Let’s say I have $6,000 worth of HP technology sitting in my living room.

Because I do.

Now let’s say that I’m going to be giving away all $6,000 worth of HP technology that is sitting in my living room TO ONE PERSON.

Let’s pretend that one person could be YOU.

Because it could be.


What do I call this opportunity? Magic.

That’s what sponsor HP and co sponsor Microsoft Windows Live call it too.

Yes. I am one of the 50.

moosh in indy. is lucky enough to be one of fifty blogs involved in HP’s Magic Giveaway for the holidays. 49 other blogs have been or will be reviewing and then giving away the same $6,000 package of technology. All 50 blogs will have different rules and entry guidelines, some will be in different languages. And yes, you can enter them all (but you can only win one.)

Gotta Be Mobile
Barb’s Connected World
Gear Live
Small Biz Vista
JK On the Run
I Started Something
Bleeping Computer
The Gadgeteer
Planet x64
Digital Home Thoughts
Digital Inspiration
Geek News Central
The Digital Lifestyle
Last 100
Geeks To Go!
Slashdot Review
Windows Connected
Techie Diva
One Day, One Job
Student Bloggers
Study Hacks – Demystifying College Success
Noticias Tech
La Bitácora de Erwin Ried
Carlos Alberto
Unión de Bloggers Hispanos
Living – In Theory
moosh in indy. (hi!)
Morningside Mom
Thoughts on poetics & tech
Stop, Drop & Blog
Down-to-Earth Mama
merlot mom

Our biggest hope and only requirement?

That you share. Share the magic that is winning $6,000 worth of computers, software and hardware. Let’s face it, no one needs $6,000 worth of HP technology. Want? SURE! But need? No. The prize package includes:


HP TouchSmart IQ816 PC
HP HDX 18 series Premium Notebook PC
HP MediaSmart Connect
HP Pavilion dv4 series Entertainment Notebook PC (with Windows Live)
HP Mini 1000 (with XP)


HP Photosmart C6380 Wireless AIO (printer)
• HP 564 Photo Value Pak


• Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Home Premium or Microsoft Windows XP pre-installed on all units (Mini 1000 runs XP)
• Microsoft Office Home and Student Edition 2007 (Student-Teacher Edition) – 1 DVD with 3 licenses
• Microsoft Windows Live
Corel VideoStudio X2


Kung Fu Panda (2 widescreen DVDs; 1 widescreen Blu-ray disc)

Total value: >US$6000

That’s right. Four computers. Oodles of other stuff. One person.

Let’s face it. The economy is crap. As much as you and your family may want, or even need a new computer, it’s just not a reality for a lot of people right now. Now imagine winning four. Maybe all you needed was one. Maybe you wanted two. What about the other two? Think about it. Who could you pass the magic on to?

A teacher? A church? An after school program? An elderly neighbor? A family who has lost everything? Someone who gives so much of themselves and never asks for anything in return? Maybe someone else who entered this giveaway and compelled you with their story.

HOW TO ENTER (these are my rules, and they only apply and qualify you for the giveaway here, at mooshinindy.com):

I want to know. Who would you share all this magic with and how would you do it?

  1. Compose a post on your own blog, telling me what you would do with $6,000 worth of the latest HP technology. Who would you share with and why? Creativity counts, but it’s not everything. I’m going to be awarding this prize package to whomever captures the magic of sharing the most. Don’t have a blog? Go ahead and compose your entry in 200 words or less and post it here in my comments section, leaving a valid email in the email field. Video entries on YouTube, posts on MySpace and Facebook will also be accepted.
  2. Somewhere in your post mention and link to HP’s Magic Giveaway along with a mention and link to this post on moosh in indy. When your post is published, leave a link to your entry, wherever it may be, with your name and valid email address in the comments section below.
  3. Contest is open NOW! and will run through 10 p.m. EST December 9th, 2008. Comments will close at 10 p.m. EST on December 9th, 2008. So get to it.
  4. That’s it.


