Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
Christmas Cheer

Geek Gift Ideas 2001 1055

Once again its time for Slashdot readers to chime in on what they think would make good gift geek christmas presents. Please put approximate prices in the Subject so Santa can more easily decide your gift ;) I'm still stuck for ideas for a few people yet. Of course I'll have to post my ideas anonymously so people don't know what they're getting ;)
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Geek Gift Ideas 2001

Comments Filter:
  • iPod! (Score:5, Informative)

    by BoarderPhreak ( 234086 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:51PM (#2589857)
    I think the Apple iPod will totally kick ass this holiday season...
    • Re:iPod! (Score:4, Interesting)

      by viking099 ( 70446 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:56PM (#2589914)
      MediaFour [] is working on [] an app to allow the iPod to work with Windows. Hopefully Apple won't nuke them with the DMCA.
      • Re:iPod! (Score:2, Informative)

        by jspectre ( 102549 )

        Considering the "protection" is making the folder "invisible" I don't think this is going to be a hard thing to do. The harder part will be writing drivers for the PC to mount FireWire drives (not common on that platform from what I understand) and read/write HFS+ formatted volumes (no idea if software to do this exists at all).

        Check out iPod Hacks [] for a lot more info.

        • Re:iPod! (Score:3, Informative)

          by ncc74656 ( 45571 )
          The harder part will be writing drivers for the PC to mount FireWire drives (not common on that platform from what I understand)
          My converted-from-IDE FireWire HD hot-plugs with Win2K with no problems at additional drivers needed.
          and read/write HFS+ formatted volumes (no idea if software to do this exists at all).
          I don't know about HFS+ (what's the diff between it and HFS?), but Linux supports HFS and there's a Windows app called TransMac that copies between HFS and whatever you're using (FAT/NTFS/network share).
        • Done that... (Score:3, Informative)

          by krugdm ( 322700 )
          Added a Firewire card to my work PC. One 6-pin to 6-pin cable and a copy of MacDrive 2000 later, and the drive mounts right up with no additional effort on my part. It even charges, too! Go into View options and show all hidden files and you can see where the MP3's are stored. The annoying thing is that your collection gets spread over dozens of folder with no rhyme or reason for the organization, but they're all there.
    • Except all my music is currently encoded in .ogg. Has someone got it working with Linux yet?
  • paintball supplies (Score:2, Interesting)

    by bluelip ( 123578 )
    Tippmann 98 custom $135
    CO2 tank - $25
    Case O' Balls - $50
    Face Mask - $20

    Great fun and great exercise. Stay away from speedball and keep it in the woods.
    • musing (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      I kept expecting you to say something like "Shooting some shmuck in the crotch... priceless."
  • the iPod (Score:2, Redundant)

    by mosch ( 204 )
    1000 mp3s on your belt, in a tiny, light package that doubles as a firewire hard drive. What more could you want?
    • Re:the iPod (Score:2, Funny)

      by Sloppy ( 14984 )
      Real Geeks do Ogg, not MP3. MP3 is so 1999.
    • Re:the iPod (Score:4, Interesting)

      by babbage ( 61057 ) <> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:29PM (#2590261) Homepage Journal
      Audio in.

      The iPod is a pretty cool little device, but it would be even cooler if it could record sounds on the go. That way, it could be a replacement for those microcasette voice recorders that a lot of people use, or you could just (assuming an input jack, rather than a little built in microphone) plug it into the headphone jack of a soundboard or walkman or whatever. You get the idea.

      Don't just think music here: consider that, if paired with moderately decent voice recognition software back on the desktop computer, you could have close to instant transcription of speeches, lectures, meetings, etc. This is really what the PDA was invented to do, but you have to teach yourself how to get data in & out of the device, and even with experience it's a slow process.

      Something like the iPod could solve the same problem in a completely novel way. It has more than enough storage capacity to record a lot of audio data, and might [???] have the processing power to do so easily. [If it doesn't have the horsepower, then maybe iPod2 can bulk up on cpu & ram, along with that built-in mic.] No futzing around with graffiti -- just leave it on your desk, recording passively. Later on, it can be rapidly synced with the much more powerful Mac/PC/whatever, where you can do the interesting heavy duty processing on your data -- transcribe it, upload it, burn to cd, whatever. Brilliant.

