HighTechDad Wants to GIVE You an HP TouchSmart 600 for FREE! Here’s how…

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First of all, I’m jealous. I really like being able to actually play with the technology that I write about. It’s important for me to understand what make things tick and if I like them or not and then write about it. So when I was approached to give away an HP TouchSmart 600 to one of my readers, I started trying to come up with some sort of a crafty way to make myself the winner. But that would be unethical now, wouldn’t it! So, one of you reading this is going to be the lucky recipient of, from what I can tell, is a pretty stellar piece of computer hardware.

ENTRIES ARE CLOSED! Voting is taking place HERE between December 14-17, 2009.

Note: I have received some feedback that people just don’t have the “creative powers” to write a Holiday Song or Poem. (Also, my wife simply told me that it was too hard & too much work!) So, bowing to the pressures that are upon me and to hopefully make this a bit easier, I have slightly loosened up the “creative writing” part of the entry! Read down for more details. You can thank my wife for this (grin)!

HPTouchSmart_HTD_sm
So before I get into the giveaway, I should probably tell you about this slick looking machine. Treat this as a quick “virtual review” since I have not physically laid my hands on it (although I was tempted to head over to my local Best Buy to get some quick hands on so that I could be a bit more educated in my assessment of this device). So anyway, after reading through the literature and watching some of the product demo videos, here is what really grabbed my attention:

  • Touch Screen – this computer is actually really fun. You can be like Tom Cruise in the Minority Report as you move images and items around your screen just using your fingers. Of course, you can also use a mouse and keypad, but there are custom applications provided by HP that are designed to work with the touch screen.
  • Elegant Design – I like Apple’s iMac because it is easy to make it presentable without wires. Well, HP not only does that with the TouchSmart 600, it does it with elegance. The mouse and keyboard are wireless, freeing your workspace from clutter. There is even a built-in ambient light that illuminates your workspace at night.
  • Windows 7 – must say, I really like Windows 7 a lot more than Vista. With this computer, HP and Microsoft worked together to really showcase the power of the touchscreen. For more information, I would take a look at these 5 Microsoft apps which are supposedly quite good on the TouchSmart:
  • Multimedia-enabled – with a 23 inch 1080p HD widescreen, this computer will pretty much replace a TV in your house. Add Blu-Ray and touch-enabled versions of Hulu, Netflix and Rhapsody and your have a full feature entertainment center.
  • Stellar Specs – here are the specs of what I believe is the device that I’m giving away (I don’t have it in hand, the PR firm does, but I have been told that these are the specs):
    • Windows 7  Home Premium
    • 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo Processor P7450 (2.13 Ghz)
    • Memory – 4GB – PC3 DDR3-1333 SODIMM
    • Graphics Card – NVIDIA GeForce GT230M w/ 1GB dedicated graphics
    • Display – Touch enabled 23″ Full HD 1080p LCD
    • Hard drive – 750 GB 720 RPM Serial ATA hard drive
    • DVD – Blu-Ray & SuperMulti DVD Burner
    • Networking – 10/100/1000Base-T, Bluetooth, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
    • More details here

    Some more pictures:

    HPTouchSmart_back HPTouchSmart_side

    This is a view of the touch interface, specifically the Netflix application which is fully touch-enabled.

    HPTouchSmart_netflix

    Now that I have you drooling, here’s what you have to do to try to get an HP TouchSmart 600 via this giveaway!

    About the Giveaway

    Since this is such a “big ticket” item, I’m going to make you all work for this a bit and there will be multiple parts to this giveaway. The first part is the actual entry and the second part is the general public voting for the finalists to choose a winner.

    The Rules

    First some rules (sorry I have to draw the line somewhere):

    • US and Canada Residents Only
    • Must be over 18 to “enter”
    • HP or PR firm will handling shipping to a mailing address (no PO Boxes)
    • You MUST include a way for me to contact you in your entry
    • No multiple entries allowed (I will find out if you are trying to game the system!)
    • During the voting, please don’t try to up the votes dishonestly, I will find out!
    • I reserve the right to add/modify the rules or process mid-giveaway if warranted (e.g., for abuse or clarification or to answer any questions)

    And NO, you DON’T have to follow me on Twitter for this giveaway. I don’t believe in artificially raising my follow count through gimmicks!

