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Inspector replied on Sat, Dec 4 2010 12:54 AM

We all know dave and marco has a magically tech hat that pulls out a name at random :)

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rapid1:
 Ick! I have even seen someone win 2 systems in rather short order,....right Neil? Ick!

Yes I won twice, but only one of the systems that I won was from this site. (the best one by far) The second one, just a few months later, I won directly from Intel, by participating in one of their contests. Oh, and I won a car in Las Vegas too, but that was years ago, and not part of HotHardware either.

Right now, I'm entered in six contests for computer systems or parts, and I'll let you know if I win.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Dec 4 2010 12:12 PM

Oh; got ya, I thought both of the systems were from here. The Intel one was the dual processor skull trail wasn't it?

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realneil replied on Sat, Dec 4 2010 12:33 PM

rapid1:
The Intel one was the dual processor skull trail wasn't it?

No, it was a i5-750 Quad core,  with 8GB of GSkill DDR3 1600 RipJaws Ram, a BluRay Drive, a 1TB Seagate HDD and a XFX Radeon HD5850 1GB Black Video Card. It came in a Cooler Master Centurion RC690 Case. It has an Acer 22" Flat Screen display, a all in one card reader, and a keyboard/mouse pair. They gave me 3 PC Games with it too.

This is the system I won from Intel directly. Not here at HotHardware.

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Heh, I've been here for quite awhile.  Can't say that I ever won a rig, granted my priorities are on school all these years.  I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.  But anyway, good luck to those participating.

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When I won the system from here, It was dependent on forum participation and content of your posts. (the good old days)

Since their contest deliberations are kept between themselves,.......I never knew for sure, the exact thing that made them pick me to win the i7 rig, but I think it may have had to do with someone else posting about winning it and then selling it off to buy something better. I posted, telling the guy off about his post. (my best guess anyway & I have wondered too)

Then again, who knows why they choose one instead of another? I usually agree with their selection of who wins each time, even though I have no part in any of it. Many of the winners here were deserving when they won. A few were just plain lucky, and naming the Podcast came down to smarts, pure and simple, even though someone disagreed with it. He had several good suggestions that I saw.

But I am thankful for my prizes, and I've tried to become a permanent fixture around here with my honest opinions, and by providing help for those with questions whenever I know the answers. I could have just went on my merry way and not looked back.

I know that the chances of winning again here are slim, they're gonna spread it around a little, and I don't blame them for it. It's the right thing to do. So I'm not hanging just to continue taking prizes home. I'm just here because I enjoy myself with you Mooks most of the time.

One more thing for you new guys, the odds of winning here really are as good as it gets.

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I truly appreciate the 'elders' of this site if I may, for sharing their insight on what they won and how they have won them. I would truly love to win a system from this site or any other thing also. But with that said I although I have only been a member here for a few weeks I am really enjoying the constant updates on new technologies and the honest comments that people are leaving about what they think is good or bad. Win or lose I really enjoy being with this forum and plan to stick around.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Dec 4 2010 10:59 PM

I won the system in my signature on here. It is also listed in my details on my profile.

Believe it or not I had been around for a very short while when I saw the first system given away. I initially stayed around in hopes of winning the next contest. I finally did so (although it took a year or so), and it has been a great system ever since (it was built by Cyberpower), and I did a little upgrading personally, which is the CPU cooler, and I added my two hard drives which were pretty new then.

I needed it when I won as one of mine and Sarah's PC's at home had blown out. So I won the one in my sig, I took the amalgamated one she had (I had built it from pieces of the old PC that blew out, and a new MB processor). So when I won I took the MB/CPU and my full tower aluminum case (I have had for quite some time(built my AMD XP system in it)), got a new GPU, and ram, and wallah she had a PC of her own (with the drive from the PC I had won, and her PC which were the same size).

Either way, after my initial joining I stuck around, because I had become a part of this site by then. Not to mention Dave and Marco have always done a real bang up job on this site top to bottom. I have been on the internet, and into computers personally as well as professionally since this whole Internet thing took off. I had used computers before that for some time, but had never been into the as much. I remember when AOL started (I think I was a Compuserve member then)

Shortly after that I started working on PC's, and have been building systems for family, and friends as well as myself since shortly after that. My first one was a Prerelease PII 400 with a top of the line ATI All in Wonder Pro (also a Prerelease part), which I still have sitting in the basement. It actually even still works, although I am sure it could not handle anything from today, it ran DOOM great :)

Either way I have been a member at many sites (IE: Anandtech, Toms, the original Boot (now called Maximum PC), and CPU sites, and many, many others. This site as well as the members here just feel right. Not to mention the site is run correctly, the reviews are unbiased as well as bringing it to you straight, did I mention I think Dave and Marco run it right? I cannot see a time I would not want to use this as a forum personally, it just feels like home to me now.