      Having audio out -- where you can record stuff (songs, etc) on your computer & carry it with you on the go -- is cool. Having audio in -- where you can bring sounds from out in the world back to the computer for processing -- would be even better. I want to see someone build such a device.

  • by Raster Burn ( 213891 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:53PM (#2589873)
    A new game console, plus a Star Wars related game... what else could a geek possibly want?
  • Early (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by Anonymous Coward

    CmdrTaco obviously got his gift early this year. It was a spelling and grammer checker.
  • Simple! (Score:3, Funny)

    by boaworm ( 180781 ) <> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:54PM (#2589881) Homepage Journal
    A girlfriend of course, all geeks want those !
  • Geek Gerber... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by JediLuke ( 57867 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:54PM (#2589889) Homepage

    better than a swiss army knife and a leatherman. you can even build your own.
  • ....a nice pair of wooly socks? They're always handy !
  • Despair Calendar (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward
    They kick but
  • I was over at FREE GEEK [] for their open house a couple weeks ago, and they were selling wind chimes made of old hard drive platters and other computer innards. Looked kinda cool for a low budget gift. Maybe they'll mail order. (And it's for a good cause.)

    • by friscolr ( 124774 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @02:20PM (#2590728) Homepage
      I've been cutting up circuit boards [] and making gifts out of them for a while. I just finished a vase [] for my friend's birthday present.

      Handmade presents are the best, and handmade presents with a geek theme are great for geeks.

      Why not give your s.o./parents a portrait of yourself made out of your code, like using the Text-Image plug-in for the GIMP [], or my own image to text []. Get a nice hi-res image of yourself and your best perl script/r00t sploit, combine the two and print it out on some photo quality paper, mat and frame it.

      use the case of an old monitor as the pot for a large plant.

      make a custom keyboard which only has the letters of your s.o.'s name.

      get out the dremel, epoxy, spare parts, creativity and go at it.

  • by wiredog ( 43288 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:56PM (#2589917) Journal
    And without port 80 blocked.
    • by Coward, Anonymous ( 55185 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:23PM (#2590210)
      Speakeasy's [] Terms Of Service [] state that customers are allowed "to run servers (web, mail, etc.) over their Internet connections." They also give out static IP addresses.
      • I used Speakeasy for a while, but eventually ducked out. They have recently taken steps to segment their market: when we joined, they had a large number of ADSL options, but when we went to upgrade our speed (from 608/128 to 608/384 or even 1.0/608), we found that they no longer offer any uplink speed other than 128k, with ADSL. Switching to SDSL means premium pricing and purchase of a new modem.

        We ended up going with Peak To Peak [] DSL -- their service and prices are good (in the Colorado Front Range area). In the Bay Area, I'd recommend CLIQ [] internet service -- they offer high powered "geek-friendly" DSL.

        Don't get me wrong, Speakeasy are good -- but I think they shot themselves in the foot by getting rid of their intermediate-level uplink speeds.

  • Dockers Mobile Pant (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jason99si ( 131298 )
    $52 from

    Just like they say.. "Stowaway seam pockets on each side designed for your Compaq iPaq Pocket PC or Motorola phone" - jeez :)

    Would be useful nonetheless.
  • by spikeham ( 324079 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:57PM (#2589927)

    I want my shiny New Economy back!
  • $6000: Doll (Score:5, Funny)

    by banuaba ( 308937 ) < minus threevowels> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:58PM (#2589938)
    The RealDoll []. Never have to talk to a real girl again!

    And, for you geekchicks out there, they now make a male realdoll! []

  • by Wakko Warner ( 324 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @12:59PM (#2589953) Homepage Journal
    slashdot []
    seems []
    to []
    think []
    they're []
    pretty []
    cool [],
    maybe []
    they're []
    what I []
    want []!
  • by Laplace ( 143876 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:00PM (#2589962)
    Since my employers owe me over $5000 in back pay, I'm giving the gift of love this year. My family gets to see me over the holiday, and my friends get cards (prints that I'll be making in my darkroom). Oddly enough, this is the first Christmas where I feel good about my presents. I'm not expecting anything but the same in return. The economy being in the shitter has impacted everyone in my family, and in some cliched sense we are returning to the true spirit of Christmas.