  • My family, friends and people I know in real life are not eligible. Sorry dudes. It’s just not fair. But you are more than welcome to enter any or all of the other 49 giveaways. (Although you can only win one.)
  • Anyone who doesn’t fall into the above category, in any part of the world, is eligible to enter.
  • All taxes will be taken care of by HP.
  • You must SHARE part of the prize package with someone who isn’t you, preferably someone who doesn’t even live in your house. While I have no way to police you once the prizes leave my doorstep, I can assure you that if you don’t share, bad juju’s will follow you all the days of your life. Okay, so I can’t even promise that, just don’t be a selfish jerk okay? You’re a lucky fool if you win all this stuff. PAY IT FORWARD.
  • The winner must provide me with a real street shipping address, P.O. Boxes will not be accepted. Items you choose to share can be shipped to the person directly at no cost to you (and is actually preferred. Who doesn’t love getting magic surprises in the mail?)
  • By entering, the winner agrees to provide me, within two weeks of receipt of the prize,  a 250 word story (at least) on what happened when they shared one or more of the products. Their story will be posted on moosh in indy. at a later date. Stories from those who were surprised with the magic would also be fantastic. Pictures optional, but strongly encouraged. I won’t post any personal information without permission.
  • I have been using (reviewing, coveting, checking out) the hardware (dude, I don’t get to keep any of this stuff) but they will all be restored to factory/like new condition before I ship them.
  • I will pick and announce a winner December 9th, 2008 at 12 a.m. EST.

I will be the sole judge and my decision is final. I cannot be bought with promises of cookies, lavish riches, goods, products or services. So don’t even try. Okay, so you can try, but just know it won’t work.


  1. My brother… he’s a college student and will be for quite some time and still using the fifty dollar computer he bought off my mom. I know deep down inside he dreams of a better computer but says nothing of it because of his three-year old daughter and wife. Plus who needs the debt of a computer when they’ll have loans piled up so high when he gets out of school. Did I mention their T.V. recently went out and my niece has resorted to watching all her movies on a portable DVD player…which is on loan from an Uncle. Another computer would be shipped to my dad, who makes a computer out of an outdated 20lb. notebook. True it does it purpose, but sometimes it can be a bit frustrating. My dad lives in Virginia and talks to my niece over web cam, which doesn’t always cooperate. Her eyes light-up and she begins to fill the room with song and dance when she gets to talk to grandpa, because she only gets to see him at Christmas. So https://mooshinindy.com/, make my wish come true through HP’s Magic Giveaway, by helping me spread the magic that comes with giving.

  2. Marc Basara says:

    Christmas can be a hard time for a family who has just lost something or someone very important to them. In the last month, my best friend has lost his dad to a sudden heart attack, his dog, and both cats… talk about down on your luck. I would love to be able to help in someway but as I have never been through any of those things talking to him about it isn’t help enough. I don’t believe these prizes will cure his saddness but, will certainly help ease the pain over the hoiliday season. Please https://mooshinindy.com/, with the help of the HP Magin Giveaway at, http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/blogger-magic/, help me help him. Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. This would be a grand way to show him how much we appreciate him. By the way anyone who has not watched the movie pay it forward should make a point to see it. It’s an excellent movie.


  4. ver ivanz gabinete says:

    I would definitely share those blessing given to me by God. This will be a very nice Christmas present for us. Here are my plans. The HPDV4 series would replace my current laptop which is a Pentium3 700MHz. My old laptop will be given to my auntie who is a teacher, so that she will not go to computer shop anymore. The Touchsmart PC will replace our old desktop , that will be very useful especially for my brother and sisters homework. My old desktop and the Photosmart printer will be given to my elementary school(where I graduated-batch 1998) since they don’t even have one. The rest of the package (HPmini, HDX18, MediaSmart, etc) rather than giving it to few persons, will be auctioned and the fund that will be generated will be used to buy groceries, candies, clothing and toys.I will distribute them to the poor families in our town who live in the streets and to the street children in our town. I want to be a Santa Claus for them and I want them to feel the spirit of Christmas. This way, I can share the blessing and make more people happy. God Bless Us All.

