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Geek Christmas Ideas

CmdrTaco posted more than 14 years ago | from the its-that-time-of-year dept.

Christmas Cheer 528

Its that time of year again kids, and shopping for geeks is, as any non-geek is happy to tell me, a royal pain in the arse. So Slashdot is here to help. Let's talk Geek Christmas ideas. Post your best gift ideas. Try to include links and prices. And try to moderate the good ones. That way we all send families the URL to this story instead of making a list.

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On the first day of Chrismas... (1)

famfurnell (113415) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509972)

...my true love ave to me... A CRAY!!! http://www.sgi.com/t90

Isn't it Obvious? (1)

CerebusUS (21051) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509973)

Razer Boomslang and a cluster of Dreamcasts :-) I can't get razer's page to open up, but I think it's http://www.razer.com [razer.com]

The year of the force feedback wheel... (1)

realkiwi (23584) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509974)

They have a forcefeedback wheel out here in France for about 390 FF ($60).

Yes it has a Ferrari logo =:-]

Palm V (1)

digitalboy (45495) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509975)

I can't think of any real geek who wouldn't want one of these babies [palm.com] - except someone who has one already.

A gift certificate to computer surplus outlet (2)

georgeha (43752) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509976)

I buy lots of parts at Computer Surplus Outlet [computersu...outlet.com] , just the place to keep my P90s and 486's happy.

George

LINUX GAMES! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1509977)

What else should you get a geek? I'm stocking up on games... Civ: CTP, Myth II, and Quake when it comes out. You can get both Civ:CTP and Myth II from various places. The best price is about $44 from Handeye.com, one of the only places that sells only Linux games.Support the cause! [handeye.com]

Lego Mindstorms (2)

InfoVore (98438) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509978)

The various Lego Mindstorm [legomindstorms.com] kits are great fun for geeks of all ages.


IV

Books books books... (5)

Uruk (4907) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509979)

Oh sure, it may not be exciting like that vibrating doll you've always wanted, but EVERYBODY wants books. For example:

W. Richard Steven's networking tomes! (Always classics - puts shakespeare to shame) The cryptonomicon, the "Alvin Maker" series by Orson Scott Card, The Art Of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth, The Camel Book, (well OK insert ALL O'Reilly titles here except those books on NT adminstration) The Dragonbone Chair series by Tad Williams and on and on and on.

Books are better than candy, (and sweeter) last longer than clothes or geek toys, never get obsoleted by books with faster processors, books get you chicks, (if they don't, then you were looking for the wrong kind of chick anyway :) Books can be cheap or expensive, visit a local used book shop for a great bargain, (for those of us who don't have much money to buy people gifts)

Do you know any geek that doesn't like to read? Does that person use linux? I don't have any idea how on earth somebody could be using linux without at least not *minding* reading. I shudder to think how many HOWTOs I've read.

So, let's review. Books are awesome, they can be quite cheap, they last a long time, they get you chicks, they convey righteous knowledge without the associated eye strain from reading too many Gutenberg e-texts, they make you look thin, and if you eat them, they're high in fiber. Geeks love getting them, and some can even be had cheaply! Even new, they're a bargain. Imagine paying a measly $80.00 to get one volume of Donald Knuth. You can bet your ass that the time he spent in getting that information for himself and recording it was worth a lot more than $80.00 by several factors of 10. But you get it for $80.00. What a steal.

I am geek, and I WANT BOOKS FOR CHRISTMAS DAMMIT. I'm also a geek, and I'll be giving quite a few books for christmas. Of course all of this assumes that your'e into that whole christian thing - I'm sure there are quite a few of us who aren't but just go along with the cultural charade. But if that charade gets me books, bring it on!

Feed your need to read. (Don't I sound like a library commercial now) That's what I want for Christmas, and that's what I'm going to give for christmas. The only crappy thing about books is that it's very hard to give them to people in a package where it's not totally obvious that they're getting a book. :)

My list... (3)

rde (17364) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509980)

I'm the first to suggest it, so you all have to obey. Everyone reading this chips in a pound (or dollar, but more than a lira), and you can buy me one of these...

1. Andover Shares. Lots of 'em.
2. Aibo. Actually, two so they can play football.
3. Twiddler [handykey.com]
4. World peace
5. A trip to Mars (though I'll settle for Earth orbit)
6. A faster connection to /. It's dog slow today for some reason.
7. A job at nasa. Imagine; there are people out there with the titles of Space Commander and Planetary Protection Officer. I want to be Supreme Commander of the Solar System.
8. There's more, but no-one but my girlfriend will find out what.

Aeron, of course (1)

krnl (24175) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509981)

Everyone already knows about Herman Miller's Aeron [hmstore.com] . Once you sit in this chair for a day, you can never go back. Only a scant $749 if you buy direct...

I never have any ideas (1)

[Bruce] (110799) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509982)

I never do know what to get people. It usually ends up being chocolate or something simply because that requires the least amount of though. If anyone has any way they get idea for presents pease let me know! I really dont think my dad wants a k7 . . .

Techie gifts too expensive (1)

Wedman (58748) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509983)

No more freakin' mousepads!

I think it would be cool (and cheaper than a CRAY) if I could get my hands on several older computers - 486s, classic pentiums, etc. That way, people won't have to spend a small fortune on a gift for me, and I can start building my own beowolf cluster!