    However, my sister's kids are getting a Dreamcast with Samba de Amigo that I picked up several months ago. Really, it is more of a family gift (my mom loves that game), but I like to play the rich uncle who shamelessly spoils his niece and nephew (since their mother doesn't).

    • but I like to play the rich uncle who shamelessly spoils his niece and nephew (since their mother doesn't).

      while at the same time pisses the mother off because she does not want her kids to have such trinkets :-).......

      I loved my Uncle !! :-)
    • by cjsnell ( 5825 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @02:10PM (#2590634) Journal

      Nothing funny about photos. They're among the best presents you can give. I gave framed prints of a b&w photo that I took in high school to my family. To this day, it still hangs on their walls.

      The previous two years, I gave my father $150 Amazon certificates. Last time I was home, I opened up the kitchen drawer and found the unused (and expired) certificates under a pile of junk. Perhaps I should go back to making prints this year. :)
  • by GiMP ( 10923 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:00PM (#2589963)
    12. 36 gig SCSI drives
    11. Mosix Nodes
    10. Thousand dollars
    9. Monitors
    8. Cases of DVD-Rs
    7. OC-3's
    6. Cases of beer or caffinated beverage.
    5. Golden fingers
    4. Dual-Head Matrox g550s
    3. Months of rent
    2. Mylex raid controllers
    1. Copy of Manos!
  • by m0nkyman ( 7101 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:00PM (#2589967) Homepage Journal
    oh yeah, and world peace, and for Debian woody to go stable
  • What I like.. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sirgoran ( 221190 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:00PM (#2589973) Homepage Journal
    I've always enjoyed brewing my own beer.

    For under $100 you can get all the stuff you need to brew and bottle your own beer.

    If they are the handy person type, gift cards for your local Home Depot, Loews, Menards, etc. are good.

    Bookworms always like gift cards to Barnes-Noble, B. Dalton, Waldenbooks, etc.

    Or Lego Mindstorms whan all else fails
  • Strange ideas... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Krapangor ( 533950 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:01PM (#2589976) Homepage
    ..most ideas I've read here are rather strange.
    The ultimate geek gift is a computer.
    All the time.
    If a geek has 1 computer he can always use another one.
    If a geek has n computers he can always use n+1 computers.

    In fact, the necessary (but no sufficient) condition for being a geek is to have always use for another computer. If someone hasn't he isn't a geek.
  • by orgnine ( 529145 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:01PM (#2589979)
    I personally would really enjoy a high-powered high-tech remote control helicopter myself.

    Arm it with a video camera to not only spy on friends or surprise them when they are backing out of the driveway... But also to travel over long distances and see where you are going at the same time :) Maybe even a sensitive omni-directional mic?

    Hook up the A/V and R/C to a high-power transmitter and sit in your equipment van in the park with the dish spinning.

    I think it'd be a blast.

  • Sega Dreamcast (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Lxy ( 80823 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:02PM (#2589984) Journal
    With all the hype of Xbox, Gamecube, and even remaining hype of PS2, people seem to forget that lonely Sega Dreamcast sitting on the bottom shelf for $80. It runs linux! It has an ethernet port! It's the ultimate geek hacking toy for Christmas. Info here [].
  • Get every Geek what he really wants: A CowboyNeal Picture of the day calandar! That way, they could look forward to each and every day of the year knowing that there is always someone with a more pathetic existance than they have!!! :)
  • Hard drives (more room is always welcome)
    RAM (as is RAM)
    Gamecube with smash bros and super monkey ball
    A digital camera (Canon powershot G2?)
    Gigabit router + gigabit ethernet cards (to make NFS faster)
    Nice new set of computer speakers
    A 24" monitor, or perhaps just another 21"
    A nice old clickety IBM keyboard, cleaned (for people who don't want to spend much but can track things down)
    One of those CD-MP3 players
    plenty of blank CD-Rs
    A new computer bag
  • by rnb ( 471088 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:03PM (#2589999)
    Inexpensive and wise.

