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Tech Gifts for the Holidays

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the tis-the-season-to-blah-blah-blah dept.

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MrCopilot pointed out that every year there are a slew of gadgets geeks desire for Christmas, and approximately 7 million web pages dedicated to compiling lists of them. So why shouldn't we join in the fun. Here are stories from Dallas News, CBS News, Seattle Times, E Media Wire, Detroit News and MSNBC. So lets take a crack at your own list. There's still another day or two where things could conceivably be shipped on time for the holidays. I highly recommend Rock Band, although my aching hands might disagree.

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245 comments

Some of us are celebrating festivus (5, Funny)

VMaN (164134) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725372)

.... you insensitive clod :)

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (5, Funny)

vil3nr0b (930195) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725382)

That's right and those of us celebrating festivus want that fucking laser from Boeing.

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725814)

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725458)

I already have my OLPC laptop I don't need a stinking list.

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725552)

I would celebrate Festivus, but those damn poles are too expensive...

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (1)

queequeg1 (180099) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725710)

It depends on how fancy you want to get. Run on over to the fencing department at Home Depot and you can get a 4 inch diameter/8 foot long pole for about $10. That's what I've got sitting outside my office door (so much for my hopes of wining the office holiday decorating contest). Of course, given its relatively low strength/weight ratio, this is sort of like getting an artificial Xmas tree. And unfortunately, no one sells aluminum fencing post materials as far as I can tell.

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (1)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725998)

so much for my hopes of wining the office holiday decorating contest

Tell everyone it's a stripper pole, and not a Festivus pole, and you're more likely to win.

Re:Some of us are celebrating festivus (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726004)

Getting an actual stripper to go along with it might just help your chances.

Not really tech gifts... (3, Funny)

Ryukotsusei (1164453) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725398)

I read over a few of the lists... they seem more like lists for tech enthusiasts rather than actual.. geeks per se. Where the hell is Hubo? No segways? Motor scooters? Play pen balls? [xkcd.com] Although personally, I'm aiming for ice skates this winter.

Re:Not really tech gifts... (1, Troll)

Leftist Troll (825839) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725686)

Agreed. How is Rock Band a geek gift?

A real geek gift would be a DIY electric guitar kit, not some lame Guitar Hero crap.

Re:Not really tech gifts... (1)

rossdee (243626) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726242)

"No segways? Motor scooters?"

Those are not too useful at this time of year in the northern hemisphere, they don't go well in ice, snow and below 0 temperatures.

Almost anything from ThinkGeek (4, Funny)

Selfbain (624722) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725406)

If you gave me a 10k gift certificate for ThinkGeek, I bet I could spend it.

Re:Almost anything from ThinkGeek (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725620)

How? Does Jo-Ann Fabrics accept Think Geek certificates now?

The Wii is still HOT! (0, Offtopic)

RJBeery (956252) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725408)

...and I have the frostbite to prove it, if you catch my drift

My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (3, Informative)

Brew Bird (59050) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725416)

Has to be the Bookeen Cybook Gen3.
http://www.bookeen.com/ebook/ebook-reading-device.aspx [bookeen.com]
The only thing that could make this thing cooler is a wifi connection.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (2, Insightful)

Ryukotsusei (1164453) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725450)

What's with the e-paper craze nowadays? I grew up reading things on recycled paper. =/

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (3, Interesting)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725592)

Content:size ratio.

A paperback book with 1MB hardly fits in a pocket and is maybe 6h of reading for an average reader. A 1GB SD card is easily months of reading, pluggable into a device that is the size of the 1MB book - and thanks to the e-paper, the batteries won't die on you while you read and the readablity will be just like with a paper book.

Imagine you want to read the whole Pratchett's Discworld series on your daily way to work, 1h each direction, on a train daily. You either go to a bookstore and (with lots of luck if it's all in stock) buy some 10 pounds of paper, then remember to take one part for your travel, or two if you're about to finish the 'current' one. You pay a small fortune.

Or you rent them at a library. Good luck getting them all, good luck getting them in parts and none of the parts missing, you're bound by return schedules and you need to go to said library.

Or you visit piratebay and download the whole series in ebook format, then read it on your pocket reader. Cost: zero. You have them all, no management. You read on your own schedule. They fit on one tiny card. And so on... And if you feel like the author deserves the money, you buy the DRM'd versions from Amazon and promptly delete them, or just buy the paper version and put them on a shelf in your house, never opening them.

