Celebrating 1000 comments by giving away a Raspberry Pi 3!


An update:

Comments are locked as-of 12:05pm Eastern time.

I received 363 comments, but 4 were mine, so 359 comments gives you a 1-in-359 chance of winning (.27%).

Congrats to the two winners, Dan and Michael! I’ll be emailing you shortly!




Since 2014, I’ve been blogging about security, open source, Linux, and routers. Since then, I’ve hit the 1000 comment mark (although technically, some comments are my own replies to your comments). To thank my readers, I’m giving away two Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit (32 GB Edition) by CanaKit.

I have a very similar kit, and it’s a great way to get introduced to Linux, or build something new. With a Raspberry Pi 3, you can:

  • create a HTPC media streaming server
  • turn a “dumb” TV into a “smart” TV
  • setup a NAS
  • setup a print server
  • create an old-school game emulator (using RetroPie)
  • learn programming
  • replace your (really) old desktop
  • play Minecraft
  • build robots
  • extend your home network
  • setup your own cloud (using NextCloud)
  • host a website
  • block ads on your network (Pi-hole is great for this)
  • build your own smart assistant
  • run a crytocurrency node (e.g., Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, etc…)
  • run your own VPN server

Because I spend a lot of time on reddit, and have received so much help on reddit over the years, I’ll be advertising on the following subreddits that have helped along the way (sorry, I don’t like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc…).

Eligibility requirements

  1. You must be age 18 or older (sorry, kids), and reside in the United States of America (sorry, Canada).
  2. You must reside at an address that Amazon.com will deliver to, in the United States of America.
  3. You must comment between 12/5 at noon (Eastern time) and 12/8 at noon (Eastern time).

How to enter

    1. Leave one comment on this post – anything will do (duplicate comments won’t be counted).
    2. When leaving your comment, use a working email address so I can reply to you if you are chosen (i.e., don’t use a temporary email).
    3. I’ll be using the Pick Giveaway Winner plugin (WordPress link, GitHub link) to choose two winners at random (duplicate comments won’t be counted).
    4. Once a winner is chosen, I’ll email you via the email you provided to request your name and mailing address to ship you the item.
    5. You’ll have 24 hours to respond.
      • If you do not respond within 24 hours, I will choose another winner (who will then have 24 hours to respond).
      • If you do respond within 24 hours, I’ll purchase the item from Amazon.com and it will ship directly to you.
    6. After the item is purchased and shipped, I’ll post your first name and the link to your comment at the top of this post. Your last name and email address will not be published.

Some legal stuff

  1. You must be age 18 or older (sorry, kids), and reside in the United States of America (sorry, Canada).
  2. You must reside at an address that Amazon.com will deliver to, in the United States of America.
  3. You must comment between 12/5 at noon (Eastern time) and 12/8 at noon (Eastern time).
  4. No purchase is necessary for entry.
  5. You are not required to like or subscribe to this blog for entry.
  6. The number of eligible entries received determine the odds of winning.
  7. This is technically a sweepstakes (because winners are chosen randomly). This is not:
    • a contest, because no merit or skill is involved
    • a lottery, because no tickets are sold (plus, I’m not a government)
    • a raffle, because no tickets are sold
  8. The winner will not pay for the item, taxes, or shipping.
  9. I will store your name and mailing address for the purpose of delivering the item.
  10. Void where prohibited by law.
  11. By submitting a comment, you are agreeing to the terms on this page, as well as my Privacy Policy.


Good luck!


363 thoughts on “Celebrating 1000 comments by giving away a Raspberry Pi 3!”

  1. Hey! Very generous contest, thank you. I’ll make sure to dig through your blog some – I enjoy reading other’s tech adventures.

  2. Hope you get some extra traffic because of this contest – I know I’ll be perusing. Love finding a new blog!

  3. Very cool. I’ve been wanting to get into Raspberry Pi, so this may be perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for doing this!

  4. Very generous of you to give back to the community this way. Hopefully the Pi will inspire Windows folks to dabble into the Linux world. I’ve recently gotten into RPi myself and have Pi-Hole and Unifi Controller running on mine with some new projects I want to try.

  5. You’re awesome! I didn’t know about your blog before, but looking through, I see some great material. Keep it up!

  6. Not often do you see people giving back to the communities that help them. Good work sir!

  7. Logan you truly are awesome for doing such a thing!

    VPN, Nextcloud & Pi Hole all seem like fun things I wouldn’t mind having. Only thing I have is virtual machines which I turn off if I ever need to do anything else on my computer so I can’t have services like that running. Well here goes nothing, representing from /r/homelab! *crosses fingers*

  8. Sweet thanks, I have a perfect use. I’m a student so things like these cost quite a bit compared to what I make.

  9. Amazing that you’re giving back to the community. I hope to do something similar in the future!

  10. Thank you for doing this! I love Reddit and home labs and home automation. I would love to win a Raspberry Pi.

  11. Hey, nice way to pay it forward.
    I’ve been thinking about experimenting with PI from a long time, have an unraid box

  12. This is awesome! I hope to see more like this from others in the future. I saw your post from /r/selfhosted.

  13. Thanks a lot, from /r/linuxmasterrace. I’ve always wanted to set up a pi-hole, seems like as good an excuse as any.

  14. This is a great way to give back to the community. I applaud your commitment to paying the knowledge further. Excellent job.

  15. I was just looking at that particular kit recently for a couple projects I have in mind.

  16. Found your blog via r/selfhosted. Will have to read more when I get some free time after the next week or 2. But youโ€™ve been bookmarked for sure.

  17. Thank you for doing this! I’ve got a Raspberry Pi Zero that I got from a friend that I’ve been using to test security cameras. I’d like to have a device that I can use as a VPN server, or possibly a Kodi device.