Shopping online, coupon codes (slightly offtopic) (5)

Pyr (18277) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509984)

This is slightly offtopic, but I'm sure very helpful for some of the geeks/geek's families out there.. these are some good coupon codes for different online stores.

office max.com has a $20 off a purchaseo f$20 deal, click Here [ym0.net] and use the code YES1CFNH2H

Barnes and Nobel (bn.com) has these $10 off $10 codes: CZVRCH7, CBN2222, COSHARE, and CTREATS.
Amazon.com has these $10 off $25: FIRSTGIFT and AMZNPRESENT2

CDNow has these $10 off $14.99 codes: here [cdnow.com] and here [cdnow.com]

Last but not lease (see links below for more) Buy.com has $20 off for first time customers. Click Here [buy.com] to get it.

If you're looking for other coupon sites visit these places:
My Coupons.com Message board [mycoupons.com]

Funtasia's Coupons [aol.com]

Another coupon message board [dvdtalk.com]

Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (1)

_Lint_ (30522) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509985)

Actually, can anyone who has one of these give a (quick) review? I have a wheelmouse (M$ Intellipoint), and am considering dumping it for one of these. Is it worth the $$? Am I going to blow $55US, and end up hating it?

Oh, and I also want GEB - 20th Aniversery edition. Hardcover, of course.

Toys (2)

Joel Rowbottom (89350) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509986)

I find that the best stocking-fillers come from http://www.perltoys.com/ [perltoys.com] - the fridge magnets are excellent and keep our geeks amused for hours.

Other than that, get a copy of the UserFriendly book.

...oh, hang on, are these prezzies for other people? Damn... ;)

Christmas Gift (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1509987)

A set of decent screwdrivers is always helpful - and can be picked up by any non-techy at almost any store.

Gaming (2)

slim (1652) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509988)

Not all geeks like gaming, but for those of us who do:

Sega Dreamcast
Neo-Geo Pocket Color
Games & Peripherals for the above
Cool retro stuff -- I got a Genesis/Megadrive last Xmas, and I was delighted.


... and if games are too frivolous, get involved with the OpenBSD/SH4 project, and turn the Dreamcast into a BSD box...
--

What I really need is... (1)

Dexx (34621) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509989)

Toys are nice, but what I really need is a new chair. Something nice and ergonomic. The piece of junk I'm currently using (complete with duct tape) just isn't holding out any more..

Cobalt Qube! (2)

./ (13859) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509990)

http://www.cobalt.com/products/qube/index.html A 8"x8"x8" blue 64-bit headless linux box!!

BP6 & Dual Celery 366.. umm yeah! (1)

myconid (5642) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509991)

www.pricewatch.com..

Find yourself a nice matching set of Celery 366's and a Abit BP6.. then get Quake3, enable smp, and enjoy!


Stan "Myconid" Brinkerhoff

Mmmm... beer.. (3)

coug_ (63333) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509992)

What every geek needs..

#include <beer.h> [thinkgeek.com]

ive got it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1509993)

Perfect geek gift [realdoll.com] .

NFB videos (4)

smallmj (69620) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509994)

I just looked at the NFB (National Film Board of Canada http://www.nfb.ca) website.
In their online shopping section they've got collections of some AMAZING award winning animation shorts. Most people that grew up here in the Great White North will remember ones like these:

How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly
The Cat Came Back
The Log Drivers Waltz

and the all time classic
The Sweater

They also have "Bob's Birthday", the short that launched the Bob and Margaret series.

Not especially geeky stuff, but very high quality.

Hmmmm... (1)

nhowie (38409) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509995)

I remember reading in Alan Cox's Diary [linux.org] that someone mailed him asking for inflatable Tuxes (Tuxii?)
What I really want is a 7-foot inflatable Tux to use instead of an Xmas tree.

Any of the following would also be nice:

A sixteen-way Symmetric Multi Penguin Alpha machine -- to play Space Invaders on a Speccy emulator, just for the hell of it

Linux 2.4/XFree86 4.0/KDE 2.0 (by Xmas, yeah - right)

World Peace

Bill Gates' head on a spike (ok, that's counted in the last one)
--

It's coffe time... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1509996)

With all those hours sitting in front of our PCs and Servers, with nights resolving problems and our heads smoking, we often really need a coffee-break:

To make some good (italian) coffe I use a coffe machine from LaPavoni, which I bought at Best-of-Italy.com [best-of-italy.com] . Prices are really unbeatable!

There are coffee machines for every price range, and you're sure not to buy something the geek doesn't like (Ya know, we all have our preferences for hard/software and would best buy it ourselves - I don't want my girlfrind choose the tools for my work)

A coffe machine makes also an excellent wedding present...

:-)

christmas gift (1)

generic (14144) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509997)

I would like a Velo 1 or a Palm IIIx. I am putting a bare bones Celeron 466 to replace my 486/50 at home for christmas too. I am torn between the Palm and velo, I like the idea of a keyboard but are the Velos still supported? What do you geeks think?

Mmmm... beer.. (1)

coug_ (63333) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509998)

What every geek needs..

#include <beer.h> [thinkgeek.com]
Only $25.95 for a set of four.

