Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

Blogging about Windows since before Vista became a bad word

HDX Contest Update

Hey everyone, sorry I'm late in posting anything about who won the contest. My girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl yesterday, so I haven't been able to make my final decision yet. I'll be reviewing the rest of the entries ASAP, and I hope to have my decision posted today.




  • Scott said:

    Well that's certainly forgivable... :)

    Congratulations Robert!

    May 20, 2008 8:12 AM
  • sushrukh78 said:

    Great news Robert. :) Will be waiting to hear back from you.Congrats. :)

    May 20, 2008 8:46 AM
  • Tom said:

    Wow, congrats!!! We were already worried!

    May 20, 2008 9:01 AM
  • Shan Gee said:

    It's good to know that you are okay Robert, we were all worried about you!! Congratulations on the newborn.  I'm really anticipating to see the results of this contest, as are others.  Take your time. :)

    May 20, 2008 9:28 AM
  • Andre Da Costa said:

    Congratulations to you and your girlfriend Robert!

    May 20, 2008 10:26 AM
  • Andy Simpson said:

    Heh, I think anyone could see what takes priority here.


    May 20, 2008 11:33 AM
  • Reeve said:

    CONGRATULATIONS! This calls for a celebration!!! :)

    May 20, 2008 12:07 PM
  • mrjack92 said:

    Congratz man...that is definitely excusable. haha.

    May 20, 2008 12:55 PM
  • Guy Ellis said:

    Hey Robert - Congratulations! That's great news.

    May 20, 2008 1:15 PM
  • =] said:

    congrats =]

    May 20, 2008 1:16 PM
  • Jessica said:

    Wow, congratulations! :) I hope everyone is doing well and is healthy.

    Best of luck to everyone who entered. The entries are amazing and so fun to watch! The final decision will definitely be hard to make.

    May 20, 2008 1:52 PM
  • shisnvaka93 said:

    congrats :)   i throught you mighta ran of with the laptor. :) lol, just joking. anyways congrats on your baby girl.

    May 20, 2008 1:55 PM
  • Digerati said:

    Wow, congrats! That's great for you! :)

    May 20, 2008 3:42 PM
  • sharkhead7854 said:

    wow congrats!

    thats awesome =D

    May 20, 2008 5:43 PM
  • HonEbaby said:

    Hehe... if you have a new baby, I can't imagine that you'd have time to get to this again any time soon!  :)  (I know, I've been there... thrice!... and going on four times).  Take your time and enjoy that new little one.  :)  

    It was such a pleasant surprise after being so worried that something happened to you for so long.  I hope all is well and that mommy, baby and of course... daddy... are all doing well.  

    Kind Regards,


    May 20, 2008 6:14 PM
  • Brian said:

    Well say congrats to everyone for me!

    May 20, 2008 7:42 PM
  • zooter said:

    That was either irresponsible or a sick game to keep the computer for yourself. Picking the winner won't take you that much. Honestly I don't care, I didn't even participate to your contest since it requires a whole lot from an individual.

    May 21, 2008 8:19 AM
  • C. said:

    HonEbaby, so does that mean he's going to post the winner in a month or so when he's all settled down??? Come on, how long is this going to take??!! Watching around 30 videos doesn't take that much can even watch them while you eat meals for crying out loud.

    May 21, 2008 11:27 AM
  • SMoo said:

    All this seems very weird. Still no decision...

    May 21, 2008 11:37 AM
  • HonEbaby said:

    C.:  Have you ever had kids?  Especially for the first child! - For me when I had my first, if I even got five minutes to use the restroom... I considered that a success!  Getting to know your baby takes a lot of time and patience.  It's extremely stressful and there's a lot of changes that take place (literally) overnight.  

    As much as I want to know who won, I'm not willing to put my want of a laptop in front of a new father who's learning the new reigns of his responsibilities in life.  That's just unacceptable to me!  

    Oh, and mealtime?  Right!  I think I barely got a bite of food to my mouth before the baby would start fidgeting or crying again!  There was no such thing as a meal... it was more... survival!  

    Is it really life or death if you get the laptop today?  Common!  Give the guy a break.  We'll know soon enough.  :)

    Kind Regards,


    P.S. Wanna see the little ones I've raised already (and #4 who's on the way)... my video is under 143seklsl on  

    May 21, 2008 11:46 AM
  • Shan Gee said:

    What would you do if you were in the same situation?  Robert really does need to take a break from the computer and take care of his family first before the Internet!

    As far as the contest goes, Robert deserves the right to announce the winner whenever he feels he is ready.  He is the contest holder.  

    May 21, 2008 11:52 AM
  • shinsvaka93 said:

    I think we should give him a lil slack, but please hurry up its been 3 days past due for the winner to be announced

    May 21, 2008 2:03 PM
  • sushrukh78 said:

    Yeah give Robert a break please & though i agree it's late now but you haven't paid anything to enter the contest.So, please just wait patiently for his responce.He has other stuffs in life too,which is his new born baby which certainly is more important than seeing & reviewing those low quality You Tube videos.Thanks for understanding. :)

    May 21, 2008 2:06 PM
  • okay said:

    dude, COME ON! post the results now. don't pretend. don't run with the laptop. you have time to post the winners. you promised us. you lied. its your responsibility to come. get on, and choose a winner. you are making all of us upset!!!

    May 21, 2008 2:44 PM
  • HonEbaby said:

    okay:  Please only speak for yourself... I'm not upset one bit that he's taking his time.  

    May 21, 2008 3:09 PM
  • Shan said:

    Well, that was rude "okay"!  Robert is a well respected person in the Microsoft Community.  He wouldn't run away with a laptop.  And, as HonEbaby said, speak for yourself, not for everyone.  Some of us do understand that he is in a certain situation that is preventing him from judging the contest.  

