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Christmas Gifts for Geeks 763

scottfi writes "The shopping season is just about over and I'm always on the lookout for the cool geek gadget to get friends and family (or myself). What cool items are on your list this year or you have wrapped up for others? There are a ton of gift guides online, but I always like to see what the slashdot crowd would like under their tree." I recommend the Harmony Remote, an iPod, and of course a Slashdot Subscription ;)
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Christmas Gifts for Geeks

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  • A few thoughts (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Oculus Habent ( 562837 ) * <oculus DOT habent AT gmail DOT com> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:17PM (#7725157) Journal
    I'm with Taco on the iPod. A digital camera with 5x or better optical zoom is a nice thing, too.

    Also, you might look at bitChen []. They look like much more fun than they should be, though very practical.
    • by Frymaster ( 171343 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:31PM (#7725335) Homepage Journal
      ipod? ogg? bah! what you really want is a good turntable []!

      vinyl! it's the people's medium!

      • by poot_rootbeer ( 188613 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:59PM (#7725623)
        ipod? ogg? bah!

        When is XMMS going to get support for .BAH files, anyway?
      • Re:A few thoughts (Score:5, Insightful)

        by MrCaseyB ( 200218 ) <casey_slash AT luxedit DOT com> on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:11PM (#7725750) Homepage Journal
        "ipod? ogg? bah! what you really want is a good turntable!"

        Speaking of good turntables, for those who are not wanna be DJs and just want to listen to music, try the

        Linn LP12 []

        or the more afordable but still enjoyable Rega Planar line []

        To complete the gift for your geek make sure you include a small gift certificate to your local used record store []

        Also set aside an entire weekend of free time for him/her because that's what a music lover will need when faced with the staggering vinyl selection at Amoeba. Best of all, Vinyl can often cost a few pennies to a few dollers, far cheaper than CDs. And guess what, NO DRM!!! and NO extra money going to the RIAA (Assuming you are buying USED)

        What geek wouldn't want to flip off the recording industry while enjoying a geeky vintage medium like Vinyl.

        Vinyl does not sound better then CD, and many prfer the warm analog sound of vinyl to the harsh processed tinny sound of CD, but don't try to argue which is better, they are just different. Everyone has their favorites.
      • Re:A few thoughts (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Dr.Zong ( 584494 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:13PM (#7725775) Journal
        You guys may think it's funny but that IS a good turntable.

        My good friend dj's and that was his "dream" purchase last year, they don't exactly change much (how much can you DO with a turntable?). But the direct drive technics is an excellent table for the budding dj - by dj I mean rave, techno that kind of dj'ing - not the cd spinning kind on radio.

        And don't get me started on dj'ing with cd's - something isn't quite right about that, the tactile feel of scratching just isn't there - and it nowhere nearly looks as cool.

        Do dj's count as geeks?

    • by jmichaelg ( 148257 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:30PM (#7725956) Journal
      Oops! This isn't the vaporware thread. So sorry, mod me down.
    • Re:A few thoughts (Score:4, Informative)

      by pipingguy ( 566974 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @02:53PM (#7726840)
      A digital camera with 5x or better optical zoom is a nice thing, too.

      The Logitech Pocket Digital [] (~$100USD) is a nifty, tiny toy (the H/W size of a business card and 1/4" thick). Just don't expect good photo results unless you shoot outside on a bright day or in really good indoor light. The one I bought at a rock-bottom price is the older version - apparently the new one incorporates a flash. It's small enough to take everywhere, and is easily added to your daily loadout.
  • by pheared ( 446683 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:19PM (#7725173) Homepage
    Slashdot Subscription, the most expensive asterisk [] money can buy!
  • Dear Santa (Score:3, Funny)

    by grub ( 11606 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:19PM (#7725182) Homepage Journal

    Dear Santa,

    I've been a good boy this year. Please bring me:

    a RealDoll []

    KY Jelly []

    96 Fort Garry Dark Ale []

    oh.. and peace on earth, goodwill to all.


    • by eln ( 21727 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:20PM (#7725200)
      Man, you know you've got problems when you have to get your RealDoll drunk to get any action.
    • by junkymailbox ( 731309 ) * on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:35PM (#7725392)
      I want what all nerds want .. a super good looking gf .. We're all nerds [] .. A 150 Megapix digital camera ..
      .. A flux capacitor ..
      .. A light saber ..
    • by lemonjus ( 717606 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:56PM (#7726241)
      This is soo funny : (taken from

      Realdoll Features:

