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Win an Optimus Maximus Keyboard by Asking and Answering Questions


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What questions could you ask? Which questions will you answer? The sky is the limit for all of those who participate. The first one to attain 100,000 karma points (legitimately – cheaters are disqualified) will get this Optimus Maximus keyboard.

In order to give our new Lockergnome.net site a proper launch, we’ve decided to do a giveaway. The site is now a question and answer site where you will earn karma points simply by asking questions, voting on the questions others have answered and answering questions you find interesting. If you flag questions with a thumbs up or thumbs down, you’ll also gain more karma.

The more karma you gain, the more you can do on the site. Once you reach a certain level, you’ll be able to delete trash answers and even edit questions when someone forgets their PUGS. You’ll need to be careful when doing those things, though. You don’t want to get too big for your britches and earn a bad rep in the community. Doing so will get you kicked out faster than you can try to spell Optimus Maximus.

As of the writing of this post, there are now over 4000 questions and more than 20,000 answers! That is a lot of participation going on. Don’t miss out on all of the fun. Please remember to ask your questions as specifically as you can. Also, always give the most specific answers possible.

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iPhone TV Show Streaming with MobiTV

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of MobiTV. All opinions are 100% mine.

Is it time to download the free MobiTV iPhone app? Perhaps these reasons are enough:

  • MobiTV provides full-length video entertainment, live or on-demand, without requiring long-term subscription plans. Programming from ESPN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, MTV, Disney, NBC, Nickelodeon, SyFy, and other major networks are available right now.
  • There are several preview channels available in the app right now – and, if nothing else, you should enjoy a couple of the free “Felix the Cat” cartoons through it. Well, at least *I* enjoyed them.
  • Like multitasking? You can browse for content in the app while you’re streaming something else. Moreover, it’s relatively easy to maneuver through the array of menus. If you do get lost, you won’t be for long – unless you’re wanting to watch full episodes of LOST (yes, available right now with your MobiTV subscription).
  • The entire service is only $9.99 a month, which is a fraction of what it would cost you to watch the same popular programming at home with satellite or cable television service. You can save a few bucks by opting for the 3 or 6 month subscription plan.
  • They’re giving away a brand new iPad to one of you reading this post. All you need to do is use Twitter to “tweet” a message containing the URL of this blog post [http://go.tagjag.com/mobitv] as well as the hashtag #MobiTV somewhere in it. The Grand Prize winner will be receiving an Apple iPad, and 5 second place winners will receive $10 iTunes Gift Cards (and, yes, the gift cards are comparable to purchasing a $9.95 one-month “Spring Season Pack” subscription to premium content programming on MobiTV).Be sure to read the official rules. You might also think about following @MobiTV on Twitter, too.

Visit my sponsor: Watch TV on your iPhone with MobiTV

There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for your iPhone – but how many of them can do what MobiTV does? Good luck finding a better deal that’s just as easy to use – and going the illegal route is never advised.

Gifts for Him and Her


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I gave you a chance to ask for what you wanted this holiday season. Hundreds of you responded, but only one of you… actually, TWO of you were given a gift. We’ll do this again next year, assuming our community continues to grow.

The first winner was Kari, who asked for a digital camera for her stepdad. Apparently, her camera was stolen somewhere on her college campus recently. So, her stepdad didn’t think twice, and gave his camera to her so she’d have one. Kari didn’t ask for something for herself. She asked for something for another person, which is why I chose her as a winner. Her video was very touching, and her intentions were very good.

The other winner is long-time community member Ron Knights. Ron asked for financial help to go visit his elderly parents for the holidays. I believe Ron himself lives clear up in Maine, and his parents are in Atlanta, Georgia. Living on a fixed income, it’s difficult for Ron to make the trip on his own. I’m more than happy to help out, so that they can spend some time together. Ron also posted a follow-up thank you video last night. That made his winning even more special for me!

I had a great time going through all of the videos. It was a tough choice, to be sure. Thank you to everyone who entered. I appreciate your support!

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The Gift of Giving


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The season of giving is now upon us. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, you still like to receive gifts, right? You’re in luck… I love to give gifts – and I want to give some to YOU!

