Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

Summary: ZDNet’s 20th anniversary: It's the final week of our custom Timbuk2 laptop bag giveaway. Tell us how to improve ZDNet's newsletters to enter to win.

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UPDATE 2: The contest is now closed. Congratulations to nightskyuap and MPickard9! This concludes our six-week 20th anniversary laptop bag giveaway. Thanks for playing!

Last week, we gave away our fifth pair of custom ZDNet-branded Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 laptop bags.

(As with every week, we've done this as a big ol' "thank you" in honor of our 20th anniversary.)

This week, we're doing it for a sixth and final time. This is it, folks!

As a reminder, the bags are sized medium and are black with a gray stripe down the middle, like the photo above. They're TSA compliant and, in a special limited edition twist, customized with ZDNet's iconic red diamond logo.

You can't get them anywhere else. Period.

(Why Timbuk2? For the last time: like us, they're based in San Francisco. Like us, they're in their early twenties. And like us, they're rugged as hell and perfect for tech.)

What you need to do to win*:

  1. Check the site Wednesday morning for a post about the contest. If you're reading this, you're already here. The sixth and final round begins right now, in this blog post.
  2. Respond to the question below by leaving a comment in the TalkBack section below the post. (Don't delay: the contest is open for 48 hours, and ends tomorrow at 11:59 ET. Standard ZDNet contest rules apply; see below for details.)
  3. That's it! We'll pick winners based on the responses we deem most creative, funny or interesting.

We'll announce the winners (pending verification) the following Monday.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: What is one way we can improve ZDNet's newsletters, and why? Selection, organization, frequency, even the subject -- anything goes. And...go!

Good luck!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE OR OLDER AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO CONTEST. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. CONTEST ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM ET ON JULY 21, 2011. SEE OFFICIAL RULES FOR DETAILS.

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Andrew Nusca

About Andrew Nusca

Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Work the first paragraph to give a RSS level synopis of the content. Would make it easier to grab full articles of interest.
    dahlstedt
    • I second this!

      @dahlstedt has the right idea.

      I used to subscribe, but it wasn't easy enough for me to skim/find the articles that were interesting to me. The reason I unsubscribed was because it was easier for me to check the website and scan the headlines.
      R_Connelie@...
  • You did not do anything with last weeks list

    So why bother? Let's have SJVN and Ed Bott in a battle dome. SJVN can pick any open source weapon and protection of his choice, such as a slingshot and a toga. Ed can use any closed source weapon and armament of his choosing, such as a Mac10 and Kevlar. After the death match, we can then discuss which system is better, open or closed source, and what each opponent did right and wrong.
    Your Non Advocate
    • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @facebook@... last week's list? care to elaborate?
      andrew.nusca
      • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

        @andrew.nusca Got me. OK, a few weeks back: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/improve-zdnetcom-win-another-custom-timbuk2-laptop-bag/51918
        Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    The newsletters are usually useless because every article linked is pretty old. Getting in on the discussion is half the appeal of a site like this, but due to how iffy the comment system is, you can only really have a decent discussion if you're here from the start.
    Aerowind
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    I'd like to see more product comparisons perhaps with stars to represent different opinions at the top of the judgments by your fabulous brilliant folk there. I have loved ZDNet & valued your input for years which often weighed heavily on my decisions for customers with business project purchases. Share many of your posts on fb where I often see them passed along further among their friends. Thanks guys & gals for everything.
    tedstadpole
    • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @tedstadpole I totally agree!
      IMDELILAH
  • Eliminate "blank" sidebar link on sides of page

    (1) On a multiple monitor system, I'll click a blank area giving focus to that monitor/application. The "blank" sides of some ZDNet pages is a link to an ad, so clicking the "blank" area triggers the link instead of simply giving focus to the page. Example: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/cell-phones/windows-phone-wednesday-tentacles-reaches-out-to-wp7-gamers/6191

    (2) Devote more page space to articles. I doubt I'm the only one who has learned to ignore sidebars.
    Bruce Lang
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Include some sort of succinct summary paragraph at the top and perhaps a tip of the day, which could be a user-centric tip, a product tip, great deal, etc.
    nightskyuap
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    I think the best way is to gear stories towards job fields, IE : news geared towards a helpdesk/desktop support person. Why ? It alows that person to scan quickly for stories that affect thier job.
    jim269@...
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    1- comments section needs help, I personally would like to see a more "live chat" like section instead of a semi-forum-like comments section. Having the comments section be more like a chatroom I think would encourage users to lurk less.
    2- A "read it" function, It would be cool to be able to play zdnet articles read by a person or digi-voice, instead of reading them. Open article, hit play and then work at the same time.
    (Also agree abou rss feed changes ^)
    PokeAsheep
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    A more proactive approach to web design. Keep on top of the bugs, don't wait over a year to update the website. Things like spelling corrections being reported as spam shouldn't have gone on so long before being fixed. Too much to ask?
    CobraA1
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Change the background screen color to something other than white/grey. Organizing the order of news items based upon revelance to security and general news would be helpful.
    tarossi
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Sometimes the ZDNet newsletter doesn't display anything more than the logo in Lotus Notes mail. Please include a link at the beginning to goto ZDNET for these type of emails or check with a client that uses Lotus Notes so that the email is compliant and will display properly.
    bmays@...
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    Make better use of the space. When I get my email the entire right side of it is blank. Instead of using columns try windowing by category possibly highlighting items that are "new" with the ability to get "more" info. If you have to read too much on the main page, interest is lost quickly.
    jhockeyref
    • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

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      sabirbgtd
  • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

    There is a lot of overlap between newsletters from SmartPlanet, ZDNet and TechRepublic. Suggestion: create a digest with all of your newsletters and let the user select which sections to get (TR Dojo, SmartPlanet, etc) or keep each one pure so I don't read three different newletters most of which is redundant.
    karl11
    • RE: Improve our newsletters, win a custom ZDNet Timbuk2 laptop bag

      @karl11 Hi Karl, that shouldn't be. Could you send us some examples? Use the feedback link here: http://zdnet.custhelp.com/
      andrew.nusca
  • Re: Improve newsletter

    The newsletter is excellent the way it is. One comment on content would be to expand beyond the traditional x86 environment and cover the broader hardware/infrastructure available in the industry such as the new IBM hybrid computing which seems ideal for cloud computing.
    lbdyck@...