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phillryu

phillryu

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In the spirit of the holidays, we are teaming up with Mac developers to offer software freebies to anyone interested through this year's Giving Tree.

For those who have never heard of this tree, it is exceedingly rare and highly seasonal, grows quickly with enough attention, and tends to be seen with presents clustered underneath for visitors. There are many varieties, but this is a Mac Giving Tree, and will bear some great software freebies for any Mac users around the world.

How do I pick up my free gifts?

On sign up you'll immediately be able to download freebie builds of the popular iTunes controller Synergy, as well as sequel to the monster app store hit Enigmo, Enigmo 2. In addition you'll unlock two presents available for pick up on Christmas day.

How do I get the two ghosted presents on Christmas?

You can invite friends in to earn up to two additional mystery freebies (one per person), adding to the loot you can pick up on Christmas. When your friends sign up with your invite email, the invite presents will turn solid, one per invited friend.

The Giving Tree tends to thrive on buzz, and a lot of it can cause it to do some strange and very cool things. Spread the word!

And make SURE to come back on Christmas to pick up all of your gifts, including any you unlock from referring friends.

Just don't get on the naughty list. wink

Visit the Giving Tree

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December 19, 2008 10:04 pm
apt213

apt213

Automaton Tech

from Austin, TX
205 posts

THANK YOU, DEAREST DIRECTORATE! The beginning has just made my little day!

Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling... this is one of Cole's blue rose cases.

December 19, 2008 10:07 pm
blue_fireball_eater

blue_fireball_eater

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Talk about seamless. It already knew that I was logged into MacHeist so it didn't even ask me to register. Very nice touch!

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December 19, 2008 10:11 pm
kidkarma

kidkarma

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from so cal
515 posts

yea,very cool

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December 19, 2008 10:24 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

big_smile  Brings a smile to my face!  Free apps, bonus free apps on Xmas, and a cool special app for those who click on the colored ornaments in the right order!  Very cool!  wink

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 10:25 pm
Dreamer_uk

Dreamer_uk

Automaton Tech

from UK
261 posts

so is this a hint as to when heists start?
if the tree gives gifts at xmas does that mean heisting boxing day?

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December 19, 2008 10:25 pm
awakebyjava

awakebyjava

Automaton Tech

from Outpost Gallifrey
234 posts

Oh no, I can never find people...

Don't legi con comm bility unica fuse with tion.

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December 19, 2008 10:33 pm
artist-illustrator.net

artist-illustrator.net

Dirigible Captain

from Manchester, UK
3,027 posts

i love freebies smile

I'm feeling old

December 19, 2008 10:48 pm
jdhoss

jdhoss

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from Minnesota
963 posts

I'm looking forward to my first MacHeist! I've been away from the Mac platform far too long.

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December 19, 2008 10:50 pm
apt213

apt213

Automaton Tech

from Austin, TX
205 posts

reesmaxwell wrote:

...a cool special app for those who click on the colored ornaments in the right order!  Very cool!  wink

Quit playin'!

Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling... this is one of Cole's blue rose cases.

December 19, 2008 10:58 pm
cianmm

cianmm

Automaton Tech

from Dublin, Ireland
408 posts

You tried clicking them, didn't you? tongue

Here comes my fourth season of MacHeist!

December 19, 2008 11:03 pm
apt213

apt213

Automaton Tech

from Austin, TX
205 posts

cianmm wrote:

You tried clicking them, didn't you? tongue

And I hate myself for it. Even tried it in two browsers. (Hangs head in shame)

Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling... this is one of Cole's blue rose cases.

December 19, 2008 11:11 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

Sorry aot213, forgot to mention that you need to click on the Apple logo star at the top to 'set' your sequence.  If it isn't right, nothing happens.  Make sure your speakers are turned on, because when you get the combo right you'll hear "Moof" as the 8 dogcows light up in rainbow colors (similar to the original Apple logo ... well, not THE original, but what most people remember as the original logo).  It's pretty cool.  Then a second purple tag is lowered to the left of the MacHeist one, and it has your secret app. 

My guess is that we'll need it for MHIII.  Good luck!

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 11:13 pm
multiuser

multiuser

Gearhead

from Germany, NRW, Duesseldorf
71 posts

Hmmpfff, i did... ;-(

December 19, 2008 11:13 pm
awakebyjava

awakebyjava

Automaton Tech

from Outpost Gallifrey
234 posts

Heh, dog-cows.

