Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Multi Tasking on the Brain

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel.




Do you ever wish you could clone yourself? I've been feeling a bit stretched around here lately. I thought about asking my husband to take on another wife. I could seriously use the extra help! He was pretty keen on the idea, until I told him that I would be the one doing the selecting.



You know somebody like this.... a no nonsense hardworking "sister wife". That's the ticket! Oh wait... no that won't work... we don't have any place to put her. Darn it!



All kidding aside, I've been working like crazy lately. It's always crazy around here anyway, but this time of year it's even more so, as I'm getting my shop ready for our Holiday Open House and the Christmas season. Which means hours and hours of pricing tiny glittery ornaments and decorations, drawing up floor plans, filling last minute orders, and making multiple trips in my little car, hauling everything all the way to the next state, where my shop is located. Not to mention the time spent getting all of that glitter out of my hair!

In addition to all of that, I have a son who has Aspergers Syndrome (a form of high functioning Autism). My son goes to Community College, but is not able to drive yet. So... 3 days a week I get to drive him to school. It's a bit of a haul, since it's in the next County, so I just stay and wait there for 3 hours, until his classes are over. Occasionally I leave and go hit some antique malls, and shop for papery treasures to share with my readers. But most days I wait in the library for him.

And then there is the time spent working on my blogs. Hours and Hours and Hours of work!
Searching through my treasured paper items, for just the right image, scanning it, cleaning it up and posting it. And then shopping for more!



(Why yes, Mr Schindler. I will take another case of bread this week!)

Oh yeah... and then there's the Mom tasks! Besides my son, we have 3 other kids too. We're a blended family... like the Brady Bunch... only with 4 kids instead of 6. They are all big people now, ranging in age from 16-21. Which means, among other things, a huge amount of Grocery shopping for Moi! It's almost shocking how fast we go through stuff around here!



Multi tasking and time management are a must around here! I'm all for any gadget or appliance that can save me a little (or a lot) of precious time. Recently, I was provided new laptop computer, that's powered by The Intel® Core™ i5 processor, via Blogher. We are talkin Turbo Boost Technology here people!! Which means I can get more done in less time! Wahoo! It also came with a Intel® Wireless Display (akad WiDi) adaptor, that turns your HDTV into a Ginormous monitor for your computer. And as if that wasn't enough it also came with some virus protection. I tell ya, it feels like Christmas around here! I'm going to test out all of this new high tech stuff soon, and I'll post my results here next week.
Maybe... just maybe, we won't need to get that "sister wife" after all...

Now here's some exciting news for you guys too!!! Blogher is providing me with a $250 Best Buy Gift Card to Giveaway to one lucky winner on this blog!!! That could really put a dent in your holiday shopping, now couldn't it?!!

Here are the Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post (see below)

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) Read the official rules for alternate form of entry.

Sweepstakes ends 5 PM PST on December 22, 2010.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

Here's the Sweepstakes Prompt: In order to enter, check out the Intel site here and let me know what feature you’d most like to try and include it in your comment.

AND BlogHer is also giving away four of these amazing laptops, you can click HERE to enter that giveaway too!

Also, make sure you come back next week to hear about how the Intel® Core™ i5 processor, helped to make my life easier, and to enter for another a chance to win the $250 Best Buy gift card!



149 comments:

  1. I love the idea of the HD graphics because I’m always watching movies online.

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  2. I would love to scan in old photos and touch them up ....

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  3. http://twitter.com/#!/schnoodleDo/status/7578881821249536

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  4. I've been dying for a chance to scan all my old photos into my computer!!

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  5. HDTV on a laptop? Drool!! My laptops back light is going.. not sure what kind of screen. It's about 9 years old.

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  6. turbo boost seems awesome. it would save me so much time in my life NOT having to wait for pages to load so slowly. -_-

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  7. Turbo Boost without a doubt. My mind moves quick, and I'd like my computer to be able to catch up! : )

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  8. I'd like using the photography features! Fun giveaway!

