The Winner Of The Junk Contest & A New Contest

Congrats goes out to Eric Meeks of Modern Self. Eric is the proud new owner of an ECS fountain pen and 128MB USB Flash Drive. Eric’s name was drawn from the 184 people who had me in their Technorati favorites. Thanks go out to everyone who entered the contest.

Now that the contest is over, it’s time to start another one. This time I have a much better prize up for grabs. OCZ Technology is one of the leading memory manufacturers in the world and during their CES party, they gave me the world’s smallest USB 2.0 Flash Drive. When I say small, I’m talking about physical size and not capacity. The drive maybe tiny but it offers 1 GB of storage. To give you an idea how small this thing is, here’s a pic of it next to my business card.


The rules of this contest is the same as the last one – just add John Chow dot Com to your Technorati favorites and you are entered. If you are one of the 184 who already have this blog in your Technorati favorites, then you get a bonus – your name gets entered twice in the draw box. Consider it a thank you for entering the “junk” contest.

On Friday, I will draw a random name from the box and that person will win the OCZ 1GB Roadster Drive, the world’s smallest USB 2.0 flash drive. The winner will be announced in a new post, and if he or she has a blog, a link to his or her blog will be posted as well.

Good luck and enter now!

42 thoughts on “The Winner Of The Junk Contest & A New Contest”

  1. HMTKSteve says:

    Not only is it small but it works like a switchblade!

    I don’t think they can get any smaller ’cause this thing is not much bigger then the USB plug!!!

  2. Alright! Cool flash drive – I definitely want the world’s smallest USB 2.0 flash drive – and now I have 2 “tickets” πŸ™‚ Yay!

  3. Thomas says:

    These Roadsters are pretty nice. I’ve reviewed one of them a while ago and I like it, although the performance is quite low compared to some of OCZ’s other flash sticks.

  4. Great way to promote your site John.


  5. Ryan says:

    Thanks for the double entry, nice going those of you that didn’t enter until now. πŸ˜€

    Much better than the 1st one.

  6. Michael says:

    Sweet prize. The linkback is an awesome bonus.

    You seem like a down to earth guy, glad I found your site.


  7. David Mackey says:

    Ahhh…Thats not that small.

  8. Andy says:

    Great new contest – I hope I win this one

  9. Stew says:

    I’m feeling lucky this time around

  10. Dan says:

    Now this is worth entering:) I am IN.

  11. Jane says:

    Hahaha…I saw the last line of you post…

    “and if he or she has a blog, a link to his or her blog will be posted as well.”

    I like the inclusion. But don’t feel obligated to include the “she” or “her” in there….I write using the masculine form anyway.

    This USB looks about the size of my Canon’s SD memory card. NICE!

  12. that one is mine!!!

  13. Alex Becker says:

    Jane how did you come out of nowhere to get 1st place in the comment war?

  14. Sweet, while I would be happy with any crappy prize this is one that would actually be really cool to win.

  15. Gdog says:

    Nice, thanks again John! I hope I win. πŸ™‚

  16. I copied your idea, and IΒ΄m giving away the OCZ Mega-Kart I swapped you πŸ˜€

    But itΒ΄s a spam contest not technorati πŸ˜›

  17. baron says:

    I want that! Are you shipping anywhere in the world?

  18. Alex Becker: Maybe we have a scoreboard whore on the loose, i noticed that as well…

  19. John Chow says:

    Baron – Yes, I will ship it to wherever the winner is at.

  20. Nenad Ristic says:

    I have wanted one o0f those ever since I first heard about it (it was on a list of strangest USB drives)… And now I have a chance to get it.

    The rest of you go away, its mine, all mine!!!

  21. Raghu says:

    Have already done that – you are on my favourites. Hope I win it this time round.

    Once again – Good Idea John.

  22. Ed Lau says:

    I helped pick the winner!

    At random…

  23. Nomar says:

    congrats on the price modernself

  24. Jane says:


    I noticed you guys having all the fun. Figured it was about time to add a little diversity to the show πŸ™‚


    I like scoreboards, infact I would tell people to look at it frequently when I used to play sports. But I don’t like them THAT much

  25. Ryan says:

    John, will you be filling it with CES pics? πŸ˜€

  26. Leftblank says:

    Too bad I didn’t win the first time, but at least that means I’ve got a bigger chance of winning this hot gadget – thanks John!

  27. Woo Hoo, I won. Sadly I won the crappy prize. I guess the prize I was really going for was the link back, so for that I am truly grateful.

    Actually I am mostly grateful for the information in this blog. It has turned me on to how the blogging game is played and with it my blog has skyrocketed (and not just from John Chow link backs).

    Question: Does anyone know the effects of “favorites” on your technorati ranking? Do they even contribute to it, and if so how much weight are they given?

    Question 2: Is there significantly less weight given to multiple linkbacks from the same source on technorati? In other words is it more important to have more links from different blogs or just more links even though it might be from fewer blogs?

  28. HMTKSteve says:

    This is something I would have submitted to Digg… If you were not banned that is…

  29. Sweet, a decent prize this time. Although last time I mainly entered for a chance to ‘win’ the link back. πŸ˜‰

  30. Ryan says:

    Maybe submit this to blogg-buzz?

  31. baron says:

    I hear also gives you good traffic. It’s also more in line with user preferences as it’s tailored to the individual. No spamblocking either.

  32. Eric – I don’t know if “favorites” helps you. I would be interested if anybody had some details about that. But it certainly doesn’t hurt πŸ˜‰

    2. Yes, when looking through the rankings of various blogs on Technorati it looks like having 1000 of links from 1 or 2 blogs doesn’t help you much – I think they mainly count how many different blogs are linking to you.

  33. Michael Kwan says:

    Sweet. Added you to my Technorati favorites. In fact, you’re my only favorite as I only signed up with technorati so that I could claim my blog.

  34. Ajay says:

    Can I win please, can I win!!! πŸ˜€

    So since I already added you to my favorites sometime back, so I get two entries into the contest?

  35. Indi Scoop says:

    I have two tickets too

  36. Michael Kwan says:

    Any update on how many entries you have so far, John?

  37. Well, the stats say “Favorited by: 213 members” – and he had 184 before – so total entries would be (2 x 184) + (213-184) = 397 entries πŸ™‚

  38. Ramanathan says:

    Nice marketing and fun contest. I entered too. You blog is surely my favorite, even without contest.


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