Yes, but... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725762)

Good luck trying to wipe your a.. with an SD card in case of emergency!

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725782)

As for using the e-readers, they work if you're on the go a lot, and don't have room for a library. However, I'm sticking with dead trees for a few reasons...

If I'm not sure which book I feel like reading, I can scan entire bookshelves in a glance. No time needed for indexing, just a quick look is necessary. If I want to lend/give someone a good book, I don't have to buy 'em a reader. No batteries needed. There's also very little chance that my books will scramble due to file corruption....

{...and a final side note to m'fellow geeks. For those few of us that that have ladies we don't have to add batteries to/inflate, do NOT take a cue from Weird Al's "White and Nerdy" video. Most women will NOT react that way to a surge protector for Christmas, TRUST me. Fair warning!}

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (2, Insightful)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726224)

I can scan entire bookshelves in a glance. No time needed for indexing, just a quick look is necessary.

OTOH if you want to read a specific book, and you have more than one bookshelf, finding it can be a bitch. If you have much more than one bookshelf, it can be a REAL bitch.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726060)

Or you visit piratebay and download the whole series in ebook format, then read it on your pocket reader. Cost: zero.

If everyone had your mentality soon there would be no more books published. Way to go man.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

yukk (638002) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726364)

Imagine you want to read the whole Pratchett's Discworld series on your daily way to work ... Or you visit piratebay and download the whole series in ebook format
Insensitive Clod !
Pratchett deserves and Needs [slashdot.org] his royalties.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725594)

The e-book thing is an idea that simply refuses to die. Every couple of years, we get more hype about it, but it's never really gotten that far. My personal take on it is that it's a solution looking for a problem. An e-book reader is not really any more convenient to carry around than a paperback book, and is less durable. The only real advantage is the ability to carry around your entire library with you, but so far that hasn't been enough to overcome the disadvantages inherent in reading for extended periods of time from a small electronic device.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (2, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726078)

I could see wanting to carry around my entire CD collection, so things like iPod make sense. In 1 hour you could listen to about 15 songs, so if you want a mix from everything you own, instead of just 1 CD, it makes sense to carry your whole collection on you. However, with books I feel it's quite a bit different. You are going to read 4 minutes from 15 different books in a 1 hour trip. Even if you are going on vacation for a couple weeks, you probably wouldn't go through that many different books that it would be a problem to bring a few with you. Unless you like travelling to exotic out of the way places to sit in a hotel and read books all day.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726158)

INSTANT REPLAY:

"An e-book reader is not really any more convenient to carry around than a paperback book... The only real advantage is the ability to carry around your entire library with you."

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725778)

Thanks for posting that. After seeing the kindle [amazon.com] I thought that all hopes of having a nice looking, stylish e-book reader had been lost.

Re:My Pick for geek toy... CyBook Gen3! (1)

rbanffy (584143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725838)

It seems as expensive as Sony's reader.

Until it is capable of reading PDF files in a decent way (the test being able to read an issue of SDTimes or a full-page newspaper without conversion), it is less than perfect.

the perfect one would have auto-searching and indexing and full support for PDFs, Office and OpenOffice files and would behave both as a printer (close to zero config) and as USB disk drive.

When that comes, I will be happy. Until then... Just a maybe. It's a cool gadget, but no revolution. Not just yet.

No dice. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725464)

This year I've wasted all my money on food, shelter, and fuel. My holiday gift to all of you is the fact that I haven't shown up at your doorstep with my family in tow asking for table scraps and some floor space for our blanket.

My greatest gift... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725468)

... would be my death.

Re:My greatest gift... (3, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725534)

Yes AC, I'd like that too. You've been trolling here too long and I hate you.

Re:My greatest gift... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725818)

Yes AC, I'd like that too. You've been trolling here too long and I hate you.

I started the "*BSD is dead" thing you know.

Re:My greatest gift... (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725606)

Stephen King is that you?!

Re:My greatest gift... (2)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726206)

It's OK, little emo, don't do it!

Hand-Brain coordination (4, Funny)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725528)

My kid is a genetic gamer, with Controller Thumb to prove it. I wanted to give him a gift which would allow him to use his hand-skills and yet challenge his brain.

