Announcing TR's 10th anniversary giveaway

On November 8, 2009, The Tech Report will be ten years old. Can you believe it?

TR has grown from a part-time hobby into a in-depth resource on PC hardware producing daily news and multiple articles each week, complete with a thriving community of readers and a crack team of full-time staffers scattered across three countries.  We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do what we're doing each day, and we want to thank each of our readers for helping make it possible.

As anyone who's been following us for a while ought to know, we like celebrating by giving away a whole bunch of hardware. What better way to commemorate our years of covering PC hardware than by letting a bunch of lucky readers get some of the best of it for free?

This isn't just any anniversary, though. We've been in business a whole decade. When we started off, people were still searching the web with AltaVista, sharing their MP3s with reckless abandon on Napster, and raising their eyebrows at that newfangled "Athlon" processor from AMD. Making a phone call usually involved getting off the Internet first, and was still in business.

We needed to kick things up a notch this time.

And so we did. Thanks to the tremendous support of Asus, Corsair, Gigabyte, OCZ, and XFX, we've orchestrated our grandest giveaway ever. Over the next week, we'll be giving out over 118 prizes (yes, over one hundred and eighteen) with a total dollar value exceeding $8,000. One lucky winner will also walk away with the grand prize, which should please anyone familiar with our system guide.

You don't have to buy anything, sign up for a new credit card, or start selling computer hardware door-to-door to enter the contest. Just read the rules and regs below, and then fill out the form further down with answers to three easy questions about The Tech Report and your contact information. (We won't share that information with anyone.)

Rules and regulations
Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to these terms.

Fill out the form below, correctly answering three easy questions about TR and its history. 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 November 6, 2009 and November 13, 2009 at 12:00 AM CST. Each day from November 9 through November 13, we will choose two to nine winners in random drawings from among all eligible entries received at that time. Then, on November 14, we will choose the winner of our grand prize (again in a random drawing from among all eligible entries). Randomly chosen winners are only eligible for a single prize each, and their chance of winning depends on the number of entries received. In total, there will be 27 winners of hardware donated by our sponsors. We will announce the names of winners on the site and also notify these winners via the e-mail addresses they provided in the submission form. Winners must respond by 12:00 AM CST on November 22, 2009, or another winner will be randomly chosen.

You must include your full name and a physical shipping address with your entry. Only the winners' names 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 any of the sponsors are 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.

The answers to the questions below all lie somewhere on TR:

  • Question 1: TR forum members are ranked as different incarnations of which furry mammal?

  • Question 2: What nickname did we give to the loud cooler on the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra?

  • Question 3: The scatter plots in our value articles have two axes. One axis represents performance; what does the other axis represent?
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