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  9. HD Graphics...I always watch movies on my old desktop since everyone else takes over our television...it would be great to watch in high definition and sharp images. I'm sure it won't hang like my current desktop does now...many times my movie "hangs" because my processor is so old :(
    shel704 at aol dot com

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  10. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/7665987973292032

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  11. Turbo boost for sure. I have a 6 month old son and a slow computer....I need all the extra time I can get these days!

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  12. I most want to try the Wireless Display adapter that lets you use your tv as a monitor
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

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  13. I want to see my photos with HD graphics.

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  14. I want to learn to edit photos!

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  15. Love the Turbo Boost! I would be excited to own one of these machines. How wonderful that would be. Thanks for the opportunity to win the $250.00 Card too!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  16. Tweeted here too:

    http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/7813684835385345

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

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  17. I love the Turbo Boost so I can get things done faster

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  18. http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/7841453279543296

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  19. I like the Hyper-threading feature.

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  20. For me it's a toss up between the Turbo Boost and HD Graphics. Definitely two super cool features that would make any experience on the laptop that much more enjoyable.

    Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/ClockworkRevery/status/7866567568134145

    gosia727(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. TURBO BOOST! OUR COMPUTER RUNS SOOOO SLOW THIS WOULD BE AWESOME kytah00 at yahoo dot com

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  22. 2ND ENTRY TWEET twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/7902237175058434 kytah00 at yahoo dot com

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  23. I love the fact that you can use your TV as a monitor! As a single Mom to two teens, and working two jobs (one of them from home), I can absolutely put this computer to good use by doing more in less time! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
    lisaarant at aol dot com

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  24. Hyper threading is calling out to me! That is what I'd really look forward to.

    won2xx at gmail dot com

    Thank you.

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  25. http://twitter.com/#!/won2x/status/7959216044122112

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  26. I would love the speed and graphics.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. My laptop turns itself off all the time, and I need to stay in touch with ... well everything.

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  28. I tweeted. http://twitter.com/meliblom/status/8251171294674944

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  29. HD graphics!! I watch everything on my computer, our TV is awful. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  30. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/8383418534469634 scg00387 atyahoo dot com

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  31. i like tha ability to edit photos
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  32. Turbo boooooost, for sure! We all need the extra speed!!!

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  33. i could def. use a new computer

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  34. All the photo features - with a new dSLR, I'd love my computer to be able to keep up with my fancy new camera.

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  35. Woohoo. I could use just about anything from best buy! Thank you for all of your hard work and I would love to see your art that you sell in your shop.

    Candylei

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  36. Turbo Boost! I need a computer that keeps pace with my brain. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  37. I like that it has Turbo Boost Technology. Love that speed.It's great for multi-tasking.

    dlhaley{AT}hotmail{DOT}com

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  38. I just need any laptop, really, but that turbo boost looks like you can really get a lot done quickly!!!

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  39. I need the turbo boost technology….my computer is a dinosaur and I can barely have more than one application open at time or the thing shuts down! Boy could I get a lot done with turbo boost!

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  40. Turbo boost would save me so much time!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  41. tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/9272268123283456

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  42. Turbo boost, hands down. I always have a ton of programs running and it makes my machine chug sometimes.

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  43. Turbo Boost and multitasking could make my life much easier.

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  44. tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/9418137187385344
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  45. I need a turbo boost!! My computer is on its last leg-bought a laptop-and the very next day, my college age daughter's laptop crashed and died forever. So I am limping along on my 6 year old desktop!!

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  46. I love the Turbo Boost, we run an EBay business from home and sometimes we move faster than our computer can keep up.
    ARFuller@cfl.rr.com

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  47. i do lots of multitasking and teh hyperthreading sounds like a good idea.

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  48. Turbo boost and Hyper-threading would make my computer time so much more efficient. I always have multiple programs running and multiple websites up. My laptop often has trouble keeping up with me.

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  49. I've heard alot about the new Intel processor. All good. Love to win the gift card. Thanks for the giveaway.
    twelve30@gmail.com

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  50. Tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/SuzyCucumber/statuses/9437242170802176

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  51. Our poor computer is sooooo slow; I could really use a turbo boost.

