6 Aug 2012

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Back in May 2011 I ran a very simple contest: you had to fix the moment when the visitors' counter on this blog showed the 100,000.
It's time when the counter is close to another, more interesting value, and it is time to announce yet another contest.
The rules are the same as they were last time, except for the value you need to show on the screenshot: 1,000,000

All you have to do to win the prize for this contest is:
  1. Subscribe to this blog, either by following me on Twitter, liking Facebook page or getting e-mail subscription. All these options are in the right column.
  2. Take a screenshot of your browser showing the counter of pageviews with digits 1,000,000 on it. Ideally it should also show clocks.
  3. Send me an e-mail with your subscription details and the screenshot. If you have clocks shown, please also tell me your time zone.
To make it slightly more difficult and fraud-proof, I'll move this counter from one place of the page to another every day. I will know what is the place of the counter on a day of 1,000,000th visitor. Your screenshot should prove that very place.
Can't get 1,000,000 yourself? Don't be upset! I have additional prizes for you! Yes, specially for you, who caught number 1,000,001 or 1,000,002 or 1,000,003. The prizes will be sent to 2 subscribers (yes, you still need to subscribe) who send me the closest numbers to 1,000,000 above this value.

What are the prizes?

  • Main prize is a book! Yes, best prize ever! Book full of knowledge! The book will be sent to the subscriber who catches exact 1,000,000 on the counter. It can be any book from "Linux Blog Book Shelf" - you can see it on your left. Feel free to search for whatever book you actually need there, tell me the name and I'll buy it for you. Only 2 conditions:
  1. It should be a book about Linux or Open Source Software;
  2. Price should not exceed 20 British Pounds.
  • Second prize is a flash drive. This is 4 GB flash. It will be sent to the subscriber who sends nearest number to 1,000,000.
  • Third prize is a CD with Linux. This is a CD with any Operating System listed on Buy Linux CDs page. It will be sent to the subscriber who sends the next nearest number to 1,000,000.
And here is some small print.
  1. Please do not cheat. If I receive several screenshots showing the same value on the counter (being it 1,000,000 or number above), the respective prize will be given to nobody.
  2. Contest is running by myself (DarkDuck).
  3. There are no official sponsors for this contest.
  4. My decision is last and binding to all parties.
  5. All the communications regarding this contest should be in English only.
  6. Contest terms and conditions can be amended at any time, including but not limited to cancelling of  the contest.
  7. No purchase necessary.
  8. Prizes will be sent via airmail (international) or second class (UK) mail.
  9. If there are any import taxes or surcharges, winner has to pay them.
  10. No cash alternative.
  11. If winner or runner-up does not correspond to the e-mails within 2 weeks after the announcement, prize will be withheld. 


  1. Dear DarkDuck, I've mentioned you you a typo in your post - you wrote "⁴MB flash drive" instead of ⁴GB, but you deleted my comment. Yup, I'm sorry for my bad sense of humour :)

  2. Congratulations. You have gone through the million barrier. Unfortunately I caught it as 1,000,024 so I'm miles out.

    1. Yes, I got the winner for the 1st prize. Lucky person will receive a book.
      Though, 2nd and 3rd prizes are technically still available: I have not received any valid claims for them.