      * Elastic - flesh can withstand over 300% elongation
      * Heat Resistant - can withstand over 300 degrees heat
      * Water Resistant - solid construction
      * Stain Resistant - nothing sticks to silicone flesh
      * Durable - long life silicone rubber
      * Lifelike - anatomically correct, parts molded from life-casts
      * Realistic Feel - pliant and soft in all the right places
      * Odorless and Flavorless
      * Flexible - wide range of joint movement
      * Sexy and Pleasurable - provides effective aid to sexual fulfillment
      * Safe - no risk of disease, nontoxic
      * Convenient - always ready & available
      * Relaxing and Comforting - provides stress-free companionship
      * Affordable - cheaper than most alternatives
    • by Dr. Smeegee ( 41653 ) * on Monday December 15, 2003 @02:23PM (#7726543) Homepage Journal
      Someone screwed up at the plant where I worked. About seven years ago, we used to use ky jelly (water soluble) in our laser drilling operation to mask certain areas of the item to be drilled. Someone accidentally ordered a *skid* of KY in 8 50-gallon drums.

      That is 400 gallons of america's slitheriest water-based lubricant. Even Mr. Goatse would be overwhelmed.

      Within a few weeks they switched to a wax based system. We still have the KY.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:20PM (#7725185)
    What makes it superior to the cheaper Rio Karma which also plays Ogg Vorbis and FLAC files among other things?
    • Because the iPod is a masterpiece of design. I have one and must say it's worth every penny. Just use one for a little while and you'll know why everyone is going crazy for 'em.
      • Maybe it's just me (and a ton of people are going to angrily say it is), but I think the iPod design is far to plasticy cheap looking. Perhaps it's because I'm not a fan of the movement to make everything out of shiny looking plastics with their high gloss finish that gives things things an oily look. But, even the metal backing on the iPods gets smeared with fingerprints with a little use, making the thing look terrible. Excuse me for thinking they look cheap.

        And masterpiece of design? Besides the aestheti

        • Huh? My iPod's backlight comes on whenever I press any button. Not hold; press. Maybe you should blame your friend because he changed the default setting.


    • Screw the Karma... Get a Neuros then you can play Ogg and transmit FM radio as well....
    • by Scrameustache ( 459504 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:31PM (#7725334) Homepage Journal
      Adress Book
      Brickout (more on newer models)
      iTune s Music Store

      Looks better

      And its the bestest gift EVER!
      Thanks mom : )
    • by Querty ( 1128 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:35PM (#7725387) Homepage
      Or an iRiver iHP-120

      * Ogg Vorbis support
      * USB 2.0
      * 20Gb
      * Optical and analog inputs and outputs
      * FM radio
      * Microphone input
      * Recognised as a standard USB Mass Storage Device on all regular OS'es
      * Backlit remote control with LCD screen
      * Upgradable firmware
      * 15 Hr battery life (LiPolymer battery)
      * Best audio quality on the market, and enough power to drive "larger" headphones.

      If you ask me, the iPod sucks rocks compared to this little gadget.
    • That's the problem: you're judging the quality of a product by the length of its list of features. But there are unquantifiable traits that make or break the deal that cannot be included in such a list.

      The iPod has a very respectable feature list, but at the end of the day, here's what it does:

      • Play mp3s stylishly, painlessly, intuitively, dependably.
      And no other player has been able to do it as well.
  • ...but RAM [] is always a nice gift. I mean, right?
  • Just One Thing (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:20PM (#7725193)
    Give me a job for Christmas. After that, I can take care of my own toys.
  • non-geeky gifts (Score:3, Interesting)

    by chipster ( 661352 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:20PM (#7725195)
    BION, this year, most of my gift wish lists inlude non-geeky items. I needed a change. I have items on my lists like workplace clothing, a jacket, CD's, etc. I thought it would be nice for me to get non-geeky stuff for a change...
  • new leatherman (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cbozic ( 679475 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:20PM (#7725198)
    Leatherman Juice Xe6 [] Chris Bozic
    • Re:new leatherman (Score:5, Informative)

      by cjustus ( 601772 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:34PM (#7725371) Homepage
      I have a Leatherman Micra that I end up using just about every other day... Lend it to co-workers all the time too... Carry it everywhere (fits on a key chain)... All the basic tools in a tiny package -- rock solid... I got it as a gift from the in-laws... Truly a great gift idea...
      • Re:new leatherman (Score:4, Insightful)

        by pHDNgell ( 410691 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:56PM (#7726237)
        I have a Leatherman Micra

        I had a micra on my keychain until those bastards at airport security took it away from me and put it in their big ``confiscated terrorist tools'' box. I wasn't even flying, just dropping someone off. They could've held it for a couple of minutes like they did when they took my phone...but no, I had to either have them throw it away or have someone miss a flight.

        I used to always fly with my wave, and I felt pretty damned good about it. Nowadays, you have to be really careful where you take such a terrifying weapon, which greatly reduces its usability.

