Enter here to win a free Acer Aspire One

As you might have noticed, we wrote a detailed review of Acer’s Aspire One netbook a couple months ago. Behind the scenes, we relied on the kind folks at NCIX.com to obtain a review sample. Rather than send the system back after the article went up, we opted to spice things up a bit and set up a giveaway contest, and NCIX kindly agreed.

So, here we are, giving away our barely used Acer Aspire One review sample (model number AOA110-1955). This baby has an 8.9" 1024×600 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 512MB of system memory, 8GB of flash storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, a card reader, a three-cell battery, a webcam, and Linpus Linux Lite pre-installed. You’ll find all the details, including why we singled out this netbook for an Editor’s Choice award, in our review and the TR netbook guide.

Now, we should note, this particular Aspire One has a bit of an odd Frenchy/Canadian layout, so some of the secondary function key placements may seem kind of strange, with slight socialistic tendencies.  Still, the basic QWERTY layout is intact, and as they’d say in Canadia, it’s free, eh?

How do you enter for a chance to win? Simple: read the rules and regulations below, then check out today’s podcast for answers to the three questions below. Once you’ve found the answers, fill out the form at the bottom of this page with your name, contact details, and answers. If you haven’t listened to our podcasts yet, we strongly urge you to give this one a listen instead of madly seeking through the audio file for the answers. Our podcasts truly complement the written portion of the site, since they bring a mix of deeper commentary and informal discussions about the latest news and reviews.

Once again, we’d like to give a big kudos to NCIX (and its U.S. arm, NCIXUS) for getting us the product and letting us give it away. In case you’re wondering, NCIX charges $324.09 (or $330 CAD) for this particular Aspire One model right now.

Rules and regulations

Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Fill out the form below, correctly answering three easy questions. We clearly reveal the answers to these questions in the October 19 episode of The Tech Report Podcast.

Only one entry allowed per person, household, or e-mail address. Multiple entries per person, household or address are not permitted. Please don’t try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We’ll probably disqualify you if you do.

We will be accepting giveaway entries between the time the podcast goes up (on October 19) and October 30 at noon CST. We’ll then choose our winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site and will also be notified via e-mail on October 31, 2008. The winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on Monday, November 3, 2008, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.

You must include your full name and a physical shipping address with your entry. Only the winner’s name will be announced on the site. We will not share the address or other personal information with our sponsors or anyone else. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

We will accept entries only from residents of the United States and Canada. No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Neither TR nor NCIX.com is responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as RSI, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.

Questions

Listen to our podcast for the answers to the questions below:

  • Question 1: What is the name of the TR podcast theme song that plays at the beginning of the podcast?
  • Question 2: In the October 19 podcast, Joshua Buss discusses his article about Gigabyte’s 2008 Open Overclocking Championship. He mentions a special tour he took after the event while in Taiwan. Of what was this tour?
  • Question 3: Apple announced an overhauled line of MacBook laptops on Tuesday. Which of the panel members in this episode of the TR podcast followed the event through live blogs?

Update – 10/30/08: The deadline for the contest has passed, so we’re no longer accepting further entries.

Comments closed
    • Forge
    • 11 years ago

    Since the deadline has passed, mine were:

    1. Rockafunkaholic
    2. Gigabyte’s factory
    3. Jordan and Cyril

      • 5150
      • 11 years ago

      You lose. It’s Rock-a-Funk-a-Holic. 😉

        • Forge
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, they drew the wrong name too.

    • mattthemuppet
    • 11 years ago

    To be honest, I’d rather read an article – I did listen to part of a podcast (2 or 3 back), it was reasonably entertaining, but I don’t have the time at work or home to sit and listen to something for an hour, particularly when a lot of the content has already been discussed on the site.

    Plus the idea of using a $1000+ dualcore, super duper PC as a /[

    • 5150
    • 11 years ago

    Tried to listen at work, can’t concentrate on it as I keep getting interrupted, have no idea what the song is, have little desire to listen to it outside of work. Can’t write a complete sentence. I’m sure there is good info in there, but over an hour for me is too long. Sorry.

      • SecretMaster
      • 11 years ago

      Honestly the first question is answered within the first three minutes of the podcast…

        • 5150
        • 11 years ago

        Who am I kidding, I managed to get through it today. It wasn’t that bad. I’ll be honest, I skipped around a bit, but listened to probably 80% of it.

        • jdrake
        • 11 years ago

        Lol – I was waiting for someone to say it….

      • SUSHRUKH
      • 11 years ago

      Yeah all the giveaways on the net are for only N.Americans.I wonder why the rest of the world are left off everytime like we don’t want to wn anything & all the necessities belong to N.Americans.Comeon,give us a chance to win too please.It doesn’t cost much to send them anywhere in the world via USPS(United States postal service) & can easily be paid by the large companies who are organizing these giveaways.Only the wish needs to be there.