    Oh, yes. []
  • by lordbyron ( 38382 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:03PM (#2590000) Homepage
    30 discs of the Complete National Geographic from 1888 to 2000.

    Every article, Every picture, and of course every Cool ass map

    • 30 discs of the Complete National Geographic from 1888 to 2000.

      Ack! I thought you were kidding that such a thing existed for a moment, but a quick check of Google and it's clear that you aren't. []

      Cool. Now I know what I want for Xmas! Thanks!

    • My dad actually has every issue going back to 1918, with a few miscellaneous ones from before then. The pre-50's ones are pretty hokey, basically travel magazines with a lot of pictures of people looking down big holes in the ground (no pictures of what it is they're looking at, of course). During the 50's and 60's they got a lot better, and they reached their current quality by the 70's.

  • Sony Aibo - $1500

    For the newer ERS-220
    75 spoken commands -
    wireless navigation
    read email and websites (needs $150 addon SW)

    If you can put up with the high price, fact that it WONT lick your face, WILL run out of battery power in a couple hours, and sony's practices of shutting down cool attempts at SW for making it better due to supposed copyright infringments... Its pretty cool.
  • All the Sluggy Freelance [] Books []!!!

    Is it not nifty??
  • Best Stuff for geek who has, or wants, these systems:

    Playstation 2: Metal Gear Solid 2
    XBox: Dead or Alive 3 (High Kicks)
    GameCube: Star Wars Rogue Leader
    Dreamcast: European Shenmue 2 and an all-country disk (plus, you should probably get him another game system)

    PC games are a toughie. I think the geekiest PC gift is a pre-purchased voucher for Neverwinter Nights.
  • I want a ATI AIW Radeon for Christmas! I know, probably not the greatest card, but I don't play games. Who gives a rats ass beyond 60 FPS anyway? (I sure as heck CAN'T see the difference.....). Besides Quake is boring. Also, the AIW features will be like getting a Tivo on your computer! :)

    Other ideas:

    Diamond Rio CD/MP3 Player

    Kodak Digital Camera (Probably windows only for now, but it will eventually get Linux support and they are CHEAP! 1.3 Megapixel=199!)

    That's what I would like anyway besides the obvious game things like Xbox, PS/2 and Gamecube.

  • Geek gift list (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Alomex ( 148003 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:08PM (#2590054) Homepage
    • Buy your favourite geek an OC-3 line to home
    • Wrist watch camera
    • I-Pod
    • 21" LCD Pivot Flat Panel Display
    • IPaq
    • The entire O'Reilly library
    • A date with a real woman, (in person not IRC)
    • Failing that, a date with Linus
  • All under $30 (Score:2, Interesting)

    I have three must-haves on my list this year:
    1. Boondock Saints DVD- One of the best movies of all time. Not available from most online DVD stores for some reason, but it is available.

    2. Mr. Potato Head- I got a Rubik's cube 2 years ago, a Slinky last year, and this year I want a Mr. Potato Head. Christmas just isn't fun without something that takes you back to your childhood.

    3. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Ringworld, and Narnia (Lion-With-Wardrobe, etc) book sets- I'm trying to read more non-technical books. :)

    One thing over $30 that I want... a T1. I don't think Santa will be that nice, though. :/
  • by AtariDatacenter ( 31657 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:09PM (#2590059)
    Think Geek has RF Dealbolts. Basically, deadbolts for your home that have a remote control.

    Digital picture frames are cool. The ones that plug into your computer via USB don't require a subscription. Kensington makes a good one (640x480) around $200. People ooh and ahh over it. (For the rich geek, get him 20 and let him make a collage over a wall. Sorry. That's more Martha Stewart than Slashdot.)

    TiVo! If you haven't already joined the revolution, join it. You'll thank yourself. It will *completely* change the way in which you use your television. Oh, and for the better, too.