Book: Faster (2)

One (16172) | more than 14 years ago | (#1509999)

I'm dying to read this book: Faster by James Glieck. [amazon.com] (~$20) I heard him on NPR discussing his reasoning behind writing it. He really made me think about how technology and our accelerated lifesytles affect our lives. If my family/friends are reading this, you know what to do...

Bad Mozilla! (2)

./ (13859) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510000)

I swear, m11 changed the link on me. Sigh. (preview didn't help!) here's the real link http://www.cobalt.com/products/qube/index.html

My Christmas List (1)

geethree (38366) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510001)

Well, if my family included someone as uber-wealthy as BillG, my first choice would be the mega-cool PowerMac G4 [apple.com] with the Apple Cinema Display [apple.com] loaded with all the goodies [apple.com] including 1.5gigs of memory.


I'd partition the 27 gig drive for Mac OS 9 [apple.com] , OS X [apple.com] , and LinuxPPC [linuxppc.com] (maybe a couple of others).


But since I'm a mere mortal and my family isn't as flush as Bill, I'd settle for an iMac DV SE [apple.com] with a half a gig of RAM.


After all... there's no reason to be greedy, right?

Edmund Scientifics (3)

Sienne (72836) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510002)

Edmund Scientifics [edmundscientific.com] is the ultimate geek toy store as far as my family is concerned... I can't even be specific about which items because they have SO MUCH cool stuff. Knock yourselves out.

Some pretty simple stuff (1)

edko (42913) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510003)

I'm a sucker for the 'cuter' stuff...

...like stuff at http://www.thinkgeek.com.

Stuff that costs less! (1)

dallas (38374) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510004)

Most of the things listed are very expensive.
To go on the cheaper side of things I say RAM RAM and more RAM!

Glow in the dark Christmas trees.. (1)

errata (74263) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510005)

I don't think I'm the only geek who was bizarrely excited by the idea of glow-in-the-dark Christmas trees and shrubs. Pretty geeky.. I'm way into it. However, due to their lack of availability, I'm planning on spending my Christmas doing non-geek things with friends.. primarily chasing down department store Santas and beating them until they vomit. Happy Holidays!

Geek ber-toy: Lego Mindstorms! (5)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510006)

There's nothing like remembering how it was, at 10 year-old, when you could shake that big box under the Christmas tree, and know a toy hid in there. When the familiar rattle of Lego bricks was heard, my face always overflowed with joy.

A safe bet for any toy-lovin' geek remains the Lego Mindstorms [legomindstorms.com] kit and accessories. The basic kit is a bit pricey ($219 US), but well worth it. And if your geek has the basic kit already, there are expansion packs ($49.99 US), an upgrade ($24.95 US), additional RCX ($129.99 US), remote controls ($19.99) and touch, light, temperature and rotation sensors ($9.99 - $19.99 US) as well as additional motors ($18.25 US).

All these elements are available at Lego World Shop [legoworldshop.com] .

If your geek is the kind of geek who has all the Lego Mindstorms stuff already, there's a book [oreilly.com] from O'Reilly [oreilly.com] on Mindstorms ($24.95 US), which will provide advanced tips for design and programming. It was reviewed [slashdot.org] on Slashdot.

"The wages of sin is death but so is the salary of virtue, and at least the evil get to go home early on Fridays."

Real robot kits/parts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510007)

http://www.solarbotics.com/

$25-195 for kits (Thats US dollars for US or Canadian for Canada)

Parts misc.

realdoll.com (1)

Rabbins (70965) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510008)

Duh.

Depends somewhat on what they're into... (5)

coreman (8656) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510009)

Lots of good ideas so far.

1) I like the Books suggestion but it needs to be a gift certificate. The last thing I want is Aunt Alice getting me the Internet for Dummies guide because I'm "into computers". Besides, none of my gift givers know my technical library and it'll still change between now and Christmas.

2) Lego Mindstorms. Which part of "some assembly required" don't you understand?

3) Any hardware that comes with it's own cryogenic cooling. We can deduct the cost off the house heating bill.

4) any neat hardware toy that only has beta drivers available for it. Open source preferred.

5) Any hardware that requires opening the case several times for optimum installation. If we break something else in setting it up, we get a free upgrade! 8^)

Where to find stuffed Tux? (2)

hawk (1151) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510010)


What I *need* this Christmas is close to a dozen stuffed Tux for my children, nephews, friends' kids, etc. Does anyone know where to buy them?

For Christmas I want... (2)

Paulo (3416) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510011)

A 19' Sony monitor!!!!

(Of course I could dream of Crays, Beowulf clusters, private jet airplanes..., but this is what I actually, realistically want).

(Incidentally: anybody had any experience with the Sony GS 200 monitors?)

My wants are simple (1)

sbeitzel (33479) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510012)

  • I could definitely do with some new knives [williams-sonoma.com] .
  • and I've added a bunch of music to my wish list at CDNow [cdnow.com]
  • my Spanish classes [casahispana.com] are going well, and I wouldn't mind a trip [flifo.com] to Guadalajara
  • but what I really want this year is a Ural motorcycle [ural.com] ...with a sidecar!

Know the recipient. (3)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510013)

I think the important thing to any gift giving is to know your recipient. I mean, sure, we may all qualify as 'geeks' here, but to imply that we all want the same thing is just another form of stereotyping.

