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ItzaBitza Mac Computer Game Giveaway

Hello, readers. Thanks to Virtual Programming (Facebook | Twitter), I’m giving away two copies of the ItzaBitza computer game for kids. ItzaBitza is an educational game that encourages young kids to read and be creative. The software game asks children to draw things, like a house or a tree, then the drawings become part of the animation and story. My oldest girl and I reviewed the Windows version of ItzaBitza a couple years ago. We thought the game was pretty neat. Today’s giveaway is for the Mac version. I don’t have a Mac, but I assume the Mac version of ItzaBitza is similar to the Windows version.

ItzaBitza software game for kids - Virtual Programming

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Hachette, Sports Authority, Greg Norman, and Lenovo Giveaway Winners

Four winner announcements today (Hachette Books, Sports Authority, Greg Norman, and Lenovo giveaways). If you didn’t win, feel free to enter the other giveaways on my dad blog:

  • Dove Men+Care Giveaway – body wash and soap (ends 7/7)
  • RaveStuff Giveaway – $35 gift certificate (ends 7/13)
  • California Pizza Giveaway – $50 gift certificate (coming soon)
  • Hotels.com Giveaway – hotel stay for up to $350 (coming soon)

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Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 Review

Now that most of the Mother’s Day giveaways are over, I finally have the time to write a Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 review on my geek dad blog. I’ve been using the Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower computer with dual ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors on and off for over a month now. In case you didn’t know, Lenovo is not a new company. Think IBM. Lenovo acquired the Personal Computing Division of IBM in 2004. A Lenovo computer is essentially an IBM PC. BTW, back in my IT days, IBM computers were the standard issue at Intel and U.S. Bancorp. I was just a peon back in my IT days so I was not a part of the decision making process, but my understanding was that IBM was selected for reliability, support, and long-term availability of replacement parts.

Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower computer with two ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors
Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower computer (6674-APU) and ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors (2448HB6)

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How to Setup Your Computer for Dual Monitors

I’m loving the dual-monitor computer system Lenovo sent me for review and giveaway. In my opinion, most dads and moms will be more productive with two 19″ monitors instead of one super hugemongous monitor. With two applications side by side on my 22″ screen, I have to scroll horizontally and vertically. But with two 19″ Lenovo displays, I can maximize an application on each screen and rarely have to scroll sideways. And if you have a home office like this geek dad, you can stream an ESPN game on one monitor while you work on MS Word or Excel on the other screen. Just don’t tell the boss.

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Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 Dual Monitors Computer Giveaway Preview

Check out the dual-display computer system Lenovo sent me for review and giveaway on my geek dad blog:

Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower computer and ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors
Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower computer (6674-APU) and ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors (2448HB6)

The Lenovo tower computer system is cool — especially the dual displays setup. Unfortunately, this geek dad can’t keep the Lenovo computer — I have to give the PC away to a lucky dad or mom. The computer system I’m giving away consists of a Lenovo ThinkCentre A63 tower PC (6674-APU) and two 19″ ThinkVision L1951P LCD monitors (2448HB6). As configured, the price of the dual-monitor computer I’m giving away on my dad blog is about $1029. BTW, the Lenovo A63 computer is perfect for an entrepreneur or a small business.

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Connectify Wi-Fi Hotspot Software

My wireless router died recently so I have been playing with an application call Connectify for the last couple of days. The software is easy to use and very useful so I thought I would tell my fellow geek dads and moms about the program.

What is Connectify?
Connectify is an easy to use application that can turn a laptop (or desktop computer with wireless capability) into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Thanks to Connectify, geek dads and moms can wireless connect to the Internet without a wireless router. Cool! It’s also free. Double cool! The software isn’t limited to computers. Dads and moms can also connect Wi-Fi enabled devices like a cell phone or a Wii console. In my test, our Wii console detected the Connectify Wi-Fi hotspot, but couldn’t connect to it for some reason (I’ll get it working eventually).

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HP TouchSmart 600 PC Giveaway Winner

The potential winner of the HP TouchSmart 600 Computer Giveaway is Madeline. Thanks to our sponsors, HP and Microsoft Windows 7, Madeline might receive a multi-touch HP TouchSmart 600 PC. The winner has two days to email me their info. After 48 hours, I will select another winner. In the event the winner is an international reader, HP (or their representative) will decide if they will ship the HP TouchSmart 600 PC to the winner’s country. If not, I will select another winner. As stated in the contest rule, the original winner will NOT be able to ask why, appeal the decision, or pick another winner of their choosing.

If you have not done so already, don’t forget to enter the Things We Won’t Give Up Giveaway to win (one winner gets all the prizes):

  • $50 Starbucks gift card
  • Six-month Netflix subscription (1 DVD out at-a-time plan – $53.94 value)
  • $50 Chili’s gift card
  • $50 Best Buy gift card

Happy holidays everyone and thanks for playing!

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HP TouchSmart 600 Computer Giveaway

Thanks to the HP Santa, this geek dad is giving away a HP TouchSmart 600 computer to a lucky dad, mom, or Na’vi. The contest on this dad blog starts today and ends on Wednesday (December 23, 2009 Pacific time). And yes, this giveaway is open to international readers, but there’s a big catch (more on this later). Before we get to the contest, I’m going to blog about the sponsors of the giveaway: HP TouchSmart 600 PC and Microsoft Windows 7.

What is it?
The HP TouchSmart 600 PC is a cool looking, multi-touch gadget for moms and dads (it’s like a giant size iTouch). The all-in-one computer features full HD display, integrated webcam, wireless LAN, and Bluetooth. Currently, there are two series in the TouchSmart 600 family: 600t and 600xt (same as 600t, but with a faster processor, bigger hard drive, discrete graphics, HDMI and game console connectivity).

HP TouchSmart 600 PC

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