    With that aside…on to the fun stuff!

    PART 1 – ENTRY

    Here is how Part 1 (ENTRY) is going to work:

    1. PICTURES: Post some pictures of YOU next to or holding your current (crappy) computer to Flickr or Picasa Web Albums or some type of photosharing service with keywords/hashtags:
      • #HTDHPgiveaway
      • #HPtouchsmart
      • #hightechdad
        AND
      • a link to this post (if possible)
    2. WRITING: Leave a comment on THIS blog post. You must take a popular Holiday Song (e.g., Jingle Bells) or Poem/Story (e.g., Twas the Night Before Christmas) and change it to include at least one HP Touchsmart feature AND the word “HighTechDad” in it.
      -OR-
      **NEW** Write 4-6 sentences on WHY you deserve to win this computer. Give me sob stories, beg, plead, make me laugh!
      AND
      Include a link to your “crappy” computer picture in step 1 above in your comment.
    3. PROMOTION: Promote this webpage (and YOUR comments) on any of the following sources:
      • Twitter – tweet this: “Win a FREE HP TouchSmart 600 from @HighTechDad . Visit his site for details: https://www.hightechdad.com/HTDHP” TWEET THIS NOW by clicking here.
      • Forums
      • StumbleUpon
      • Digg
      • YahooBuzz
      • Facebook
      • Blog Post (link to this post AND HP Touchsmart site)
      • Etc.

    Timeline for Entries – from December 8th, 2009 when this post is live until December 14th, 2009 at noon (Pacific Time). Comments will be closed after that deadline.

    REMEMBER: YOU MUST INCLUDE A WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU: In your comment post, include your email address and/or twitter account or some way that I can notify you if you are the winner.

    The more sources, the better your chances at winning. I have a super secret algorithm that I will use to check up on your efforts (grin). Actually, I’m kidding about that. But, by promoting this page, YOUR entry gets more exposure and that is important because of Part 2 (VOTING).

    PART 2 – VOTING

    Once the Entries are closed, I will choose what I feel are the top 10. I will be looking for creativity, humor, the biggest “sob story”, and/or uniqueness as well as how well you promote the giveaway. I will then post a new article with the 10 entries and YOU will vote for the winner on that page. This is where you need to get your friends, family and coworkers involved. Voting will run until Thursday December 17th at Noon (Pacific Time) and then the entry with the most votes will WIN (after some scrutiny and validation of course)!

    That’s it! Pretty easy right? Well, I hope that you have fun with this. It is a pretty great machine that I’m giving away and, like I said, I wish that I could have kept it. But, I know that it will make someone happy for the holidays.

    HTD says: Put on your creative hat and get working on that entry!

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    45 Responses

    1. Flickr: http://tinyurl.com/yjerz9a

      Sung to “Let It Snow”.

      High Tech Dad's blog is very nice.
      And he always has such good advice.

      But since my laptop is slow,
      Core2 Duo, Core2 Duo, Core2 Duo!!

      He has on his site a give away.
      HP Touchsmart with an awesome display.

      As exciting as a HO HO HO!!
      Core2 Duo, Core2 Duo, Core2 Duo!!

      Put on Twitter, Facebook, and Friend Feed.

      Crossing my fingers…..

      http://twitter.com/paulpuri

    2. Excellent contest and definitely worth all the work for!

      I tweeted about it here:
      http://twitter.com/Happybunny87/status/6479180132

      My picture with the tags and contest link is here:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/41705

      And here is my christmas song that is sung with “Santa Baby”

      Buh-bum.. buh-bum…
      Santa baby just slip a hp touchsmart under the tree, for me
      Been an awful good girl
      Santa baby so hurry down the chimney tonight

      Santa baby, it has HD capability, and its black too
      I'll wait up for you dear
      Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

      Think of all the fun I've missed,
      Think of all the slowness that my current computer brings
      Next year I could be just as good
      If you get high tech dad to give it to me

      Santa baby, I want to pinch, zoom and pan and really that's not a lot
      Been an angel all year
      Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

      Santa honey, one little thing I really need, a better computer indeed
      To make my Christmas bright,
      Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight

      Hurry down the chimney tonight
      Hurry, tonight.

