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Congrats to Michaelb – Winner of the “Big Intel News” contest!

A couple of days ago, Intel made a major platform announcement – vPro, a platform for business workstations that’s basically a Conroe-architecture processor, and a chipset that supports Advanced Management Technology (AMT) and Virtualization Technology (VT). vPro joins Centrino and Viiv as Intel’s third named “platform”.

On the day of the announcement, there wasn’t much buzz in the blogosphere about vPro. I have my speculative reasons for why that might have been, but as an experiment, I challenged TinyScreenfuls readers to post their guess as to what the news was. I wanted to see who had heard of vPro, and I dangled the idea of a prize to get people to post. :-)

7 people responded, and after a random number selection process involving two of my coworkers, I’m happy to announce that TSF pal Michaelb is the winner!

What does Michaelb win? A swanky aluminum case for an iPod nano, 5G 60GB, Nintendo DS, or Sony PSP from my friends at CoreCases.com. Corey over at CoreCases is a great guy, and has always hooked me up with samples of the fantastic aluminum cases they make. Their case for the PSP is stellar, and I can’t believe they only sell it for $15. They could easily charge twice as much. Their iPod cases are equally great, and also a bargain at $25. So check them out if you’re looking for a case for one of the aforementioned gadgets.

Now, I just need Michaelb to get in touch to tell me which case he wants (iPod nano, 5G 60GB, DS, or PSP), and I will arrange shipping. You can post a comment, or email me.

Do you guys like the idea of contests like this on TinyScreenfuls? I don’t intend to make them a regular feature, but I occasionally get sent items for review/feedback that I don’t end up using, and would love to give them away to TSF readers. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “Congrats to Michaelb – Winner of the “Big Intel News” contest!

  1. Not for nothing, but I purchased one of CoreCases’ 5G aluminum cases, and while it looked great it scratched the hell out of the face of my iPod. I’ve been warning away everyone I can from the $25 cases that ruiin $500 iPods :(

  2. To set the record straight, I assumed when I saw the scratching (past their 15-day return limit) that I was moreorless screwed. After reading about what a good guy Corey is, I thought I’d send a message over, and I have to say I’m delighted with the response.

    I visited the CoreCases site after posting this and used their Contact Us form to get in touch with them regarding my issue. Corey responded personally and addressed my concerns by promising to send out some scratch-removal solution and a new case to replace the original one I ordered.

    While I’m upset that my iPod was scratched by the protective device purchased to protect it, it seems that everything should be solved with their very professional response.

    You are right – he is a good guy.

  3. Glad to hear they Corey got you taken care of. I haven’t had any scratching issues with my black 5G 60GB (though it was pre-scratched from living without a case for a while), so I hope maybe you just got a bad case, and the new one won’t have that problem.

    Thanks to Corey for demonstrating some superb customer service! :-)

  4. Cool!

    I think I’ll risk the 5G case. It won’t fit my current iPod, but now I have an excuse for the wife to get a new one. 😀

    Thanks again!

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