As far as it goes winners are chosen from what I can see with there own personal input. The more you add, help, comment, and bring to the site is why you are chosen as a winner I think. I am not saying I know exactly how they are picked, but that is the impression I get, but I think it is more than just your posts in a contest as well. I think it is more of an over all what you bring to the site, not that posts during a contest do not help.

By the way if anyone on here ever needs any help with anything just hit me up on the site or go to my profile, and click the email link. I generally get back to you pretty quick.

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rapid1:
The Intel one was the dual processor skull trail wasn't it?

That was won by Kamrooz, I believe!

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I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.

There is a spot in Hardware Heaven reserved for you for winning that rig for AMD, Mental, and down here on Earth you are his hero, too!Big Smile

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 1:15 AM

Thanks for the kind words, Rapid1 !

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ed007 replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 4:58 AM

I like short order- should count for reading and following instructions, lotsa folks like to read- but, don't like to jump in on it all...

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Heh, I've been here for quite awhile.  Can't say that I ever won a rig, granted my priorities are on school all these years.  I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.  But anyway, good luck to those participating.

 I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.  This is true and I will never forget what a generous thing you done! For those of you who were not here at that time, I would not have this Rig which I think was the Economic Sweepstakes Giveaway  if it had,nt been for the generosity of this mentaldisorder and HH. And of course give it up to his skills in a gaming contest for the win against the other winners. What were the odds of me winning!!!!

Apparently better than I could imagine but this guy must be a force to be reckoned with in an online gaming battle because he played for me and come away with the win. And even more so how many people would play to win and do it just to give this great rig to someone else? Not many and I promise ( mental), HH (Marco and Dave) it has been put to good use well taken care of  and has handled some heavy test in the ocing field. But most of all it is one of the best gifts and the best case of generousity ever!

So without  stepping on anyones toes because I wish everyone here luck I silently have been voting for a awesome win for mentaldisorder because he does deserve it.

For all you that are new to HH this is by far IMO one of the best sites on the net for tech news, tech help, due to all the great people in our forums that are always willing to help and all the latest and greatest reveiws. And last but not least the best and the most give aways ever! Thanks to HH Marco Dave and its sponsers! So your in the right place! Keep coming back!

Good luck to mental an all you others out there for the WIN!!!!!!!

PS  I also owe thanks to another member Tanka!!

 

 

 

 

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mentaldisorder:

Heh, I've been here for quite awhile.  Can't say that I ever won a rig, granted my priorities are on school all these years.  I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.  But anyway, good luck to those participating.

 I did however win amdcrankitup a rig...and I got some parts from HH.  This is true and I will never forget what a generous thing you done! For those of you who were not here at that time, I would not have this Rig which I think was the Economic Sweepstakes Giveaway  if it had,nt been for the generosity of this mentaldisorder and HH. And of course give it up to his skills in a gaming contest for the win against the other winners. What were the odds of me winning!!!!

Apparently better than I could imagine but this guy must be a force to be reckoned with in an online gaming battle because he played for me and come away with the win. And even more so how many people would play to win and do it just to give this great rig to someone else? Not many and I promise ( mental), HH (Marco and Dave) it has been put to good use well taken care of  and has handled some heavy test in the ocing field. But most of all it is one of the best gifts and the best case of generousity ever!

So without  stepping on anyones toes because I wish everyone here luck I silently have been voting for a awesome win for mentaldisorder because he does deserve it.

For all you that are new to HH this is by far IMO one of the best sites on the net for tech news, tech help, due to all the great people in our forums that are always willing to help and all the latest and greatest reveiws. And last but not least the best and the most give aways ever! Thanks to HH Marco Dave and its sponsers! So your in the right place! Keep coming back!

Good luck to mental an all you others out there for the WIN!!!!!!!

PS  I also owe thanks to another member Tanka!!

Thanks for the kind words AMD!  I'm glad the rig is doing you good.  How is Tanka's cooler treating you?  Did you hit 4ghz yet?

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realneil replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 11:47 AM

@mental: "Did you hit 4ghz yet?"

