Win a $5,000 Tech Makeover Courtesy of Intel!

Is there someone in your life insisting that technology, like a fine wine, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Do your mom or dad print your e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on Betamax?

Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?

Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5,000 tech makeover with setup and training from the crew here at HotHardware!

To enter, register and upload photos or video of the tech travesty in your life. Tell us:
  • What do you (or the nominee) want to be able to do with technology that you can’t do now?
  • Where do you want to be able to use your computer, and why?
  • Why do you want to take your personal technology to the next level?


Entries will be voted on by the community (including you!), and considered by our “ceWebrity” judges:

Entries must be submitted by October 6, 2008 (corrected previous typo) and the winners will be announced sometime in early October. 

Then, if you're a lucky winner, HotHardware will be coming to your place for a serious technology infusion and we'll shoot video of the whole process!  Your personal makeover will be featured in our Video Spotlight section at HotHardware.com as well!

It’s time to come in to the twenty-first century, and Intel and the rest of the crew involved want to help make it happen. Tell us your story today!
Via:  HotHardware
Comments
Marco C 6 years ago

Hey All.  Dave and I will be travelling to the winners' location to get them set up personally.  This should be a fun one for us...let us know what you think!

Dave_HH 6 years ago
Haha! They'll either be totally pumped or horrified! We're coming to your house and we're bringing our router... muuhhahahaha!
Super Dave 6 years ago

amdcrankitup!Big Smile

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 thats pretty awesome. Can I remove all tech gadgets from my home and list myselfBig Smile. gonna have to rack my brains on this one and see if I can think of anybody.

Der Meister 6 years ago

O I so have the best idea, check out my cardboard box.... hahahaha

So if Dave and Marco come out then will the come to game?

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

amdcrankitup!Big Smile

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 Whats this Super Dave!Confused

 

Oh yeah Spammers! No more!

Super Dave 6 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

[quote user="Super Dave"]

amdcrankitup!Big Smile

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 Whats this Super Dave!Confused

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LOL...I wondered when you would see this, AMD!Big Smile While you might suspect that the rig shown in your signature would cause me to nominate you, that is only part of the story. Those of us who know you realize that you are fighting many different battles, and we are proud to have you with us (and it would be cool if your new Grandson/Granddaughter had some really nice stuff to play with when they visit you)!Surprise I encourage you to respond to this Tech Makeover and tell them your story!

warlord 6 years ago

Yes it seems he could certainly make use of it, and even better he is already and avid HotHardware fan

Amdcrankitup for techmakeoverYes

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="warlord"]

Yes it seems he could certainly make use of it, and even better he is already and avid HotHardware fan

Amdcrankitup for techmakeoverYes

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 hey perhaps if amd wins the new computer he could fold for us.

Super Dave 6 years ago

[quote user="warlord"]

Yes it seems he could certainly make use of it, and even better he is already and avid HotHardware fan

Amdcrankitup for techmakeoverYes

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Wouldn't it be really great if one of our guys wins this makeover?!!! 

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 hmm, I still don't see mine up there. not that I would win anyway. I only see 6 entries.

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="nelsoncp21"]

 hmm, I still don't see mine up there. not that I would win anyway. I only see 6 entries.

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 isnt project frostbyte a tech make over kinda :-p

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 true it is. But if HH wanted to come up with the hardware for it I wouldn't complainBig Smile. Seriously though I have always wanted a HTPC/video sever capable of storing lots of HD movies and being able to view it on multiple displays. I know there are many others who could use a tech makeover and are living in the dark ages more then me but it's something I have wanted for years and doing frostbyte and moving and the wedding I don't see it happening for a very long time so I thought what the heck I would throw it out there anyway. Not to mention it would be alot more fun for Davo and Marco then your average pc and home network. Besides from what I have seen not to many people have entered the contest.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

Wouldn't it be awesome to have Davo and BigWop set up you house. Oh come set up my pc guys! I have a hard time with the little green mouse plug thingy.