    • beetlebud
    • 11 years ago

    I want my answers now dammit! 😉

    • DreadCthulhu
    • 11 years ago

    Well, I have no idea at all what the song is used in the opening, so I guess I will have to skip this contest. Honestly, this whole podcast thing is stupid; audio is simply inferior to text + pictures for conveying information about technology. If this podcast was simply written down, it would only take me 10-15 minutes to read; I don’t have time to listen to something for more than an hour.

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      No, no, no — listen to /[

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    A competition on the internet? Oh but of course im not eligible, because its apparently impossible to ever post a package from the US to Europe… Damn it. how about offering a competition giveaway for everyone NOT in N America?

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      I doubt shipping is the problem. It probably has more to do with trying to keep up with the eleventy-thirteen distinct legal jurisdictions and languages they would have to research in order to know whether or not the prize, the contestants, or the terms and conditions were illegal somehow.

      You’ll notice they also didn’t include Mexico, and it’s on the same continent.

        • 5150
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, but Mexico is like our white trash cousin, we choose to ignore him and don’t invite him to parties.

        • Mithent
        • 11 years ago

        Why is Canada always included in nearly every promotion in the US though?

          • 5150
          • 11 years ago

          Because it’s America’s hat.

    • Jigar
    • 11 years ago

    🙁 me not eligible for the contest. Booo….. 🙁

    • JJCDAD
    • 11 years ago

    If I win I might start ready some of the netbook articles. 😛

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    Just an afterthought question as I’ve already filled out the form.

    Does spelling count for the first question? I put the answer as three separate words but some could say it is one word. Will that really matter?

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      Did I mention Damage’s previous career as an IRS auditor? I’m pretty sure I did, because that’s the kind of thing a wily guy like me would make up on the fly for the sake of a throw-away gag.

        • SecretMaster
        • 11 years ago

        You sir, have lost me.

          • ludi
          • 11 years ago

          Sorry. You were questioning whether TR would severely nitpick over the exact spelling of a non-word, e.g. like a tax auditor might do 😉

            • SecretMaster
            • 11 years ago

            Ah I get it now. I thought that is what you meant, but I didn’t understand the throw-away gag part until just now.

            I’m a bit slow sometimes and things don’t always click for me.

            • FireGryphon
            • 11 years ago

            What are you talking about? No one here on the TR site ever cares how anything is spelled, or anything like that AT ALL.

      • Inkling
      • 11 years ago

      As long as your answer is unmistakable in what you mean (like, it’s phonetically accurate), then we’re not going to require exact spelling.

    • kvndoom
    • 11 years ago

    CONGRATUATION

    YOU ARE THE 999,999th VISITOR TO THIS SITE.

    A WINNER IS YOU.

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 11 years ago

      Thank you!! Oh, thank you all!! *sob*

    • marvelous
    • 11 years ago

    crossed finger

      • FireGryphon
      • 11 years ago

      Only one finger?

        • jasonalwaysready
        • 11 years ago

        shop class

          • Mavrick88
          • 11 years ago

          Ouch……

    • bhtooefr
    • 11 years ago

    Entered. 🙂

    And, it is a rather long podcast, but look at it this way. The podcast is 1.31 hours long. The item is valued at $324.09.

    That’s $247.55 per hour.

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 11 years ago

      If you win…

      …if you dont win, you should talk to your union rep.

    • matic
    • 11 years ago

    Listen to the whole podcast?!? Damn, this netbooks are expensive even when they are free… 🙁

      • jdrake
      • 11 years ago

      You might be surprised at how quickly we answer the questions….

        • bhtooefr
        • 11 years ago

        Or you might not be. 😉

      • Contingency
      • 11 years ago

      Seriously. Listening to a podcast about tech news is almost as bad as reading a print magazine about the Internet, or the plot of last night’s sitcom conveyed through interpretive dance. Once the novelty wears off, the limitations of the media are too obvious to ignore.

        • ssidbroadcast
        • 11 years ago

        Yeah, but there’s something pleasing to the ear about Scott’s voice.

          • SomeOtherGeek
          • 11 years ago

          Score one for the deafies!! Seriously, I’m deaf, how do I compete?? 😉 That is ok! Seriously, it is ok! I’ll just be a cheerleader.

          So, all, good luck and let us know how you like the new gift!

          • xzelence
          • 11 years ago

          Haha, you are so right about that.

        • cygnus1
        • 11 years ago

        You either appreciate the commentary or you don’t. The good podcasts about tech news are the ones with good commentary, and i’d count the TR podcast as one of those.

    • dragmor
    • 11 years ago

    T&C Question. Is USA and Canada residents for shipping purposes only i.e. Can I enter from Oz and if one have it go to my nephew in Canada?

      • Inkling
      • 11 years ago

      Maybe your nephew should be the one entering.

        • dragmor
        • 11 years ago

        At 6 he doesn’t have access to the public internet (only a white list). But I’ll pass the competition info onto his parents.

    • Perry
    • 11 years ago

    It also has a 4 GB SDHC card too!

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    Methinks this is a great way to get more people listening to the podcasts.

      • VILLAIN_xx
      • 11 years ago

      lol…oooooh yeh.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      methinks that’s the point.

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