This holiday, you have a chance to win a gift from me. This is open to anyone in the world, no matter where you live. Post a video response on YouTube (NOT here on the blog) to this video. Tell me what you want, and why you deserve the gift. It doesn’t matter what holiday you celebrate – or even if you celebrate anything at all. What matters is that you have a need or wish, and that you are willing to leave a video response to tell me what it is. You don’t have to be a professional videographer or come up with the funniest few moments ever recorded. I’m looking for sincerity, people who I feel will truly benefit from whatever it is they ask for.

I don’t care what religion you are (or aren’t!), what your background is, or even what your ethnicity is… you still have a chance to win! I will be choosing a winner live on the stream on Christmas Day – December 25th. Everyone deserves a little happiness and sunshine in their life. It doesn’t matter if YOU celebrate Christmas – I do, and this is how I am choosing to honor the day this year… by giving back to my community.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Would You Like to Win an HP Laptop?

Anne, Karen, and their teams from HP were an awesome addition to the Gnomedex sponsor roster last year. They were on-site with several of their products – and even gave away many things! I was fortunate to receive a TouchSmart from them during this time period, to review and use for myself. Even though I’m a Mac guy at heart, I have to admit I really love using the TouchSmart whenever I need to be on Windows. It runs beautifully, and has never given me any issues at all. It’s a powerhouse of a machine, honestly. I can convert videos while searching on the Internet, having multiple other programs open and even running a Skype conference all at once. There is no “lag”, like you would find on many systems while trying to do all of these things. And, of course, you can’t beat the sheer fun (and yes – functionality!) of using the actual Touch features! It’s not just me who loves this machine. My assistant, Kat, won a TouchSmart after the conference was over. She has used hers ever since as her primary machine, and is quite happy! HP continued with a presence this year at Gnomedex, too!

So why am I waxing poetic about HP and their products? I’m glad you asked! Not only were they awesome to work with during Gnomedex last year, they continue to support our community to this day. They’ve come up with an excellent new contest – just for all of you reading out there! You have a chance to win for yourself a brand-new HP Pavilion dv6t series laptop! Entering is so simple, you won’t even believe it. All you have to do is leave a follow-up comment on this blog post, (including your email address!) talking about HP. You can tell us what HP products you own – or have owned. You can talk about the ones you’d like to own. It doesn’t matter, so long as your comment talks about an HP product or service. Any comments which simply state things like “I want to win the HP laptop” will be disqualified. Put some effort into it! You should pore over the contest rules prior to entering, though. The contest is open now, and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2009. The winner will be notified via email within three days of that date, provided they are proven to have a valid entry (as described above).

Not only is HP giving away a laptop, they also have cooked up an awesome deal for you to take advantage of! Take 30% off of the purchase of a customized HP Pavilion Notebook PC, configured at $1199.00 or greater at the HP Home and Home Office Store. Use coupon code: NBR49875. The offer excludes the HP HDX16t, HP Minis and all Compaq models. The offer is limited to the first 1800 coupons redeemed, and will become void after that. Only 1 redemption per person or address is allowed. The coupon is not valid with other promotions and restrictions apply. For complete conditions, see Coupon Information in the Customer Service section.

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I gotta thank everyone at HP for their continued support, and all of the opportunities they keep bringing to our community. Good luck to everyone who chooses to enter!

How to Enter Community Contests, Giveaways, and Sweepstakes


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If you like contests, giveaways and free stuff… I have the site for you! Everyone loves these things – you know you do! You’re going to want to keep an eye on our new contest site every week!

I’ve been wanting to do more giveaways, and get people more involved. This was the perfect answer! We can do Twitter contests through here. We can even do video contests through here! We launched the first contest here at the beginning of the weekend, so it’s about over now. However, by the time you check the site out there may be a lot more things going on!

My plan is to try and do something at least once a week. I get hardware and software to review a lot – so why not give it away!? Just keep an eye out – keep it bookmarked! You can enter each contest you’re eligible for. Who knows what you might win?!

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How to Send Free SMS Text Messages on the iPhone or iPod


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Hopefully within a few weeks, InfiniteSMS will be available in iTunes. That will allow you to send free SMS messages from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The App isn’t free, but the texts you send from it will be. Once the App has been released, I will be doing a giveaway where you can win this App for yourself! I have 30 codes to give away!