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 yeah hopefully they don't end up at someone's house who is completely clueless just misfortunate.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Wouldn't it be awesome to have Davo and BigWop set up you house. Oh come set up my pc guys! I have a hard time with the little green mouse plug thingy.

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 Not that Im worthy of a make over but I would let Davo and Marco come to my house guess I got to supply the Beer and Jack Daniels!!

Guess That means I got to shampoo the carpet and stuff get a couple of strippersStick out tongue! Have to be some real cheap ones!

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

Have to be some real cheap ones!

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Tongue Tied

Super Dave 6 years ago

^LOL^

Savage Animal 6 years ago

Hey guys, I agree AMD deserves a tech makeover like no other, but since there are 3 grand prize winners I was hopeing you would help my sister take home one herself. I will post her story here  as soon as she uploads it to the contest site. To sum it up she has battled stage 3 *** cancer for the last 4 years and as a result of her chemotherapy is suffering from a condition called neuropothy. Basically she is in severe pain for the rest of her life. On to why she needs a tech makeover. She lives in the boonies South Carolina. She is stuck with dial up internet access, because she is too far from a switching station for dsl, and cable doesn't run to her home, it's too far in the middle of nowhere. Here only hope for high speed internet access is satelite called Wild Blue; wich she cannot afford because due to her sickness she has been out of work and they are living on one salary, her husbands. There is alot more to the story wich she will upload and I will post here, but they have had it really tuff over the years. If you guys could support her I would be forever in your debts. She has been really strong and been beaten down by life. This would be huge for them. Please help her out.

Thanks,

Stephen.

ice_73 6 years ago

 i didnt know there were three grand prizes. hopefully both your sis and amd will win :-). 

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Savage Animal"]

Hey guys, I agree AMD deserves a tech makeover like no other, but since there are 3 grand prize winners I was hopeing you would help my sister take home one herself. I will post her story here  as soon as she uploads it to the contest site. To sum it up she has battled stage 3 *** cancer for the last 4 years and as a result of her chemotherapy is suffering from a condition called neuropothy. Basically she is in severe pain for the rest of her life. On to why she needs a tech makeover. She lives in the boonies South Carolina. She is stuck with dial up internet access, because she is too far from a switching station for dsl, and cable doesn't run to her home, it's too far in the middle of nowhere. Here only hope for high speed internet access is satelite called Wild Blue; wich she cannot afford because due to her sickness she has been out of work and they are living on one salary, her husbands. There is alot more to the story wich she will upload and I will post here, but they have had it really tuff over the years. If you guys could support her I would be forever in your debts. She has been really strong and been beaten down by life. This would be huge for them. Please help her out.

Thanks,

Stephen.

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 Is it allowed that I can nominate someone too! If so I would like to nominate Savage Animals sister! I dont know her name but Savage you can put it on the board. It appears to me that she going through her battle with Cancer she is most deseving of it and I wish her well in her battle! I know God is beside her all the time! Matter of fact if I were the only one on this forum to win this I would be glad to give it to her.So Marco and Davo can I nominate her?Oh yeah Savage post her name so I wont be referring to you SIS as her or she.Tell her I,ll be praying for her and she,s got my vote!

Savage Animal 6 years ago

Why thank you very much AMD, but there is no reason you both can't win. So post your story up there and we'll vote on it. Onto my sister, her name is Christine and the screen name she used is Getnthruit. This is her story...

[quote user="getnthruit"]

Getnthruit needs a tech makeover because…

I am hoping that if I were to win, new technology could enable me to connect easier to the outside world. My family is in New York and I am in South Carolina so I miss important events.

My technological/biological/personal, etc. world changed on Jan 7th 2004 when I was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Cancer. Before that, I would say I was fairly computer savvy, career oriented and thought I had my fingers on the pulse of what was current.

