Our Tom Bihn Brain Bag contest was a success - good to see so many of you have more gadgets than you know what to do with, yet can put out the cash to buy a good bag to carry it all in! Nonetheless, one of you walks away with a bag, so you can continue spending money on stuff to fill it with. Using random.org, the winner of the bag was Shamit, otherwise known as Plexi. Congrats. For the rest of you, look out for our next giveaway very soon.
OurColony.net has become very popular, especially after the controversy surrounding it. We decided to jump aboard and enjoy the ride by creating our own colony. Join the Gear Live colony and put your brains to the test by helping to solve some of the toughest puzzles you have ever seen.
Point your web browser to the main page, OurColony.net, and enter “Play” (without the quotes) in the space provided. Click on the ant and you will now be directed to a “lounge”. Here you can either join a colony or create one. Click on the “Join Existing Colony” link on top. You are now at a page asking you for a password. The password to join our team is 21903555, enter it on the password field and click the ant logo. You are now directed to a registration page where you fill out all the usual stuff you can expect to see when registering for a new membership.
That’s it. You’re all set and ready to start tackling the puzzles and getting to see the mouth-watering pictures everyone keeps talking about. Remember to tell your friends, the more people that are involved the more interesting it gets. Once you join, head on over to the Gear Live forums to discuss the puzzles, or just to talk about the latest technology and trends.
Our Tom Bihn Brain Bag Giveaway ends tomorrow, so we wanted to let anyone that may have missed it in on the contest. All you need to do is tell us what gear you have to have with you on a daily basis in the comment area of the original post. We choose the winner completely at random - US residents only.
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We have gotten so used to giving away free gear, we now feel bad about neglecting to offer something for you to carry it all around in. Please accept this giveaway as our official apology. Tom Bihn is known for making super-functional bags for all sorts of needs, and they fit right in with the needs of those who are obsessed with technology. One item we were particularly impressed with is their Brain Bag - so much so that we are going to give one away. To enter, leave us a comment telling us what gear you currently have to have on you at all times. We want to hear about what our readers just can’t live without when they are on the go. As always, this one is open to US residents only. For more information on the Brain Bag, check out the product page.
A month or so ago, I got a call from NPR personality Laura Sydell asking about the impending launch of the Sony PSP. We spoke a bit on the phone, and I was then invited to come to the radio studio to talk at length about Sony’s handheld. The studio segment recording lasted about 20 minutes, and the piece aired the other day. Of course, as with most media channels, segments are cut up. Take a listen to NPR’s report on the PSP launch, and you will even get to hear me mention an outdated way of putting video onto the device!
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Time for a few bits regarding the site.
Submit News Tips: We have added an often requested tool to the site, making it a snap to submit news tips and stories to Gear Live. At the top of the left column, you will see a link that simply reads “Submit A News Tip”. Click that, and you will be taken to the submission form. Go ahead and give it a try!
New Editors: If you’ve been reading the site recently, you have probably seen a couple of new names on the story bylines. Welcome Edwin and Shane to the Gear Live editor team. They love technology as much as the rest of us here, and they aim to please. Gear Live is looking to possibly add a couple more editors to the staff. If you have a particular niche you would like to focus on, let us know. If you are interested, drop us a line. Please include a writing sample.
E3 Expo 2005: We are heading to the Electronics Entertainment Expo in May to bring you coverage of all the big happenings in the gaming world. If you want to support our E3 efforts, you can sign up and complete an offer at MacMinis4Free - by doing so, you will help secure our living quarters while at E3, seriously!
IRC Chatroom: We got hooked up with an IRC chat room. If you want to stop by and chat about tech, head on over to #gearlive on irc.freenode.net - irc://irc.freenode.net/gearlive - and introduce yourself. Remember, this is the only official Gear Live IRC chat room.
Forums: If you haven’t seen the Gear Live Forums, check them out here. We have a very active community, with great tech (and non-tech) discussions throughout.
Newsletter: Finally, we will soon be adding a weekly email newsletter to our list of services we provide here. You can sign up for it by simply entering your email address in the Newsletter box in the right sidebar. The newsletter will also include news highlights, along with product giveaways. No need to worry about spam, we hate it as much as you do. We will not be giving away any of your information.
Another contest has come to a close, this one sees three people walk away with one year of free online storage courtesy of Box.net. The three winners are benplaut, bayyar, and TheMetsAreBad. You will now have 1 GB of online storage for a year. All the rest of us can get it on it for $2.99 per month.
We received over 400 entries into our PrizeCube sponsored Sony PSP Value Pack Giveaway, which is the most we have had for any contest thus far! Unfortunately, only two people will actually be walking away with Sony PSP Value Packs from this contest. If your name is R. Franz or E. Barrett, you have already been in contact with me regarding your prizes. For all the rest of you, don’t fret - you didn’t really want one anyway, did you? Oh well, at least you can look at some images until launch.
If you have never been in need of a file you forgot while on the go, you are a liar. The fact of the matter is, we have all forgotten/deleted/thrown away something important at one time or another. Box.net is all about making these kinds of things less stressful. Their goal is simply to provide you with an online file storage bin that is always available. Their standard box size is 1 GB, which is more than enough to hold images, Word documents, and a few other things. Accounts can be shared, or kept all to your lonesome. We are going to be giving away three 1 GB accounts, which will be yours for one year, over the next few days. In order to win, be sure to check back daily. We will be putting a box.net hyperlink into one story per day, for three days, starting on Monday. If you see it, be the first to post your findings in the comments area of that news item and the 1 year 1 GB account is yours. In the meantime, read up on their service (which you can also opt to purchase yourself for $2.99 per month) in their “How It Works” section.
Alright, here’s the deal. Gear Live is going to be at E3 in full force. A couple of us are going to be roaming the showroom floor like nobody’s business, capturing all the video and stills that would make any gamer scream like a schoolgirl. We will also be talking to a few influential people relevant to the gaming and consumer electronics world. However, while we will have all this data, we have no way of getting it to you in real time. Why is this? We do not have a laptop. This is where you come in:
Our favorite incentive network, OfferCentric, has a free notebook website that they run. If you help us in achieving our goal by signing up for the site as one of our referrals, you will be entered to win one of a bunch of prizes. I am talking about things like Pod Shields, DecalGirl iPod and Gamecube skins, a PDA Panache custom Nintendo DS stylus, and a Logitech Harmony 688 Universal Remote. One winner will also be the proud recipient of an E3 Bag-o-Stuff - that being a bunch of miscellaneous free items that companies give out at E3, and it is usually tons. As you can see, we have a bunch of stuff to give away to a bunch of people for bringing us to the point where we can get the laptop, and report live from the showroom floor. All that is required for entry is for you to sign up at Notebooks4Free and complete an offer. We will update in a few days with a status report. Any questions, contact us here.