  5. Beverly Metcalf says:

    If I’m lucky enough to win, I’d give everything away to my grandchildren, except for the laptop, since I would love that for myself. Thanks for having the great giveaway and Happy Holidays to all!

  6. I would like to share this prize from HP 9http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/blogger-magic/blogs.html) with a young family I know. The parents are both students and they have an elementary age child. I know they are terribly burdened financially, but it doesn’t stop them from giving back to their community. They give to their local food bank, and the wife is an active volunteer for hospice patients. I would LOVE to be able partner with moosh in indy to be bless this family with such an amazing gift that I know they could never otherwise afford.

  7. Here is the link to my blog post about why I want to win: http://sweetnsassygirls.blogspot.com/2008/12/hp-magic-giveaway.html

    I also wanted to add a little more about my sister the teacher and athletic trainer I would be sharing this with. She lives for the kids she works with. She recently took in a roommate who is a lady who was living on a couch in someones house. They did not allow her to show that she lived there at all. She had to keep everything in her car, and pack her things up every day. Right after hurricane Ike hit, her ex-husband dropped all 5 of their kids off with her, and she had no where to keep them. My sister took them in, and all 7 of them lived in a small 2 bedroom apartment. My sister is only in her 20’s but she is so willing to help anyone out. She really deserves something nice.

  8. Donna Roberts says:

    Sharing this prize would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would donate one computer to the Brevard County Zoo here in Florida to use or raffle to raise money. http://www.brevardzoo.org/about.

    I would also give one to the Humane Society of Southern Brevard, an independent, not-for-profit, no kill shelter, again to use or raffle for desperately-needed funds. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/brevard.html

    Finally, I would give one to my care-giver and best friend who helps me live with my disability. She never complains about helping after working hard all day at a full-time job. It would mean so much to be able to reward her with something that she can’t afford herself.

    Living check-to-check on Soc. Sec. Disability I can’t afford a new computer. Being house-bound most of the time, a computer is my link to the world. Having a new computer of very my own, and sharing the others, would be the best Christmas ever.

    Thanks to https://mooshinindy.com/ for the chance to enter and to
    http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/blogger-magic/ for an awesome contest.

  9. Well I am an Indian and an 18 years old student of BCA and I live in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. My mother is a head worker and supporter in Bhopal Youth Welfare Society (BYWS). We have only a single computer at home. I use it for my studies and dad uses it for their work and mom uses it for the society work. Me and my mom are very enthusiast about the computers and things we can perform with it. Mom trains the students at society about the technical part and the basic softwares like MS Office, Paint, Development languages! and I do sometimes teach them about using email, social networking, photoshop, even blogging (so that they can make it as their career) and more.

    Our society teaches the normal students of all caste and of all religions. Most of the students are from the poor and the middle class. We don’t engage students, we say those who are interested can take some knowledge from us. And yes the main factor is we don’t

    If we win this pack this will be beneficial for the society and we too. Me and mom will not have to wait for our turn at the home computers. The teens at the society will have more sources and computing power. As these high-end machine will be a part of our society, more students from near-by colonies will be attracted to our program.

    Teaching will be fun with these HP machines and even the students will have fun interacting with the latest technologies like touch screen, etc and thus improving their interest in learning computers.

    I know there are many in need worldwide but this computers can really help those who are really interested in becoming advanced computer users.

  10. *the main factor is we don’t charge any fees for teaching!

  11. As you have asked to provide a link to my entry when it’s published,so here it is :-https://mooshinindy.com/2008/12/03/hp-magic-giveaway/#comment-20353

  12. Sorry for posting again.The link to my entry is here :- https://mooshinindy.com/2008/12/03/hp-magic-giveaway/#comment-20354

  13. Ron Starusnak says:

    If I win this package I intend on giving one as a gift to my girlfriend on Christmas, I am hoping that will lead to a lot of happiness and eventually marriage and babies :D.

    I have a special plan for the touchsmart though, my grandma is always talking about the internet and computers and everything she sees has a website but she can’t use the computer because of her arthritis, having a touch screen will hopefully allow me to teach her without any problems.

