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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Win an LG Quantum Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 10:00 AM

Just a quick reminder that we're running a free phone give-away: there's an unlocked LG Quantum up for grabs. It's fast and easy to enter; all you need is a YouTube account. Check out this post for more details.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Giveaway Contest Ends Soon!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:06 PM

Just a quick reminder that the giveaway contest for a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z is ending in roughly three hours - this all-in-one desktop computer worth $1308 USD is a fast, capable computer that would be perfect for a variety of scenarios and locations - check out my full review here. Enter the contest now!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Win a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z Worth $1308 USD!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:00 PM

I'm a couple days late getting this contest launched - things have been hectic - but here we go! I have a top-spec Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z to give away to one lucky Thoughts Media reader/YouTube viewer.

Here are the three things you have to do to be entered in this contest:

  1. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  2. Post a comment on the YouTube contest video telling me how/where you'd use this computer. Don't post the comment here on Digital Home Thoughts though, only on the YouTube video.
  3. Favorite the contest video on YouTube (instructions how are in the video)

That's it! One entry per person, and the contest closes at 5 PM GMT -7 on December 13th, 2010. Good luck everyone - the winner will be chosen randomly from amongst all the comments posted. The winner will be contacted via YouTube direct message, and will have 48 hours to respond back to me to claim their prize. If the winner hasn't fulfilled all three of the requirements above, I'll pick someone else.

Please note: due to shipping constraints, this contest is open to people in North America only. You guys know I always try to do world-wide contests, but this is a physically BIG prize so as you can imagine shipping world-wide would be a bit problematic.

Remember this contest is part of a much bigger contest with 20 other sites, so be sure to check out the other contests that are happening right now!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The $46,000 Lenovo M90z Giveaway Dual-Contest

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 12:12 AM

Everybody likes winning prizes, and in partnership with Lenovo, a bunch of tech sites are giving away one Lenovo M90z each. You can check out my first impressions video of it here, and my full review video is coming soon. The unit Lenovo is giving away via each site contest is the maxed-out model: 23 inch touch screen, Intel Core i5 3.2 Ghz CPU, 500 GB hard drive, 4 GB RAM, 802.11n WiFi, DVD burner, and a current retail cost of $1308 USD (I just priced it out today). I've been using the review unit I was sent in my kitchen for the past two months, and Windows 7 plus a touch screen makes for a really compelling combination. Without further ado, here are all of the sites that are taking part in this contest:

I'll be making a separate announcement about our own contest here tomorrow - I'm a day late, but this contest will be simple and fun.

What's the "dual contest" angle you might be asking? Check this out:

"In addition, Lenovo wants to gain more exposure for medical and educational deployments of the M90z and their other all-in-one (AIO) products, and is asking for your help. They've assembled 3 packages of five (5) M90z units each and want your help in giving them away. The target winner would be a worthy medical or educational institution such as a clinic, hospital, school, community center, adult education facility, etc located in US/CA. And to be clear, Lenovo is seeking to further associate their brand and the M90z in particular with business-focused deployments of touch- and non-touch-enabled AIO desktops in the US and Canada; it's just that they don't know exactly which entities should receive these packages. But we've told them that you and your readers do know, and what's more, can help in selecting who should get them!"

You, the Digital Home Thoughts community, will be able to submit names of worthy organizations that could use five Lenovo ThinkCentre M90z computers and put them to good use. The guidelines:

  • Organization must be located in US or Canada
  • Medical, education or similar community focus
  • Preference will be given to non-profits or organizations dedicated to social good
  • Must have a concrete application for five touch-enabled M90z's

I'll be doing up a separate post on the 9th to get the names of organizations from you, so you have until then to reach out to groups that you work with and figure out how they'd use three of these awesome touch-screen computers. Stay tuned!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM

Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).

I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!

Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!

  1. Log into Facebook, and visit the Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site. Click Allow when the app asks for your permission. I’ve noticed there’s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.
  2. Find my Samsung Focus video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You’ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.
  3. Return to that contest site every day to vote – you can vote once every day up until December 31st.

The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.

