And the HP Magic Giveaway winner is…

hpn80175_blog_300x250_v4_21What a thrilling competition the HP Magic Giveaway has been and we’ve seen over 520 entries for a chance to win this fabulous prize package:

  • HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
  • HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
  • HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
  • HP Mini 1000 (with XP)
  • HP MediaSmart Connect
  • HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
  • HP 564 Photo Value Pak
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
  • Microsoft Windows Live
  • Corel VideoStudio X
  • Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-Ray)

We made it easy to enter with the only requirement being that each contestant would share their best mobile tech tip that provides them magic.  The resultant entries are absolutely chock full of great mobile tech tips and will be saved for the ages to provide good help for all.

There were so many entries that it took us a long time to go through them all, and that we did.  Without further ado the winner of the jkOnTheRun HP Magic Giveaway contest is:

cr0ft (that is c, r, zero, f, t)

cr0ft has 24 hours to send Kevin or I an email (just click our cartoon head on the right) with his/her full name and shipping information for all the loot.  If we do not hear from cr0ft in that time we will announce the runner-up to get all the gear so if you know cr0ft ping them and tell them to get in touch with us.  Congratulations to cr0ft for sharing good advice for everyone!  Here is the winning entry:

Bookmark syncing.

I do that by using the Opera browser (in fact, “use Opera” is a tip itself, but I digress…)

There are (inferior… ;) ) options for Firefox too, like Foxmarks. Bookmarks are invaluable and well sorted ones really allow you to find sites you need both on the go and when stationary, and having them synched and up to date wherever you go is one less worry.

My work laptop, workstation and my home desktop are constantly in sync this way, and with Opera you can even sync the highly useful built-in Opera Notes – and the data goes to the MyOpera servers, where Opera has (to say the least) a vested interest in keeping it safe. It had quite an impact on my browsing habits. Foxmarks and whatever other variants are out there for Firefox probably do a decent job too.

In the unlikely event I win, I definitely intend to share this package around. I have a good friend fighting cancer and facing nasty chemo who will need in-bed entertainment and a way to keep in touch with others via Skype etc to keep her fighting spirit up, so the DV4 laptop would go there. The touchsmart would go to her family/kid for schoolwork and fun along with the printer and all the software. I’d hang on to the HDX and mini laptop myself as I currently just have a desktop at home and a WinMob phone – I could use some laptops to fill the gap.

Good luck to all entrants, Merry Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) and hope you all have a great new year!

Great advice and cr0ft is going to share the wealth too in this time of giving.  Congratulations to cr0ft and thanks to all of those who entered.  We wish everyone could be a winner but thanks for playing anyway.

Tomorrow is last day for our HP Magic Giveaway contest!


The week of the contest has flown by and we want to point out that the last day to enter is tomorrow.  That’s only two days left to have a shot at over $6,000 of holiday tech goodness put up by our friends at HP and Microsoft.  Visit the official contest post for the rules, complete list of the prize bundle and more importantly to get your entry in.  You’ll be joining over 370 of your closest friends who already have entered and have a shot at this great gear.  Good luck!

You’d better enter our HP Magic Giveaway contest


Just a quick reminder that if you haven’t entered already you’d better jump in and do so soon.  The contest ends in just a few more days and that $6,000 prize package is definitely going to someone and it might as well be you.  Find the complete rules here and get your entry in right now!  Almost 300 of your friends have already entered so why are you sitting there?

235 Magical Tech Tips and Counting…


Just a quick reminder if you haven’t seen our HP Magic Giveway contest post lately. The prize package is massive and includes a number of devices making the overall package worth over $6,000. Even if you have no intentions of entering, I highly recommend looking at the post. Why? Because we tried to create the contest in a way that would provide value to everyone, not just the winner.

Each entry is a comment to the main post and there are over 235 comments / entries as I write this. And each of those entries is the submitters best tech tip that has worked “magic” for them. There’s a ton of great, useful tips in the comment thread and with a few more days to run the contest, I expect we’ll see plenty more. Have fun and good luck with your submission; we hope you find some benefit in the many outstanding tips and tricks!

Don’t forget to enter the HP Magic Giveaway

Only 6 more days to go in our HP Magic Giveaway contest so you’d better not forget and get your entry in!  Just share your best mobile tech tip to be eligible to win over $6,000 of prizes supplied by HP and Microsoft.  Full details in the main contest post and you can (only) enter there.  Good luck!


HP Magic Giveaway kickoff on jkOnTheRun! Enter here.

Hpn80175_blog_300x250_v4_2Finally it’s time to kick off our HP Magic Giveaway where one lucky winner will snag a huge prize bundle full of magic.  It’s a great time of year to be giving such a great bunch of stuff away and we’re making it really easy to enter our contest.  A big shout out to HP and Microsoft for putting this contest together and supplying all the great prizes!