      StumbleUpon with user name happybunny87

    3. Because my current computer sucks I should win this contest by HighTechDad.

      Here is my version of a christmas song sung to the tune of “All I want for christmas is you”

      I don't want a lot for christmas
      There's just one thing I need
      I don't care about the presents
      Underneath the Christmas tree
      I just want you for my own
      More than you could ever know
      HighTechDad make my wish come true
      All I want for Christmas is
      An HP Touchsmart

      I won't ask for much this Christmas
      I don't even wish for snow
      I'm just gonna keep on waiting for that HP touchsmart
      Underneath the Mistletoe
      I won't make a list and send it
      To the north pole to St. Nick
      I won't even stay awake to
      Hear those magic reindeer click
      Cuz i want my HP here tonight
      Holding onto it so tight

      What more can I do?
      Baby all I want for Christmas is you
      Ooh baby
      All it's Apps are shining
      So brightly everywhere
      And the sound of children's
      Voices sound so crisp and clear
      Through it's stereo speakers
      And everyone in singing
      I see that through HD gleaming
      I hear those sleigh bells ringing
      Hightechdad won't you bring me that computer
      I really need
      won't you please bring my baby to me?

      Here is the picture of my old computer:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/41698

      My twitter status about the contest:
      http://twitter.com/bato1989/status/6480164646

    4. A photo of my sad, sad family with our old, old Dell Workstation 330 running Windows 2000 on a puny 512MB RAM and a hand crank to power it up can be found on Flickr here:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnjt/4170825654/

      In between unplugging and replugging the controller cables on the my system motherboard to get it to recognize the drives and allow my children to play minesweeper and snake I wrote the following song:

      (Sung to the tune of Santa baby)
      HP baby, slip a 23″ touch screen under the tree,
      For me.
      been an awful good geek,
      HP Baby, so hurry down my router tonight.

      HP baby, 2 DIMMS with 4 Gigabytes,
      DDR3.
      I'll wait for you and HighTechDad
      HP Baby, so hurry down my router tonight.

      Think of all the fun I've missed,
      Video games on HDMI for my kids,
      Next year I could be just as good,
      If I had High Def Audio,

      HP baby, I wanna HD
      Blu-Ray really's not a lot
      Been a frugal gearhead all year,
      HP Baby, so hurry down my router tonight.

      Santa honey, there's one thing I really do need,
      64-bit
      Intel Core 2 Duo Processor,
      HP Baby, so hurry down my router tonight.

      HP cutie, fill my stocking with a wall mount
      and sound
      High performance 2.0 speakers
      HP cutie, and hurry down the router tonight.

      Santa baby, forgot to mention one little thing,
      Hard drive,
      750 Gigabytes
      Santa baby, so hurry down the router tonight,
      Hurry down the router tonight,
      Hurry, tonight.

    5. Need a computer with flatter screen than this one:

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/41195

      and

      Oh the weather outside is frightful,
      But the HP TouchSmart is so delightful,
      And since we've no place to go,
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

      It doesn't show signs of Pauseping,
      And I've bought some corn for popping,
      The lights are turned way down low,
      Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

      When we finally kiss goodnight,
      How I'll hate going out in the storm!
      But if you'll really won me that HP TouchSmaer,
      HighTechDad All the way home I'll be warm.

      @agbiotec

    6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/?saved=1
      tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/6500978456

      All I Want For Christmas is a New HP!
      (sung to All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth)

      High Tech Dad take pity on me,
      My laptop is ancient as you can see.
      I don't know who is to blame for this catastrophe.
      But my one wish for Christmas Eve, is as plain as it can be.

      All I want for Christmas
      is a new HP,
      a new HP,
      a new HP.

      Gee, If I could only
      have a new HP
      then I could “tweet”
      Merry Christmas!

      It seems so long since I could surf the web
      Touchsmart– Intel–64 bit.
      Gosh, Oh gee, how happy I'd be
      If I could only WIN IT!

      All I want for Christmas
      is a new HP
      a new HP
      a new HP!

    7. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way
      oh what fun
      It is to burn
      Blu Ray Discs all day

      Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way
      oh HighTechDad
      please won't you
      give me the 23″ Full HD Display.