Take for instance what I asked for at my birthday, when my mom was bugging me--

Ties. [thetie.com] (Star Wars, Cirque du Soleil, Wolverine, etc.)
However, I'm in the process of changing jobs, so I don't know if I'll be required to wear a tie at my next job, so this isn't on my list.

When in doubt, the best choice are 'gift cards', from somewhere you know the person shops--
Best Buy [bestbuy.com] , Tower Records [towerrecords.com] , etc.

Of course, one of the biggest problems with buying things over the internet is the problem with returns. I have no problem ordering stuff for myself over the internet, but if I have even the slightest thought that someone may possibly want to return something, chances are, I'll order through Border Books [borders.com] or Barnes and Noble [bn.com] over Amazon [amazon.com] .

So, to restate the whole point -- there is no 'one perfect gift'. (even cash may not qualify, if there's someone who never leaves the house, and so, would need for you to handle direct deposit instead, so they could make use of it)

Wish List - no computers inside. (2)

mykey2k (42851) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510015)

(All prices in USD)

Garmin [garmin.com] GPS III Plus receiver (between 350 and 500, depending on where you buy).

Any DVD [reel.com] - no more than $25.

Toshiba [toshiba.com] TW65X81 or DW65X81 television to watch above dvd's - 4999 for TW, 5800 for DW.

Nokia 8860 [nokiausa.com] - around 800-900

New Car [lamborghini.com] - expensive

Another New Car [ferrari.it] - expensive

Luxury Car [rolls-royc...entley.com] - more expensive

In lieu of computer, please send the TV. I have enough computers.

-m

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (1)

xpurple (1227) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510016)

The logitech Trackman marble is great, I got one in early spring, and deffinitly recomend it to anybody (I even turned my roomate to get one).

It's optikal, so, this improves tracking (though the tracking is kina off at realy high speeds (see how fast you can spin the ball!)).
Movement is nice an smooth, nice clean shape that fits the hand great.

Just a nice pice of equipment (I like it bettern than a touchpad)

Are we being realistic, or just dreaming? :) (3)

joker05 (64537) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510017)

Hmmm, if we're dreaming, I have a few ideas....

I'll stay away from the usual "HARDWARE, HARDWARE, MORE HARDWARE!!!" wish list. I'm sure that one's going to be quite busy. ;) These are more...experiential.

1) Zero-G Parabolic Flight. [spaceadventures.com]
Sure, you have to go to Star City, Russia to do 'em (along with floating around in an old Il-76), but that's a small price to pay to float around in a non-chemically-induced experience.
Price: $4980

2) All-expense paid holiday party at the Tech Museum of Innovation [thetech.org] , San Jose CA.
Where else can you pilot an MMU toward a satellite with a beer in your hand? Play with robots! See how all this nifty computer stuff gets made in the factory! They also have good catering. :)
Cost? Don't ask....

3) Dogfights. Aerobatics. Nomex.
Try a visit to Air Combat USA [aircombatusa.com] -- normally I'd recommend another company, but I hear they had a mishap. Anyway, Air Combat can hook you up with a parachute, a helmet, and an opponent in another Real Airplane, for your shootin' pleasure. The bullets are simulated, but the adrenaline is real. Sweet.
Price: Starting at $795 per person...

4) Liberty Bell 7 Restoration Crew [cosmo.org] T-Shirt
Don't go forgetting the Right Stuff during the holidays... Anyone can find a huge boat under a couple thousand feet of water. It takes real skill to find a space capsule in over ten thousand feet of water over an uncertain surface area. ;)
Cost: $25

Yes, they're aerospace oriented. I'm a space geek. :)

Reading Matter,Reading Matter, Reading Matter (1)

henley (29988) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510018)

I second the above, but I feel the need to open it out a bit.

The absolute best present anyone bought me for Christmas was my wife, last year, buying me a subscription to "New Scientist". The gift that keeps on giving, throughout the year(*)....

Now, I'm very much hoping Santa has seen how much enjoyment I've got from my weekly dose of science news, views and in-depth features, just how much I've learnt and how much MORE of an annoying knowitall geek I've become, and will have the appropriate surprise waiting in the stocking for me again.

Obviously NS isn't to everyone's taste, but I'm sure that most geeks can be prodded to find the one periodical - Linux Journal, PC Magazine (? Sick, dude), Goat lovers monthly, whatever - that they just *haven't* got time to read and so miss out on buying.... The one thing they *would* read if only they didn't have to go and buy it themselves. If, say, it was delivered to their door.

henley

(*) = And I only had to ask her once or twice. And point her at the subscriptions phone number. It was such a nice surprise...

Re:Books books books... (3)

pal (16076) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510019)

i concur. can i make some suggestions?