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  52. since I love my photos, I'd like to try out the HD graphics!!

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  53. I have always wanted to learn a photo editing program so this might just be the exact thing I need to get started!

    ~Trisha

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  54. I would love to hook the computer up to the big TV...we like a lot of stuff on HULU or PBS and it would be nice to watch shows in the living room, even after I forget to record them in time. And my 10-yr-old makes stop motion animation, it would be great to see live (or play an awesome family game of zork, lol!)

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  55. HD, on the go, at those speeds?! Wow! How much digi goodness could I accomplish with that?!?!

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  56. Scanning photos?!! That is so cool. I do, however, like the sound of Turbo Boost (oh, how I hate to wait).

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  57. Our home computer definitely has to be a multi-tasker! I use it for designing custom embroideries and blogging & facebooking. My husband uses it for music and when he needs to telecommute. Two of our sons use it for online schooling. And our high-schooler uses it for research & gaming. Would ♥ to win! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  58. Tweeted about giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/#!/lyndeeh/status/9453524442152960

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  59. Wow. Imagine what you can get done with that super speedy baby. I drooled over the high def graphics of the i7 extreme processor.

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  60. Turbo boost!
    bridgestranslation at yahoo dot com

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  61. Wowie Zowie! This is way cool! I hope you enjoy this wild laptop with it's HD graphics and Turbo Boost technology. I think I can hear the whir of excitement coming from your Intel processor! Thank you for trying to keep up with everything Karen!!!

    (I can remember after a car accident when I had to do the same college drive and pick up, so I could use my son's car to get to work. I feel for ya trying to juggle all of this...hope the new laptop helps!)

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  62. Howdy,
    I'd love to try the HD Graphics because of my artwork!

    Hope I win - pick me! pick me!

    Peace,
    LuLu
    www.lulu-too-beaucoup.blogspot.com

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  63. Was just looking into the new i5 processor! I'd love to know what you think of it. The WiDi sounds fabulous too!!!

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  64. I'd most like to try the hyper-threading out because I tend to run so many applications at the same time.
    chainmail(at) iwon(dot) com

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  65. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/9494370793291776

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  66. I think I'd have to go for multi-tasking and lots of power... I want it all.

    I put a link on my blog at http://arlenesbits.blogspot.com/2010/11/graphics-fairy-follow-my-link.html.

    You are so good to us!

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  67. It sounds like you need all the turbo help you can get. Thanks for all the goodness you share!

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  68. Maybe this would FINALLY be the push to get all my old postcard images scanned and saved!!!!!!Thanks.

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  69. I run an at home business...so multi tasking is important to me! I do everything from signage to expense reports!

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  70. I would LOVE to have the turbo boost feature! I am on my laptop everyday, all day for work & home! Thank you & Blogher for hosting such a great giveaway! Happy Holidays!

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  71. My computer is almost 8 years old, so anything faster sure would make life easier! Love how "speedy" it sounds!

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  72. Thank you so much for the chance to win this amazing prize! :) http://bdengler4.blogspot.com/2010/11/amazing.html

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  73. I love to spend more time doing digital collages with a photo software!

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  74. I'd like to use it for my photography!
    amandawwedding@yahoo.com

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  75. I have to agree with some of the posters here - the HD graphics are so enticing! I can't imagine how great it would be if my computer screen looked as clear and crisp as my television.

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  76. I think the graphics program looks really super. I can think of a million ways to use this machine!

    Mary
    www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

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  77. The HD graphics sounds amazing! I love to catch up with tv shows online. Also I could get through photo editing so much faster. :)

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  78. Although my blog is new, I've added your sweepstakes to today's post.

    http://venividivintaged.blogspot.com/2010/11/win-250-best-buy-gift-card.html

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  79. I need one of these. Santa if you are listening...

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  80. Turbo boost for sure! I always have a zillion programs and windows open all of the time and my computer never seems to run fast enough!

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  81. Wow, it looks like it would be wonderful, especially since I use a dinosaur! I could barely see what all it could do since mine is so slow...but the photography feature looks great and my husband would love the HDTV.

