary !
    from @simetriq

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

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    Congrats on impressive staying power!


  9. 209
    Lee Thornton says:

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

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    Lee Thornton says:

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

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    Mandy Thornton says:

    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!!!!!!!!!


  12. 212
    Mark says:

    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.


  13. 213
    Naomi says:

    Happy Birthday!

  14. 214
    Howard Kuo says:

    Hi Julie,
    My twitter username is @howard_kuo

    Happy Birthday The-Gadgeteer!

  15. 215
    Monica says:

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

  16. 216
    Lisa says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    My twitter username is @lisantica

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    Karen says:

    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.

  18. 218
    Aron says:

    Happy happy birthday birthday!

    My TwitterHandle is AronL!

    Hopefully, a winner is me!!! :D

  19. 219
    Aron says:

    Whoopsies, that was supposed to be @AronL

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    ryan tan says:

    twitter handle is rtanph – happy 12th birthday Gadgeteer! and welcome to the tween years! ;-)

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

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    Kelly Dobbs says:

    Thank YOU!!
    my tweeter name is @urbangirlyoga.

    Happy Happy Birthday!
    Be Well.

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    Jackie Cheng says:



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    Justin says:

    Twitter is @waidot


  25. 225
    Darrin Schmidt says:

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

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    YoonFui says:

    yoonfui is my twitter name. thank you.

  27. 227
    Vikram says:

    my twitter username is @vikramdhani


  28. 228
    Tony says:

    Happy Birthday gadgeteer


  29. 229
    Adrienne says:

    Congrats on 12 wonderful years Julie!

    My twitter handle is chcksum

  30. 230
    bobby ziemba says:

    happy 12th!
    twitter- @bobbyziemba

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    Carolyn G says:

    Wow 12 years, congratulations.

    Twitter: carogonza

  32. 232
    Syndi Ponte says:

    @syndi1285. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Congrats

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    JaydDragyn says:

    wow! 12 years? that’s amazing!! Happy Birthday!! :D

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    Jack Corzine says:

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

  36. 236
    tung yeung says:

    twitter is: tung1800
    Happy Birthday Gadgeteers :-)

  37. 237
    sara says:

    Twitter ID# @diysara

    Congratulations on 12 years! and here’s to many more! ♥

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    “mrbill” on twitter here.

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    Love me some freebies!

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    JonelB says:

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

  41. 241
    Mike C says:

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

  42. 242
    Juergen says:

    Dancing rodents from jnievele ;-)

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    zorkor says:

    only US shipping? shame…

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    tung yeung says:

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

  46. 246

    Happy Birthday!

    My Twitter is @CleverGayle

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    Mark says:

    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!

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    Arthur Bartlett says:

    Happy B-day my twitter name is bartletts4

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    Brad McMullen says:

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

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    steph says:

    neat blog.
    twitter: k1ngster

  51. 251
    BritOnTour says:

    Congrats from @britontour

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    joshjoshlol says:

    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

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    Twitter ID is devinganger

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    Bernard says:

    Tweet name: Bernard_Mel =]

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    Brandon says:

    Congrats! Here’s to another 12 years!

    Twitter username – brandonsteili

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    Tim says:

    Congrats! @aliethel

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    Happy birthday Gadgetteer! Twitter name rabornmd

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    Did not see my comment pop up Twitter name @rabornmd

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    shanella says:

    I’m @shanella

    Congrats on 12 years!

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    Brett Q says:

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


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

    My Twitter name is marsha.

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    bas.o says:

    happy birthday, love this website! tweet @chinoy885

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    Julie says:

    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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    FubarGuy says:

    Wow, thanks Julie! For all of your excellent reviews & insights. And, of course, free schwag! :D

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