      @Mike_Shea
      [email protected]

    8. Thanks Mike. Don't forget to include a link to the photo of you and your old (crappy) computer!

    9. I should have probably also mentioned that while my PC is more than 8 years old, the coal powered monitor and speakers are around 12 years old.

      Please help bring my children into the 21st century and allow me to cease having to attach a ground strap to them each time they play Zork I while wearing their hand-me-down* flannel pajamas.

      Plus, since they touch the screen on our current PC all the time anyway, a new touch screen will give me one less issue to be grossed out about. Especially on pudding night. Well, actually still on pudding night, but not the rest of the time. So much.

      *By “hand-me-down” I mean my wife and I are taller than them and “hand them down” each evening before bed.

    10. Okay, so since my song isn't that creative, here are some reasons why I should win the HP touchsmart!!
      Im a student, and speed is something that my current (OLD) computer cant give me, no matter how many times I plead, scream , restart or check internet connections (im not violent, but you get the point). My current computer is also very outdated, (windows xp) and NOT very portable. The screen is just as heavy as any tv, and it's more like an eyesore than something sleek that adds “pizazz” to a room…moreover, I already have an ipod TOUCH so the transition to an HP touchsmart won't be as hard :) help me win!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/41698

    11. Winning this computer would not only make this the best christmas yet but it would also help me year round! The current computer that I have is so chunky that as you see on my picture it takes away all the space that I have on my desk, I usually end up doing homework on my bed or somewhere else because I have no space. Now sharing is great and all but when both my brother and I have stuff to do it really gets annoying having to put a schedule so we can both get our things done. It would be awesome to be able to use a new operating system that apparently doesn't have as many flaws as the ones before it and I would love to have some space to save all of my songs on my new computer rather than to download them, put them on my ipod (which has more storage capability than my current computer) and then delete them so that I can keep having some space. So won't you be kind and reward me this awesome PC? thanks!

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/41705

    12. My 4+ year old Dell Inspiron 6000 has lost her will to live. I had a good run my Dell, but it's so slow and it takes me 10 minutes to do something that would normally take 30 seconds. I'm not joking! :) I really need a new computer because I started a blog about nutrition and gained over 300 followers without even trying! I haven't been able to post anything the past few months because my computer decides to shut off on its own at the wrong time and is too slow to use with Blogger. Winning a shiny new HP TouchSmart 600 would be a dream come true. I've been struggling with IBD and haven't been able to work the past couple years. The blog put my nutrition degree to good use and gave me a chance to help people learn about leading a healthy life. :)

      I think I wrote too much :)

      Thanks for the chance!
      http://www.nutritiousfeast.com

    13. I would have been happy to include a pic with my entry but all but one of the USB ports are busted, and the one that isnt has my keyboard hooked to it. So, if I unhook that I cant type- pretty sucky huh? This is a 2003 homebuilt- it does have XP, but hey, what a luxury!
      (please insert pic of crappy computer here) <— see, aint I pretty, and the computer junky?yeh!

      Oh this pc of mine is frightful,
      But the HP is so delightful,
      I really wanna let this one go,
      Lemme throw! Lemme Throw! Lemme throw!

      I hear HighTechDad,has a touchsmart
      I should be picked if he has any heart,
      Put it in a box with a big fat bow
      Lemme throw! Lemme Throw! Lemme throw!

      When I finally kiss this thing goodbye
      I will throw it out fast into the storm!
      You wont see me shed a tear or cry
      Holding my HP close I will keep it warm .

      The PC is slowly dying,
      So I will bid you a small good-bying,
      But if you really really love me so
      Lemme throw! Lemme Throw! Lemme throw!

      PS- this %*^&*)*(&_&)(6$%#@# computer LOCKED 4x while writing this one small thing- ARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGG
      [email protected] on Twitter @tannawings
      http://twitter.com/tannawings/status/6555761942

    14. Well poo, right after my piece of junked locked up a gazillion times, I wirte an Xmas diddly, the rules change! This junky thing cant even keep 2 windows open anymore. So pick tannawings!

    15. Here's my Picasa Album. There are 3 pictures (you said “some pictures”) and they all have captions vital to the story. :)
      http://picasaweb.google.com/jaimiemildred/HPTou

      And here's my song, sung to the tune of “White Christmas”:

      I'm dreaming of an HP TouchSmart,
      Just like the ones I've seen online,
      With 23″ touch display;
      It burns dvd & blue-ray.
      I hope High Tech Dad will make one mine.