    An 80's Arcade Game. One of those real-life 6' stand-up arcade games. Any self-respecting geek wouldn't snub his nose at one... well, unless it was a really bad title. "Oh, wow! Pit Fighter! I've always wanted one of THOSE."

    Along with the idea of the RF deadbolts, various places sell mechanisms which are used for opening and closing outside gates ($800?). Would be awfully handy for the geek to fit that on a door. Bringing in the groceries or heavy electronics, having the door swing open on command (wireless or touch-pad) would be really handy. [Insert standard disclaimers about potential for misuse.]

    X10 remote control stuff. 'Nuff said.

    Satellite radio for car. If you've got a musical geek.

    Roller Shoes. If they haven't gone out of style already. Like normal shoes, but at the flip of the button, wheels pop out from below and turn into roller skates. Yes, they make these.
    • by FatRatBastard ( 7583 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:31PM (#2590269) Homepage
      An 80's Arcade Game. One of those real-life 6' stand-up arcade games. Any self-respecting geek wouldn't snub his nose at one... well, unless it was a really bad title. "Oh, wow! Pit Fighter! I've always wanted one of THOSE."

      Or a pinball machine. The best god-damn disposable income purchase I ever made. Lots of fun to play, and lots of geeky TLC needed to keep it in tip top condition.
  • A new violin would be a great gift... hmm, I suppose playing a musical instrument exposes me as a non-geek.
  • How about a girlfriend that doesn't complain when I get on the computer?

  • Give your geek what he/she/it really wants: Junk! Go around to reuse and recying centers and scoop up old 486 PCs, dot matrix printers, and mono-chrome monitors. The geek'll love it. This stuff's better than lego for hours of geek enjoyment. If you have an industrial liquidator outfit in your area, poke around and buy a few bags worth of unidentifiable electronic odds and ends. This will entertain both you and the geek as you watch to see what he/she/it will build next. The kind of junk I'm talking about here is things like transformers off of old TVs, insides of microwaves, starter coils, big ass capacitors and so on. The real mad scientist stuff.

  • Tolkien Calendar
    Fellowship Movie Calendar (wall)
    Fellowship Movie Calendar (desk)
    Fellowship Movie Action Figures
    Fellowship Movie Coffee Mugs
    Fellowship Movie Companion Book

    Gift membership to Fan Club, getting their names listed in the credits of the movie on DVD (60 bucks, I think?)
  • by Christopher Thomas ( 11717 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:11PM (#2590090)
    I'm sure we'll have hundreds of suggestions for nice hardware in short order, so I'm going to post a few gift suggestions that can't run Linux but still have geek appeal:

    • A good soldering iron, a stack of vector board cards, and a bucket of BJTs, resistors, caps, and LEDs.

      Every once in a while I pull out a soldering iron and rediscover the fun of building widgetry from the ground up. Project books giving an introduction to electronics and a set of simple but neat building block circuits are still kicking around, and would be a useful addition to the pile as well.

    • A very large pile of Meccano or Construx.

      I'll dig out my own pile of each someday. Geek appeal comes from trying to build things that most people would never think of (a working mechanical clock out of Construx was my biggest accomplishment with that medium).

    • Decent origami paper and a couple of books on the subject.

      This falls under the "intricate hobbies" category, and so has a good chance of being welcome. I know I'm not the only geek with folded paper critters gracing his cube (a dragon, a Pierson's Puppeteer, and a Federation starship - yes, it can be done!).

    • Gift certificates for the nearest bookstore that has a decent computer reference section.

      At $50-$100 Cdn apiece, one reference book costs as much as a large stack of sci-fi books. Help with getting new ones is always welcome, and I'm sure I'm not the only geek who likes documentation on the nifty tools I'm thinking about using (or am already using, for that matter).

    There's no need to stick with hardware that will be obsolete in six months :).