Here’s what’s being given away, all to one super duper lucky duck:

  • HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
  • HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
  • HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
  • HP Mini 1000 (with XP)
  • HP MediaSmart Connect
  • HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
  • HP 564 Photo Value Pak
  • Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
  • Microsoft Windows Live
  • Corel VideoStudio X
  • Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-Ray)


That’s FOUR new computer systems accompanied by all that other good stuff.  The TouchSmart is a 25-inch all-in-one PC that is totally awesome, the HDX18 is an 18-inch laptop, the dv4 is yet another cool laptop and the Mini 1000 is the newest netbook from HP.  You could win all of this stuff in time for the holidays if you follow the simple rules and enter our contest.

All you have to do to enter the contest is to post a comment on this thread that shares your best mobile tech tip that has provided you the most “magic”.  That’s it, certainly not too much work to win all this cool stuff.  Your tip can be anything that makes your mobile tech work well for you and that you think worth sharing.  Explain your tip with enough detail that anyone can figure out how to start using your idea with no help.  Since this is a giving time of year and HP is sharing all this cool gear with the winner we think it would be super if the winner would share some of that stuff with those who need it.  There are four computers after all, and while it’s not a requirement it would be special to see it shared with others.  If you will share some of this prize package then tell us who you will share it with and why.  That’s all you need to do to have a shot at over $6,000 of great gear.

Here are the official rules for the jkOnTheRun HP Magic Giveaway contest:

  1. Entries must be left in a comment on this post, nowhere else.
  2. Only one entry per person.
  3. Contest is open to all entrants world-wide.
  4. Entry to consist of your best tech tip to share explained in detail.  Plans to share part of the prizes should also be left in the same comment.
  5. Contest will accept entries from December 16 – December 22.
  6. Kevin and I will choose the ten best entries and choose the winner randomly from them to be announced December 23.
  7. Winner will have 24 hours to provide us with shipping information via email upon our announcement, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen.
  8. Our decisions are final.
  9. Our friends and families are not eligible nor are any employees of the GigaOM network.

That’s it, now isn’t that simple?  Get thinking about your best mobile tech tip and leave the advice in your comment.  Only seven days until someone is going to have the best holiday season ever!  Good luck!

Our HP Magic Giveaway contest starts tomorrow


We’ve been patiently not so patiently waiting to get our own HP Magic Giveaway contest going where one lucky individual is going to snag over $6,000 worth of prizes.  There are 50 sites running their own contest as we’ve warned you so I hope you are all entering all 50 of the contests.  Here’s a list of the contests running live right now:

Student Bloggers 09-Dec 15-Dec
Slashdot Review 10-Dec 16-Dec
Stop, Drop & Blog 11-Dec 17-Dec
Living – In Theory
OSNN 12-Dec 18-Dec
Digital Home Thoughts
Study Hacks – Demystifying College Success 13-Dec 19-Dec
Digital Inspiration 14-Dec 20-Dec
The Digital Lifestyle
CíberPrensa 15-Dec 21-Dec
Unión de Bloggers Hispanos
Last 100 16-Dec 22-Dec

HP Magic Giveaway continues


Given busy schedules as the end-of-year holidays approach, it’s easy to overlook a contest that kicks off anew each day. Here are the sites that are currently active in the HP Magic Giveaway, which is offering mega-large prizes to over 50 winners:

Quite an eclectic list, although I couldn’t help but note that three of the sites have the word “geek” in the name; a compliment in my book. Many of the sites are reviewing the prizes in the contest package, so you might want to hit them up for more information on the latest HP desktops, notebooks and netbooks. Although our contest hasn’t kicked off yet, we decided early on that folks might appreciate a “factory sealed, new in box” prize, so we’re not reviewing the products. It’s simply a matter of preference on our part. Now we just have to think through how we’re going to give the package away when we kick off entries a week from today!

Don’t forget the HP Magic Giveaway!


We’ve been so very busy but it’s important to take time to remind you that various sites have contests underway for the HP Magic Giveaway.  Our contest will kick off on December 16 but right now you can enter the contests underway at these participating sites:

The Gadgeteer 02-Dec 08-Dec
Gotta Be Mobile
I Started Something
Down-to-Earth Mama 03-Dec 09-Dec
moosh in indy.
La Bitácora de Erwin Ried
Carlos Alberto
Geeks To Go! 04-Dec 10-Dec
One Day, One Job 05-Dec 11-Dec
Techie Diva 06-Dec 12-Dec
Techmamas 07-Dec 13-Dec
merlot mom
Noticias Tech

Fifth round of the HP Magic Giveaway starts


Just a quick reminder that today kicks off a new round of HP Magic Giveaway contests. It amazes me that HP is providing fifty prize packages that are each worth around $6,000! Today marks the beginning of contests at The Gadgeteer, GottaBeMobile, and I Started Something. Each has different rules and requirements, some easy and some will take a wee bit of effort, so you’ll want to hit each site for a shot to win.