I gave him a slide rule.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (5, Funny)

still_sick (585332) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725564)

I wanted to give him a gift which would allow him to use his hand-skills and yet challenge his brain.

Buy him some Playboys, but cut the naughty bits out of all the pictures.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726012)

>> I wanted to give him a gift which would allow him to use his hand-skills and yet challenge his brain.

> Buy him some Playboys, but cut the naughty bits out of all the pictures.

Or you could buy him some Playboys instead, they photoshop all the naughty bits to look like innocent anime / naked angel girls. That saves you some time on censoring, plus you can sell him your hentai when he's old enough.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726388)

> Or you could buy him some Playboys instead, they photoshop all the naughty bits
> to look like innocent anime / naked angel girls.

Too bad his playboy peaking girlfriend will feel obligated to cut away her post puberty lips because she wants to look like all the normal photoshopped people, luckily the surgeon says she is absolutely a candidate for 'corrective' surgery.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726260)

+5 funny doesn't do this post justice.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (2, Funny)

RManning (544016) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725640)

I gave him a slide rule.

Worst. Christmas. Gift. Ever.

Re:Hand-Brain coordination (2, Interesting)

Brickwall (985910) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726184)

Oh man, when I was studying engineering in the '70s, my dad gave me a circular slide rule. It was way easier to fit in your pocket than a traditional slip stick, though you did lose some accuracy on the inner bands. My friends all thought it was cool.

Of course, in second year, I got a TI SR-52, which they thought was even cooler because it could do polar-rectangular conversions in my choice of degrees or radians. Everyone wanted me in their study group.

I highly recommend Rock Band, although my aching h (1)

raffe (28595) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725538)

I highly recommend Rock Band, although my aching hands might disagree.


Why does it always have to be joes about masturbation on this site?
  Damnit!

Ohh...wait....nevermind.

Annoy-a-tron (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725546)

ThinkGeek's Annoy-a-Tron [thinkgeek.com] .

It's should be right up there in whatever pantheon includes the Joy Buzzer, the Dribble Glass, and the Whoopee Cushion. As Mad Magazine once said: "Fool your friends! Be popular!"

(And just imagine the big laffs you could have bringing one of these to an airport and surreptitiously slipping it into your pal's carry-on luggage... that should get either your pal or you onto the No-Fly list quicker than you can say "Jack Gilmore!")

Re:Annoy-a-tron (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725980)

Can't believe they're actually selling those. Back in high school electronics that was a favorite project. Build a 'tormentor' as small as possible with as low a voltage as possible and set it on your foes. Set the time with the capacitor!

Re:Annoy-a-tron (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726304)

You lucky geek you, they stopped offering high school electronics class well before I got there :(

I don't even think they have wood shop anymore.

I know what I want. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725572)

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Please don't turn /. into digg. (5, Insightful)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725602)

What I want for christmas:
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.
Please don't turn /. into digg.

What the hell is with these top-* lists?

Re:Please don't turn /. into digg. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726442)

BREAKING - MOST INCREDIBLE TOP 10 LIST YOU WILL EVER SEE [PICS]

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Rock Band - 58 Song Set List (1)

Durrok (912509) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725610)

The 58 Song Set List you get to play after you have enough stars from the other venues is brutal. "Timmy - Lord of the underworld" and "I get by" are just brutal on hard. Took my friends and I a dozen tries before we were finally able to get through them. Great game but that set list is not for the faint of heart.

Re:Rock Band - 58 Song Set List (2, Insightful)

EveryNickIsTaken (1054794) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725972)

Compared to guitar hero, the set list is a cakewalk. The only song that is difficult is Green Grass and High Tides on Expert - by the time you get to the endless HO's/PO's, your arm/wrist feels like it's jello.

Asus EEE PC (3, Interesting)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725668)

Super-small laptop, with a 7-inch screen.
The thing is hardly bigger than a DS. It can fit in women's handbags. Glove compartments.

And yes it runs linux, it comes runs linux out of the box.

Mine will double as a casual laptop and as a remote for my TV which will be using my computer as a source(via logmein).

I can see both women and men loving this thing. $400 bucks or so.

Re:Asus EEE PC (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725946)

Sort of unrelated, but...

I'd love to see more UMPC manufacturers hop on the Linux train. I'm not talking about ARM-based devices, rather Intel/AMD compatible UMPCs that are capable of running full distributions.

