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Mozy Frightful Computer Haiku Contest Winners 2016

Two-thousand sixteen marked the sixth consecutive year of the Mozy Frightful Computer Haiku Contest. This year’s haiku poets claimed $200, $50 and $25 gift cards for their evocative efforts. As in years past, it was a challenge to select the winners from all of your most excellent submissions. Here are our winners:

3rd place and a $25 gift card to Denisha Parker Moore:
Virus goblins in
the night came to cause big fright.
Mozy make it right!

2nd place and a $50 gift card to spaceJASE:
Poor souls lost or burned
Mozy works the graveyard shift
Undead files return

1st place and a $200 gift card to Joel Hiller:
In the darkened lab
Mozy brings the dead files back
“It’s alive!” I shriek

Congratulations to our winners (though if you back up with Mozy, you already know that you’re a winner)! Winning poets, please email us at stories@mozy.com to claim your gift card. Be sure to include your name and snail mail address.

If you didn’t win, there is always next year. In the meantime, limit your sugar intake and be sure that you are always safeguarding your files with the latest Mozy backup software.

It’s time for Mozy’s Frightful Computer Haiku Contest!

What might be the real fright of this announcement is that it’s already October! Nevertheless, it’s time once again for our Frightful Computer Haiku Contest, version 6.0. Last year’s contest was such a success that we had to do this again. All you have to do to enter is to write a scary computer haiku (according to the rules), submit it, and you could win a $200 gift card (1st place), a $50 gift card (2nd place), or a $25 gift card (3rd place). This is one of our most popular contests.

The rules are simple:

   •     Your haiku must be original. In other words, plagiarizing a          haiku will get you disqualified faster than you can werewolf          down a piece of your favorite pumpkin pie.

   •     Your haiku must be awesome. You know, like “Green Bay just          won the Super Bowl!”

   •     One haiku per person. That means one (“1”), not two (“2”). Two          or more will get you disqualified (and it might even affect what          you get for Christmas).

   •     Submit your haiku by October 31, 11:59 p.m. MDT in the Comments section below.

The winners will be announced in our November newsletter and in a November blog.

If you don’t remember how to create a haiku, the following should help. Haikus are composed of three lines. Line one is five syllables, line two is seven syllables, and line three is five syllables. M. Neal’s winning submission from last year is a good example of what we’re looking for:

Data left for dead,
Noose around its neck? …Mozy
Won’t leave you hangin’!

Add your haiku to the Comments section before it’s too late! In the meantime, continue to back up your files with Mozy. Anything less would keep us up at night! Be safe!

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The small print: Dell employees (including Mozy, etc.) are not eligible to win—even if your haiku is really good. Void where prohibited.

Share your story and you might win a $200 gift card

 

Your data is important to you. Whether it’s a file of a journal entry or a critical tax document or a digital copy of a photo of a beloved ancestor, losing such a file might mean never getting it back again…unless you’ve backed it up.

Have you ever lost an important file and thought all was lost…and then Mozy came to the rescue? What were your feelings when you discovered the file was gone? (It’s OK if you shed a tear or two.) What was it like to recover your important file when you remembered that you were in good hands with Mozy? (It’s OK if you jumped up and down for joy and shed a tear or two because you realized how much you love Mozy.) We want to hear about it!

It’s simple: Tell us how Mozy has saved your bacon. Tell us why your data is important to you (whatever the reason, that’s why it’s important to us!). Plus, we would love to share your story in a future MozyHome or MozyPro newsletter. We’re going to make things interesting: We’ll be giving away a $200 gift card to one random entry! That’s awesome! That’s Mozy!

Send your story to stories@mozy.com.

We want your feedback! Really! (And you might win a prize)

Every now and then we all need help with the software. So what do you do? You contact support! As a Mozy customer, we hope that whenever you have a question about the Mozy service that you don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. It’s our job to help you resolve any issue with the Mozy backup software.

Because we want to do our job to the best of our abilities and because we want your experience with Mozy Support to be a pleasant one, we’re inviting you to let us know of your recent experiences with Mozy Support. What feedback do you have from a recent Mozy Support Portal experience? For example:

•  How did everything go?
•  Are there areas where we can improve?
•  If you could change the way we handled your case, what would that be?

