So my daughter Emma is 4 now, and her ruby iMac is on its last legs. It’s been up on blocks for a couple months now, and I just can’t seem to get it to boot off anything but the internal drive so I can upgrade the OS to something past 10.2.8.

What a pleasure that I just happened to run across the Stay At Home Dad iMac Give-Away contest being run by Mike over at his blog Stay At Home Dad, Geek Style, in concert with Sittercity, which I’d never heard of before, but looks quite interesting, given the need for babysitters with a 4 year old in the house.

What’s on the line? One of these babies:


A brand new, unopened 20″ Apple iMac. It has a 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1 GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, an 8x SuperDrive, and an awesome 20″ glossy display. It ships with an Apple Mighty Mouse, a sexy new Apple keyboard, an Apple Remote for controlling the included Front Row software (which turns your computer into a full-on media center), and as dutifully noted on Apple’s iMac page, a power cord (duh!).

If you’d like to enter Mike’s Stay At Home Dad iMac Give-Away contest, visit his site for the rules and enter. It’s a rather interesting contest, as he’s giving out “tickets” based on doing certain things, like writing an initial post like this one is worth one ticket and is required to enter. There are other opportunities to earn a ticket.

You’re also encouraged to use this graphic:


Which I am so doing as to appease the contest gremlins.

All in all, it’s an interesting way to run a contest, and I’m all for a little link love for chances to win Apple hardware, which is the pinnacle of industrial design, which runs, in my opinion, the best consumer OS on the planet. (Server OS would have to be Solaris.)

Wish me luck, and I might just have to put up a little extra chrome to help out my odds and get some more of those [golden tickets][6]!