I personally have a Pepper Pad 3 and LOVE that form factor, but would like to see a bit more modern hardware (much like the Samsung Q1 Ultra).

CHEAP ebook readers? (3, Interesting)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725678)

If I want an e-book reader that does just that - displays the text - without web browser, wireless purchases, touchscreen, accelerometers, WiFi, EVDO, DRM, DMCA, PATRIOT, WMD and all this crap that does little to user experience and lots to the price. Not every country considers 2 salaries worth of money a good price for a device to just read books.

It would be good if it was pocket-sized too.

What would you recommend?

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725760)

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (1)

Etrias (1121031) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725842)

Mod parent up please. Good stuff.

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (1)

srpatterson (515721) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725792)

An e'book you say

set LOCALE=en_GB_Yorkshire
---

MP: In them days, we'd a' been glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.

GC: A cup ' COLD tea.

EI: Without milk or sugar.

TG: OR tea!

MP: In a filthy, cracked cup.

EI: We never used to have a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.

GC: The best WE could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth.

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (3, Insightful)

O2dude (460818) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725824)

With that list of reqs/specs I'd just go with the original paperback:

1. Low puchase cost
2. Best in class - by far - battery life
3. Best in class - by far - display resolution
4. Lightweight

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (1)

Diss Champ (934796) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725890)

Get an older cheap Palm before they put in too many bells and whistles (or a newer one and turn them off, but your battery life won't be as good as if you get a black&white). It's got the touchscreen, but you can scroll with the buttons instead.

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (1)

moshennik (826059) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726082)

I say, you better go back into your cave, or we will get you! -Your friendly NSA.

Re:CHEAP ebook readers? (1)

Kohath (38547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726154)

What would you recommend?

Getting over it.

N800 Internet Tablet for $230 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726278)

Awesome device for eBook reading and more.

Re:N800 Internet Tablet for $230 (1)

DingerX (847589) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726466)

GP doesn't really this is what she's looking for. At the current prices, the N800 is a steal. Yes, you can read books on it, and it has a semi-decent interface wired to a 800x480 4.1 inch screen (so the resolution means things look a lot better than on similar pocketable devices). Yes, it does have internet browser and wifi, and runs VoIP, will do video chats of questionable quality, and show movies, remote administer your PC and whatnot. But most of the platform is build on F/OSS, and it's a portable gadget that doesn't exist solely as a vector to buy something else.

Of course, if you'd rather convert ebooks to 240x160 jpegs and view them on a toy, go ahead.

New monitor (2, Interesting)

daun3507 (116384) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725682)

I've always wanted a huge multiscreen display from here [9xmedia.com] !

For the gamers (2, Interesting)

superbus1929 (1069292) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725720)

If you are a gamer and own any handheld systems, you've got two perfect gifts if you're any kind of gamer: look into Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for PSP, or Contra 4 for DS. They're both infinitely more awesome than Rock Band, in my opinion.

Re:For the gamers (1)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726010)

The DS games you mentioned and Rock Band have nothing in common. How can you say that either game is "more awesome" than the other? You're comparing apples and oranges. I'm guessing you meant to say you enjoyed those games more than Rock Band?

Btw, a coworker threw a little "Rock Band" get-together this weekend, and I have to say that it was the most fun I had playing a video game in a very long time. If you play Rock Band with the right people (the ones who aren't afraid to mangle the vocals of well-known songs) things get down right hilarious. I would recommend Rock Band to anyone with more than two friends.

Re:For the gamers (1)

penfold69 (471774) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726156)

I would recommend Rock Band to anyone with more than two friends.
You must be new here?

flamebait or troll? (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726246)

I always get those two confused. Anyway...

I would recommend Rock Band to anyone with more than two friends.

Anything you can reccomend for the average /. reader? (I keed.)

Anyway, geekish items on my wish list include the retro bluetooth handset from ThinkGeek, a Power Squid, "The Four Pillars of Geometry", and the Gojira 2-DVD set with the original Japan release. And of course the 2008 Despair calendar for my cube.

Re:For the gamers (4, Funny)

Kohath (38547) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726334)

I can help with this.

How can you say that either game is "more awesome" than the other?

You just say it. It helps if you actually have that opinion, but it's not really necessary.

You're comparing apples and oranges.