  • Smullyan, Forever Undecided, A Puzzle Guide to Godel [amazon.com] - this book essentially derives godel's second incompleteness theorem in a series of puzzles. it is extremely entertaining! much more so than godel-escher-bach. and it's written by an actual mathematician as well. (might be hard to find).
  • Pinker, How the Mind Works [amazon.com] - i think this may have been covered on slashdot, but i can't remember. arrogant title, good read. pinker is involved with cognitive neuroscience at mit.
  • Kors, The Shadow University [amazon.com] - essentially, the discussion of how university administrators have been gradually widdling away at students' ability to think for and express themselves. the first chapter is absolutely chilling. go to b&n and read chapter 1 -- you will definitely buy it

cheers,
-pal

Dear Santa (5)

billh (85947) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510020)

Dear Santa,

First of all, thanks for all of the wonderful presents that you gave me last year. They were all appreciated, but I had a few problems:

1 - Every geek likes more RAM, but you brought me a SIMM instead of a DIMM. It wasn't much use to me, so I traded it for a six-pack and a pizza. Please don't bring me any memory this year.

2 - The CD full of screen savers was nice, but I don't run Windows 95. Maybe you should skip software this year, also.

3 - The copy of Windows 98 was broken. When I installed it, it kept crashing. I called Microsoft and they said this was perfectly normal. Steer clear of this company if you don't mind.

4 - I love video games as much as the next geek, but I had difficulty installing 'Postman III: Stamp This!' under Linux. See #2.

5 - The 56k modem didn't work. It said 'Winmodem' on the box, but I still feel like I lost.

6 - Do you have any idea how many promotional mouse pads I already have? I've taken to stuffing them into the walls to sound-proof my house.

Maybe this year you should pretend I am a normal person, and bring me some socks, or a membership in the beer of the month club, or a book (not computer related!), or a shoe polisher, or just a George Forman grill.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy Y2K.

Puzzles! (1)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510021)

I nearly had a fit of joy when I found this company's website: http://www.bitsandpieces.com. My favorite products are the mechanical puzzles: http://www.bitsandpieces.com/dept_main.asp?dept_id =5

A PDA (1)

generic (14144) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510022)

I kinda want a Velo because I like the small keyboard idea verse a pen. But I am not sure how far the Velo is going to go. (LinuxCE sounds fun)
Either that or a handspring (www.handspring.com)

Deluxe ICE color =)

copyleft.net and Simpsons (2)

smoser (4385) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510023)

Duhhh....
www.copyleft.net [copyleft.net] is the place for geek gifts. my particular favorite is the simple shirt with just "geek." on the front.

And on the top of my list is the Simpson's Music CD, the new one is out now, check it out at amazon.com [amazon.com] . This link may expire, so just do a search for "Simpsons" in the "Popular Music" sectoin. They've got 4 albums now, if you include the oldest (and really bad) The Simpsons Sing the Blues.

What else.....CDs full of MP3s are good.....or if you know that your geek has a CD Burner, blank CDs are always useful. You can get them for around a buck a piece at your local best buy [bestbuy.com] .

Also, just check out linux.ora.com [ora.com] . If theres a book there that I don't have, I'd be happy to receive it.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Especially combined with the Unoficial Guide (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510024)

.. from O'Reilly http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/lmstorms/ and posibly a pre-downloaded copy of the LegOS

Re:Lego Mindstorms (1)

DarkHelmut (62426) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510025)

Here here I second the motion!

Query? (2)

Hermetic (85784) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510026)

Does anyone know if the MS ball-less mouse (I forget its real name...) is Linux-happy? I assume it is, but I just want to make sure...

That's what I want. And a real modem. And a supported video card.

DSL would be nice, or cable modem. Neither are really options right where I live...

A flat screen monitor would be wonderful.

More RAM.

Basically any buzzword-noun would be a great joy to recieve for Christmas.

Lots of RAM (2)

savaget (26702) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510027)

Everyone can always use a little more RAM!

I just want 64 megs more !

THE Geek Gift! (3)

fferret (58662) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510028)

Victorinox, makers of the original Swiss Army Knife, have vome out with two new models they are call the Cyber Tool. They come in a 27 and 34 blade model. I just got mine. (my birthday present to myself). I won't go into detail here, but you can see it and read the specs here [yahoo.com] . Corrado Cutlery also had it USD$5.00 cheaper than anyone else selling them over the web. Availability is tight, they are probably backordered (Mine was, for about two weeks). The other distinctive feature about the CT is that the covers are not opaque red plastic, but the IMac style transparent red. They look very cool!

What I asked for... (1)

invoke (68920) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510029)

Figuring out what to buy for a moderately-wealthy gadget lover is challenging. I always have to promise my loved-ones that I will refrain from buying any new toys for the couple months approaching Xmas.

My list:
1. Nice clothes - I usually like the clothes I get as gifts much more than than those I buy for myself.
2. Sonic toothbrush - Supposedly gives you that nice dentist-scrubbed feeling.
3. Portable hard-drive based mp3 player
4. Car mp3 player
5. Flat panel monitor
6. Ball-less mouse - *if* they work well, I haven't heard yet.
7. Massage gift certificates

Re:My list... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510030)

After reading your list, I am amazed that you even have a girlfriend.

Re:Lego Mindstorms (1)

itswhatsinside (100864) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510031)

Mindstorms have always been great, but the "Droid Developer Kit" is my pick for this year's robot geek lover.

Realistic? Is a 19 foot monitor realistic?!! (19') (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510032)

19' or 19" :)

What everyone needs -- (2)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510033)

Pokémon! [borders.com]

Then we can wait for the market values to fluctuate, and dump it off later to make more money.