It’s really easy to use. Once you’ve entered your Google credentials, press the “New SMS” button. Then, key in any number you want to send a message to. Type your message – and send it! You will receive SMS replies free, as well! Messages won’t show up on your phone bill!!

You can send messages for free to any number within the US – even if you are traveling outside of the US at the time you send it! Messages are sent and received through Google using the Google Talk service. Your friend must respond. To prevent spam, Google may block you from sending to someone if they don’t respond after a couple of messages.

Now, as I said, I have 30 of these to give away. In order to win, all you need to do is to go to Twitter and send the following:

@chrispirillo I love sending SMS! http://go.tagjag.com/SMS

That’s it. If you want to be one of the winners of this App as soon as it’s available, send that tweet!

jordannott: I love sending SMS! Http://Go.tagjag.com/SMS

about a day ago

skoinm: How to Send Free SMS Text Messages on the iPhone or iPod http://bit.ly/JA4xw (via @chrispirillo)

about a day ago

nickmontes: I love sending SMS!

about a day ago

virustricks: Oh yeah happy valetines

about a day ago

RandDuren: I love sending SMS!

about a day ago

claudius753: that&#39s all well and good, but where the hell is MMS! Biggest iPhone flaw IYAM

about a day ago

CannonGod: While you&#39re discussing SMS I wanted to mention a free Twitter SMS service for Europeans called: http://twe2.com

about a day ago

Christyxcore: RT @chrispirillo: How to Send Free SMS Text Messages on the iPhone or iPod http://bit.ly/JA4xw

about a day ago

sacredgeometry: are you constanly tweeting?

about a day ago

davidjlock: twickie FTW

about a day ago

 
 

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What Do You Think About Giveaways on Twitter?

I’ve taken to initiating (and participating in) giveaways through Twitter. Some people, however, don’t want any of it. They’re either taking Twitter too seriously, or they’re annoyed with the way people are performing giveaways.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with having fun – so long as it’s not overdone with friends and followers. I usually only tweet a giveaway action once, and that seems to be sufficient. Winners don’t seem to mind, either.

It’s so much easier to facilitate this over Twitter compared to my blog in most cases. I’ll actually do my best to tie the two together (especially if I’ve done a review of the giveaway in question).

For example, I totally forgot to mention the giveaway in my video review of Days of Thunder, but I was able to use the corresponding blog post to let people know they had a chance to score a license. We had tons of responses on Twitter, since my readers follow me there. Unfortunately, many of ’em forgot to put the link in their tweet (per my directions) – and others didn’t understand that they needed to replace the [Car] variable with an actual vehicle:

clydereese: my favorite car is a 69 Rally Sport Camero.

about 12 hours ago

tomeppy: My favorite car is a Prius

about 23 hours ago

mr: my favorite car is ramone ( pixar&#39s cars ref)

about 23 hours ago

loumacuser: I agree. Days of Thunder on iPhone is fun.

about a day ago

vegasdodger: My favorite car is a 1974 Ford Capri, bright orange. Bought one once for $400, best damn money ever spent.

about a day ago

Kon21: My favourite car is a Lamborghini Gallardo

about a day ago

JustinLizaso: my favorite car is the batmobile

about a day ago

Ledzeppelin99: My favorite car is Oscar Meyer Weiner car.

about a day ago

BbWindowsHelpbB: – My favorite car is a 1976 Chevy Camaro.

about a day ago

kyleheine: My favorite car is one that runs and is paid for.

about a day ago

GraphicsGeek: my favorite car isn&#39t a car. It&#39s a jeep wrangler. But I&#39d still like a license 🙂

about a day ago

taficke: my favorite car is the 2009 Audi S8

about a day ago

MacManLtd: my favorite car is a BMW Z3,4,5,6,7,8…n (a little math notation, I like the Z series all future models etc)

about a day ago

Garrett67: My favorite car is the Chevrolet Camaro!

