Win a Raspberry Pi 3

I was at the recent Microsoft Tech Summit in Sydney where I was learning all about the latest Microsoft bits and pieces, and being a Community Reporter:


I ended up winning from one of the vendors a Raspberry Pi 3 with case. I thought it’d be a good idea to give this away on my blog! I did plug it in once to make sure it works, but beyond that it’s brand new :)

What do you need to do to win this? Not much! I don’t like having much fluff around these occasional giveaways, so there’s just a few simple ways to enter. Drawn in 2 weeks, just in time for Christmas :) The Pi will sit on my desk in front of me until then, waiting for it’s new owner. You’ll need a Micro SD card and some sort of USB power source.

Win a Raspberry Pi 3 and Case


Samsung Gear VR Competition

After winning Netwrix’s Sysadmin Blog Award for Tech Tips, the prize of the Samsung Gear VR has turned up today for me in the mail.

I’ve decided to give this away as a prize instead – I have opened it to make sure it wasn’t damaged in transit as the box is a little beaten up, but haven’t used it as I don’t have a Samsung phone :)

Simple and straight forward, use the widget below to enter. Worldwide entry allowed, assuming the local post office will let me send it to you and I’m not breaking any international laws.

If the winner wants to do a review or share a photo of them with the prize, I’d gladly share that on my blog too, but this isn’t a requirement.

I’m also not a supporter competitions that promote spamming, so there’s no entries for sharing this. Good luck!


A somewhat beat up box, but the contents are fine!

Samsung Gear VR Competition

Win a Lenovo ThinkPad E560 – AU/NZ Only

Several weeks ago, I compared the Lenovo ThinkPad E560 vs HP ProBook 450 G3 where both laptops came out pretty evenly well, with a few pros and cons depending on your preferences.

I’ve decided (with Lenovo’s blessing) that the Lenovo ThinkPad E560 should be given away as a prize to an Australian or New Zealand resident!

Sorry to other countries, but I’m personally paying for shipping on this and don’t know how much postage would cost to all corners of the globe, plus the power pack has the Australian/New Zealand connector on it :)

The laptop you might win!

I’ve personally reset the PC and put it back in it’s box, ready to be shipped at the end of the month.

Here’s the specs on this particular laptop (taken from Lenovo AU’s E560 site and only relevant specs left in):

  • 6th Gen Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (3M Cache, 2.3 GHz), Turbo Boost 2.0 (2.8 GHz)
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • 15.6″ HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare, 220 nits
  • 3 x USB 3.0
  • 4-in-1 card reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Lenovo OneLink Docking Port
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • Combo audio/microphone jack
  • Ethernet (RJ45)
  • Security keyhole
  • Intel HD Graphics or Intel HD Graphics 520
  • AMD Radeon™ R7 M370 2GB GDDR5
  • 8GB, PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3L
  • 720p HD Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera
Storage 3
  • 1TB 5400 RPM HDD
Optical Drive (optional)
  • DVD Burner, fixed, not removable, tray-in
Dimensions (W x D x H)
  • 377 x 255 x 23.8~27.1 mm
  • Starting from 2.3kg
Case colour
  • Graphite Black
  • 6-cell Li-Ion battery – 75+ (48Wh) internal battery
Battery life
  • Up to 9 hours
  • 6-row, spill-resistant, multimedia Fn keys
  • TrackPoint® pointing device and multi-touch with 3+2 buttons click pad
Audio support
  • HD Audio, Dolby® Advanced Audio™ v2 certified / stereo speakers, dual array microphone, combo audio/mic jack
  • Gigabit Ethernet
Wireless LAN
  • Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (1×1 WiFi, 802.11ac) with Bluetooth 4.2
Warranty Expires
  • 2017-03-29


How do you win this laptop? Do one or more of the below actions to enter! (a like on my Facebook page would be nice, but isn’t mandatory. It’s a feed of the posts I publish here)

Win a Lenovo ThinkPad E560 Laptop!

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Movie Ticket Competition for Australia! Merry Christmas :)

Just running a quick 7 day competition for 2 free movie tickets in Australia to see how it goes.
I’ve got a few tickets I won’t get time to use in the month before they expire, so happy to send them to someone who wants them!
Comment on this post, then fill in the form. No sharing of page or anything else required!

Email address used to contact winner only, no signups to anything else unless you tick the option to do so.

Prize is:

2 Standard HOYTS Unrestricted Adult e-Cine Gift

Pass admission to a movie of your choice to enjoy

at HOYTS Cinemas across Australia

Expiring 13th January 2016.

Hoyts Movie Ticket Giveaway


Update 19th Dec 2015
The winner has been drawn! Congrats Chris L – tickets have been emailed. For those wondering, the draw was done automatically by which is what you’re seeing in the widget. All I did was click the button to draw it :)