  18. Please let me win

    I edited your comment to remove your email address (to prevent you getting spam from bots). I have your email in WordPress from when you left the comment. – Logan

  19. Thank you for giving forward! I hope whoever wins has as more fun and less frustration than you had.

  20. This is really a good way to motivate. I would read your blog and book marking it right now

  21. Oh boy, I hope I win. I’ve been eyeing up one of these kits for a while, I guess it will be I win one or buy myself one for Christmas.

  22. Gr8 way to get users, I hope it turns out good for you and that much people remain. Hoping to win, though there are a lot of users. ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. If I win, I’ll donate it to Meta Mesh Wireless Communities ( https://www.metamesh.org ) which is the non-profit organization behind PittMesh ( http://www.pittmesh.net ). MMWC uses a lot of Ubiquiti equipment in addition to its own rebranded stuff and it’s been working on designing a Pi cluster to offer a variety of services on the mesh network.

  24. This is very generous of you and would be a great way for someone (maybe me ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) to better explore RPi’s. Thanks for doing this!

  25. RPi’s are becoming ubiquitous and that’s awesome, I love it! Thanks for doing a giveaway

  26. I love my original Pi B+, but it’s soo slow! I would love a Pi 3. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Saw your post on /r/linux. Thanks for running this contest^H^H^H^H^H^H^H sweepstakes. Now I’m off to see what else is on your blog.

  28. I love the giving-back spirit here. Reddit has been a great source of information for me as well. Thank you for doing this!

  29. Extremely generous of you mate, good on yah for helping foster creativity on people.

  30. Awesome! Thank you for doing this! Saw this on /r/Ubiquiti. It’s very nice of you!

  31. This is awesome, thanks for doing this! Iโ€™ve always wanted to tinker with one but never got around to buying one.

  32. Always good to have more pi this time of year!

    What commenting system are you using here?

  33. Saw your post on /r/ubiquiti. What youโ€™re doing here is pretty cool.

  34. Very kind of you. I just learned about your blog from r/selfhosted. I’ll subscribe.

  35. Awesome, looks like your blog is exploding.
    I’m reading through your older posts now.

  36. Whoa! Awesome idea and you have a really nice website! My grandsons love my RPI and I’m sure they would like having their own little computer. Have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. A raspberry pi would be so useful about now! I must admit it took me some time to find the comment box, I was expecting it to be near the top… Cheers to 1216ish comments as of writing this!

  38. I would’ve entered to thank you for your generosity but it seems like a lot of people already did.

  39. I’ll admit. I came from Reddit, but it looks like I’ll be reading a new blog. Cheers to the winner!

  40. I ate marshmallows for breakfast while dreaming of pies made from raspberries.
    But seriously, thanks!

  41. I’ve been wanting to fiddle around with a Raspberry Pi for a while now, they look like good fun! Thanks for the opportunity and good luck with your blog!

  42. I got here via the Reddit postโ€”congrats on the 1000 comments! I’ll be sure to take a look through your previous blog posts!

    I recently got a AIY Voice Kit, but don’t have hardware to use it with. I have one of the original Raspberry Pis (revision code 0002) and a MIPS Creator CI20, but both only have 26 GPIO pins and are thus not compatible with the Pi HATs (which require 40 pins). I’ve been planning on working on it during winterโ€”a new Raspberry Pi would certainly help with that!

  43. I’m looking at building out an amateur radio SDR reciever and a Pi 3 would be perfect!

  44. What an awesome way to celebrate a great achievement. Thanks for the opportunity, and good luck everyone!

  45. This is my comment for entering. Thanks for hosting this! If I win, I’m not sure what I would do. Probably try and setup a Plex or emby server finally.

  46. Coming to you from /r/selfhosted. My journey has been from shared hosting to VPSs, from opens to kvm and then docker. I’ve been eyeing the Pi line… Maybe I’ll be chosen!

  47. Mmmm, I need one of these for a project I’m working on for my weather station!

  48. This would be a killer start to make a retropi with my son! Thanks for doing this and congrats!

  49. Congratulations and thank you for running a generous giveaway! Happy for ya

  50. It’s always nice to see someone fibbing back to the communities that have supported them!

  51. It’s great to see someone giving back, and the content on your blog is really useful.

  52. Greetings from /r/Ubiquiti! Good idea on the Rpis. I’m giving several as Christmas gifts this year.

  53. Very cool! I’m glad the open source, gnu/linux, and other communities have been so helpful. Always nice to see good things in these communities. Thanks for the giveaway! Best of luck to the other commentors.

  54. Great idea! I love my pi zero and I use it as a portable NAS. learned so much from my pi and it’s inspired me to install Linux on my main machine

  55. This is a great idea, thanks for giving back to the community! I’m excited to see the results– I’ve been eyeing a Raspberry Pi for a while, I have some projects I’d love to toy around with.

  56. Wow! Cool giveaway! I hope I am a lucky winner, but regardless, very awesome of you to do this for your readers!

    More importantly, hopefully you will see this comment (in the sea of others) because I want to say “THANK YOU!” I really appreciate your blog – I have read and posted here and I include links to your articles in threads on the LEDE and UBNT forums when I see issues that may be answered in your posts.

    Personally, this blog has been invaluable for VPN stuff (I have a LEDE based OpenVPN server as well as LEDE based MR3020 and WR902AC portable routers to connect back) and also for the ubnt related articles (especially the unifi controller on RPi – I used that to help get a Beaglebone Black up and running as my controller).

    Thanks again for all you do!!

    • Hi Pete! Glad to hear from you and thanks for the kind words.

      Also glad to hear your routers are still working out. I still have yet to try LEDE, I really should pick it back up again.

  57. Just found your blog on reddit through this giveaway. I will defiantly be reading from now on, great content!

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