Gotta have it! (2)

zetes (110457) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510034)

We all need one of these...

http://www.realdoll.com [realdoll.com]

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (1)

fatcowtoes (105989) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510035)

I've got one of the original ones (without the wheel) and I like it a lot. It took me a week or two to really get used to it, but I was hooked after 10 minutes. My only gripe is that the buttons seem to wear out. My first one only lasted 3 or 4 months, so the warranty replaced it. The one I've got now has lasted about 2 1/2 years, but one of the buttons on it is starting to go too. I know mice usually only last about 2 or 3 years, but when you shell out about $100 (that's what they used to cost), you generally expect a little more.

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (1)

netSurfer (57745) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510036)

I've got the normal 3 button one at home and made work get me one with the wheel in the middle button. My review? I love it, it takes awhile to get used to it (especially clicking the wheel) but now I hate having to use any normal mouse. I wouldn't trade back for anything. They rock, I haven't had a problem with mine at home and it's about 1 1/2 years old so far. And it works in Linux no problem :-)

I want a Cmdr Taco bikini calendar.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510037)

...hanging on my Linux box.

LEATHERMAN (1)

bumbobway (111020) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510038)

Buy a leatherman, they're an all around awesome tool. It has a buch of screwdrivers, a pliers, scissors, canopener, etc... About $70 for the Wave model, which is best. www.leatherman.com

Sigh, I can't escape it anywhere (1)

treat (84622) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510039)

No matter where I go, I can't escape Christmas. I hate this.

All of the stores are full of Christmas decoration already. Christmas parties are already being scheduled (the boring kind, with coworkers). I go in to Best Buy the other day, and the place is covered in decorations. At least I'm safe on the net, I figure. But then it shows up here. The last refuge of sanity, or so I thought.

The best Christmas present for me (not that any of you care - it's rhetorical) would be none at all. It's a terrible time of year, and the worst part is that I can't escape it. I would have to leave the country. You have some people running around pretending their best to be happy. You have others being sad because they think everyone is happy. Businesses trying to exploit a religious holiday for all it's worth. Religious people trying to get me to care about their savior. Everywhere you go there are Christmas decorations and advertisements. Then you have the gifts! There's nothing that I want. If I wanted it, I would have bought it. If I want it and don't have it it's either too expensive or I can't find it. If it's too expensive, nobody I know is going to buy me one. If I can't find it, I've already asked all the people liable to give me a gift if they know where I can find it. I prefer to pick out my own stuff, especially with clothes and music. So, people give me gifts despite my insistance that they shouldn't, and I have to pretend I like them. (as I write this, someone who sits on the other side of the building is hanging up some Christmas-related poster-sized piece of paper outside of my cubicle). Did I mention having to buy a gift for someone? Do I even have to elaborate as to why I hate that? (No, not money).

Forget what I said about the worst being that I can't escape it. The worst is that I have to pretned to like it, or everyone will think I'm a lunatic.

Re:Where to find stuffed Tux? (2)

whitemr2 (35371) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510040)

You can find assorted sizes (4, 6, 10, 18, 36") at:
http://www.LinuxMall.com/domains/PenguinPower

Make money off book stores! (1)

Icepick_ (25751) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510041)

Do what I started doing last year...Work for them!

I figured I spent so much time at my local Borders last fall, I might as well work there. Filled out and app, and now for a measly 8 hours (two nights a week) of my life, I'm the computer book man. Weee.

The pay sucks, but I get 33% off all books/movies/CDs that I want. What a deal!

I'm going to get it for this one.. (4)

AaronLane (105990) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510042)

I have a suggestion for people buying for geeks... DONT BUY US TECHNOLOGY. I know, it sounds counter intuitive. The fact is, we know a lot more about it than most other people buying for us. Most times people have tried to buy me hardware, or tech, it was either the wrong thing, wrong size, or just didn't work. SO, if you want to buy tech, get an EXACT description of it first. However, if you decided to ignore my sage advice, Here are the things every geek wantes this year: * Portable MP3 players. We gotta have `em. * Better digital cameras * CD writers * Always need more hard disk space... Outsude of technology, there are some things even geeks enjoy: * Books. Obviously. * Gift certificates. Being such practical minded people, geeks take NO offense at being given a gift certificate. Its practical, safe, and thoughtful. Expecially to Best Buy, where we can get what we want. We're going to be spending there anyway. * Junk food. (really.) *Imported, Italian motorcycles.

Ironclads! (1)

pmancini (20121) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510043)

Geeks like things other than electronic items. As a community we are into more wierd stuff than any other community (such as, say, stockbrokers). Look at all the geeks that treat recipies as software or brew beer! My interest this year is Ironclad - yes those ancient marine instruments of death. It took a few geeks to come up with the idea and the revolutionized river and sea travel (as well as water based combat - not to mention the fact that they made costal forts a huge joke).

There are two lines worth looking into. Thoroughbred Miniatures makes them in 1/600th scale and Old North State Figure Company makes them in 10mm scale (1/144th I think). I LOVE the ONSFC's Ironclads as they have crews and engine rooms and tons of details. Some geeks even use them in games, but I think most of us would just put them in a display case or on the mantle after we finished building and painting them.