    Caveat with most of these - make sure your recipient is interested in them first. Yes, it ruins the surprise, but it's better than getting a bucketful of transistors when the sight of copper and lead make you cringe.
  • ...gotta be one of these []!
  • Saw it at the Denver Supercomputer Conference last week. You an either run six standard hi-res screens simulataneously, or anti-alias to 200 dpi resolution. Print quality images on the screen. Fabulous! About $18K.
  • This is my geek inventory:

    iPod []: $399
    Canon s110 Digital Elph []: $399
    32 Meg USB Thumbdrive: $40
    Nokia 8290 [] (or 8260): $99 (with activation)
    eTrex GPS []: $99

    Of course, if you wait until January, ditch the Nokia for a Treo [].
  • I thought I was an idiot for spending $399 for an iPod [] but I had to get it. Wow! Was I surprised how really inexpensive it is. I already own an Archos Jukebox 6000 [] which I bought a few months ago for $225. The iPod blows the doors off of it. I can access my 750 songs on the iPod (I encode 192+ VBR) with a flick of my thumb in seconds (user interface is brilliant -- of course its Apple). I can 'pogo' to the B-52's "Rock Lobster" without a skip -- the Archos Jukebox 6000 would die after a couple of hops. Charging the unit off the Firewire port is genius, I never have to fool around with a clunky wall wart like the Archos and as a bonus, while its charging I can play its MP3 on my Mac and access files on it. Try doing that over USB on the Archos and you will pull your hair out. It takes 6 hours to fill up the Archos 6 gig drive with MP3s, the iPod only 12 minutes! The iTunes integration is perfect -- so easy my fiancé can use it without bothering me. I can set each song to specialized EQ setting for iPod, the Archos will only let me set Bass and Treble manually. Plus the iPod has an "easter egg" that lets you play Breakout on its nice little LCD screen.

    There is a company making software for iPod for Windows [] but you really need a Mac to experience the real power of this amazing MP3 player. So the best gift I think you can give this holiday season is an iBook w/ and iPod. Apple Flavored UNIX and Firewire Music, what a great gift!

    P.S. Steve Jobs wants me to say, "Don't Steal Music!".

  • Here'e the stuff I want. If you'd like to send me any of these things, please contact me ASAP!

    Vintage D&D set (Player's Handbook, DM Guide), plus a set of crystal dice and lead figurines.
    Anywhere from $1 to $200.

    Wireless ethernet setup (base - $200, card $100)

    Books ( old calculus texts from 1920's-1950's, science fiction pulp novels from 1950's, reproduction of daVinci's notebooks)
    Anywhere from $1 to $1000.

    Firearms (Remington 700VS Sendera in .223 or 22-250).About $450 (used) to $1500.

    Tickets to a movie (LOTR, Potter, no SW).$20.

    Micro-fine pens, 10 pack. Zebra ballpoints. Micro-fine pencil set.

    Dremel kit ($45)

    Radio Shack science kit ($25-$200)

    Back Massage ($50-$100)

    Telescope ($300)

    Grin on my face on Christmas morning? Priceless.

  • B5 and Farscape DVDs (Score:3, Informative)

    by CheshireCatCO ( 185193 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:13PM (#2590111) Homepage
    Like crack, but digital. But so gooooood.

    You do realize that they released these precisely to eat up my disposable income, right?
  • I'm on my third broadband provider this year,
    because the other two have gone bankrupt.
    Will there ever be stability?
  • DVDs for Geeks (Score:4, Interesting)

    by robbway ( 200983 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:15PM (#2590132) Journal
    Two highly geeky DVDs (amongst many) are:

    The Matrix/Matrix Revisited Box Set
    The Star Trek Box Set (Treks one thru nine)

    And not quite as geeky, but with heavy Internet overtones:

    Serial Experiments: Lain Box Set
  • Robot cockroaches? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by peter303 ( 12292 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:16PM (#2590147)
    I pased through the mall yesterday and saw many toy store pushing "robo-bugs". The gift for little boys, or shelf-filler on Dec 26?
  • by austad ( 22163 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:18PM (#2590161) Homepage
  • by Krelnik ( 69751 ) <timfarley&mindspring,com> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:20PM (#2590182) Homepage Journal
    Sure, the iPod is slick, but is it worth $400 just to play music? The TDK Mojo [] (which I've posted about before []) uses CD-R's and CD-RW's as media, can play regular CD's as well, uses normal AA batteries, has 8-minute shock protection, and is far cheaper.