4GHz. must be the Holy Grail.Wink I see people mentioning it a lot.

My little i5-750 system gets 3.8 GHz, but not any higher. But it's not bad for Air Cooling and letting my ASRock P55 PRO Mainboard do all of the work to get it there.

(one click in the BIOS, Big Smile and it's stock speed is 2.6GHz.)

My i7 system really doesn't OC too well, but I think that has to do with the fact that it's an Intel board and they're really not that concerned with overclocking to begin with, so it's not an option that they enable much on their boards. Just think about what they could do if they really wanted to,....Crying  (BTW: the Intel board IS rock solid stable and totally dependable too, It's QUALITY is way beyond expectations)

I've thought about buying another ASRock board to see what the i7 will do inside of it. with the water cooling it may see the "Holy Grail" 'eh?

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You better hit 4ghz on water.  I was having issues with my Q6600 getting past 3.2ghz.  Got my H50 a couple of weeks ago and have been watching the temps before I try and OC again.

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 1:09 PM

"4GHz. must be the Holy Grail.Wink I see people mentioning it a lot" Yeah I have heard that or the same in other words many times. However; even though I have an i7 system which I know will go to it, the performance difference really is not very much. I have OC'd my system all the way up to 4.1, but it runs hot, I can get it to run stable for a while. While 4.0 and 3.9are more stable 3.8 is the most stable, but I still don't see the point other than the challenge of doing it, and getting it stable. I actually actively see more long term stable performance oc'ing the memory with the CPU at a modest OC. I can get my memory to run a 1333 speed at 6,6,6,18 which seem to be the best all around performance all the way around.

So I think the 4Ghz is more of a bragging right as well as one I have beat at 4.1Ghz. I don't run it anywhere near that all the time! I run on a Gigabyte MB, and love the board personally. I can tweak everything top to bottom, they keep it updated well also, which is even more important to me really. As far as water cooling I would love to do it, but have not tried it yet. The money has not really come up free as of yet, of course I have also been unemployed unless I want to go on the road for quite some time as well (2 years or just over that).

I can get contract work generally, and have from time to time, but it is always as a field engineer. The last one was with Teksystems, I was basically on the road for three weeks, and installing POS (point of Sale) systems for wally world on the West coast. I visited Wisconsin, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and California. I also drove roughly 9,000 miles. Luckily it looks like I have a position with a new company TASQ that will hopefully start either on the 13th or just after New Years (because it is the holiday season).

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 1:49 PM

Those words are well deserved for you guys. I think you do an entirely awesome job here on your geek network, of which I am glad to be a part of :)

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I run my AMD 1090T @ 4 ghz all the time.  I noticed a huge difference in folding points from the stock 3.2.   But I havn't hit the holy grail with my new i7.  Still working on temps and such.

I always thought it was funny how people talk about 4ghz a lot, when every different model will OC differently.  For example, One CPU is at 4 ghz with a 10% overclock, and another is at 4ghz with a 30% overclock, who wins?  Well, the 30% OC is more extreme, but they can both toot the 4ghz horn...

Based on how easily my 890fx/1090t combo overclocked, I'd love to try one of the 970's like freejet just won.

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mentaldisorder:
Thanks for the kind words AMD!  I'm glad the rig is doing you good.  How is Tanka's cooler treating you?  Did you hit 4ghz yet?

 No I havent quiet got there yet on that 3 core but I havent gave up yet! I did activate the 4th core and got  that 3.8ghz but Im gng to try some more ram and some more tweaking to see if I can get that 4ghz. It could be the chip itself might not be up to par but Im planning on getting the 970 now that Asus has certified it with a new bios update which I have no doubt I can hit it then but I want to hit it with my current  BE720 X3 before I go to the 970! If it will of course do it. I havent gave up my health has been giving me problems a lot here lately and I just havent had the energy to do anything! But the Cool It cooler has held its own so far just cant remember any numbers as far as temp readings right now! Thanks for asking if and when I do hit it I,ll be sure to put it in big bold letters and a screenshot!!!

 

 

 

 

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 3:44 PM

OK, I'm spamming this thread.  So sue me. Smile

We'd like your questions/input!

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eunoia replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 9:05 PM

There could be a line under the avatar for computer rigs won like:

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It's a little difficult to keep track of, I generally assume that almost all regular posters have already won a rig, then there are those parachuted in from the Asus contest that were never heard from again...

...pending.