ONSFC can be reached at ons10mm@monumental.com and Thoroughbred can be reached at:

http://www.warweb.com/miniatures/t horoughbred.html [warweb.com]

How about a Blazingly fast Intel 4004 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510044)

Every geek needs a little bit of history. Intel 4004 [ebay.com]

Make money off book stores! (1)

Icepick_ (25751) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510045)

Do what I started doing last year...Work for them!

I figured I spent so much time at my local Borders last fall, I might as well work there. Filled out and app, and now for a measly 8 hours (two nights a week) of my week, I'm the computer book man. Weee.

The pay sucks, but I get 33% off all books/movies/CDs that I want. What a deal!

DVD dreams (1)

shitfit77 (80494) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510046)

I would like a Pioneer slot loading 10x dvd player for chirstmas. And a good player for linux.

A piece of advice though, I told my girlfriend that she should consult my best geek friend before buying me anything technical. That is vital if you want to get useful gifts.

Re:Palm V (1)

GregWebb (26123) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510047)

Me?

Partly because I've got a Palm III and so quite like not having to worry about leaving it in the cradle with the computer turned on for long periods of time, but partly because I actually think the Palm machines are rather cheap and nasty... Got one because of the first of them.

They need a proper, full-size screen like the WinCE palmtops (so no silkscreen) and better recognition than Graffiti if they're going to be a true object of desire IMO.

I find my machine very useful, but I don't think it's anything special and would prefer a Psion Revo TBH - unfortunately too expensive for me :(

Greg

Victorinox Cybertool! (3)

davie (191) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510048)

The slashdot article: http://slashdot.org/articles/99 /10/07/1442218.shtml [slashdot.org]

Features:

  • large and small blade
  • corkscrew
  • can opener with small screwdriver 3 mm (also for Philips 2 or 3)
  • cap lifter with screwdriver 6 mm
  • wire bender/stripper
  • reamer/punch
  • key ring
  • tweezers
  • toothpick (Yeah, baby!)
  • bit key with 5 mm inner hexagonal for the D-SUB push-in connector and 4 mm inner hexagonal to take 4 double-bits: Pozidrive or Philips 0 and 1, bit slotted 4 mm, bit Philips 2, bit Hex 4 mm, bit Torx 8, 10 and 15
  • swing-out holder
  • push-action ballpoint pen (ideal for adjusting DIP-switches)
  • pin (stainless steel)
  • mini-screwdriver (pat.) 1.5 mm (also for glasses)
  • pliers with wire cutters and wire crimping tool
  • scissors and a universal hook

See the Cybertool [victorinox.ch] .

Corrado Cutlery on Yahoo has the Cybertool for $60.00 US + shipping:

http://store.yahoo.com/corra docutlery/cybertool34.html [yahoo.com]

Re:Books books books... (2)

dmorin (25609) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510049)

Absolutely agree! I got no books last year, I was very bummed. And I've informed my mom that the worst thing she can do -- gift certificates! AHHHH! I want something I can play with that morning! I don't want to go to the mall the day after christmas and wait in those lines!

It actually works out pretty well, because if I really want a certain book, I'll get it for myself...therefore, the books that other people give me are things that I wouldn't necessarily buy. Thus, I expand my horizons. Sure, sometimes they suck :), but other times you hit on a winner.

Re:On the first day of Chrismas... (4)

tictoc (31698) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510050)

Forget "A CRAY", how about Cray [slashdot.org] ? Price is dropping ... :*)

Re:For Christmas I want... (2)

EricWright (16803) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510051)

A 19' Sony monitor!!!!


a 19 foot monitor? Where are you gonna keep that beast? ;~)


Eric

Re:Where to find stuffed Tux? (2)

brokenin2 (103006) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510052)

Yeah.. you can find them here, along with a lot of other geeky gift stuff.. Linux stickers, #include beer.h beer glasses.. perl t-shirts etc. The only reason I know of it is because it was mentioned on /. a while back...

http://www.thinkgeek.com/ [thinkgeek.com]

Mmm, Doughnuts... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510053)

... and a cute mp3 player, small stylish laptop, XFree86 4.0 would be nice (GAMES GAMES GAMES), Q3 + UT for Linux of course. A nice Athlon wouldn't go amiss either.

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510054)

I love my trackman marble+, however i find that i have to take the wheel out about once a week or so and clean the points that the wheel rolls on or it gets stiff to roll. It's also a matter of taste I know a few people that even after using mine, they prefer a mouse, because they believe it works better in quake.

Dreaming... (2)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510055)

Dear Santa,

I've been a good boy. Please give me a Lamborghini Diablo [dochemp.com] .

If you set up elf-cam web site, you should be able to raise the $200K needed for a nice used one.

Spiny

Psion Series 7!!! (1)

Ryanwoodings (60314) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510056)

The #1 item on my Christmas wish list is the Psion Series 7 [psionusa.com] . I think the Series 7 is a great gift for any college student due to its full-size keyboard, instant-on, and great battery life.
I would also love a dual AMD K6-II 400 to run BeOS [be.com] on :-) BeOS is a great OS for any geek, and having a dual processor system to run it on would be awesome!!

Re:Where to find stuffed Tux? (1)

john361 (70826) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510057)

http://www.linuxmall.com/shop/00749 thats the 6 inch, but theres a 4, 8, 10 and 36 too i think... merry christmas

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510058)

The 'marble' eliminates all of the issues I have had with trackballs. I have the older non-wheel version of the Trackman Marble, I paid $70 US two years ago, and do not regret it.