    Best of all, (and unlike the Rio Volt SP250 []), it has a quite usable UI that lets you search your disks for MP3's by Artist, Title, Genre and so on. (On the other hand, the Rio has an FM tuner, and plays WMA files too). The UI is what sold me on this unit, it really is the make-or-break.

    $128 at []

  • by Spackler ( 223562 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:21PM (#2590196) Journal

    Osama bin Laden's nuts on a stick planted at ground zero!

    ~price = $25,000,000

  • Star Wars Clones proviews have the Princess in a white military getup, resembling her daughter Leah. I guess she must kick-butt in this episode.
  • A nice Chess Set (Score:3, Insightful)

    by SCHecklerX ( 229973 ) <> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:25PM (#2590225) Homepage
    Hand carved stone, stone board, etc.
  • VCD Recorder (Score:3, Interesting)

    by NumberSyx ( 130129 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:42PM (#2590376) Journal

    A Terapin Video CD Recorder, $499 is a bit steep, but less than $1499 for the Video DvD Recorder. Works just like a VCR, except you use a CDR disc instead of a tape. It burns the disc as a standard VCD so it is also playable on most DvD players and Computers.

  • by nobodyman ( 90587 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:45PM (#2590392) Homepage
    My parents got a DVD player last year, so I think it would be a cool idea to take the dozens of tapes of raw home video and burn them a slick VideoCD with sappy music and titles. 75mins for VideoCD is plenty of time for home video stuff, and most DVD players can play videoCD.

    Pretty sure it would make me a hero... on the cheap!

  • by Erskin ( 1651 ) <> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:49PM (#2590430) Homepage

    If you haven't found them the last two years I've made this post [], you're missing out. Several small time game companies make cheap games often with a delightfully geeky bent:

    • Fluxx [] ($10) from LooneyLabs []
      A self-modifying card game where the rules of the game are the cards played.

    • Icehouse [] ($35) also from LooneyLabs []
      No, not the beer. A Unquestionably cool set of plastic pyramids suitable for playing a variety of games, and designing of your own games.

    • Falling [] ($10) from Cheapass Games []
      Imagine real-time (as opposed to turn based) blackjack on speed.

    All of these games are perfect for sitting in restraunts waiting for food, or other such awkward time slots that normally get wasted.

    • The concept seemed weird to me at first - OK, so we're going to play a card game where you program your robot with the cards you are dealt. And this isn't a multi-player computer game, why?!

      However, its a blast, and you get to spend time with your friends to boot.

  • Beer. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by supabeast! ( 84658 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:54PM (#2590484)
    I just want an entire keg of Guiness, and a keg-er-ator that can hold it!
  • by hyacinthus ( 225989 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @01:59PM (#2590533)
    ...the gift of the English language. Take time out from your day and teach a poor, semiliterate computer nerd how to spell. Make space in your day to instruct him on the difference between "loose" and "lose". Get him a Concise Oxford English Dictionary.

    The editorial staff of Slashdot certainly could use this gift, from what I've seen.

  • by vaxer ( 91962 ) <> on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @02:09PM (#2590627) Homepage
    Skip the commercial crap altogether -- exchange gift exemption vouchers [] and do something relaxing on Buy Nothing Day [].
  • by rho ( 6063 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @02:31PM (#2590842) Homepage Journal

    A great gift for youngsters and oldsters alike.

    The Harvard Classics []. You can find them on eBay every now and then [].

    Next year, you can give them the Shelf of Fiction [] (scroll to the bottom).

    The huge variation in price depends on how you acquire the lot. You can buy book-by-book in flea markets (making a charming shelf of odd-sized and colored books), or all in a lot, if you by a collection (making an impressive shelf, appropriate for a lawyer's TV commercial).

    This is also a good gift for those who don't get much out of school: if you read through the entire shelf, you've basically acquired a liberal-arts education.