(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Win 1 of 2 Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB Hard Drives

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 04:30 PM

Want to win one of two 1 TB hard drives? Then jump over to this YouTube video and read the contest rules. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Win a $50 Gift Card in the Easiest Contest Ever

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Laptop Thoughts Events" @ 09:00 AM

Hey there Thoughts Media community! I was looking through an interesting discussion thread the other day, and I found myself realizing it was somewhat difficult to figure out who was saying what. Why? Because I'm a very visual person, and when I look at a discussion thread, I see avatars before I see the posting name. Back in the phpBB days, everyone had an avatar for their profile - but since we migrated to vBulletin a couple of years ago, it seems like adding an avatar to your profile is no longer the cool thing to do. Well, I say we make it cool again!

Here's all you have to do in order to be in the running to win a $50 gift card for upload an avatar to your forum profile, and post a message as a response to this post telling me what you'd use the $50 gift card for. That's it - could you possibly imagine an easier contest? :-) If you don't want to upload a picture of yourself, there are many places to find avatars online (here, here, or here for starters). Keep them tasteful, respectful, and a maximum of 100 pixels by 100 pixels in size, and 19.5 KB or smaller. Non-animated GIFs and JPEGs are supported.

One comment per person, and I'll leave this contest open for a full week, closing it down on Thursday the 29th of July at 12pm GMT -7. Let's see those avatars!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Win a Lenovo A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer: Enter Now!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:30 AM

I'm giving away a Lenovo A70z worth $729 USD, courtesy of Lenovo. It's a great all-in-one desktop computer that I did an unboxing and first impressions video of, and you can win it in a random drawing. You'll be winning a brand new A70z, still in the box, not the one I used in the video. I'll be selecting a random comment posted on this YouTube video telling me why this A70z is better than the computer you currently have, or how you'd use the A70z as a secondary computer. To win, that person has to be subscribed to my YouTube channel and has to have marked the video as a favourite. I forgot to mention that you should also Like the video, so that's not part of the official rules - but doing so would be the nice thing to do. :-)

The contest starts today, and runs until midnight on the 12th (GMT -7) - I'll be randomly selecting the winner on the morning of the 13th. One entry per person, and the winner must be located in the USA or Canada. Don't forget too that this is part of a much bigger giveaway ($15,000+) so be sure to check out all the of the other sites that are giving away their own A70z's. Good luck everyone!

Monday, June 28, 2010

The $15,000 Lenovo Think Centre Giveaway Starts Today

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:10 PM

Just a reminder that today the Lenovo Think Centre A70z giveaway has started, and it runs until July 24th. Today, the site kicking off the contest is The Gadgeteer. Their content is quite simple to enter, so jump over and check it out!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Win a Lenovo A70z All-in-One Desktop PC in the Big $15,000 Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 06:00 AM

You've probably already watched my unboxing and first impressions videos of the Lenovo A70z, an all-in-one desktop computer aimed at the small office/home office market. What's that? You haven't watched them yet? Go ahead and watch them, I'll wait.

OK, now that you've checked out my initial videos on what the A70z has to offer, you might be thinking "Hey, that's a pretty cool computer, I can think of a few interesting uses for it!". Well, lucky you, Digital Home Thoughts is one of 21 different Web sites that are each giving away a brand new A70z! That's 21 different opportunities to win, and over $15,000 worth of sweet Lenovo hardware up for grabs! Each site will have their own type of contest, so you'll want to check out each one on the opening day of the contest and see what you have to do to enter. Below is a list of all of the sites, and the start/end dates of their contest:

Digital Home Thoughts will be kicking off our contest bright and early on Thursday the 8th of July, and wrapping it up at the end of the day on Monday the 12th of July. This contest is open to anyone in the USA or Canada, largely because this PC is only being sold in the USA and Canada. Sorry rest-of-world, I didn't make that rule. Anyone that wins one of the contests is disqualified from winning in any of the others.

So what will the Digital Home Thoughts contest be? I'm not sure - I'm thinking this contest might be a bit different than some of the others I've run in the past...I might ask you to actually do something more than just post a message. ;-) We'll see though!