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This certainly is pretty... even with ATI+Intel combo :D I have a grudge against ATI for the driver errors with my 3rd to last computer. >.>;; Time to drop that right?! ^_^

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realneil replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 10:04 PM

eunoia:
then there are those parachuted in from the Asus contest that were never heard from again...

Ha Ha! That really was a hell of a nice contest with lots of bling handed out to a lot of people. And you're right about the 'Hit And Run' they pulled off.

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Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

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Dave_HH replied on Sun, Dec 5 2010 11:18 PM

mentaldisorder:

Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

Yeah, we weren't too thrilled with his disappearance but what are you going to do.  We hope, by running these sweepstakes, that we expose the site to more good folks and hopefully, the best folks stick around. Smile

 

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mentaldisorder:

Didn't Kamrooz do the same thing?

Yeah, we weren't too thrilled with his disappearance but what are you going to do.

It would be great if Kamrooz joined us again some day - but just not during a sweepstakes as that guy could really post!Big Smile

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I simply do not get what the major issue is with Facebook. The ENTIRE internet is a big security hole. You simply do not put anything on your Facebook page or any page of the internet, that you do not want the world to see. Folks, we need to get over it. At the bare minimum, Facebook and other social networks put you in contact with people and companies you might not otherwise get an opportunity to meet or reconnect with. Just control your own information and what you share and there is zero issue with FB, just like any other page on the internet.

The issue (how I see it) with facebook is mostly the "bait and switch " when it comes to controlling your own information. In its initial form, the primary way your information would fall into the wrong hands, was due to your own misconfiguration of privacy settings, an actual flaw/exploit in coding, or an infected machine. Changes in user agreement, privacy policy, privacy settings, and facebook design in general in 2009 removed the ability to keep your information "locked down" as were, barring a flaw/exploit/infection. For instance, there is currently no way to completely prevent your facebook account from being found while searching on facebook. That used to be preventable. This is one example where facebook directly deceived it's users.

This is definitely enough to start taking your business elsewhere, if you actually paid anything for using facebook. But , the bigger reason to hate facebook, is that it is an enabler. It supplies a streamlined medium for your friends, family, acquaintances, and even just one time contacts from a chat room you used 12 years ago, to be less than prudent and discriminating regarding the information they share about you.

To use a more extreme example. Lets imagine "Jane" made an internet purchase for a "device of pleasure" from an independent seller over a decade ago.The seller adds Jane's email address to the contact list . time goes by, Jane's enjoys her purchase never looking back . facebook appears. The independent seller has grown into a larger operation, now offering deluxe models of Jane's original purchase, that spin, have the optional knuckle attachment and much much more.

The seller has since changed emails a few times, but each time saving their old contacts. Seller opens up facebook account, allows facebook to access their email for contacts. She still has the same email address. And by now, Jane has a facebook account too. She uses it less than casually, never really getting interested in technology that doesn't use AA's.

But she has children now. And they love their myspace's and facebooks. And they use moms computer. And facebook suggests different users of the same computer may know the same people, or bondage equipment suppliers.

Of course facebook cant be directly blamed for this. But its easier to hate facebook for making snitches out of your friends, than hating your friends themselves. And fact that information about you can be so easily accumulated, even if you don't have a facebook account, makes it all the easier to hate.

I hope this counts as the kind of contribution necessary to win that system. That would be sweet to play farmville on.

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Facebook doesn't show ads as such mentioned above based on what a user has subscribed to via e-mail in the past.  Thet suggest ads based on the interests listed in your Facebook profile.  Honestly, I agree with Dave_HH, YOU can choose what information goes on the internet if you take some time to be cautious about what you let be visible.  Of course there are some concerns with the way facebook handles applications etc - so don't use applications.

 

If only people thought about the amount of personal information they throw away each day.  I am an Internet Security professional and I have taken many courses about identity theft etc and your daily garbage actually poses more of a risk to you than Facebook does.  Big brother is always watching you - if you think you haven't been affected by technology giving out your personal info just because you don't have a facebook account you're being naive.  I'm not making a personal attack at YOU personally, I mean You as in the general public.  My step father has NEVER touched a computer yet he was a victim of identity theft. 

 

And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH or any other forum for that matter chooses to require to win something that is being given away.  If you want it bad enough, you'll make a facebook account.

 

Sorry if I offended anyone, not my intention - just my two cents ...

 

On a side note, I wish this site was viewable on my BB - I would be posting a lot more.  I'm on the road alot and my BB is sometimes all I have for my connection to the Internet.