    My final gift would be to my sister who just has 2 little babies and she can not afford a decent computer, she is the one that started me on the internet when windows 98 was hangin around and now she doesn’t even have her own, it’s saddening to me.

  14. Thank you for doing this! I love your blog!

    Jefrilyns last blog post..Share the Magic

  15. Hi! I posted mine! Totally NOT A BRIBE but have you had a cupcake from The Flying Pumpkin. Oh my. heaven in your mouth. Just saying. Even though I would totally take you their if I won.


    Jennys last blog post..I swear I LOVE giving gifts. 🙂

  16. Two issues that have always held a place in my heart are literacy and homelessness. I have been extremely blessed with an education and the peace of mind to never worry where I would sleep once the sun went down. Because of this, I feel it’s important to help others who haven’t been so lucky.

    If I were to win this prize, I would donate portions of it to two causes that address both education and homelessness – (1) Covenant House (http://www.covenanthousepa.org/) and (2) Stand Up For Kids (http://www.standupforkids.org/local/pennsylvania/Philadelphia/). Both of these organizations have branches in Philadelphia, PA which seek out homeless and at-risk youth and offer them support services (e.g. educational assistance and job placement skills). I believe that both these organizations would benefit from an extra computer or two in order to continue helping youth.

    I was brought up to believe that giving to others brings you happiness. The times in my life that I lost sight of this belief and chose to focus on my own problems and frustrations brought nothing but more misery. Knowing this, I hope that whoever is lucky enough to win this prize keeps the spirit of giving going and gives big as well.

  17. If I were to win such a wonderful prize, I would keep the TouchSmart and the mini computer, and everything else would be cheerfully shipped off to Child’s Play Charity to be raffled off for charity. Child’s Play is a charity that gives toys, games, and movies to hospitals for children who spend extended time there. Many of these children are terminally ill This is my favorite charity, and I couldn’t think of a better way to help them in a time when money is stretched tight. Think how great it would be to enter a contest for five or ten dollars and win a computer worth a few thousand dollars! And if a lot of people entered, it’d be a great opportunity to give a great charity an extra boost this year!

  18. If I do win this package I will give some of it away. Unfortunately I will have to sell some of it to pay for things- I want to save up some money to be ready for university. I don’t want to be greedy so the only things that are staying in my family are- the Touchsmart PC, and the Netbook. I have a decent computer right now, which serves my needs.

    My parents would love the Touchsmart PC because it makes using a computer look easy. They don’t know much about them. I would teach them and it would be much easier them trying to show them where to move the mouse. The Touchsmart is a great looking computer which is awesome for everyday work.

    The Netbook is great for school use. I have a laptop but I find it too large and heavy, and I just don’t have the space in my bag. I also don’t want to be carrying a $1000 computer to school because these things can get stolen. The Netbook would be great for me to write all my school notes. I am doing very well in school and want to go into a field that uses computers because I am not that great at sports.

    I am the type of person which tries to be kind and I try to help others. Right now my cousin has OCD and it is getting REALLY serious, he is unable to focus or do his work in school. He has scheduled an appointment but things are so busy that it is next month. He is really stressed out and I try my best to help him- carry his bag, books, hold the door etc. Hopefully things can get better. I would love to give him the laptop but I don’t think that he will be able to use it. He can’t write because he can’t hold his pencil, and with a laptop all he has to do is touch the keys.

    I don’t ask for much from others, and even try to save my parents some money by telling them that (this) or (that) is too expensive and (that) would be necessary so it would be OK it they got me (this) instead.

    I love HP computers. I only got two computers ever and both were HP. They are solid running machines and recommend them to others. Its great to see them sponsoring this giveaway.

    I would give away the HDX laptop with the media connect to the less fortunate. They will have better use of it. Recently there was a refugee dinner, but I was not able to go and help. If I do win then I will go to the chaplain of my school and ask him since he organized the event.

    I would give the Kung-Fu-Panda movie to a kid at Sick Kids Hospital; it would definitely cheer him up and make him laugh. The movie was very funny and hopefully it can make some of these kids smile. They are very sick at the moment- some are having cancer.