By providing us with constructive feedback on your support experience, not only will you be helping us make improvements to the Portal, you will be helping other Mozy customers who reach out to us in the future with a similar issue. And you just might win a fabulous prize. Wait! Did someone say prize? Yes, we did!

How can you win a prize? Simply send us your ideas for a chance to win. It’s that easy. Do you want to learn more? Are you ready to submit your idea? Maybe you just want us to cut to the chase and tell you what the prizes are? For answers to all of these questions and more, click here.

 

You proved that haiku can be scary!

Your haikus scared the “h” out of “gost,” so now we can deliver the prizes!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 5th Annual Mozy Frightful Computer Haiku Contest. You, dear customers, made us proud by putting the chupa back in chupacabra. We’re not going to lie to you: There were so many wonderful submissions this year that we didn’t think we had a gost (remember, the “h” ran off) of a chance to select just three winners. So many great haikus, but only three prizes to award. After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, we selected our winners:

Winner:
Data left for dead,
Noose around its neck? …Mozy
Won’t leave you hangin’!
—M. Neal

Winner:
Late at night he comes
The Grim Reaper and his scythe
Ach! My head is gone!
—Marci Humphreys

Winner:
Zombies and vampires
are nothing when compared to
running out of treats!
—CIMHsv

Congratulations! Each of our winners will receive a $50 gift card. (Winners, please email us at stories@mozy.com and please include your name and mailing address.)

We understand that some of you may be disappointed that you didn’t win, but there’s always next year. So check back with us next October. In the meantime, enjoy your Halloween candy and practice writing haikus.

Back up with Mozy
Even if you didn’t win
There’s always next year

Continue to back up your files with Mozy. Anything less would be scary. Be safe.

Yikes! Mozy announces Frightful Computer Haiku Contest v5.0

It’s ba-ack! That’s right, Mozy’s annual “Frightful Computer Haiku Contest” awaits you!

Maybe the recent super blood moon eclipse has inspired you to write haiku. Maybe the fact that Halloween is a few weeks away has got you thinking about ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. Or maybe you remember last year’s Frightful Computer Haiku Contest and you’re screaming for an opportunity to show off your haiku skills. Whatever is motivating you, we’re ready to receive your scary computer haikus for this year’s contest. The rules are frightfully simple:

•   Your haiku must be original. In other words, plagiarizing a haiku will get you disqualified faster than a Sasquatch in Skechers.
•   Your haiku must be awesome. Think chupacabra with extra chupa.
•   One haiku per person. That’s 1 and only 1 and not to exceed 1.
•   Submit your haiku by October 31, 11:59 p.m. MDT in the     Comments section below. The winners will be announced on     Friday, November 6.

If you haven’t written a haiku since grammar school, there is nothing to be afraid of. Here are some haiku pointers: Haikus are composed of three lines. Line one is five syllables, line two is seven syllables, and line three is five syllables. Haikus that don’t meet this criteria will be disqualified, dismembered, and otherwise put to rest, so make sure your haiku has the right arrangement of syllables. Need an example? Here is one of our winners from last year:

Lightning flashes down.
Hard drive’s dead, but Mozy screams:
Alive! It’s aliiiive!

Did someone say prizes? Yes, there will be prizes! A $50 gift card will be awarded to each of three individuals with the most chilling, creative, or otherwise creepy computer haikus.

That’s it! Pretty scary! Pretty good! So send us your haiku before it’s too late!

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Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015*

Is your camera already capturing your summer fun activities? If not, now is the time to focus on entering your favorite snapshots in the Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2015. Show us all of those magical summer moments at the beach, park, mountains, desert (well, maybe not the desert in the summer time!), pool, waterpark, backyard kiddie pool…. Well, you get the picture. Yes, there will be prizes for the best photos (more on that later). And while your picture doesn’t have to involve water, it does need to say “summer fun.” Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

•   Originality.
•   Has a distinct summer feel.
•   The “Aww” factor, as in “Aww, cute!” or “in awe” of the scene…or maybe just “AWSOME!” You get the idea.

To submit your summer photo, please follow these steps:

1. Make sure the photo you submit is your own original work. Water is cool, copycats are not!
2. The photo should be appropriate for all ages.
3. In the comments section below, give your photo a title and then click on the photo icon below the text box to upload your photo.
4. You will also need to sign in to post. You can use your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google login.
5. Then just wait! Your photo will be reviewed and then posted.