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rrplay replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 10:31 AM

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And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH or any other forum for that matter chooses to require to win something that is being given away.  If you want it bad enough, you'll make a facebook account.

 

Well put  &  totally agree with you on that one.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 10:54 AM

Yes I agree with that statement entirely as well. If you do not find the contest to have an attractive enough prize, then you do not have to enter. If the requirements are more than you find it to be worth, then do not enter. If you don't want to win do not enter. That seems to be simple enough conceptually does it not. Just as a general statement you know what I really hate. People who whine as there is no way to please them no matter what is done.

Such as we will give you a $2-3000.00 PC, but the producer of this PC has stated that they want the contest to be linked into Facebook, or some other social media internet forum, and therefore it is a requirement for said contest that you must post to the required social internet media site. I understand not liking facebook, so do not enter the contest if you do not want to post to Facebook as it is required.

But no I am going to whine about it at the top of my lungs, and say it is not fair. Hmmmmm....... That actually seems pretty juvenile when looked at in that truthful spectrum does it not?

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Please reread, or point out where I stated advertisements were based on past emails.  I believe I specified suggested contacts, not advertisements.

 and regarding quote "Honestly, I agree with Dave_HH, YOU can choose what information goes on the internet if you take some time to be cautious about what you let be visible"  again, I made no defense for those that were directly responsible for putting up their own information directly, under current user agreement. I made the point that facebook is designed in a manner that allows a more accurate profile  to be "easily " formed using information provided by other people, not just you.

I agree that the nature of the internet is that, what is put on it, stays on it. But It does not excuse facebook's  practices.

I dont know what you are referencing as far as quote "And I don't think we have the right to judge what HH....." another person's post I did not see perhaps? You really think you dont have the right to make judgments regarding how a business operates? How do you form opinions then, exactly? . Do not misunderstand me, I agree generally, facebook is wonderful tool.Regardless of what I think of facebook personally, Incorporating facebook into promotions is good business sense. To ignore it is foolish. And I must make this consideration in my judgment .

Its irresponsible not to make judgments on business practices. Even on just forums. Because (and you know this point already) you are posting here, and I , as a fellow user of this great internet can see it. And I will be able to see it forever.And I am judging you, forming opinions of you, by what you post and where you post.  And of course in most cases these opinions will be forgotten more quickly than they were formed. But it's there (and its normally traceable to your facebook account!).

But this is probably irrelevant as I suspect your post was more a sycophantic attempt to "get noticed" as the loosely stated sweepstakes-but-really-a-contest rules require, than a thoughtful rebuttal. Which is not very helpful to , what I think/hope is the typical forum browser, who is looking for an informed  analysis, discussion, commentary, or debate. 

If I am mistaken, then you have my genuine apology. And please, if you think it's worth your time, tell me so. I enjoy knowing when I am wrong.

 

And I too would love to win that system.

 

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 11:52 AM

Analogmonster if you are referring to my post I personally am not trying to get noticed, not for the contest or any reason. I am just generally stating my opinion, which is very simply put if it is worth it to you to win the contest perform said requirements.

If it is not then do not do so, period! The whining about it is childish, such as I can't believe I have to post on Facebook etc.. Basically the producer of said prize lists it as a requirement. Therefore you have absolutely no choice no matter your opinion of said venue if you indeed want to win said prize.

If the getting noticed comment was not directed at me I apologize for the misconception. I personally do not care if you read or notice my posts. I just post what I think, and I was kind of tired of listening to the whining, because in general even most of the people who have commented on the facebook subject I have read, benefited from, and appreciated there posts in the past.

I just do not see the point in whining it is not HH's fault in any way what the producer of an item or items requires, in a contest format!

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 12:04 PM

rapid1:
People who whine as there is no way to please them no matter what is done.

rapid1:
But no I am going to whine about it at the top of my lungs, and say it is not fair. Hmmmmm....... That actually seems pretty juvenile when looked at in that truthful spectrum does it not?

Holy Crap!

I didn't think that I was whining. I expressed that I wouldn't join FaceBook again and I posted a few reasons why. It's not a juvenile concept when you take the time to read about some of what others have had to deal with on FaceBook.

READ ABOUT IT A LITTLE HERE  THERE'S ONLY ABOUT 4.17 MILLION HITS TO THIS SEARCH.  (hint: they can't all be full of crap)

It's true that FaceBook can be a fantastic tool for advertisers and business owners, I get that, but some of us just don't want to play. I don't like junk mail delivered to my home, junk e-mail in my computer's Inbox, and inappropriate hidden cameras really piss me off.