Since then it’s been a roller coaster of chemo therapy, physical therapy and super strong pain medications. Suffice to say technology in our home has taken a back seat to my medical care.

A portable DVD player has been my saving grace thru chemo because I can put in a movie to take me to another place as they access my port and give me IV injections for 3 -4 hours. Over the years it (the DVD player) has gotten pretty beat up, a new one of those would be awesome.

We live in a rural area so dial up has been my only option for internet. I say that, I haven’t checked lately because it takes me so long to boot up the computer, when I do get on line I end up doing other things. My normal connection is 28222bps. If I am having a good day it can get up to 34,600 and a great day would get me around 42,000. Twice I have gotten a virus which knocked out everything including all of my contacts in Outlook. I now have a hard copy somewhere around here. I do have Norton – actually last year we had 2 subscriptions – I could not access the support page or the online chat and I used way too many cell phone minutes trying to cancel.

It would be helpful to go to the Cancer support web pages. I’ve also heard about “blogs” but that’s way too far out there… I just keep a journal.

It would be great to have a laptop with wireless connection for my really bad days when sitting at my desk for any length of time is just not an option. I could go anywhere.

Your application form asks for “tags”, images” & a “You tube URL”; but I don’t know what a tag is so I don’t think I have one, and I probably shouldn’t admit it but I may be the only person in the world who has not been to You Tube. My connectivity is too slow to see the video’s.

These past few weeks my father has been hospitalized. My father is extremely sick. My brother recently had a son who I have not yet seen. My first nephew. I cannot believe I have not seen my Dad hold his first grandson. Today as I write this I realize several things; but one is that there is technology out there that could put some kind of camera on their computer & mine so I would not miss so many of these moments.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration,

 

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Please help her out guys and vote here it'll be the first good thing to happen to her in years.

Thanks.

Stephen
nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 Wow, thre are alot of people who registered for this thing now. So many people with good stories. wish I could withdrawl mine now. I only did it cause there weren't many entries and I thought it would be fun but I kinda feel like a jerk now after reading so many other stories.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

 I nominate getnthruit: or Christine good luck!

PS Thanks for all you guys that nominated me I appreciate the thought, but I think this girl well deserves it! Besides Im going to try to save uo some change and get me a Quad core processor and a BFG GT 8800 OC video card! Trying to get in a position to catch up with you big Dogs! HA HA! But thanks again everybody!

Savage Animal 6 years ago

Hey Nelson don't sweat it, I would have tried my self if I were'nt in N.Y.. I know what you mean though, when you read some of those stories it does kinda make you feel like some people deserve it more. AMD, Thank you very much for kind words, and your support, but I hope you reconsider. You need to enter your story on that site, you deserve a chance at a winning this thing.[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

 I nominate getnthruit: or Christine good luck!

PS Thanks for all you guys that nominated me I appreciate the thought, but I think this girl well deserves it! Besides Im going to try to save uo some change and get me a Quad core processor and a BFG GT 8800 OC video card! Trying to get in a position to catch up with you big Dogs! HA HA! But thanks again everybody!

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amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Savage Animal"]Hey Nelson don't sweat it, I would have tried my self if I were'nt in N.Y.. I know what you mean though, when you read some of those stories it does kinda make you feel like some people deserve it more[/quote] 

 

In your and Nelsona words:  know what you mean though, when you read some of those stories it does kinda make you feel like some people deserve it more! I was touched by her story and my heart tells me this is the right thing to do.I just hope it works out for her because she deserves it.So tell her Good Luck!As far as reconsidering my decision the Due Date was yesterday so I delibertly let it go by! Now lets get some more votes!Yes

 

Savage Animal 6 years ago

That was a misprint, the deadline is October 6th, and i do feel you are just as deserving. It is your desicion though I can't change that. In the end it says its a random drawing anyway so I'm not sure how much the votes count, but keep them comming and thanks for all the help. And a special thanks to Marco and Davo for giveing any of us this possibilty, especially my sister.