    The last thing that I would give away is the Microsoft Office 2007 program. I already have it in my family but I know a few students at my school who don’t have it and it might help them out.

    As I was writing this I was thinking of selling something… but I realized that I only have the printer left to sell. So since that the only thing left, I would probably keep that to replace my current printer and give my current printer to someone less fortunate.

    I would also like to say that all these things will help me be more productive and get where I want to be. This can make me do more things. I could use all of these things but I will give them away since I am not that greedy. I want to give. If I was in the situation of those needy people I would want someone to help me. So I WILL! If I don’t win this prize then hopefully the person who does gives some of it away.

    This is a magical time of year so we have to be nice to one another, think about a person who has less then you and give. You might not need that thing that you can give away.

    Good luck to everyone in this contest! May the winner spread the MAGIC!

  19. I would share with my children’s school. They need some new computers.

  20. This year has been a tough one for me. And I think I deserve some of the prizes in this giveaway. I have gone through two major surgeries in the past 4 months (emergency c-section and gallbladder removal). This equipment would benefit myself and my fiance because the current HP computer we have is getting old and unreliable. My fiance needs a computer for school so he would get his own laptop out of this deal. And I need a home computer as it is the only way I make money being a stay at home mom. So we would be keeping those two things and the printer.
    I would give a large percentage of the rest of the equipment to my mother because she has been here for me constantly, especially throughout my pregnancy and now that I am a new mom in need of help. She bought me a new washer and dryer for my home because she knew it was a necessity, she has bought my baby many necessities. I think she deserves something back, as I will probably never really be able to repay her for all she’s done.
    The rest will probably be donated to a local school which will be a great thing for the students to have. I may donate to another cause, I supposed I’ll decide when and if the time comes. Thank you for this opportunity.

  21. Jennie Lindstrom says:

    Thank you for the oppurtunity to enter this contest. We are a military family, and my husband will be deploying to Afghanistan on the day after Christmas. We are so thankful he will be here for Christmas, but are not looking forward to his deployment. We would keep 2 of the computers, 1 for my girls and I here at home and the other for him to take to Afghanistan with him. We would really enjoy being able to give away some of the wonderful products HP is giving away. We would do this through both our church and possibly by my husband taking some to give away in Afghanistan. Thank you so much for considering us in this giveaway!

  22. so, do i get a point for knowing you? Id give them to…schools! not creative, just honest..oh, i would also keep 1 for myself.

  23. i would love to win this hp magic prize from http://www.hp.com/united-states/campaigns/blogger-magic/

    on this site

    because i can share these computers with people in need people that dont have anything.I can give away one of the laptops to wenston house girls shelter underprivileged poor teenage girls here in my city for christmas. i would love to give the other laptop and printer and kung fu panda and the other stuff besides the touch smart and the last laptop to a charity here for christmas. and i would love to give the last laptop to my sister of 3 kids who cant afford a computer for college i would give it to her for christmas. Im not getting anything for christmas i would love to keep the touchsmart for school work and kick my windows 2000 1999 94 mb of memory computer to the kerb lol thanks for the opportunity!

  24. I posted my entry at http://mommydaisy.blogspot.com/2008/12/all-magic-i-could-giveaway.html. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I know I could do a lot of great things with these computers.

    Mommy Daisys last blog post..All the Magic I could Giveaway

  25. Here’s my blog with entry.

    Thank you for reading it!


    Britts last blog post..The Season of Giving

  26. I’m not sure why my post shows 10:02pm as it’s 8:02pm here central standard time in texas.

    sorry for the double comment

    Britts last blog post..The Season of Giving

  27. Lisa in TX says:

    I’d love to do this on my blog, but everyone I would want to share with reads it, plus there’s the inevitable “What about us?” that comes from having a very large family and a relatively small prize.

    First off, I would share a laptop (the premium one) with my “sister.” Neither of us has a birth sister (she has one brother, I have 5), so we adopted each other. We talk about all the stuff on our minds and all the deep secrets and fears of our hearts. I want to give her a laptop because she’s in nursing school and spends so much time on homework. I’m hoping that a laptop will allow her to work faster, more efficiently, and anywhere she needs so that she has more time with her family and friends.

