Saturday, November 29, 2008

HP Magic Giveaway

I've entered the HP Magic Giveaway contest at Bleeping Computer. One down, 49 to go.

Bleeping Computer's criteria is they want the winner to share. They are asking that the winner give at least one of the computers to someone else. I was already considering sharing the wealth if I win.

Here's my post at Bleeping Computer:
My first thought was that I would give the HP TouchSmart to my mom. She's 70 and currently using my old HP Pavilion, which runs Windows 98. She can't access all her favorite websites on it. I played with one at OfficeMax and it was kind of fun to play solitaire by touching the screen and moving the cards. (I'm not sure Mom would be able to lift her arm that far and long, though, she has shoulder problems.)

One of the laptops would be mine for schoolwork. My current computer can't run the Adobe products that I use for class (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign and Illustrator), so I rented a laptop for a few weeks and I'm currently using my sister's computer. I had also thought of giving the other laptop to my niece Jessica. Her laptop was damaged when water spilled on it a year ago. It still works, but is hard to start, the keyboard doesn't work (she has a fullsize keyboard that she uses) and the CD drive doesn't always recognize CDs. (Jessica says she wants the HP mini 1000 to take notes in school and the other full-size laptop can go to her sister Suzanna, who is also in college and doesn't have a computer.)

I guess you can see that I can share the items in the prize package, even if it's only with members of my family. Part of my school work involves creating websites and at least one of my websites (so far) is for a local nonprofit organization. In future semesters, I'll probably be doing more of those for local organizations. I also want to start a technology group at church and help people learn to use email and computer programs.

Two other blogs have their contests open:
Gear Live
Windows Connected

The blogs have a schedule when each one can release their contest. I don't know if I'll be able to enter the Spanish- and Portuguese-language blogs unless they have a version in English. But I'm entering as many as I can.

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