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  82. Definitely the Turbo Boost! I could use the time it would save me.

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  83. The HD graphics would be super! Thanks for this opportunity to get the Best Buy Card.

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  84. Hyper-Threading would be fantastic for switching between multiple projects! I'm constantly working on several programs at once.

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  85. the WiDi, definitely. I'd love to be able to watch movies using that.

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  86. Definitely the photo editing abilities! Thanks for the give-away!

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  87. Ha ha, love the second wife you picked out! I would love to try out watching online shows on the tv, so amazing! Also, checking out the site, I saw that you can mix music, my daughter and hubby play guitar and keyboard and would just love being able to do that! thanks so much for the chance!

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  88. I tweeted here:
    http://twitter.com/sunshinestgurl/status/9637638755581952

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  89. Hi Karen!
    I really enjoyed reading about your busy life - it's good to know one is not alone in this crazy, busy world we live in today. It sounds like you have a good handle on things though - kudos, girlfriend!
    Here's the link to my post about your giveaway:

    http://heirloomgypsy.blogspot.com/2010/11/great-giveaway-hosted-by-graphics-fairy.html

    PS Turbo Boost sounds like Heaven :)

    Sabre'

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  90. I would love to organize all of my photo's on this!!!

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  91. I don't know how you do it all! I'm exhausted just reading about your busy life! As for the Intel Processor, I love the automatic boost in speed capability. I spend way too much time on my slow computer. I am so jealous that you got one to try out (and probably get to keep). I also love the sleek design of this computer/laptop:)

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  92. Busy Mom could use some help from her almost grown children. A 16 year old could shop for groceries from a list. They can do their own laundry and help cook the meals. When they leave home :) they will know how to do these things and not feel such a culture shock. Just a thought. Best Wishes. Casey

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  93. Wow, I couldn't even decide which feature I want most! I love the WIDI- that would be amazing! And since my computer always has about 30 things running at any given time, I would love the turbo boost! And since I have about a million things I want to buy at BestBuy, this would be fabulous!!!

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  94. Holy smokes! Turbo-boost will hopefully allow the computer to go faster than I do. Especially in Photoshop where I type multiple commands in a row and end up waiting for the application to catch up.

    Thanks!

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  95. I would love the TURBO BOOST!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  96. Oh! I think we'd be fighting over this one! Turbo boost would be fabulous and the WiDi would be great for graphics work!

    tweeted at: http://twitter.com/#!/IslandTea

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  97. I would love to try the Wireless Display adapter especially since we just bought a new BIG TV- thanks for the chance at the great giveaway!

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  98. OMG...TURBO BOOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY POOR OLD COMPUTER IS WAY TOO SLOW!! what i wouldn't give to have extra money to put towards this !!!! and computer on my tv...sell my clothes,I'm going to heaven!!!LOL. great review of this..I Want One!!!!

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  99. I tweeted your generous giveaway: http://twitter.com/cspod/statuses/9811645350027264

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  100. I'd like to play w/ the Photography (fun) feature.

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  101. I like the Photo editing the best I think. Maybe the speed, maybe the tv monitor feature. All of it.

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  102. http://twitter.com/sodahoney/status/9827848185446400

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  103. Phew!!!!Reading your life has me so tried now....lol......I would so love to win this.....because I love to HD, photo enhancer, music mix....ect.......thank you for the chance....
    Oh and try to get some rest for me.....LOL

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  104. HD Graphics.
    my3djbeads at gmail dot com

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  105. I am loving all the photography features, they look amazing!
    Good luck to everyone, but I sure hope I win! :)

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  106. http://her-cheerful-heart.blogspot.com/2010/12/graphics-fairy-giveaway-little-known.html

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  107. Wow, very generous giveaway. My computer is making a grinding noise (thinking its the cooling fan?) and should I win this giveaway, the gift card would go towards getting me one of these faster-processor-containing laptops.
    marguerito at comcast dot net

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  108. I tweeted about this giveaway - margo 8461
    http://twitter.com/?utm_campaign=welcome20100914phx&utm_medium=email&utm_source=welcome#

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  109. So hard to choose but the HD Graphics appeal to me the most as that's what I primarily am involved with, but of course the speed is attractive! The whole package is tempting!