      I'm dreaming of an HP Touchsmart,
      with every blog comment I write.
      Oh, my days will be merry and bright,
      If I win I will be filled with delight.

      Thanks for this giveaway and the fun I had entering! Please pick me!!!

    16. In response to your note and making the contest easier–For a prize as awesome as this, is seems only natural that you have to work for it! Guess it all depends on how bad you want it! Hmm… oh well. But just so you know… I liked the entry method. :) Oh, and I like less entries! Haha.

    17. WATCH THE VIDEO!
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hru7cPYQPP8

      ***********
      Tweeted at http://www.twitter.com/bryansimon
      Photos at http://picasaweb.google.com/bryansimon
      Song Promoted and Performed at http://www.youtube.com/brysi

      ***********
      Lyrics – to the tune of “Jingle Bells”
      ***********
      Please view video for maximum effectiveness.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hru7cPYQPP8
      ************

      High Tech Dad, High Tech Dad
      Make my Christmas GREAT
      The computer I'm using now
      Is from 1998
      It's very slow, faint yellow
      And hangs up all the time
      My Internet's from Comcast
      But it still feels like phone line

      My daughter loves to color
      With Microsoft Paint
      This computer works OK
      But man that TouchSmart would work great
      I love to record music
      With my trust ol' guitar
      My 1/4 gig of memory
      Doesn't take me very far

      My wife would love it too
      She loves to watch her shows
      She'd definitely take advantage
      Of the tuner and remote
      So clearly you can see
      All our activities
      Would be so much easier
      With the TouchSmart from HP

      High Tech Dad, High Tech Dad
      Make my dreams come true
      As you can see, that new HP
      Will go to much good use
      High Tech Dad, it's pretty rad
      You're holding this contest
      Big thanks to you and HP too
      You guys are the best!

      Thanks!
      Bryan Simon
      http://www.youtube.com/brysi

    18. I'm a technology coordinator at a smaller k-12 school district (around 2200 kids). Back when I was just a math teacher and before I had any kids I used to build and upgrade my computer(s) all the time. Since I've taken this job and we've had 2 kids I haven't touched my computer. I love my job, its perfect for me, but when I get home I don't feel like working on my personal computer when that's all I've done all day, plus I have at least 3 people a week wanting me to come to their house and work on their personal computer! Even if I did want to get my self a new computer I don't have the time or the money to do anything right now with the kids being such a big factor in our lives. Just this last week I spent over 5 hours after work in the pediatrician's and the dentist's office with my kids. Please please please give me a chance at getting this HTD! Thank you for the opportunity.

      flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/morrisonclan/41788

      Twitter: http://twitter.com/jarodmorrison

      Song (sang to jingle bells tune)
      I'm a dad and I'm busy, so my computer sucks
      I would like to build a new one, but I just don't have the bucks

      my old computer sucks, it's ugly and its slow
      I'd like to buy a new but my budget's just to low

      HighTechDad, he's real cool, he gives nice stuff away
      I hope he'll give me an HP touchsmart, that would make my day!

      I'm a dad and I'm busy, so my computer sucks
      I would like to build a new one, but I just don't have the bucks

      Just writting this here post, is using all my ram
      My CPU's at 100 percent and my inbox's clogged with spam!

      HighTechDad help me out, give me a chance to win
      I'll promote your blog so much your web server might give in!

      I'm a dad and I'm busy, so my computer sucks
      I would like to build a new one, but I just don't have the bucks

      contact information:
      twitter: Jarodmorrison
      e-mail: jhmorri at gmail dot com

    19. You need to pick me to win this awesome HP Touchsmart 600 simply out of concern for my safety. Here are three reasons why. The first is because I spend a lot of time on my computer studying and doing research & my current Sony Laptop is currently burning the crap out of my leg due to its cooling fan. The fan might be cooling off the computer but it continuing causing me to go into hot sweats and I am worried that it may blow at any given moment.

