It’s the first day of February, and that means we’re entering the long awaited ‘Award Season’ in earnest. Grammy’s, Oscars, Golden Globes, etc. are taking up all the headlines. And it’s no different in the technology world either, with last Friday’s kick off of the 2009 Engadget Award contest.

So why should you care? Well, this year we’ve got a good reason! We’re thrilled to have one of very own Windows Home Server devices – an HP MediaSmart Server - nominated for ‘Home Entertainment Device of the Year’! So come show your support for Home Server by heading straight to the Engadget polls, which will be taking your votes through February 20th. To paraphrase an old political adage, 'Vote Early and Vote Often' (OK, maybe the latter would be stretching ethics a bit…But you get the point. ;-)

And while we have you, be sure to check out the nice plug for the HP Storage Works DataVault product (the SMB focused HP SKU) in Eric Rux’s most recent Home Server column up on Sound and Video Contractor magazine – it was their 25th edition of the column, so kudos to Eric!

Happy Monday everyone!

- Mark