Apples are better than oranges. Oranges are too sugary and the non-juice parts of the orange are more-or-less pointless. Oranges are really a drink, whereas apples are a food. And, as a drink, oranges are too sugary and don't contain adequate caffeine. When apples are made into a drink, they're actually worse than orange juice though.

You also have to buy the good apples. Discount apples have little taste.

I would recommend Rock Band to anyone with more than two friends.

Does God count as a friend?

Where are MS products ? (2, Funny)

alexhs (877055) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725724)

I see Apple products, add-ons for Apple products, Wii, TiVo, PSP...
Where are Vista, Zune 2 ? XBox360 ? (admittedly, more of a fit for past year lists)

Tech-gifts lists confirm it : MS is dying :P

Re:Where are MS products ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725772)

Since when is an OS considered normal for a Christmas gift? It sounds more like you're trolling than using your head.

Re:Where are MS products ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726114)

I tried to give out copies of slackware for xmas and everyone called me cheap :( They were right though, you get what you pay for.

Re:Where are MS products ? (0, Offtopic)

MBCook (132727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725994)

I just got a 360, and I've got to say the graphics are nice. Forza 2 looks great. Geometry Wars looks very good and is tons of fun. I've been playing The Simpsons Game and there are constantly bits (during the cinematics) when it's hard to tell if you are watching the engine or the animation they produced for the game.

That said, the console has been beaten with a Microsoft stick. There is all sorts of weirdness going on.

I've been writing about it on my blog [foobarsoft.com] .

Re:Where are MS products ? (2, Funny)

stormguard2099 (1177733) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726040)

"here ya go sport! A shiny new copy of vista ultimate!"

"fuck you dad..."

Re:Where are MS products ? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726112)

Well, if you'd bother to RTFA you'd see

Professor Teaches Windows Vista Individual Software

www.individualsoftware.com

$19.95

If you or your loved ones are running Windows Vista on that shiny new PC, you'll have an easier time of it with an interactive tutorial. The built-in help system in Vista is quite good, but for sheer information, step-by-step instructions and lots of handholding, you might consider Professor Teaches Windows Vista. It will show you how to do basic stuff such as creating short cuts and searching for files and folders to advanced step-by-step troubleshooting.

From the Seattle Times [nwsource.com] (somebody has to stick up for the home team).

Pretty high prices (5, Insightful)

blueskatz (241135) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725748)

Every year, I see these lists and I wonder, do most people really spend that much on a single Christmas gift? I'm sorry, but I'm not buying anyone a $2500 self-tuning electric guitar (CBS list), or a new $2299 Apple iMac (MSNBC list) or even a $400 iPhone this holiday season. I swear these lists must be created by retailers or someone trying to convince you that you have to go all out and spend all your savings every Christmas, just so your friends and family will love you.

At least some of these lists are surprisingly decent - the Dallas and Detroit ones are actually pretty reasonable - accessories for your friends and family that already bought their gadgets. Now those make good gift items.

Re:Pretty high prices (2, Insightful)

fragbait (209346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726390)

...or even a $400 iPhone this holiday season. I swear these lists must be created by retailers or someone trying to convince you that you have to go all out and spend all your savings. every Christmas
Assuming the savings is for retirement instead of a short term goal, e.g. the holiday season.....

First, I'm not advocating anyone spend this much on gifts or that they spend all their savings every year end holiday season. Second, you aren't saving enough for whatever you are saving for if you choose, instead of continuing to save, to buy a $400 iPhone that empties your savings. Even if the other two gifts mentioned are added, you still aren't saving enough if all together they empty your savings.

I'm not trying to belittle the parent poster, either. ...just adding another perspective.

-fragbait

Rock Band? (3, Insightful)

CompMD (522020) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725754)

I don't know, but instead of playing Rock Band, maybe people could learn to play real instruments.

Get off my lawn.

Re:Rock Band? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21725820)

Do you really want to have to listen to your kid trying to learn how to play a real instrument? Atleast with rockband it still sounds okay when they play bad. Plus there is a volume control on your Tv!!!

Now get off my internets

Re:Rock Band? (4, Insightful)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725960)

Do you really want to have to listen to your kid trying to learn how to play a real instrument?

Heaven forbid we actually encourage a real-life artistic skill.

Skill takes practice. Get 'em an electric guitar... with an ear monitor.