      The second really has to do with my own safety. My computer is so maxed out on disk space that I am very limited on what I can have open at any given time. Since I do a lot of work on my computer, every time the window pops up to remind me yet again, that I have no disk space remaining, my blood pressure goes up and I can feel my arteries constricting. This can't be good.

      Finally, some brilliant person decided to put an on/off switch on the front of this laptop for wireless service. The problem is that it is constantly getting tripped and thus boots me off of the internet. The safety concern here is for my husband since he is the one who kindly bought me this piece of crap and every time I get booted off the internet, there is a small voice in my head telling me to chuck this laptop at him.

      I have more reasons but I currently need to get off this thing because my legs are being burned and little voices in my head are telling me to throw this thing out the window…

      I would send a picture but I don’t have enough disc space to upload any photos.

    20. Step 1 – The pictures:
      Us with our old computer
      Windows98? Ack
      Please pick us!

      Step 2 – The writing:
      (Sang to “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer)
      Our laptop got blown up while testing new gear
      When daddy did a beta test one day
      He plugged it in and hit the power button
      and now us kids have nothing left to play

      This is a very common story
      Of not remembering to backup
      Because on that fateful morning
      Our entire motherboard had done burned up

      We'd been logging on to Webkins
      and a bit of Farmville too
      But our nightmare was just beginning
      When daddy said “I know what we can do”

      “I’ve got this old computer
      But it doesn’t run real great
      It’s a first generation Pentium
      And it came pre-loaded with Windows 98!”

      All our Farmville crops are wilting
      And the Webkins are starting to fuss
      When you add up both our ages
      This laptop is three years older than both of us

      So HighTechDad we appeal to your good senses
      ‘Cause we all love Windows 7
      If we happen to win this TouchSmart
      It’d be just like we had died and gone to Heaven

      Step 3 – The promotion:
      How about a Whrrl story?
      (Which I was able to easily share on Twitter.)

      Thanks, HighTechDad and HP for the opportunity to win this great computer!

    21. What Computer is This? (Sung to the lyrics of What Child is this)

      WHAT COMPUTER IS THIS
      WHO LAID TO REST
      THAT I NOW FIND HERE IN BLACK SCREEN SLEEPING?
      DO ANGELS KEEP THE DREAMS WE SEEK
      WHILE OUR COMPUTERS LIE BLEEDING?

      COULD THIS BE MY SWEET PC
      WHOSE EVERY KEYSTROKE THE ANGELS BRING?
      COULD THIS BE THE FACE OF VISTA, THIS COMPUTER, THIS PC ONCE POWERFUL?

      WHAT COMPUTER IS THIS
      WHO HAS ME SO STRESSED IT CHANGES ALL TOMORROWS?
      REPLACING MULTI TASKING WITH SCREAMS OF FRUSTRATION
      MY HEART NOW DARK AND HOLLOW

      I am unable to include a photo with my entry, because it literally sparked, then there was smoke! At the moment I wasn't thinking 'gee I should a photo of this' I was thinking more along the lines of 'get this (insert various 'colorful' words here) out of here!'

      I will admit I am brutal on my PC's I expect a lot from them. (but then again I expect a lot of myself, so my computer better be able to keep up!)

      This TouchSmart sounds like it's just advanced enough, that I may have to struggle to keep up with it! Wouldn't that be a nice surprise! :-)

      Already sent out some Twitter Love about this awesome giveaway: http://twitter.com/Tracy_Iglesias/status/665348

      Wishing everyone at High Tech Dad a Happy Holiday Season!

    22. What fun! I rarely take time to do anything like this. And though I'm tempted to spill a fantastic sob story … it's the holidays, and there's plenty to be sad about without adding to it with my challenges! So, thank you for making this fun. I'm a work-a-holic who got to play this weekend … a rare treat. I'd love to win and do great things with this! But even if I don't, I have a priceless photo and song to enjoy forever. In addition to mainly Twitter and Facebook, here are the other links and lyrics! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

      Picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/lHsb79yix-
      Blog: http://imagirlscout.blogspot.com
      SoundCloud (listen* and/or download): http://soundcloud.com/indigobleue/youre-a-lean-

      YOU'RE A LEAN ONE, OLD PC
      (as inspired by Dr. Seuss)

      You're a lean one, Old PC.
      You've lost all your appeal.
      Your motherboard's a cactus,
      Your OS is an eel.
      Old PC.