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December 19, 2008 11:17 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

For those who don't know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogcow
And more fun Apple history relating to Moof here: http://www.macfreek.nl/humour/tn31.html

Finally, I can't find the original Moof.au file anywhere, but maybe this is close?
http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/an … D/moof.wav

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 11:19 pm
apt213

apt213

Automaton Tech

from Austin, TX
205 posts

@reesmaxwell- Not a chance buddy. I'm not doin' it twice. Unless that damn cardinal flies out of one of the Dogcows- then I'm on it!

I'm smarter than I look online... (aren't we all)

Diane, this case gives me a strange feeling... this is one of Cole's blue rose cases.

December 19, 2008 11:22 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

apt213 wrote:

@reesmaxwell- Not a chance buddy. I'm not doin' it twice. Unless that damn cardinal flies out of one of the Dogcows- then I'm on it!

I'm smarter than I look online... (aren't we all)

Awww!  You're no fun.

By the way, I'm the guy on the right, with the proud mustache .. and I think I look quite smart! My brother tries to look smart in those glasses, but really, who can look smart with a crazy beard like that?

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 11:27 pm

gamemaster5000

Automaton Tech

256 posts

Hate to wonder, but are the ornaments depicting dogs or cats? tongue

December 19, 2008 11:28 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

gamemaster5000 wrote:

Hate to wonder, but are the ornaments depicting dogs or cats? tongue

Dogcows ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogcow

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 11:32 pm
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

apt213 wrote:

@reesmaxwell- Not a chance buddy. I'm not doin' it twice.

Technically, you DID try it twice (once in two browsers)... but who's counting. wink

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 19, 2008 11:33 pm

gamemaster5000

Automaton Tech

256 posts

reesmaxwell wrote:
gamemaster5000 wrote:

Hate to wonder, but are the ornaments depicting dogs or cats? tongue

Dogcows ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogcow

Oh. Now it all makes sense. (Wow, I can't believe I missed that one...) Thanks.

December 19, 2008 11:39 pm
blazedragon555

blazedragon555

Sky Pirate

from NYC
1,030 posts

I'm really happy, already got 1 signup.
And another sure one coming right my way. smile

Oh, there's MacHeist in the air!

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December 19, 2008 11:42 pm
multiuser

multiuser

Gearhead

from Germany, NRW, Duesseldorf
71 posts

Did you see it's snowing around the tree an the snowflakes rest at the bottom of the browserwindow?
At this speed it will last a few days and the tree is a snowman.

December 19, 2008 11:46 pm
LostOne

LostOne

Automaton Tech

from Illinois
117 posts

Thank you!

December 19, 2008 11:48 pm
Adrammelech

Adrammelech

Big Game Hunter

from Gallifrey
626 posts

Woohoo!! I already got all my gifts ready and showing!!!
Haven't played it yet but Enigmo 2 looks sweet and Synergy is looking likely to replace Coversutra...

Wait a minute, why aren't my gifts showing? No gifts under the tree, damnit!!!

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December 19, 2008 11:52 pm
rampancy

rampancy

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from Denial.
3,889 posts

Have you tried flushing your browser cache?

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December 20, 2008 12:21 am
mjweb

mjweb

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from coast2coast
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Thanks for the gifts!
Merry MacHeist...

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December 20, 2008 12:22 am
Adrammelech

Adrammelech

Big Game Hunter

from Gallifrey
626 posts

rampancy wrote:

Have you tried flushing your browser cache?

Tried it but nothing...think it's the servers being hammered...


Now their back...somewhat...

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December 20, 2008 12:54 am
chewy5000

chewy5000

Sky Pirate

from Terra Australis
1,174 posts

wooo! now the server is really slooooooow

mmm... Extra chewy

December 20, 2008 12:54 am
tonyg7

tonyg7

Tinkerer

from Georgetown, IN
22 posts

All I get is a BRB in the left corner of Firefox and failed to load on Safari.

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December 20, 2008 1:00 am
josejuan

josejuan

Urchin

from Mexico
4 posts

Same here. What is that "BRB"? What are we doing wrong?

December 20, 2008 1:03 am
rendasm

rendasm

Gearhead

from Nevada
58 posts

Thanks for the gifts! Loving Synergy!

Green Monkeys

December 20, 2008 1:04 am
dunlap3

dunlap3

Big Game Hunter

from Detroit, Mi
521 posts

Thank you so much guys.  My boyfriend wanted to be involved in the next heist, and this is a great way to get him in.  A wonderful idea, and a very nice holiday surprise!