Re:Rock Band? (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726400)

I got my kid an electric guitar AND a trumpet...and he totally kicks butt on Guitar Hero II. I'm getting him Guitar Hero III this year for Christmas. Why not encourage ALL of these endeavors? Life's not limited to choosing between "real instruments" vs. "Guitar Hero".

Guitar Hero has given him an understanding of the structures and tempos of modern rock music that he can apply to his real guitar. I see no harm in that.

Re:Rock Band? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21726026)

Oh snap! The REAL instruments argument!

Rock band will now fail with your piecing logic cutting right to issue.

Seriously! Rock band is a toy nothing more. If i wanted to learn to play a instrument, I would, but I don't. I just want to rock out with friends and not sound like crap because we haven't been playing for 3+ years. Or perhaps I'm musically disabled and I just want to push buttons and hear music.

The real instruments argument doesn't apply because by that logic, if you've played Castlevania your an idiot because you should have spent you time with a REAL whip learning how use it. Woooppphaaaap!

Sometimes games aren't simulators for real life! Sometimes games are just games.

Re:Rock Band? (1)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726464)

I agree with you. Mostly. I can't play a guitar to save my life. I can play the violin, viola, and even a trumpet, but I cannot play a guitar. Not sure why. But the guitar is past me. And this last weekend playing Rock Band has taught me that drums and vocals aren't my strong point either. Think I'll just stick to wailing on a five-colored fret-board and call it a day...

Also, I have a very good friend who is an amazing blues guitarist and I've tried to learn from him, but like Fry from Futurama, I must have stupid hands...

xmas list (1)

6-tew (1037428) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725764)

You know what? There's no gadgets on my wish list. I guess it's because either I buy them, or they're too expensive to make the list. I know my wife won't go into a shop a layout thousands on anything powered by electricity, she would find it too intimidating and claims I'm too picky. My list has some Warhammer stuff on it. That's pretty damn geeky I know, but other than that I've asked for cloths because I seem incapable of buying any. Mostly because I blow all my cash on gadgets.

I have the perfect system you see.

Although I followed a link above this to Bookeen, and now the whole systems is threatening to collapse. No system is prefect, which is ideal.

Just remember to give thanks (1)

lobiusmoop (305328) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725786)

to the hardworking Chinese factory workers putting together your toys for pennies.

And remember to give thanks for being alive in (what is likely for you) the most affluent country on the planet in the most period in human history.

Engadget Has... (4, Informative)

ack154 (591432) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725826)

Gift guides for most of the family [engadget.com] .

I think they're still working on one or two more. Not sure.

WTF? The Tony Blair Squirrel! (0, Troll)

nickos (91443) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725832)

From the Dallas Morning News link [dallasnews.com] :

I never thought I'd be typing the phrase Tony Blair Squirrel.

In fact, I'm going to shorten it to TBS.

The TBS is a limited-edition computer bag from Crumpler for 13-inch to 15-inch laptops. It commemorates the recent retirement of Tony Blair as British prime minister.
Who on earth would want a bag that commemorates that creep? Aah, I see the newspaper's from Texas...

Another geek gift list (2, Informative)

wastedbrains (588579) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725836)

Here is another tech list, but this one is also merging some of the lists mentioned so you can see what is making the top overall. Gifts for Geeks [seekler.com] from Seekler

The Linked List (1)

MrCopilot (871878) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725878)

Nicely Done Taco, I do prefer my original question though.

Here is a list [associatedcontent.com] of tech gadgetry, I'd like to see under the tree. This year on my list 3 items run on a Linux OS, including the Nokia n810, Asus eePC and the XO Laptop. I fully expect twice as many next year, with the imminent release of Google's Android. Of course, there is no shortage of Xmas Tech Lists.(Links to Articles)

What do you, the Slashdot Tech Geek, want to open up this Christmas/Kwanzaa/Chanukah/Pagan Winter Solstice Holiday?"

Nokia N810, EEEeeeee pc (1)

THEbwana (42694) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725932)

0. Nokia N810
1. Eeeeee pc
2. ? ...
9. ?

Go green, skip the gadgets (4, Insightful)

athloi (1075845) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725952)

1. Buy gadget
2. Replace batteries
3. Watch it break down
4. Attempt to fix
5. ???
6. Profit (for the person who sold it)
7. Massive unrecycled waste (your gift to planet earth)

Good ideas: plants, books, tools, Slashdot membership, backrubs, fruit, nuts, candy wrapped in paper.