      You're a bad banana
      With a greasy gigibyte peel.

      You're a monster, Old PC.
      Your hard drive's an empty hole.
      Your brain is full of spiders,
      You've got viruses in your soul.
      Old PC.

      I wouldn't touch you, with a
      thirty-nine-and-a-half foot widget pole.

      You're a vile one, Old PC.
      You have termites in your drive.
      You have all the computing sweetness
      Of a seasick crocodile.
      Old PC.

      Given the choice between the TouchSmart and you
      I'd take the screen touch and WiFi.

      You're a foul one, Old PC.
      You're a nasty, XP skunk.
      Your hub is full of unwashed socks
      Recycle bin's full of gunk.
      Old PC.

      The three words that best describe you,
      are, and I quote: “Stink. Stank. Stunk.”

      And your router, Old PC.
      Can't connect your sinful dots.
      Your network's a dead tomato splot
      With moldy purple spots,
      Old PC.

      Your C-drive is an apalling dump heap overflowing
      with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable,
      Mangled up in MFT knots.

      You nauseate me, Old PC.
      With a nauseaus ASCII-naus.
      You're a crooked jerky jockey
      And you drive a crooked horse.
      Old PC.

      It's time for a three decker HD and Blu-Ray sandwich
      From High Tech Dad!

      *These lyrics were modified once I re-read the instructions (the recording is a little different).

    23. I love this computer so much !! I guess the main reason I want one is because the one I have now is about to crash, and with 4 kids that kind of thing could be awful. We need it for homework. I would also miss using a computer as much as them. Right now we don't have the money for a new one. We basically do everything on our computer. How would we even hear music anymore. We would feel really out of touch without one.
      We've had to live without a lot of life's luxuries for myself, my husband, and our four kids. Our Xmas would be great if we won this !! I would of included a picture but I don't have a camera. I wish you could see our computer .I have to try anyway !! Thanks for the chance !
      I'm on twitter Julianna2221 I tweeted a few times !

    24. My YouTube video. Forgive us for this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxL9aGlj6bE .

      Our computer is broken and is very crappy. I have posted a picture here:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4184045512/
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4184027868/

      Here is my version of Grandma Got Ran Over By a Raindeer with HP TouchSmart 600;-)

      Tonight I got burnt by my laptop
      sending out greetings for Christmas Eve.
      You can say a computers a computer,
      but as for me, I wish I had brand new HP.

      My laptops really old and I had been on it pretty long,
      My husband warned me the memory was low.
      and the laptop was working really slow.

      When my laptop short-circuit ,
      At the scene , my leg was red
      The computer was still smoking ,
      And incriminating’ burns to prove my laptops wack.

      Tonight I got burnt by my laptop
      sending out greetings for Christmas Eve.
      You can say a computers a computer,
      but as for me, I wish I had brand new HP.

      Now we have to borrow a laptop,
      my husband has not been taking this so well.
      See him in there trying to fix my burnt up laptop,
      I meanwhile am tending my to my burns with medicated gel.

      It’s not Christmas without my laptop.
      All the family’s is expecting greetings.
      And we just can’t help but wonder:
      If they think we forgot them and are totally wack!

      Tonight I got burnt by my laptop
      sending out greetings for Christmas Eve.
      You can say a computers a computer,
      but as for me, I wish I had brand new HP.

      Now high-tech dad is offering a lucky reader there very own HP.
      And I have to convince everyone to vote for me.
      I love the HP Touch Smart touch screen capacity.
      Pretty please vote for me.

      I’ve warned all my friends and neighbors.
      “If I am chosen as a finalist
      Voting for me could be my gift,
      I hope everyone can see I need this computer more.

      Tonight I got burnt by my laptop
      sending out greetings for Christmas Eve.
      You can say a computers a computer,
      but as for me, I wish I had brand new HP.

      Oh
      But as for me, I wish I had brand new HP.