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

[quote user="Super Dave"]

amdcrankitup!Big Smile

[/quote] 

 Whats this Super Dave!Confused

[/quote] 

LOL...I wondered when you would see this, AMD!Big Smile While you might suspect that the rig shown in your signature would cause me to nominate you, that is only part of the story. Those of us who know you realize that you are fighting many different battles, and we are proud to have you with us (and it would be cool if your new Grandson/Granddaughter had some really nice stuff to play with when they visit you)!Surprise I encourage you to respond to this Tech Makeover and tell them your story!

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 i totally agree... though i didnt see you nomiante amd first. well we both have the same goal. with the tech make over im sure you can get yourself one more stick of 64mb ram on your rig :-p

cmon go skull trail!

3vi1 6 years ago
Quick... gotta get my Amiga 1000 out of the closet. :)
bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

Hmm. . . I don't even own a pc. I swear.Wink

 

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 What if I bribe you guys with lots of beer and good food!

 

seriously though. Is it gonna be based on the most outdated technology someone is using or the want or need of what someone wants to do. Like for instance say I really wanted a video server in my home to store movies and watch on TV and possibly use in a Home theater at some point in the future. Does that qualify or are you guys looking for someone who is just running a really old pc and they desperatley need an upgrade.

warlord 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

Hmm. . . I don't even own a pc. I swear.Wink

 

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Yeah ...um .... i'm aw posting this from the aaa library ...yeah thats it the library.Angel

Savage Animal 6 years ago
Wow, how incredible is HH. First the monthly contests now this. I really do love this place. With that being said coming up with what I would do with a $5,000 dollar tech make over will be really tough, but I'm pretty sure I'll come up with something.
ice_73 6 years ago
open to us residents only? or will you fly international?
rapid1 6 years ago
I wish it was me. But it's my mom I finally talked her into buying a decent sell phone. Well she told me to order her one so I got her a Env2. It was an upgrade from a Samsung phone I bought 4 years ago and gave her 2 years back now. But as far as it goes she's still using a P3 800 with 256 megs of ram and an old video card of mine I threw in it. Oh and I also put a stick of ram in it I cant remember how much it was but I think its Sdram. Problem is it won't take anything else. She was saying she was going to get a laptop (she will use it as a desktop replacement and almost died when she found out that would be over 600 dollars). So she scratched that plan for now. I think I finally talked her into getting the comcast triple play. At least she'll have broadband. Rofl I remember when she had an apple IIE, this is how much she need a tech makeover I think she's had two computers since the apple 2e. The one she has now she got as a throw away by the board of education. Oh and she was a teacher a principle and a Curriculum director for the county. She needs it super bad (the technology makeover)
rapid1 6 years ago
Come on guys vote for my MOM she needs it worse than any of us
Dave_HH 6 years ago

Folks, put your "I need a tech makeover" stories into the site here:
http://www.needatechmakeover.com/

As well as this thread at HH too of course. Wink

warlord 6 years ago

Will do Davo

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="promotion"]

Eligibility: The FM Tech Makeover Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico), eighteen (18) or older, as of the date of entry, who have an active e-mail account and Internet access as of the beginning of the Promotion period

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 ok so every one i know is excluded :-(. ouch why you gotta be down on ny like that! plus the international people....

edit- id like to nominate amdcrackitup (if he doesnt win)

Super Dave 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"] ok so every one i know is excluded :-(. ouch why you gotta be down on ny like that![/quote] 

Umm...because Hillary represents?Surprise

ice_73 6 years ago

 i like clinton.... bill clinton rocked. seriously he was a great president.

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]

 i like clinton.... bill clinton rocked. seriously he was a great president.