Too many people don't take the time to learn how to protect themselves while online ANYWHERE and having to travel a purposely convoluted route on FB clicking through settings pages to protect yourself and turn off their 'features' is a bunch of crap.

Why don't they just put ONE BUTTON on the main page of FB that takes you to a "plain-speak" settings page with one or two, or even three levels of protection that you can enable that really do work,....completely? They could do it,.......but the advertisers would freak out on them and they're afraid to do it.

I didn't join up for this contest (as everyone seems to be suggesting) because of FaceBook, (even though Dave says it's not set in stone that you need to) but don't call me, and others that feel the same way as I do "Whining and Juvenile" rapid1.

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I formed an opinion by posting just that on here earlier.  I am not judging anyone's choice to not join Facebook.  Everyone has their reasons and are entitled them them, just as I am entitled to my opinion.  Yes, you are forming opinions of me based on my posts, but there are many individuals I run into every day that form opinions of me based on what they feel is appropriate.  Voicing an opinion in any situation is usually done to get noticed whether it's to win a contest or not.  I think the opinion I have formed is a genuinely debatable topic - if it wasn't it would never have come up on the forum.

 

I can appreciate the users who are upset that it is much easier to win something such as this beast of a system because businesses are using tools to better market their business.  It makes it easier for a user to simply log on to facebook, like a couple groups and make a couple posts on facebook and win the system.  I fully believe that the winner should contribute to this forum - it helps the community.  I fully intend to stick around even if I don't win the system.  So Yes, I am writing to get noticed, but not necessarily to win the system.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 12:31 PM

They do give an easy way to protect yourself. I am not really criticizing you or anyone specifically. What I am saying is that Digital Storm or any other organization who provides the costly hardware for a prize such as this says that these are our requirements. Hothardware in general can do nothing about those requirements as they are not there own, but are those of the provider as illustrated in my first sentence on this statement. My comments were not really aimed at you anyway realneil as you are only stating facts.

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I have 2 HD5850's from ATI and they are nice. The drivers are good too. I would drop that grudge now, becasue these new AMD cards are supposed to be good. Much better Crossfire scalability. And They have also dropped something; the ATI branding. Thats right, so it is actually an AMD Intel combo.

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realneil replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 12:50 PM

They are an Information sponge and the information that they crave is yours. Once you give it to them, it belongs completely to them forever

Read this directly from their Terms of Use Agreement that you have to accept to use the service:

By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.



No big deal, you think, because after all you can delete your photos on Facebook can't you?    In fact you can't.    You can't delete your account either. 

More from the Terms:

You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content.

Why do they need to legally wrap you up so tightly? (cue video of Robert De-Nero talking about the circle of trust) (now shudder)

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My response was meant to be a reply to farfrmnormal. It did not work out that way, most likely a noscript issue or something similar on my end. 

  I see nothing objectionable about trying to win a prize, and doing it by  "getting noticed" , whatever that means is the way to do it here. I only learned about this forum by mention of this contest/sweepstakes. Its a promotion, designed to generate traffic and user content, and that's all good.  But I saw farfrmnormals reply to my post and interpreted it more as just  a self serving "take sides with the editor" than an actual contribution to a pros/cons of facebook. And that may have been a bit cynical of me. I was just trying to respond to dave_hh 's question about what people may have against facebook.
I partially agree with your view that, if the sacrifice of your information to facebook is not worth the chance at a prize, then simply don't take part. But letting the sponsors of the promotion know that you don't approve of the conditions of entering is basically your vote , as a potential customer, to change the way its done. Don't do it in a whiny way of course, but do voice your complaint/objection.And while I don't condone the method,even whining does get things changed. Squeaky wheel and all that.

 

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Dec 6 2010 12:53 PM

As far as it all goes I do use Facebook, and regularly. I have all my privacy settings as friends only, and I block most app providers as well because I don't like bulletins all over my facebook. I am not really even criticizing anyone, what i am presenting is my opinion on (which is only my singular opinion anyway) that HH and (Dave and Marco) can do absolutely nothing about the providers requirements in a contest on there site, other than of course not to have the contest at all. So the complaints are totally unaddressable by them. I understand them, and even see there validity. However: in the end there is nothing that can be done because it is not there requirements, but those of a third party.

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