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Old 05-11-2008, 05:23 AM
Jason Dunn
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Default 31 Days of the Dragon: We're Giving Away an HP Pavlion HDX9200 Notebook PC + Software + DVDs ($5500 Value)


The time has finally arrived (yeah, sorry for being a bit late): we're launching our 31 Days of the Dragon giveaway contest today. All the details about what's in the giveaway bundle can be found here, but the short version is that it's a pimped out-to-the-max HDX9200 notebook PC worth about $5000 if purchased at retail. The laptop features an Intel Core 2 Extreme X9000 CPU (2.8 Ghz), 500 GB of storage (2 x 250 GB hard drives), 4 GB of RAM, integrated HDTV tuner, fingerprint reader, nVidia GeForce 8800M GS with 512 MB of RAM, a 20.1 inch WUXGA screen (1080p, 1920 x 1200), and lots more. The software bundle includes Office 2007, three Blu-ray DVDs, and more. I'm reviewing it, but when I'm done (on or around the 17th of May), I'm giving it away to one of YOU.

*** The Official Contest Rules ***
OK, so you want to win this awesome prize bundle. I've been doing more YouTube videos lately, and as such I want to bump up our profile there. You know how YouTube works: the most popular videos and channels got there by first getting some exposure. I'd like you to help me with that! Here's all you need to do:
  1. If you don't already have a YouTube account, create one (it's free and fast). If you have one already, you're golden.
  2. Jump over to the YouTube page where the HDX9200 unboxing and first impressions video is posted. Watch the video, rate it, and post a comment on the YouTube page. Your comment should answer this question: "How will the Dragon rock your world?" Meaning, if you were to win the HDX9200, how would it change things for you? Would it allow you to get rid of your current computer, monitor, keyboard, and speakers? Would you come up with creative uses for a powerful workstation that could be moved - could you finally launch that mobile music recording studio business, be a wedding photographer and edit photos on the spot, or would it allow you to achieve some other goal? Or would you just revel in the sheer power of being able to play games and edit movies faster than ever before? Tell me how you'd use this powerful computer!
  3. After you've posted your comment (only one comment per YouTube account), click on the yellow Subscribe button to subscribe to the Thoughts Media YouTube Channel.
  4. If you want to double your chances of winning, also post your comment here on Digital Home Thoughts as a reply to this post. Please post your YouTube username as well so I can verify that you've subscribed to our YouTube channel and posted a comment there. If this is your first post to Digital Home Thoughts, please allow up to 24 hours for your post to appear.
  5. I'll randomly select one person from the combined total of all the YouTube comments and the comments here. That person will win the laptop. Boom! Anyone in the world can win this laptop, thanks to the generous support of HP and Buzzcorps - it will be couriered to you.
The fine print about how I'm doing the random selection: When I do the random drawing, I'll do it from a combined total of all the YouTube subscribers and all the comments posted here on Digital Home Thoughts. Each YouTube subscriber and each comment posted here on Digital Home Thoughts will be assigned a numerical value, and I'll use to pick a random number from the total. That's why if you post a comment both on YouTube, and here, you'll double your chances of winning. When I select the winner I'll be checking it against the comments, so make sure you fulfil all the contest requirements. If the person that is randomly selected hasn't followed my instructions, another winner will be chosen.

If you have questions about the contest, please don't post them here, only post your contest entries - send me a message with your questions using our contact form and I'll update this post with further details if I've forgotten anything. I hope everyone has fun with this contest!

*** UPDATE: PLEASE READ THIS. *** I just finished approving 65 (!!) new posts for this contest, and over 10 of them were duplicates. ONLY POST ONCE. You will not see your post right away if it's your first post to this site. It's held in moderation, then will be approved and will show up. Post ONCE, then come back in 24 hours and confirm your post is here (it will be). Anyone who has more than one post in this thread will be disqualified.