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I agree. I don't hold such high feelings for his wife however.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]

[quote user="promotion"]

Eligibility: The FM Tech Makeover Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico), eighteen (18) or older, as of the date of entry, who have an active e-mail account and Internet access as of the beginning of the Promotion period

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 ok so every one i know is excluded :-(. ouch why you gotta be down on ny like that! plus the international people....

edit- id like to nominate amdcrackitup (if he doesnt win)

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Hello Ice, we're checking into this now.  I didn't see the NY/Florida/RI limitation myself.

Thanks

ice_73 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

[quote user="ice_73"]

[quote user="promotion"]

Eligibility: The FM Tech Makeover Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) is open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding New York, Florida, Rhode Island, Puerto Rico), eighteen (18) or older, as of the date of entry, who have an active e-mail account and Internet access as of the beginning of the Promotion period

[/quote] 

 ok so every one i know is excluded :-(. ouch why you gotta be down on ny like that! plus the international people....

edit- id like to nominate amdcrackitup (if he doesnt win)

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Hello Ice, we're checking into this now.  I didn't see the NY/Florida/RI limitation myself.

Thanks

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 np, im sure it has to do with the usual red tape stuff of some one from the promotion living in ny/florida/ri stuff and to prevent their friends from winning... would be nice though if ny was included... :-)

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 how long does it take for your entry to appear. I submitted 1 on fri and it's not up there

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"] id like to nominate amdcrackitup (if he doesnt win) [/quote] 

 

Dont know how to respond to this but thanks Ice and SuperDave for your gestures  again! Wow what a good group of people here!

janila51 6 years ago

I am really curious as to how the prizes will be awarded. There is no clear cut description as to whether they are awarded by the public votes (why even have the voting if it means nothing?) or by a random drawing by the judges or by another type of decision by the judges. I nominated my daughter who is blind and depends on using a computer for so many things that most of us take for granted. Once the word got out among our friends and family, they spread the word even further and we are currently in third place in the votes. Everyone has been contacting us to tell us how many people they told about this contest and who voted for us but we can only tell them that we are not even sure if the votes mean anything.

I posted my story under my screen name "janila" and would appreciate any clarification you could provide.

Thanks for any answers,

Janila

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="janila51"]

I am really curious as to how the prizes will be awarded. There is no clear cut description as to whether they are awarded by the public votes (why even have the voting if it means nothing?) or by a random drawing by the judges or by another type of decision by the judges. I nominated my daughter who is blind and depends on using a computer for so many things that most of us take for granted. Once the word got out among our friends and family, they spread the word even further and we are currently in third place in the votes. Everyone has been contacting us to tell us how many people they told about this contest and who voted for us but we can only tell them that we are not even sure if the votes mean anything.

I posted my story under my screen name "janila" and would appreciate any clarification you could provide.

Thanks for any answers,

Janila

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The way I understand it will work, Janila, is that votes will assist judges in making selections but aren't the only criteria and there is going to be some random selection involved as well.  Obviously, no matter how hard you try, voting systems, especially internet-based voting, isn't foolproof and it's not impossible to stack the deck in favor of someone.  As such, some random drawings and human screening will need to be employed.  I can tell you though, votes do matter to an extent.  I would think of votes as way to get your story seen and into the drawing.

Hope this helps.

 

 

 

janila51 6 years ago

It does indeed help, I think!  I guess I will continue to ask people to vote just to be on the safe side and collect as many votes as possible since this is so important to my daughter.  I have to admit that I have been overwhelmed by the extremely warm thoughts and wishes we have received from so many people.  Both my daughter and I have cried several times the past two weeks at the caring thoughts that have been sent our way.  I will keep my fingers crossed and just hope for the best.

Thanks,

Jan

Savage Animal 6 years ago

Thanks for the clarification Dave, my sister Christine whom I nominated and I were wondering the same thing.

 

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

 There is some deserving people on here and I wish all of you luck because I know someone that needs this would appreciate and deserve it!!! So good luck! I would be excited to see the end result in a video from Dave and Marco in your new video section!Just  to see someone in need smile is good enough for me!!!

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