    Just a note to whoever is repeatedly posting bad comments on others videos and putting low ratings, just stop.  You're wasting your time, because Robert said he is picking the winner himself!  It's not based on ratings.  

    May 21, 2008 3:29 PM
  • Digerati said:

    Wow, some of you are real dicks. Jesus Christ, will you take a chill pill? Your attitudes are disgusting, and your words go to show your materialistic nature and greed. God damn these laptops for doing this to you people.

    May 21, 2008 4:22 PM
  • Yohana said:

    im not in ths contest, but he did have a baby, and for the sake of all the people please shut up. everyone and wait patiently for the winner to be announced

    May 21, 2008 4:38 PM
  • Kristan Kenney said:

    Congratulations Robert!

    May 22, 2008 8:42 AM
  • Chris123NT said:

    Congrats Robert!

    And to all of the people who keep whining about Robert "running off" with the laptop, shut the *** up.  He has a life and real life needs more attention than "teh intarwebs" sometimes.

    May 22, 2008 12:19 PM
  • shinsvaka93 said:

    Man, sure is taking awhile, but its all cool. :)  congrats on your new baby. and best of health to her

    May 23, 2008 7:33 AM
  • Reeve said:

    Hey whats the name of the little angel???? :D

    May 23, 2008 7:48 AM
  • FriendM said:

    As long as nobody has won, I can say that I haven't lost :)

    May 23, 2008 9:01 AM
  • Jessica said:

    I just checked the windowsnow channel and Robert logged in to YouTube about 12 hours ago. Maybe he's watching them right now? ;)

    Anyways, take your time Robert! :)

    May 23, 2008 11:00 AM
  • sushrukh78 said:

    Yeah i too saw him logging-in there.Hope everything is ok for Robert.

    May 23, 2008 11:57 AM
  • Kevin said:

    any updates so far robert? a quick one-liner or something about the status of watching the videos? i keep refreshing this site every few hours to see if anything new is going on or if a new post is up. =(

    it's been three days and yes, i know he just had a baby, but i'm sure he must get a few minutes of free time...

    May 23, 2008 1:29 PM
  • Shan Gee said:

    I noticed that Robert was online last night as well.  He was definitely going through the videos and reviewing them for the contest.  I'm sure he will be posting the results up soon!  We just need to wait a little bit more.  We're lucky that he has found the time to do this.  :)

    May 23, 2008 3:50 PM
  • shinsvaka93 said:

    soon. yea. like in 5 days maybe? :D   jk, it'l be cool whenever he does

    May 24, 2008 11:35 AM
  • Josh said:

    Anyone else feeling skeptical right now?

    May 24, 2008 7:59 PM
  • mrjack92 said:

    Yeah its almost been a week..

    Still no winner announced. :/

    May 24, 2008 9:41 PM
  • zooter said:

    told you guys, he's taking it! i'm not buying a 24/7 occupation with a baby, it's totally unfeasible.

    May 25, 2008 7:26 AM
  • John said:

    *** this, he took it and screwed us over.

    By the way, this blog sucks.

    May 25, 2008 8:00 AM
  • Borg said:

    I'm not making any accusations and it could be perfectly well that he had a kid, and thats fine. However, in the slight chance that he did in fact screw us, can't someone do something. Such as HP or the contest organization. I doubt he could get away with taking a $5000 dollar laptop for himself. He will have to give it up sometime. Its possible he could just not want to part with the dragon and also enjoy the increased traffic to his site and be trying to prolong that as long as possible. If we don't hear anything for a few weeks what should we do?

    Again Robert I'm sorry if you really had a baby and something has simply gone wrong. However I do not know you and I'm simply assuming the worst. I hope I am wrong. Congratulations.

    May 25, 2008 10:36 AM
  • Shan Gee said:

    Hello Borg,

    Believe it or not, it's only been a week since Robert has not chosen a winner and had a baby.  He is a well known tech blogger and would not take away a $5,000 laptop!  This is definitely not the reason he hasn't posted the reason.  There may be certain situations that are preventing him from posting the winner.  I understand that you really are awaiting the results, as am I and a lot of others.  We will just need to wait a little longer.  I noticed he was online for at least two hours two days ago, viewing the contest entries.  He may be announcing the results soon!  :)

    May 25, 2008 11:19 AM
  • FriendMS said:

    I start enjoying that I still haven't lost in that competition (even though I haven't won...) :)

    May 25, 2008 11:51 AM
  • sushruta78 said:

    Yeah Shan I agree with you.We won't understand his situation untill we have our own babies. :)

    May 25, 2008 1:12 PM
  • mrjack92 said:

    Yeah I agree with Friend MS...I still haven't lost.

    May 25, 2008 1:25 PM
  • sushruta78 said:

    Wow, my videos has been seen by 1574 people.Thanks for taking your time out to watch it (to all who have viewed it) . :)

    May 25, 2008 1:40 PM
  • reevestah said:

    LoL Robert, I just hope that there isn't a second baby that came by too! ;) And if its a boy name him Reeve!!! :D

    hehehe jus kiddin m8!


    May 25, 2008 2:09 PM
  • May 26, 2008 9:14 AM
  • LOL... holy crap guys, you sure were busy in my absense. Thanks for all the well-wishes from everyone. The girl's name is Kaycee, and she is doing just fine. It was a rough week, to be sure, and I'm sorry it took so long to get the winners posted. Please just know that I put a LOT of time into picking the winner, and it was not something I took lightly.

    Again, thanks to everyone who participated! I was really pleased with the result. :)

    May 27, 2008 9:06 AM