This holiday is about loving your family, go be with them, instead of working extra hours to buy them plastic crap you won't even remember in two years!

Re:Go green, skip the gadgets (1)

vEddY (1199503) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726122)

How about a nice gaming machine? NVIDIA 780i chipset machine (http://it-review.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2513&Itemid=1), a nice batch of three 8800Ultras and a nice 30" monitor, preferrably HP. That would be a nice gaming heaven. Santa, puh-lease?

Re:Go green, skip the gadgets (1)

bjourne (1034822) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726338)

There are lots of organisations that accept donations and will give you a diploma or something in return. Greenpeace for exampe, http://www.greenpeace.org/international/supportus [greenpeace.org]

oh boy. another list! (2, Interesting)

sammy baby (14909) | more than 6 years ago | (#21725988)

I know it's outre to point out how trite and overdone these gift guides are, so I'll let the folks at Gizmodo [gizmodo.com] take a poke at it for me.

To test how lemming-like guide-makers were in picking all the same stuff, I chose 10 popular tech toys--iPhone, iMac, MacBook, any iPod, TomTom GPS, any game console (Wii, Xbox 360 or PS3), Vizio HDTV, Slingbox, any Blu-ray or HD DVD player, and any Canon PowerShot or Sony Cyber-shot camera--and checked which of the major guides were serving them up. Here's how the mainstream gift lists panned out...


Alternative choices after the jump.

Forgot the SL folks, eh? M2's Tech list (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726016)

Drake Bacon (yeah, me) started this before Thanksgiving. Where 'ya been? Anyway, short list:
  • Everex TC2502 "Green gPC" ($200 of penguin-powered goodness)
  • Dell's Inspiron 1520 laptop, configured for max screen and Nvidia card cheer.
  • OLPC (Give and get)
  • Asus eeePC... when they bring out a 10" screen version.
  • iPhone (please)
  • Stanley Fubar (for when you want to rip a PC... and the rest of the house... to shreds)
  • CheepLinux's 10" Tux plushie.

For people who might like to take pictures: (1)

Entropius (188861) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726050)

Panasonic FZ8 digital camera: for $220, this thing takes amazingly good pictures: quite sharp 12x zoom (36-432mm equivalent, f/2.8-3.3), very effective optical image stabilization, 7MP (which is about all you need), full manual control, RAW, and lots of features.

Or, if someone already has a decent camera:

Raynox DCR-150 4.8-diopter closeup adapter: for $30, and combined with the above camera or many others (anything with a long optical zoom), you can count the hairs on a bee's little toe. I got one of these recently, and the colored phosphor strips on my (old) television are literally hundreds of pixels wide on the image.

Wii Wins (2, Informative)

Brickwall (985910) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726054)

Just saw a report on CNBC at 11:15 EST that showed 79% of prospective game system buyers want to buy a Wii, some 16% for Playstation, and a measly 5% for Xbox. And something like 90% of women buyers are interested in the Wii. It is interesting to note that while shopping for the Wii version of Guitar Hero III in Toronto, there are stacks of the Activision version, and the PC version, but no Wii versions to be had, and the clerk at the local Wal-Mart told me that they get cases of the other versions, but only six copies of the Wii system. She doubts they will get any more before Christmas.

Re:Wii Wins (1)

Dan667 (564390) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726226)

If it has Snoop Dog playing Wii Tennis, it has to be good.

All I Want for Xmas (1)

aquatone282 (905179) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726140)

. . . is a video of Larry Ellison being eaten alive by a killer whale.

Gifts (1)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 6 years ago | (#21726202)

Last friday I wraped up the Megazoka from thinkgeek and gave it in the pile of gifts at the office party. People were allowed to do limited trading of gifts if they didn't like what they opened so that thing changed hands, shot people's hair as they unwrapped gifts upfront and everything.

I myself got something cool that I wasn't expecting at all. I ended up with a hand crank flashlight/radio hand held that looks like a phaser right out of Star Trek almost except it has an anolog radio dial on the one side. Crank that thing for 90 seconds and I get 15 minutes of juice. The only down side is it's made in china so I'm wondering what toxic substances are lurking inside it.
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