Once it’s live, you may also want to share it with your friends and family. Photos that have more “likes” will certainly get our attention. And you want to get our attention because here are the prizes we will be awarding for the best shots: $25 gift cards (three lucky winners!) and…drum roll, please…a $50 gift card for the grand prize winner!

Entries must be submitted before August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced in the September 2015 MozyHome newsletter and posted on this blog.

Good luck! We’re excited to see your amazing photography skills!

 

*Void where prohibited by law. (Yeah, we have to say that.)

Frightful and delightful: Haiku winners announced

Congratulations to our Frightful Computer Haiku Contest winners! Your submissions were delightful, with some even raising the hairs on our neck.  There were so many scary submissions that we nearly pulled our hair out trying to select three winners. Truly, the creativity was sufficiently creepy. Of the many submissions, the following were selected as being a slash above the rest. Each will receive a $50 gift certificate for their award-winning haiku.

Winner:
Lightning flashes down.
Hard drive’s dead, but Mozy screams:
Alive! It’s aliiiive!
Daniel Gibby

Winner:
he killed my hard drive
but my files, like zombies, creep
back with a vengeance.
adaenn

Winner:
Dark and “cloud”less night
Beware the hard drive killers
Better get Mozy
Glen McAfee

Again, congratulations to our three winners. We hope to continue our Frightful Computer Haiku Contest next year, so if you didn’t win a gift certificate, there’s always next year! Five…seven…five…I can do this… Until then, remember that by using Mozy to back up and protect your files, you’re already a winner.

Frightful Computer Haiku Contest v4.0

Did you just feel someone—or something!—tapping you on your shoulder? That’s just a scary reminder that it’s time for this year’s Frightful Computer Haiku Contest. It kind of just creeps up on you, doesn’t it? Well, we wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, there’s no better time of the year than Halloween to create a scary computer haiku. The more clever, the better. A $50 gift card will be awarded to each of three individuals with the most frightful computer haikus.

Maybe you’ve forgotten how to write a haiku. No worries; it’s not difficult.

Haikus are composed of three lines. Simply follow this frightfully foolproof formula to create your haiku: Line one is five syllables. Line two is seven syllables. And line three is five syllables. Haikus that do not meet the 5-7-5 criteria will be disqualified and fed to the werewolves.

If you need a little more help, perhaps last year’s winning haiku will get your creative juices flowing (Dracula is already salivating):

Great-Grandma’s pictures–

Gone–but now back from the dead!

Wish she was back, too.

Oooo, does that not send shivers up your spine?

The winning haikus will be featured on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

To enter, simply comment on this post with your frightful computer haiku.

Frightful Computer Haiku Contest Rules:

-Your haiku must be original. Don’t just copy one of the ones someone submitted last year (or this year), because that’s just lame. Our gaggle of goblins will be keeping an eye on you to ensure compliance.

-Your haiku must be awesome, but that goes without saying.

-One entry per person. Please do not submit the same haiku over and over again because that too is lame and aggravates the judges.

-Submit your haiku by October 31, 11:59 p.m. MDT in the comments below. The winners will be announced on Friday, November 3.

That’s it! Pretty easy, right? So get your haiku on and submit away! Like this contest? Click here to tweet it!

Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2014 winners announced

You’ve heard it a thousand times before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That’s because it’s true. A picture can often express emotion better than words. Just take a look at the winners from our recent Mozy Summer Photo Contest 2014.

Some of the photos made us smile, others made us laugh out loud, while others made us contemplate the wonders of nature. But all of them helped us to see the beauty that’s all around us.

After tallying the votes, we awarded one grand prize winner and three consolation prizes:

  • Grand Prize: “Flying High” by Jackie Linder
  • Consolation Prize winners:
  • “Deep in the Canyon” by Rita Meistrell
  • “Interested Observers” by Lauren Ward
  • “Perfect Sunset” by Jenine Reed

Our grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift card. Each of our consolation prize winners will receive a $25 gift card. Congratulations to each of you!

Thanks to all of you for your submissions. And thanks to everyone for voting for your favorites. We’re already looking forward to our next photo contest, so keep taking great pictures of your favorite subjects!