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  110. I need the turbo boost technology. I multi-task everything including opening too many tabs on my Firefox.

    all_honey_here@yahoo.com

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  111. I tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/#!/Allhoneyhere/status/10114163913269251

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  112. It's a toss-up between the photo editing and the super speed... I really need help with both! And BTW- the 'sister' wife you picked out looks like the perfect one!!

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  113. The turbo boost technology. Get in, get out. You're done. That would be great.

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  114. I would love to use the photography feature!! I just don't do enough with my photos now!! and I love the fact you can use your TV screen for the computer!! AWESOME!!

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  115. i most want to try the turbo boost

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  116. I am all about the graphics and speed. And making the TV my screen? The children would never get to watch movies again. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  117. I Just love the idea of a laptop, being able to take my computer where ever I go!

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  118. I'd LOVE the high processor speed for photo editing. Right now my computer crashes most of the time when I try to use Photo Shop.

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  119. I'd love to try out the fast processor! That's the most important feature to me!

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  120. I tweeted too:
    http://twitter.com/#!/benny8484/status/11995282329837568

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  121. I love my older Toshiba laptop-yours is awesome! I haven't seen that little box before, what a wonderful idea. I may seriously have to get one!
    Barbara Hill

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  122. Speed...speed.....speed.
    Also to work on editing all my photos.
    Oh I would love to win.

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  123. the hyperthreading so I could get more than one thing done at once
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  124. tweet
    http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/13082345129115649
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  125. I like the hyper thread feature to let me multitask.

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  126. tweet link!

    http://twitter.com/5teapea/status/13520381096759296

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  127. I absolutely love the idea of the Turbo Boost, I'd also like a photography feature to use to make memory items, calenders etc for my grandchildren. Awesome! Please sign me up for the gift card! So generous! Thankyou! Carolyn

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  128. The turbo boost on this machine is incredible. Would for sure put this card towards a new computer. Mine is really slow.

    marybug2@yahoo.com

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  129. Tweeted here

    http://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/16583766247997441

    marybug2@ yahoo dot com

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  130. I'm interested in the turbo boost and the hyper-threading.

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  131. http://twitter.com/#!/prizepuzzle/status/16653096369258496

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  132. Id love the Turbo boost because my computer is even SLOWER than ME lately...and that is pretty bad. Id love to try the Wireless Display feature to put together a nice little program for my daughter's High school graduation party. I thought this job too complicated in the past and had to ask for another family member to do for my older daughter, but MAYBE this amateur can learn how to do this? THANKS so much!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  133. I also tweeted this!

    http://twitter.com/2sic2mooov/status/16678528355401729

    thankyou!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

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  134. I love the speed- my desktop is a dinosaur :)
    baypayments@yahoo.com

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  135. http://twitter.com/#!/tannawings/status/16806742834806784
    baypayments@yahoo.com

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  136. I'd most like to try the Hyper-Threading! :)

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  137. I am most excited about the Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology◊2 because my PC always gets bogged down when I have more than one program open, which is always, and when I have multiple windows/tabs going...also always! LOL
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  138. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/17619739169792000
    Angie
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

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  139. I'd like to try the hyper-threading feature. I'm always trying to run several programs at one time.
    angiewith3 at live dot com

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  140. RT'd giveaway: http://twitter.com/angiewith3/status/17620611664707584
    angiewith3 at live dot com

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  141. The Hyper-Threading would be FANTASTIC because my current pc crashes when I do too many things at once!
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  142. my tweet http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/17651789822169088
    Scott
    nynekats at aol dot com

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  143. I would love the hyperthreading technology. My wife has at least 5 windows open at all times. So I don't see her looking at purses, lol.


    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  144. http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/17676292585431040


    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  145. Editing pictures in a snap without having my computer freeze up like it does now!

    Kathryne
    blue_distinction@yahoo.com

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