about a day ago

Hadramie: My favorite car is Mercedes Benz B200 http://is.gd/iMBA

about a day ago

JMacalinao: My favorite car is the Koenigsegg CCX. I like its style (the supercar look, I guess)

about a day ago

Cboardkid: – My favorite car is a Lamborghini Murcielago.

about a day ago

morontown: My Favorite Car Is a Mustang

about a day ago

MardeeT: my favorite car is a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am!

about a day ago

mwviolet: My favorite car is my 2008 Smart ForTwo Cabrio.

about a day ago

brnboy313: My favorite car is the ferrari F430 Spyder

about a day ago

jasonmbader: – My favorite car is The Corvette.

about a day ago

GeekofTodd: My favorite car is a Mustang

about a day ago

maviolet: my favorite car is smart

about a day ago

benjamingeiger: – My favorite car is the BMW Isetta.

about a day ago

66sweep: RT @chrispirillo: – My favorite car is a 1976 Chevy Vega.

about a day ago

robpickering: My favorite car is Bugatti Veyron, can&#39t beat 254 MPH!

about a day ago

GrooveMachine: My favorite car is the Bugatti Veyron.

about a day ago

iGerard: – My favorite car is [Car].

about a day ago

Guitarking: – My favorite car is Audi R8.

about a day ago

bedaman10: – My favorite car is [Car].

about a day ago

macboy17: what are you talk about

about a day ago

MikeMo94: heres somethin 2 think about…if u werent a person who constantly had their iphone on camera…would u jaiblreak?no1 would no

about a day ago

adrius42: My favorite car is my Prius

about a day ago

Atomicow: – – My favorite car is Mini Cooper

about a day ago

Are Twitter giveaways worth doing?

Wanna Win a Wii?


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Do you want a Wii? How would you like to win a Wii? You may be the winner if I am the winner of the Wii! The contest is open until Feb 6th, and all you have to do is click the mouse a couple of times! Head over to Geeks and get registered for a free account. Once you’re hooked up, click on the main page where you see Our Current Contest – Win a Wii!, which takes you to the rules page.

All you have to do is click the giant boxing glove for a sneak preview of the new “Ready 2 Rumble Revolution” game. After you’ve clicked, leave a comment in that thread, telling me why you want to win a Wii. Or, you can also leave a comment in the corresponding blog post that I wrote up for this contest.

That’s honestly all you have to do. If I am the grand prize winner in this contest – I will win a Wii. And if I win a Wii – one of YOU will get the Wii! I can’t make it any easier to help one of you win!

I launched this contest the morning I made this video, and there were already over 200 comments that people have left, trying to win. Make sure to get your comment in there so that you have a shot as well.

Someone is going to win a Wii… it might as well be you! I already have a Wii, so it will be a wee bit of fun to give this one away if we win!

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The Gift of LEGO, Star Wars and Games

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A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to go on a shopping spree at Sears, using $500.00. I could do anything I wanted to, and decided to buy toys for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have any this Christmas. Now I have the chance to give one of you some toys, as well.

Many of the toys I found at Sears made me remember my own childhood. I know the kids who will receive the toys Ponzi and I bought would otherwise not have gotten them. I can think of no better way to spread joy than to give things away. Ponzi and I were like kids in a candy store, running through the aisles and checking everything out. We were literally giddy! When we dropped them off at the donation site, the people there were just as excited as we were.

Now IZEA is going to allow me to give you a gift bundle worth $500.00! There are three different bundles you can choose from if you win. You can choose:

  • LEGO Wonderland – A variety of LEGO toys and books.
  • Star Wars Smiles – Filled with Star Wars toys and games!
  • Family Game Night – Several different family board games.

You can enter up to three times! Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment stating which bundle you want, and why, in Receiving the Gift of Giving. Understand, it’s only on that post where your comments will count. Commenting here isn’t gonna do you much good, unless you really want to leave a comment here for another reason.
  • Post to your twitter account if you have one, making sure you include – #Sears @chrispirillo http://bit.ly/giftwish – and whichever bundle you desire in your tweet.
  • Make an entry in your own blog if you have one, making sure you link back to this particular post URL and mentioning which bundle you want (and why). I register most trackbacks after I’ve received at least one click from your permalink to mine.

So there you have it… another giveaway! Good luck to everyone!

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