Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Geek Gifts

Blogger-TShirt I realize that it is the day before Christmas and all but I thought I would post about a few items on my list for this year. The first one is this awesome t-shirt from Successful Software. Andy Brice is also donating a portion of the sales of his shirts to charity. Check out his blog post "What do you buy a programmer for Christmas" for all the details.

Of course the latest science fiction / fantasy and in the case of this year comic book hero movies are always an excellent choice. If by some chance you haven’t gotten Iron Man yet your missing out on an excellent movie. Of course the #1 movie of the year "The Dark Knight" is on my list as well. I would have already gotten a copy but being so close to Christmas… I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Wall-E since it was a fantastic movie. Of course Pixar always makes excellent movies which appeal to both kids and adults.

iphone_home Gadgets are always on a geek’s list as well. This year there were plenty of amazing new gadgets to choose from. The iPhone released the 3G model prompting the serious geeks to liquidate their less than a year old generation one iPhones for the latest and greatest. This is a very popular device at iAnywhere and our development teams are hard at work writing code to support them.

The Blackberry Storm has also been very popular. The click screen has impressed many users who like the tactile feedback that it gives. The technology isn’t all that clever, there is one large button under the screen which produces the "click", however, the result is an excellent user experience.

Game systems are another popular gift, although I never seem to have time to play the Wii at my house. Although it may just be that I can’t drag my kids away from it long enough for my turn. I have found this system to be the best for kids since it is very interactive with the Wiimote and the games seem to be on a lower violence level. If your looking for HD and intense shooter games you should go with the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.

I opted for some good books for one of my gifts so look for some book reviews coming in the near future. I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and have a chance to spend time with family and friends this holiday season.

P.S. You can see the Sybase Holiday Card here.

1 comment:

Andy Brice said...

>Andy Brice is also donating a portion of the sales of his shirts to charity.

Just to clarify - 100% of the commission/profit on each shirt will go to charity. The shirt manufacturer keeps the rest.

Thanks for the mention.