*The Lenovo above has a wireless mouse and keyboard, but the ones in this contest do not.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The SHURE Headphones Contest Closes Tomorrow

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Events" @ 05:00 PM

This is a quick reminder that our giveaway of three pairs of SHURE SE210 headphones ends on the 15th of this month, so if you haven't already entered, you'd better do so quickly!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

So What's the Weather Like Where You Are Today? Win a Prize!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Events" @ 09:00 AM

That lovely video below is what I was seeing yesterday morning standing in my garage - as I write this it's gotten even worse. Winter has really arrived in full force where I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Blowing snow, roads being shut down, the whole deal. Since Windows Phone Thoughts and Digital Home Thoughts have a world-wide audience, I'm always interested in knowing what it's like where you live. And since I happen to have some now-legacy micro-lights branded with site names that no longer exist (Pocket PC Thoughts, Smartphone Thoughts, and Digital Media Thoughts) I thought there was a way I could clear up some inventory and have some fun at the same time...because who doesn't like cool little flashlights for free?

So here's the deal: I want you to post a picture of what the weather is like where you are right now. Bright sunny day? Cold and wet? Night time? It doesn't matter what it is, I want you to share your environment with the rest of the community - it's always fascinating to me to see the different sorts of things we experience. I have 25 Pocket PC Thoughts micro lights to give away, 15 Smartphone Thoughts micro lights, and 10 Digital Media Thoughts micro lights. That's 50 total prizes, and they'll be given to the first 50 people who post an image of the weather or environment they're in right now. BONUS: If someone posts a video, I'll also include a spare battery for the micro light (while supplies last - I have five extra batteries, so first come first serve). Read more...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Win 1 of 3 Pairs of SHURE SE210 Earphones

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:00 AM

We've got another great contest for you, and this time because it's an accessory that works with so many different products, it's a network-wide contest. The prizes? I'm giving away three pairs of SHURE SE210 Earphones (MSRP $179.99 USD), courtesy of the generous folks at Shure. Our very own David Tucker reviewed this earphones back in September, and he loved them - so I'm sure the three winners will as well. The SE210's feature a noise-isolating sleeves that block 90 percent of the ambient noise, and the more noise you can block out, the more you can enjoy your tunes.

What do you have to do to win? Simply post a message in this discussion thread telling me which type of device (or devices) you'd use the headphones with. A Windows Mobile smartphone? A Zune? An iPod? An iPhone? A netbook or laptop? That's it - one post per person, and the contest closes on Tuesday the 15th of December at 12pm GMT -7. This contest is world-wide; I'll be shipping you the prizes myself.

Remember that all first posts in our system are held in moderation, so if this contest entry is your first post, please wait up to 48 hours before getting concerned if your post hasn't shown up yet - it will. Winners will be contacted via private forum message, so ensure that you have email notifications turned on. Winners will have 72 hours to claim their prize.

Let's see those entries!

UPDATE:The contest is now closed, and the three winners are GqSkrub, webguy248, and deenoo. Thanks to everyone for entering - it was great to see so many entries! And big thanks to SHURE for donating the prizes!

Friday, November 27, 2009's Black Friday Deals

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:47 AM

"You shouldn't have to stand in a long line to get a great deal. We're searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere--including deals other stores are planning--so we can meet or beat their prices and bring them to you even earlier. These limited-supply offers will go quickly but we'll add new ones throughout the day, every day this week, so you can skip the long lines and still save a bundle." has some great deals today (Fuji Finepix camera for $79 anyone?), so if you're going to do some online shopping at Amazon, do me a favour and use our affiliate link. It costs you nothing, but gives back a bit to the sites that you enjoy. Thanks! :-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

NewEgg 7 Days of Windows 7 Giveaways

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:30 PM

"Each day for 7 days, 7 copies of Windows 7 Ultimate will be given out. It gets better! One AMD Phenom II 965 CPU, one EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Video Card, one Acer Aspire One Netbook and one Microsoft Swag Bag will also be given away each day. That's 77 lucky prize winners. Giveaways start October 22, 2009 with the launch of Windows 7!"