  • by nortcele ( 186941 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @02:36PM (#2590893) Homepage
    Beer Can Crushing Monster. 1/6 scale, 112 lbs of German Tiger Tank. $3250, but with add-ons that you would obviously want... $4000. Pant...Pant... Add on a .50 Cal single-shot and a wireless camera on this baby, and you can have good fun that is funny without the Cat in the Hat (or the doll from 1/6 Scale Remote Controlled Tiger Tank []
    Yep, that's what I want....
  • Listings (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GregWebb ( 26123 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @03:08PM (#2591189)
    I had an idea a while ago for a permanent website of this type.

    You log on, create a list of things you like, things you don't like, things you already have, things you like but you're so picky about that anyone buying for you is a bad idea :-) The site provides links to shopping sites, allows you to search by category, price etc. You then give people your site ID and your friends and family have access to a list of what you _actually_ want, making present giving potentially simpler. Wouldn't be that hard to set up, organise a small commision payment from the sites you send customers to and this could make money. Pity I don't have the time or energy to actually do it :-)

    Anyway, what _I'd_ actually want:

    * Sorry if this makes me sound like I'm trying too hard, but I'd be delighted if someone gave money to a charity I support (or one I didn't yet but whose aims I agreed with) as my present. Let's be honest, I make good enough money and there's only me to support, so I don't need generosity particularly and could get pretty much anything below myself if I put my mind to it (and in some cases, not for very long, either). Others need it more than I do.

    * Pretty much impossible to give, but I wouldn't say no to a larger circle of friends. If I came out of the Christmas season with nothing listed below (or similar) but having met just one or two people whose company I genuinely enjoyed, I'd consider it a good Christmas. On the same line, I'm single, ladies, fuzzy photo at the out-of-date URL above... ;-) <duck>

    More traditionally:

    * Books. Good fiction or several different non-fiction areas.

    * Films. Has to be Widescreen, beyond that I'll try most films _once_ :-)

    * Music. Play it safe and get me rock or metal, play it slightly more adventurous and get me orchestral music, try pushing the boat out by getting me some jazz or blues. Pretty good chance I'll like any, though, in some places :-)

    * Chocolate. Pretty difficult to go wrong with a big box full of chocolate :-)

    * Model cars. Don't care what size (though bigger is preferrable :-) but any reasonable, boxed model car will be appreciated. Honestly, little £5-10 cars make me very happy...

    * Camera equipment. I'd feel guilty if someone spent a fortune, but if you happen to see some M42 lenses, filters, tripods or gadget bags going cheap... ;-) Or, if you happen to be determined to throw money at this one, an SLR body using a more modern lens mount than M42 please :-)

    Less practically...

    * Those desktop RC tanks with the laser tag are _too_ cool. 3 of them shipped to the UK and we could have some cool deathmatches at the office...

    * My Psion 5 seems to have packed up :-( and I _prefer_ keyboarded PDAs. I want another.

    * Hovercraft are cool. Either give me a working R/C model hovercraft, or a good set of plans and components. Or, let me know what will make a good liftfan because I can't find one so far when I'm trying to build my own :-(

    * No DVD here yet, so, please, a region-switchable DVD with 5.1 out and ideally a Macrovision defeater so it'll work with a video projector. Oh, how about getting me that projector, I've already got a large empty white wall that would make a lovely screen...

    * One of these days I'll get round to building a _serious_ video jukebox (thinking 100+ hours of storage here...) to replace large piles of VHS cassettes and just make it all more practical. If anyone sees them ready-made and upgradeable, that'd be cool.

    * Left Europe for the first time this October, visiting my sister in Ontario, Canada. Loved it. All offers of trips to interesting parts of the world gratefully recieved, as long as they come at least half board and flights paid :-)

    * Over in a recent poll thread ( 0144) I was discussing what I'd enter into Robot Wars / Battlebots if I was up to it, had the time & ability and so on. I'd love to see a robot of that rough type built and entered, just to see how good an idea it would really be.

    * I need to replace my car at some point... ;-)
  • by richardbowers ( 143034 ) on Tuesday November 20, 2001 @05:29PM (#2592299)
    Legos, [] and a really secure place to live. []

    That, and plenty of cat-5, should make my dream home [] a reality.
    Total cost - $3 mill or so.

System restarting, wait...