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January 3, 2009

Happy New Year Comment Contest

at 3:13 am. Filed under Contests

Happy new year to you all! It has been a long time since we did a comment contest, I feel that it’s about time another commenter gets rewarded for participating.

Nuts and Volts is a fantastic electronic magazine with articles about new technology and great project ideas every month. Have a look at the article line up for January for examples of this. Hacked Gadgets is giving away a one year subscription to a lucky Hacked Gadgets reader. Entry into the contest is simple, just leave a comment for any article during the remainder of January 2009. Enter as many times as you want, just please don’t leave spam comments since these will be deleted as usual. The email address of the post will be used to identify and notify the lucky randomly selected winner. Please note that email addresses left when commenting is never made public.

Here is a bit more information about the magazine…

“Nuts & Volts is the leading magazine for those seriously interested in electronics. There now remain only a few magazines written for the electronics community with Nuts & Volts being the highest readership, longest running electronics publication left in the US today. And we still have readers and advertisers that have been with us since the early 80s. Nuts & Volts is written for the hands-on hobbyist, design engineer, technician, and experimenter. The diversity of subjects appeals to all levels of experience and spans such topics as amateur robotics, circuit design, lasers, computer control, home automation, microcontrollers, data acquisition, new technology, DIY projects, electronic theory, and more, not to mention the popular BASIC Stamp.”




Added February 12, 2009

The randomly selected winner is Pouncer  for comment #1 in the Shoot your Alarm Clock with Gun O’Clock article.



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34 Responses to “Happy New Year Comment Contest”

  1. Jack Says:

    Well, I’ll start here. I’ve always wondered why I so rarely see awesome magazines like Nuts and Volts in public libraries. Mags about entertainment are welcome, but not so often the really cool informative publications.

    Anyone else notice that, or is it just local? I suppose the libraries are trying to please the largest number of people on a limited budget, but isn’t the whole point of a library to increase public access to knowledge?

  2. VintagePC Says:

    It might also depend on your library- For example, where I live, the libraries have quite a selection of movies and TV series on DVD… yet the libraries in another county nearby do not have this at all.
    I’d wager a lot of it depends on budget as well, and member requests- most libraries will listen to you if you request a new book/item they don’t have yet and it’s within budget.
    Oftentimes, they can get discounts on magazine subscriptions since they subscribe to so many.

  3. georgia Says:

    is the competition only open to people within the US or is it worldwide?

  4. Weaselman50 Says:

    My local librarys don’t have any magazines like this. Mostly Entertainment and some motorized sports.

  5. Graham Says:

    I’m confused as to the premise of this contest. are we supposed to comment on an article or give an idea for our own article or what??

  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    I have noticed the same thing with my local libraries, there are rarely any magazines that are electronic and I have never seen a Nuts and Volts in any of them. 🙁

  7. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Georgia,

    It is open to everyone (as long as Nuts and Volts can deliver it to you). If there is any issue about delivery I am sure we can come up with a suitable replacement prize. 🙂

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Graham,

    Sorry for the confusion, I have highlighted the entry requirements and made an additional clarification. Every comment left on Hacked Gadgets this month will automatically be entered for the prize. The selection will be made at random.

    Happy commenting. 🙂

  9. VintagePC Says:

    I guess I must be lucky to have a library that has all these things 🙂

    (To the tune of Old Mc’D)
    …With a comment here and a comment there,
    everywhere a commment…
    Alan Parekh had a contest…
    Comment Comment Comment

    Sorry… just couldn’t resist- if someone wants to slap me with a dead halibut, I fully understand.

  10. sam Says:

    same question as georgia…

  11. Jack Says:

    Sam: Alan answered in Comment number 7

    “Alan Parekh Says:
    January 3rd, 2009
    Hi Georgia,

    It is open to everyone (as long as Nuts and Volts can deliver it to you). If there is any issue about delivery I am sure we can come up with a suitable replacement prize. 🙂 “

  12. sam Says:

    Jack: Thanks! That’s what happens wen you open a webpage and only get to read it 3 hours later (without refreshing) =D

  13. Mitch Says:

    I will be looking forward to this contest! =]

  14. Trent Says:

    Sweet prize.. Nuts and Bolts for a year, well thats the gift that keeps on giving…. “that it is edward that it is”

  15. Ben Wardill Says:

    I have never seen this in the shops in England. I’m quite surprised they don’t make an international issue as I personally think there is a niche in the market for it here.

    I have followed some of their projects including the issue that tells you how to make a coil gun. Would love to win a years subscription though.

  16. mykeyFinn Says:

    Sounds like a good idea to get more people involved on the site.

  17. MLange Says:

    Try college or university libraries. They often have more of the specifically targetted magazines than public libraries do.

  18. nikhil Says:

    where i am from, the only gateway to such magazines is a paid dial up internet. never the less something is better than nothing.

    as for libraries, forget it man..

  19. Capdiamont Says:

    Nuts & Volts is the only mag I subscribe to, best to get it in three year doses, cheaper that way. Hard to believe I need to renew soon.

  20. Contest-Gal Says:

    It is a great thing to be part of this contest. Nuts and Volts is a great magazine that everyone would love it. As many readers gave an appreciation about this mag.Thanks for sharing this.

  21. tc3 Says:

    I live in hawaii and my local library has a pretty sparse electronics section but no magazines dedicated to the art of electricty, n e way I need that there subscription…. please, its like livin in a freakin third world country sometimes

  22. Erik Says:

    From what I see it resembles somewhat with the ‘elektor’ magazine we have here. But, since I don’t see the N&V here I really cannot comment on it.

  23. Graham Says:

    so do i get an entry for each comment i post? i.e. more coments = more chances to win?

  24. Vintagepc Says:

    Yep… It says you can enter as many times as you want!

  25. Troy Farrell Says:

    The closest I ever got to a decent tech magazine was finding Linux Journal (of all things!) at the local community college. Nuts and Volts would have been better.

  26. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Graham,

    As VintagePC pointed out you can comment as many times as you want on any article from this article till the end of the month. Each comment is another entry.

  27. electric Says:

    Happy new year to you!

  28. Mac Says:

    Nuts and Volts Rocks !

  29. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Electric,

    Same to you! That bike is cool, it really packs down into a small unit.

  30. Alan Parekh Says:

    You can say that again Mac. 🙂

  31. anne Says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway. Happy New Year and all the best. Nuts and Volts would be a great asset to our household.

  32. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi anne,

    Thanks, and same to you!

  33. Nikofav Says:

    I did not know about this contest until I google it. 🙂

  34. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced. Thanks to everyone for participating.

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