Prizes? Contests? What's not to love - there's a lot of action going on related to the launch of Windows 7, and here's just one of the promotions that are going on right now. Best Buy has a great deal for $1199 that gets you an HP desktop PC, HP monitor, HP laptop, and HP netbook, all rocking Windows 7. $1199 for all that? Oh, and a wireless router plus in-home setup. I'd like to it, but Best Buy's Web site makes that impossible.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Skooba Design Launches "Master of the Digital Universe" Contest With $6000 in Prizes

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:38 PM

"Skooba Design has announced a first-ever contest to find and reward the ultimate digital gear-head. The inaugural "Master of the Digital Universe" contest ( invites serious techies to make a case for why they deserve the title. Among other goodies, the grand prize includes something truly unique-the opportunity to work directly with a Skooba designer to create a custom-made, one-of-a-kind laptop/gadget bag, to be handmade by a Skooba craftsperson, only for the winner. As the company says, "as is fitting for the Master, it will be the only bag of its kind in the universe, made to the winner's wants, needs and specifications. Once it is made, there will never be another." The grand prize winner will get other merchandise and gadget gift card prizes as well, and may be featured in Skooba advertising and promotional activities. 2 runners-up will receive prize packages as well, and all entries will be included in a "second-chance" prize drawing. The total value of prizes is more than $6,000."

Think you've got what it takes? Then enter Skooba Design's Master of the Digital Universe contest. It sounds like fun!

Corel Digital Studio 2010 Giveaway Now Over

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 02:30 PM

Our giveaway of 10, count 'em 10 copies of Corel's Digital Studio 2010 is now over, and the ten winners (all randomly selected via are Stinger, timtam, Bob Christensen, cmchavez, firedog, krom, Ploobers, jazboy01, gcurrie, and rombo. All winners have been contacted via private forum message. Thanks to everyone that entered, and thanks to Corel for generously donating the software. I hope all you winners enjoy the software!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Reminder: the Corel Digital Studio 2010 Giveaway Ends Soon

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 03:00 PM

Just a quick reminder that the Corel Digital Studio 2010 giveaway that we're running is ending on October 19th, so be sure to enter before the contest ends!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Corel Digital Studio 2010 Giveaway: Win 1 of 10 Copies

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 09:00 AM

It's time for another giveaway! Corel has donated 10 copies of their brand new Digital Studio 2010 software. This is a suite of digital tools that allows you to edit and organize your photos, edit and share your videos, burn and watch DVDs, and a lot more - including the ability to make photo books and calendars. The software retails for $99 so that's $990 worth of software we're giving away. A big thanks to Corel for their generosity!

Now, on to the contest: Digital Studio 2010 has a bunch of features and, the video below is a partial walk-through of some of them. In order to enter this contest, I want you to post a message telling me what feature in Digital Studio 2010 looks the most useful to you, or tell me how you'd use the software. Have a project you'd like to use it for? Or some video footage you've been meaning to edit? Tell me how you'd use the software, and I'll randomly select 10 posts as winners. That's it!

The contest will run until 12pm GMT -7 on October the 19th - I want to ensure everyone has a chance to enter. Winners will be contacted via private message, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize, so make sure you check your forum inbox on the 19th. Better yet, subscribe to this thread and turn on instant notifications. This contest is open to anyone in the world, so I hope to see a lot of entries!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hard Drive Giveaway #6: I've Got 3350 GB of Storage to Give Away

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:00 AM

OK, here we go with contest #6! If you haven't already read up on why I'm giving these hard drives away, please check out the first contest giveaway.

All you have to do is post a message telling me how you'd use the hard drive. Will you replace the hard drive in a current computer? What size is your current drive? Or add it to a current system as a backup drive? Or will you put the drive in an enclosure? Post one message in the discussion thread (it can be the same text from the first content).

I'll select the winner at random. Once you win one of the contests, you're out of the running for the next contests in this series. Each winner will be contacted via private forum message and they'll have 72 hours to respond to claim their prize - so be sure email notifications are turned on for your forum account. The last contest I ran someone missed out on winning a prize because they didn't reply to my message for two weeks!

The drive I'm giving away in this sixth contest is a Western Digital Caviar 500 GB (SATA). This contest will close on Friday October the 9th 12 noon GMT -7. Enter now!

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