Friday, December 3, 2010

Geek Christmas List - 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year and many sites are publishing gift guides. Of course many of these sites are doing it for purely capitalistic reasons, which I fully support. I just like to take this opportunity to talk about some of the cool gifts that  I have been keeping my eye on this year.
AppleTVI have been a fan of Apple products for several years, I have always liked the quality and usability they provide. So this year I have looked into getting the latest generation AppleTV. It allows access to your iTunes library, rentals and Netflix. It has HDMI output and both wired and wireless network adapters. We gave away a couple of these at the Southwest Fox show a couple of months ago. I am also very excited about this device due to the new airplay support which allows users to send content from other iOS devices directly to the AppleTV via a wireless network.
MacBookAirAnother great Apple product is the new MacBook Air, no offense to the iPad which I also think is awesome. The new MacBook Air brings all of the great things about the iPad to a full computer. It is equipped with a Solid State Drive (SSD) which provides nearly instant on just like the iOS device. It has exceptional battery life and a full keyboard. Unlike other iOS devices it includes support for Flash providing for a full web browsing experience.
CrucialSSDIf your looking for something for your current PC I would recommend a SSD. Prices have come down significantly over last year with drives starting at under $100. Many of the reviews I have read recommend the Crucial RealSSD C300 series of drives. They have good durability and very fast data transfer rates ( reads up to 355MB/s ). The 128GB model costs about $300 and is a good size for a laptop especially if you take your current HDD and put it into an expansion bay that fits where the DVD drive resides.
EVGA_UV16I use a laptop with a docking station at work which allows me to run two external monitors. However, there are a few times when I would like to have just a bit more space. Since you cannot add an additional video card to a laptop I have been researching a USB Display Adapter. After seeing a few in action and reading several reviews I have settled on the UV Plus from EVGA. It is available online for about $50 and supports resolutions up to 1600 X 1200 at 60hz.
love-my-geek-regTThere are many other less practical gifts out there. For example I have wanted to get a USB Rocket Launcher for years, we have also discussed marshmallow guns. A friend of mine bought a pair of the eight bit dynamic life t-shirts for him and his wife. These shirts have hearts on them that light up as the shirts get closer together. Maybe I'll just get my wife the I <heart> my geek shirt this year.
If your looking for some more gift guides I would recommend the gift guides available on Gizmodo.

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