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December 20, 2008 1:08 am
ktx

ktx

Automaton Tech

from Wouldn't you like to know?
474 posts

I love the Mac Giving Tree, thanks big_smile

Any chance of getting a desktop wallpaper featuring this year's giving tree? I'm using the one from last year as my wallpaper right now.

Vitamin C Power!

December 20, 2008 1:08 am
Tenex

Tenex

Automaton Tech

from London
177 posts

Thanks guys but the server is not only slow but also saying the login is wrong (which it isn't as I'm here!).

December 20, 2008 1:13 am
Adrammelech

Adrammelech

Big Game Hunter

from Gallifrey
626 posts

Scott on Twitter:
"Ohh Nooz! Our tree started on fire! wink"

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December 20, 2008 1:14 am
LordZog

LordZog

Automaton Tech

264 posts

josejuan wrote:

Same here. What is that "BRB"? What are we doing wrong?

BRB = Be Right Back. They're aware that we're hammering the server and they're working on a solution.

Why do people seem to think they have the right to not be offended?

December 20, 2008 1:18 am
LordZog

LordZog

Automaton Tech

264 posts

w00t! The tree's back and it looks like the wind has shifted: the snowflakes are now falling right-to-left where they were left-to-right before. Was the server just facing the wrong way? Simple fix, but I have trouble imagining that in the troubleshooting checklist.

Why do people seem to think they have the right to not be offended?

December 20, 2008 1:22 am
BigMark

BigMark

Sky Pirate

from Kent, UK.
1,543 posts

Thanks for the Free stuff....

I sent an invite to my Dad, got BRB on the website.  Tried again later and it went through just fine.  He got 2 Invites.  I'm not gaming the system, honest!

Looking forward to seeing what the referral gifts will be.  I know he's signed up.  I sent another couple of invites out to other friend too to be sure.  I'm glad you didn't set the referral limit too high, I only know 3 other people with Macs.

Mark.

December 20, 2008 1:43 am
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

There are over 1200 people on the forums right now!  Wow!!

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 20, 2008 1:45 am
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

How long before the invites are really being sent?  I tried one to myself to see what I'm spamming people with, and to check how long it is taking, but it hasn't come in yet.

Note to Phill and Phriends: It would be nice to be able to add a personal note to the invites going out.  That might increase the number of completions (and would let me see what I'm spamming people with).

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 20, 2008 1:46 am
squawky

squawky

Big Game Hunter

from Miskatonic University
775 posts

@reesmaxwell - I agree - and check your spam folders.  I did the same thing - sent the invite to myself first to see what it looked like... gmail dumped it into spam. I ended up sending a mass email with a personal note and a comment to look for the invite in the junk folder.

"I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues." -- Duke Ellington

December 20, 2008 1:51 am
rampancy

rampancy

Moderator

from Denial.
3,889 posts

reesmaxwell wrote:

There are over 1200 people on the forums right now!  Wow!!

Yeah, and how many of those are spambots, I wonder...

tongue

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December 20, 2008 1:57 am
Swanny14

Swanny14

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from Somewhere Over the Rainbow...
497 posts

Wow
The site got fubar'd

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December 20, 2008 1:58 am
silla

silla

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160 posts

Thanks so much MacHeist! ^__^

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December 20, 2008 2:10 am
reesmaxwell

reesmaxwell

Automaton Tech

from Eugene, OR
383 posts

rampancy wrote:
reesmaxwell wrote:

There are over 1200 people on the forums right now!  Wow!!

Yeah, and how many of those are spambots, I wonder...

tongue

Maybe as many as 300, since it said 300 guests .. but over 900 members! (Currently fewer online.)

What? Another MacHeist adventure is upon us? Fantastic!

December 20, 2008 2:38 am

jetuserx

Tinkerer

11 posts

Is anyone sure the invites work? I sent one to my friend and he signed up but I didn't see any change in my "invisible" presents

December 20, 2008 2:47 am
WhiteFang

WhiteFang

Dirigible Captain

from a cliff in the arctic ocean.
2,847 posts

Yes they work, and no, you won't see any change until he signs up (then you'll have to reload).

He must use the invite link to sign up...

I have one of the ghosts "cleared" already..

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December 20, 2008 2:52 am

zilly

Urchin

4 posts

Any chance we can get a shot of the lovely mac tree all by itself, so I can use it as my desktop background picture?  It's truly wonderful!!!  Love the old dogcow decorations! 

Thanks for the gifts! 

What a fun surprise this was today.  Picked me right up out of the blues.

December 20, 2008 2:54 am
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