    I would give the other laptop (entertainment) to my sister-in-law and her family. The just moved 1000+ miles away from all of their extended family so that her husband can go to grad school. I want her to be able to let her family and friends keep up with her and how the baby is growing.

    I would like to share the PC and the printer with my older brother and his family. He will be starting grad school, soon, his oldest daughter is fantastically smart and part way through 1st grade, and his wife is doing freelance graphic design in her “spare” time. The PC would help them all with homework and supporting their family.

    The MediaSmart I would share with my oldest brother. They have the largest family of all of us (6 kids), and their home is often a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.

    Of everything on the list, I don’t need anything, but I would like to keep the mini. It will be useful for our car trip to Illinois/Wisconsin/Minnesota to visit our family and friends next year with our three small children.

  28. With HP’s “Magic”, I’ll be able to share:
    -my childhood memory (photo, video…) with my family;
    -my dicision of majoring in computer science with my dad (quite possibly with these computers);
    -the best recipe with my mom(through the touchscreen PC in the kichen);
    -my academic talent (enhanced by Office 2007) with my professors;
    -my best photographs with the pro’s in Flickr;
    -and the best holiday with my community and the rest of the world!

  29. Jeff Stapleton says:

    I would be thrilled to donate some of the giveaway items to a wonderful local ministry that I have donated to before.

    Providence Ministries not only operates a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, it also operates:

    – Two homeless shelters
    – Two boys’ homes
    – Three thrift stores (proceeds from stores fund all of the outreaches provided)

    I want the donation to be a huge surprise. So, my thought is to contact the local police department and explain that I want them to hand-cuff me and take me to the ministry along with the items. I would have a police officer escort me in saying that someone from management is needed because a crime has been committed. When management walks in, the officer sternly says “Tell them. Come on. Speak.”

    I then tell them the wonderful news that I won a few laptops and other equipment and want to donate some of the items to their ministry and be a blessing. Merry Christmas!

  30. I have a good friend of mine is a fireman with a lot of great connections (knows A LOT of folks) in our community. I would coordinate with him and the fire dept to deliver the items in the fire truck to deserving families and organizations. We would pull up to the home, school or organization in the truck with a little whoop whoop of the sirens (so we don’t scare anyone) and deliver the items.

    We know other families in our community would could use the items and there is Providence Ministries for homeless men, a boys home, and thrift stores. We would focus on these folks to benefit from this awesome gift.

    We have 4 children and homeschool them through a virtual online academy. They all share a 5 year old computer in need of upgrading. So we would keep the TouchSmart and/or a laptop for them to aid in their education. But all other items would be given away.

  31. Here is my submission. I am in no ways a professional (which will be painfully obvious) but I did want to capture the “magic” of the South Dekalb YMCA Child Care Academy – they would be the recipients of most of the prize package if I won. I will be keeping the mini and laptop – everything else will be donated to the Child Care Academy.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfTPThZ0ffk

  32. I would gladly donate some of the “prizes” to a local ministry called “Women Living Free”. The ministry is a beautiful home that shelters, feeds, and ministers to women that have been abused, or have abused alcohol, drugs, etc. WLF really changes the lives of many women in a veyr positive way. Of course, this has a great impact on families.

    I would surprise them by sending a hand-written letter that says “Desparately need your help” across it diagonally. In side I would thank them for providing such a wonderful ministry and helping so many women. I would go on to say that I really need their help because I won all of this computer equipment, etc. (I would possibly include a picture and web URL) and I want to come by and give this item and that item to them. I think I would be giving the M1000 and one of the other laptops, if not the TouchSmart PC. I would end with Merry Christmas!

  33. I’m in between blogs now, but I’d love to give all of these computers away. One to the church daycare that has no money. I’d love to give 2 laptops to college bound foster kids who have nothing but the clothes on their backs sometimes. The touchsmart I would sent to a great organization in guatemala called Mayan Families. As cool as this stuff is, and as much as I’d want to keep it, I don’t need any of it. But I’d love to give it someone who does. I’m excited to see who wins!


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