      We need a computer. Ours is broken. I have work I could use this computer for, plus being a Marine when I deploy I could use it to communicate home to my husband and kids. When saying this I mean they will have it while I use computers where I am at to communicate with them. Plus my husband had to stop his online classes when our computer broke. We could use this computer to send photos of our kids to family back home. Please take pitty and vote for us. We need a computer;-(

      Tweeted this giveaway here http://twitter.com/gijeanie/status/6652701130

      Put this giveaway on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#/posted.php?id=1428512613&share_id=385269010240&comments=1#s385269010240

      I posted this giveaway on Myspace here http://friends.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=profile.friendmoods&friendID=161732523

      Added you to these forums
      http://www.mombloggersclub.com/forum/topics/high-tech-dad-is-giving-away

      I blogged this giveaway here
      http://mommyblessingsinsmallbundles.blogspot.com/2009/11/hp-touchsmart-600-giveaway.html

    25. Here's my photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com/jenrik06/MyCrashing

      I've shared it on my blog, twitter, facebook, stumbled your site, dugg it, added it to delicious, technorati and yahoo bookmarks.

      I NEED this computer…DESPERATELY. Here's my story.
      My husband's been home with a severe back injury since last Christmas, as in December 25th 2008. EVERY DAY for the past YEAR, he's been home; not able to do much besides read, play video games, watch TV and get on the computer. This SUCKS for me since I can't get him off the laptop when he gets on it. I gotta blog to run, tweets to twitter, friends to facebook, giveaways to enter, and online shopping to do. I can't wait for him to get done with his marathon game of Farmville. Not to mention the computer's missing keys (courtesy of my 3 year old who thought there were pretty!) and now it wants to crash all the time! Just lovely! ;)

      So can't you see, I REALLY need the HP Touchsmart 600!!!

    26. Deck the hall with 23″ Full HD LCD
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      'Tis the season to have a HP TouchSmart,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Filled w/ 4GB SDRAM, but back up ur hard drive,
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Trash your junky ancient pc,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.

      See the 1080 HD before us,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Click the mouse and go to High Tech Dad's blog.
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Follow him on twitter and be enlightened,
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Where technology and fatherhood collide,
      Fa la la la la, la la la la.

      Fast away the old computer hassles,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Hail the new, Windows 7 platform,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Laughing, chatting it's all the buzz
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Heedless of the speed and graphics memory,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.

    27. Thanks for your entry. Please don't forget to include a link to your computer photos. Also, be sure that the email you have entered is valid (as I received a bounce back when trying to notify you about the picture).

    28. Should be working now, I got the response email from Disqus twice. Let me know, Diane
      Posting on facebook too :)

    29. Here's my photo album: http://picasaweb.google.com/jenrik06/MyCrashing

      I've shared it on my blog, twitter, facebook, stumbled your site, dugg it, added it to delicious, technorati and yahoo bookmarks.

      I NEED this computer…DESPERATELY. Here's my story.
      My husband's been home with a severe back injury since last Christmas, as in December 25th 2008. EVERY DAY for the past YEAR, he's been home; not able to do much besides read, play video games, watch TV and get on the computer. This SUCKS for me since I can't get him off the laptop when he gets on it. I gotta blog to run, tweets to twitter, friends to facebook, giveaways to enter, and online shopping to do. I can't wait for him to get done with his marathon game of Farmville. Not to mention the computer's missing keys (courtesy of my 3 year old who thought there were pretty!) and now it wants to crash all the time! Just lovely! ;)

      So can't you see, I REALLY need the HP Touchsmart 600!!!

    30. Deck the hall with 23″ Full HD LCD
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      'Tis the season to have a HP TouchSmart,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Filled w/ 4GB SDRAM, but back up ur hard drive,
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Trash your junky ancient pc,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.

      See the 1080 HD before us,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Click the mouse and go to High Tech Dad's blog.
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Follow him on twitter and be enlightened,
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Where technology and fatherhood collide,
      Fa la la la la, la la la la.

      Fast away the old computer hassles,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Hail the new, Windows 7 platform,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.
      Laughing, chatting it's all the buzz
      Fa la la la, fa la la la.
      Heedless of the speed and graphics memory,
      Fa la la la la, fa la la la.

    31. Thanks for your entry. Please don't forget to include a link to your computer photos. Also, be sure that the email you have entered is valid (as I received a bounce back when trying to notify you about the picture).

    32. Should be working now, I got the response email from Disqus twice. Let me know, Diane
      Posting on facebook too :)

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