*** UPDATE #2: PLEASE READ THIS. *** If anyone posts more than once to this contest thread, or to the YouTube comments, they'll be disqualified. I just spent 30 minutes cleaning up more than a dozen posts in this discussion thread from a single user. I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for this contest, but because each post is an entry, I can't allow more than one entry per person per location (one entry here, one entry over on YouTube). When I randomly select the winner, I'll be searching through all the discussion posts and if that person has posted more than once, they'll be disqualified and I'll pick another winner. That's the only way to keep this contest fair.
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:40 AM
Join Date: May 2008
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This laptop will totally rock my world as it will finally allow me to join in with the LAN's all my friends are having. And watch a blueray movie at the same time!

(YouTube nickname: basekidt)
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:41 AM
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Default I love this laptop!

How would the Dragon rock my world? This awesome laptop would allow me to get my amateur digital photography hobby off the ground in a brilliant way!

Youtube username: shanmint
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:46 AM
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Default hp

hey jason i am already subscribed to you cuz i think your awesome! haha i subscribed before i saw this by the way anyways....i think that the dragon would be awesome because 1: i would never be able to spend that much on a laptop haha 2: i dont have any blu-ray players 3: i need a laptop 4: my old computer is kinda out dated and we cant get windows vista right now. p.s im only 15 well i trust you with this unlike pretty much everyone else who lies about there giveaways you seem like a nice guy
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Old 05-11-2008, 05:49 AM
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This laptop would rock my world by allowing me the freedom to program where ever I feel like it plus it'll let me play the newest top end games. It currently is more powerful than my desktop, plus it can play BluRay which would be amazing. This is a beast that will please me in every way possible, and it'll probably be the same for everyone else.
Silentdragonz at youtube.

First of all, surely I should be the winner since I have dragon in my username, and yes I've had it long before this contest. Ego aside, I'm very glad to enter this contest and to be introduced to this site. I find it to be very interesting so far.

Well, good luck to everyone on this contest.
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:03 AM
Join Date: May 2008
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Default The Draconic BEAST :D

This is an awesome beast. But the power brick is huge!
I'm using a very buggy Windows MCE laptop, and it's slowly being drained of its life force. If I were to get this masterpiece, no more watching H264 encoded videos with subtitle karaoke lag. And those light-speed ultra turbo jet thrusters will never have to go at 2 pixels a second again.
Best of all, I bring my computer to school to show anime to the school club. If I get that, the whole club can watch high-def anime.

Youtube User: SkyFuser

Some additional comments I couldn't fit: It'd also be awesome just bringing it to school for presentations... classmates are sure to wow
Plus, I never have to worry about having both Vista and Linux. Plenty space for all of it to fit.
And my favourite anime will finally have a good home to rest in
Thanks again for sponsoring this! And your website is awesome!
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:03 AM
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Default How the Dragon would rock my world

This is such a powerful and beastly machine. This thing would allow me to all of my photo and video editing a LOT easier (right now i'm using a Toshiba with a 1.8 GHz processer). This would be so awesome to connect to my plasma screen tv!

Youtube name: techguy555
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:10 AM
Join Date: May 2008
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Default The Dragon is the Key

I'll tell you how this piece of amazement will rock my world, and even let me able to rock others' worlds... I've always been back and forth between a desktop, and a laptop. It's difficult when you want performance, screen size and mobility all in one! It's funny that you mentioned the mobile music recording studio business, as about three months ago, I started working on my solo project, and due the lack of a lot of instruments, I have to either borrow the instruments, or move my entire workstation to the studio where the works get cooked. Doing that once or twice won't hurt, but on regular basis, well I sure need a solution.

I'm also a freelance illustrator, and an amateur director. I have a 4-year old Pavilion that fairly runs Windows XP, and nothing above that! A Dragon in my life will totally shift the way I interact with my favorite 3 activities.

YouTube username: cylinderquarter

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Old 05-11-2008, 06:10 AM
Join Date: May 2007
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Nice video, awesome carrot to dangle before us, but you know, as much as anything, i was just pleased to hear the voice behind someone i read everyday in my Rss feed. Thanx for your work.

YouTube Handle: GreatDayZ
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:13 AM
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Default My comment.

This laptop would make me able to actually make live action videos and talk into the computer. This system will change the world, and I think that I can help it.

My username is thegreatcheesedemon
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