I am not a fan of the wheels, so I wouldn't consider the wheel version of the Trackman myself.

Christmas stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510059)

First I'd get a Visor [handspring.com] (need to tell my wife she ordered me this Christmas present two weeks ago) -- this palm-clone has a bluetooth module in development!

Next I'd get a copy of The WIZARD of SPEED and TIME [wizworld.com] for the best geek film ever.

Re:Reading Matter,Reading Matter, Reading Matter (2)

zuvembi (30889) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510060)

Hmm good periodicals for geeks...

1) Linux Journal - but of course
2) Maximum PC - not as good as Boot was, but still better than anything ZD pumps out
3) Hellblazer [insanerantings.com] - Mmmm, dark & evil funny books - what could be better for christmas?
4) Scientific American - A good way to keep up with the march of progress

Hmm, I can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but those are all pretty good geeky periodicals.

StarTrek Ornaments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510061)

You can't go wrong with StarTrek Ornaments.

Re:Puzzles! Thanks! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510062)

After looking for an obscure item for weeks, it took me about 30 seconds after I went to this site. Thanks for the link, and I am still convinced that you can buy absolutely anything online.

Posted as AC because this is a wee bit OT.

Re:Lego Mindstorms (1)

dkscully (42850) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510063)

Lego Mindstorms and the O'Reilly book are what I really want.

But I'll settle for the Amazon.co.uk gift certificates I've asked for. :-)

Re:Isn't it Obvious? (1)

pnevares (96029) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510064)

www.razerzone.com

Pablo Nevares, "the freshmaker".

laser pointers, a redux... (2)

cswiii (11061) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510065)

Laser pointers used to be hip in the geek world (a paradox?). However, now everyone and their dog has one.

However, all those people just have a plain old 5 dollar red laser pointer. What youwant is a pointer.

They ain't cheap though. Usually around $270 and up.

My plan . . (1)

JeremyH (91289) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510066)

I always tell my friends/family to only give me traditional stuff - clothes, stuff for my apartment, etc . . . This kills two birds with one stone: 1. I don't have to shop for that stuff myself (I hate shopping) and 2. I save my own money for all the geeky stuff I really want.

This also saves your non-geek family from having to try and figure out what you want and/or coming back from the store with something useless.

Re:Logitech Trackman Marble+ (3 button) (1)

Bibo (111206) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510067)

I do use one of these (Trackman Marble FX, no wheels). It looked cool and curiosity finally made me buy it. Now I am using it every day at work, it is working flawlessly on my SGI.
But I must admit the Trackman is not as cool as I thought I would be. There is nothing wrong with it, it feels great, works fine and so on, but it is not quite the kind of pointer I am still looking for. I have not used other trackballs to compare it to, but since I have pretty large hands, the ball could be twice the size to be comfortable.

It is hard to say whether you will like it. Try to find a store where you can play around with the Trackman for a while, maybe you can buy it with money-back guarantee.

I am still looking for "my" keyboard/mouse. Maybe a keyboard like the one on an IBM ThinkPad, where I can keep my hands resting and still reach the little red TrackPoint. And one day, I might finally go for the Datahand (http://www.datahand.com). The do not sell it in my country, so I cannot test it before I order, but some day I might just do it.

Oh, the funniest thing with the Trackman is to see my colleagues attempting to use it. Most of them try moving the whole thing on the desk. I no longer need xlock.

Cheers,
Bibo

Give the Gift of Broadband! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510068)

I think the BEST gift anyone could give their favorite geek is access to better bandwidth.

If your geek in question is limping along on a slow modem connection to their ISP check out what forms of broadband internet options there are in your area.

These might include Cable, ADSL, or ISDN service. You would be surprised at how many tech heads out there don't have good access to the net; many of the younger geeks especially.

Re:Isn't it Obvious? (1)

prop-hed (110220) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510069)

Hey thanx for the site...now I can get all my Chinese pesticides on-line instead of trying to smuggle it in on the 747!! I think the site you're looking for is: http://www.razerzone.com/store/razerstoreR.asp (Just kidding really...those new mice are HOT!!) Everyone have a Merry One!!

Wishes and Gifts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 14 years ago | (#1510070)

My wish for the Christmas season is that people would start being "nice" all year long, and not just the few weeks around Christmas.

As far as gifts goes, the general no-brainer is chocolates (especially the liquor filled ones, Finlandia Cranberry Vodka is the one I get the most requests for). Some people get bummed out by Christmas; for them flowers are usually nice. For those of us who survive on coffee, the caffeine t-shirt from thinkgeek.com is great!

And for the couple of guys who #include <beer.h, you haven't done this properly.

#define BEER Big_Rock_Traditional
#include <beer.h

Here's hoping all of us make it through the holidays safely. No drinking and driving (or deriving).

Geek Clothing? (1)

Chorizo (83470) | more than 14 years ago | (#1510072)

Clothing's cool... Buying geek clothing from Copyleft [copyleft.net] donates money to various free software groups.

Besides, the FSCK! shirt is cool.

And right now they're running a contest to win a free trip to The Bazaar [thebazaar.org] (the convention in December in NYC).
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