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UPDATE: The winner has been announced: And the winners of the Mindscape Professional Pack are...

mindscape Today it’s my 35th birthday, but instead of boring you with the usual “what happened in the last year” kind of post I’m going to give one of my readers and Twitter followers a gift.

But before the prize, I just want to do a very quick roundup of what my 34th year was: I became an MVP, I became an ASP Insider, I published my first book and I took part in my first triathlon. So quite a good year after all.

But back to the gift.

The prize

Thanks to JD Trask and Mindscape (the cool Wellington based company I was lucky to share the office with when I lived in New Zealand) today you have the chance to win one license of the Mindscape Mega Pack Professional, which is worth $599!

It contains all Mindscape’s products (LightSpeed, all the WPF controls and the SimpleDB tools) and a 12 months subscription: this means that the winner will receive all the updates and also any new products Mindscape will release in the next year, like the new WPF controls, Silverlight controls and more.

The Giveaway Rules

The giveaway starts today, Friday September 11th, 2009 and will last till Thursday September 17th, 2009 11:59PM CEST (date and time in other timezones). I’ll then announce the winner on Friday September 18th, 2009.

All you have to do to signup for the competition is to re-tweet this post (but changing with your own text) and add the #mindscape hashtag, the #giveaway hashtag and the url to this post http://bit.ly/MindscapeGiveaway in it. All the rest can be whatever you like: be creative, you have 75 characters more to fill. If you are out of creative sentences, here is a little help:

RT @simonech Sign me up for the mindscape pack giveaway #mindscape #giveaway http://bit.ly/MindscapeGiveaway

To make sure I don’t miss any tweet, also comment on this post with your twitter name and follow me on twitter (this way I can contact you in case you are picked up from the draw).

To increase the chance of winning the Mega Pack you can tweet more than once, but only once per day, and the “creative part” of the tweet must be different each time. But you need to comment to this blog post just the first time.

So, in short:

  1. Follow @simonech
  2. Re-tweet
  3. Comment leaving your twitter name
  4. and the re-tweet once a day

All the first 3 steps are required to take part in the giveaway. If you don’t comment and don’t follow, you will not be signed in for the competition as I’ll not be able to contact you in case you win.

How the random draw will work

  1. First I’ll look at the comments to this post to gather all the people that signed up for the giveaway.
  2. I’ll then collect all the tweets of all the comment authors.
  3. I’ll purge out tweets sent during the same day and with the same message.
  4. And finally I’ll pickup one of the tweets from this list.

And once picked up the winning tweet I’ll notify its author via DM.

Mindscape Mega Pack

Mindscape is a leading-edge Wellington based software solutions provider widely regarded as a think-tank within the Australasian technical community.

A company founded on the principles of technical excellence, Mindscape employs recognised industry thought-leaders; people who are passionate about producing great, high-quality software.

You can read more about the company and their products from their website and I really recommend subscribing to their blog to get the latest news about their products. You can also download the free version of LightSpeed, and try it out.

posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 11:00 AM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Andrea Balducci at 9/11/2009 11:05 AM

wow! ;D

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Fabrizio Bernabei at 9/11/2009 11:15 AM

Happy Birthday!!!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by KoenVosters at 9/11/2009 11:41 AM

Happy Birthday :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Jaspio at 9/11/2009 11:56 AM

Congratulations and what a great way to celebrate it.

Many happy returns

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Ponnu at 9/11/2009 1:12 PM

Happy Birthday, all the very best.

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Alvin Ashcraft at 9/11/2009 1:15 PM

Happy Birthday, Simo!

I think you know my Twitter name, bust just in case... it rhymes with smalvinsmashcraft. :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by JungchanHsieh at 9/11/2009 2:04 PM

Happy Birthday,Simone!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Michael Schwarz at 9/11/2009 2:08 PM

Happy Birthday, Simone!!! ...and keep your great work here on the blog!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Ivan Porto Carrero at 9/11/2009 2:45 PM

Happy B-Day man! :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Elijah Manor at 9/11/2009 3:21 PM

Sign me up man... ;) & happy bday

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Gordon Breuer at 9/11/2009 3:51 PM

Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come! Happy B'day :-)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Michael Stum at 9/11/2009 4:10 PM

Happy Birthday! Looks like some people can get older AND have fun doing it :D

My Twitter Name is mstum by the way.

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Andrew Price at 9/11/2009 4:21 PM

Happy Birthday Simone! Twitter name is FrankenSaint

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Sara Chipps at 9/11/2009 4:29 PM

Happy Birthday! Oooooh, I love the live comments!! Look at me, I'm typing!!!!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Stefano Leli at 9/11/2009 5:21 PM

Happy Birthday!!!!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Martin at 9/11/2009 10:38 PM

Happy Birthday from @BlackMael

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by _shiranui_ at 9/11/2009 10:42 PM

Happy birthday from France, Simone! :) Twitter name is _shiranui_

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Sergejus at 9/12/2009 10:31 AM

Hey mate, congrats! Happy birthday! Wish you luck, health and much more.

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by David at 9/13/2009 12:57 PM

Great birthday idea, Simone. I'm happy to endorse MindScape and their brilliant staff and products. (But I don't want to spam Twitter every day about it.) from @davidwhite

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Douglas Rohm at 9/13/2009 7:26 PM

Happy B-day Simone, from @drohm

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Daniel Hölbling at 9/13/2009 10:10 PM

Happy birthday Simone!

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Janko at 9/13/2009 10:12 PM

Happy birthday Simone! You really had a great year, I wish you as good next year as previous, if not better :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Muhammad Mosa at 9/13/2009 10:16 PM

Shame on me, saying happy birthday to subscribe and sing up for giveaway! While I should find some gift for your birthday!
Anyway, Happy birthday and all the best in the upcoming years.

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Rene at 9/13/2009 11:28 PM

Happy bday @0x64 xD

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Sven Cipido at 9/14/2009 9:05 AM

Ok, I'm a bit late, but that's life. Anyway Happy Birthday.

My twittername is cipidos. Just added you for following on Twitter.

BTW : I like the VSFileExplorer.

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Alessandro Giorgetti at 9/14/2009 9:36 AM

Happy birthday! (even if I'm late here).

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Mark Rendle at 9/14/2009 2:32 PM

Happy birthday from @markrendle

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Joan Pons at 9/15/2009 12:03 AM

Happy birthday! from @dracnet

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Alistair Nelson at 9/15/2009 10:22 AM

Happy birthday to you from @dr_nelsona

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Si Philp at 9/15/2009 11:19 AM

Happy belated Birthday from Sunny Tenerife. Hope you had a good one :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Davide Zordan at 9/15/2009 6:00 PM

Happy birthday again from @davidezordan :)

# re: Simone Chiaretta turns 35 and gives away a Mindscape Mega Pack professional subscription

Left by Dan Vanderboom at 9/17/2009 5:33 PM

Happy birthday from @danvanderboom!

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