        But hey, we all feel safer, right?
    • Re:new leatherman (Score:4, Insightful)

      by phurley ( 65499 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:49PM (#7725528) Homepage
      Used to carry mine everywhere too, and then they started taking any tool away from you when you traveled on a plane - now, I have beg and borrow when on the road. Cna't count how many little screw drivers I have had to give up at the airport.
    • Re:new leatherman (Score:5, Interesting)

      by drinkypoo ( 153816 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:16PM (#7725804) Homepage Journal
      Even the new leatherman still has the problem that the original has, albeit mitigated by the inclusion of rounded edges; You have much less gripping surface area, which can become uncomfortable rapidly. It also has another problem, which is that to stay together tightly, it depends on a friction fit. The Gerber Multi-Pliers like this one [] do not have this problem. Interestingly enough gerber also is making fold-open rather than slide-open tools now, perhaps because people had too much trouble flicking their wrist to slide out the pliers?

      Gerber's blades are of course [legendary?] better than the Leatherman ones, as well. Amusingly they're owned by Fiskars these days, which company seems to make the best scissors (Though Singer does a decent job also.)

  • employment (Score:3, Funny)

    by ack154 ( 591432 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:22PM (#7725207)
    So far anyone that has asked me what I want for christmas gets the same answer as everyone else:

    A Job.

    Graduating sucks when you don't have a job. Then again, I still have two finals left.
  • presents (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Hawkxor ( 693408 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:22PM (#7725214)
    Scrabble/Chess accessories (super heavy weighted pieces)

    Also, any of the cool USB devices here [] would be cool... the only problem with those is that they can short out the USB ports.
  • by Savatte ( 111615 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:22PM (#7725221) Homepage Journal
    prices are dirt cheap for anything that is primarily used in the summer, like golf clubs or swimming pool accessories. Geeks will enjoy the practicality and thoughtfulness of long-term planning, even if they can't use the gifts for another 6 months.

    Oh yeah, on the tech front, a wireless access point detector is cool.
  • Obvious... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:22PM (#7725224)
    ...a girl friend ?

  • by GweeDo ( 127172 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:22PM (#7725226) Homepage
    They are cheap and somewhat original :) I bought three different friends them and they where very happy...15 bux...that was cheap :P
  • by JThaddeus ( 531998 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:23PM (#7725237)
    How about a gift from Dave Barry's Gift Guide []? I see he even listed an item [] from Think Geek!
  • by wackybrit ( 321117 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:23PM (#7725238) Homepage Journal
    I think an iPod (or similar) is a bad geek gift, since most geeks probably have their eyes on these devices already, and have strong opinions on what they'd like.

    An iPod is also too expensive a gift in most cases, and since you'll probably end up with the cheapest 15GB one, you'll feel shitty if you go out and buy a decent 40GB one a few months later, selling the gift on eBay or something.

    I say geek gifts shouldn't necessarily be geek-exclusive gifts. Independent music in a genre the person likes.. movies they've shown an interest in.. box sets of the TV series they like. These things are smaller, more likely to open their eyes, and more likely to be remembered than a gift that could be obsolete within the year (because geeks upgrade often, as we know).

    Or, even better, something off of their Amazon/whatever-store-isn't-evil-today giftlist.. that way you KNOw they'll like it! And, even better, you'll know someone else didn't buy it for them!
  • My Gift list (Score:5, Insightful)

    by galonso ( 705202 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:24PM (#7725243)
    uh. . . a good book?

    --It's a special device that requires no memory cards, no special power cells, and can be used with simple sunlight.

    But then that might be pushing too far for today's geek:)

    (Say something in an Umberto Eco)

  • by PeterCook ( 673216 ) <(ude.elpmet) (ta) (kooc.retep)> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:24PM (#7725247) Homepage
    I am breaking out my soldering iron to work on this gift coming from my wife...the Enigma-e This is a brand new kit project so you can make an electronic working replica of the German Enigma machine. Includes plans to make yourself a wooden case and also code sheets from German Enigma files. Find it here: Its from the Netherlands - sold through Bletchley Park in the UK - It also connects to your PC with a serial cable - then you can transmit coded messages through something like hyperterminal. Enjoy.
  • my list included: (Score:5, Informative)

    by garcia ( 6573 ) * on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:25PM (#7725258)
    1. 5+ MP digital camera to replace the 2MP I dropped which is now taking fuzzy pictures

    2. DVD Player that plays DVD+-R/RW and VCDs on both CDR and CDRW.

    3. Both seasons of 24 on DVD, Family Guy season 3 on DVD (the divxs just aren't as much fun as the DVDs), and free tickets to LOTR3.

    4. Gore-tex hiking boots (not too geeky unless you're a geocacher [] like me ;)
  • My xmas list (Score:4, Informative)

    by MagPulse ( 316 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:25PM (#7725264)
    • Pentium 4 2.8C ($213)
    • Intel D875PBZ motherboard ($142)
    • Two Kingston 512MB DDR400 DIMMs ($168 for both)
    • Antec SLK3700-BQE quiet case ($77)
    Prices are from []

    I'm looking forward to a full Intel^3 (cpu/chipset/board) solution for ultimate stability.


    • Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace ($12 new)
    • The Principia by Isaac Newton ($15 new)
    • Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith ($12 new)
    • Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C (2nd Ed.) by James D. Foley ($30 used)
    • Operating Systems: Design and Implementation (2nd Ed.) by Andrew S. Tanenbaum ($20 used)
    • Design and Evolution of C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup ($28 used)
    • The Book of Numbers by John Horton Conway ($22 used)
    Used prices are from []
  • USO (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jhines ( 82154 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:25PM (#7725266) Homepage
    I sent my holiday spending money to the USO, who will buy gifts for people that need it more than me.

    Phone cards, and online time are the two big items for them this year
  • by AbbyNormal ( 216235 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:26PM (#7725275) Homepage
    Cmdr Taco for Xmas... []
    Merry Christmas!
  • USB pen drives (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sczimme ( 603413 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:26PM (#7725279)

    These are available in a wide range of sizes and prices. USB 2.0 models are becoming cheaper.

    Yes, most geeks probably have at least one of these already, but the techie on your list would probably appreciate another one.

    As an added bonus, pen drives can be used with just about any operating system, so you can get one for the unwashed heathen ([win32,mac,bsd,linux] user) in the next cube.

    (Just kidding about the unwashed part. The heathen piece still stands, though.)
  • by trentblase ( 717954 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:26PM (#7725283)
    All I want is the parts to build my new robot...

    My female robot...

    This is going to be the be best prom ever!

  • iPod (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Kirk Troll ( 729217 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:27PM (#7725289) Journal
    I'd rather a mp3CD player for $50, ten CD-Rs, and the extra $349 in cash, please.
  • by sprior ( 249994 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:29PM (#7725307) Homepage
    My brother gave me a Symbol CS1504 barcode scanner (a little over $100). Brown box, no app software, not much of a manual, just USB driver and a web site to discuss the unit. I've now written my own Java code to read it and look up UPC barcodes on the web. Haven't figured out exactly what to do with it, but it's small and has got a laser - what more could you want? Kept me entertained working on code for it for months.
  • Hosting (Score:3, Interesting)

    by iamdrscience ( 541136 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:31PM (#7725324) Homepage
    Every geek wants a fast webhost.

    I recently signed up with Serverpronto who offer the in-fucking-credible price of $30/month for a dedicated linux box (Redhat or now Debian as well) . I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not when the prices are so cheap they make you suspicious...

    40GB HD, 200GB transfer from a DEDICATED Athlon 2000+ box with 256MB RAM []

    You have to put $150 down for setup fees though so that kinda sucks.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:31PM (#7725331) a series of successes on these upcoming mars orbital insertions and landings.
  • by tuxette ( 731067 ) * <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:31PM (#7725336) Homepage Journal
    Linux jewelry! []

    For example, the swinging Tux pendant [] is simply adorable! She'll love you forever for it!


  • Early Adopters (Score:5, Informative)

    by slothdog ( 3329 ) * <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:32PM (#7725355) Homepage
    Amazon's Early Adopters [] section has lots of great toys looking for new homes....
  • Digital Rebel Camera (Score:5, Interesting)

    by laird ( 2705 ) < minus math_god> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:33PM (#7725361) Journal
    My vote would go to the Canon Digital Rebel (AKA Canon EOS 300D) camera. There's a review at tml and eos300d.asp?dontcount=1.

    The short version is that for $1000 you can get a quality Digital SLR camera with a very good zoom lens. And you can then use Canon EF lenses for flexibility.

    Compared to other DSLR's it's _way_ less expensive (compare to the previous bargain 10D for $1,500 with no lens), and makes pretty reasonable tradeoffs. It has the same 6 Mpixel sensor, but the camera body is plastic instead of metal, and a few other esoteric controls are missing. So they give you the functionality that any photographer actually uses, for around 1/2 the cost of its closest competition.

    Compared to point-and-shoot digicams, the 300D (1) has a much larger lens, allowing you to shoot in less light/faster speed, and (2) lets you use any Canon EF lens, so you can use super zoom lenses, macro lenses, etc., (3) it gives you manual control over everything, and (4) it auto-focuses and shoots much faster than any point-and-shoot I've tested.
    • by Hiro Antagonist ( 310179 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:07PM (#7725701) Journal
      Yeah, but they crippled the hell out of the camera firmware of the Digital Rebel (no mirror lock, white balance adjustment sucks, almost useless in full-manual mode); it's essentially nothing more than a high-level consumer zoom camera with interchangable lenses, as opposed to a good entry-level professional/prosumer digital SLR like the Canon 10D or Nikon D100. You'd be better off waiting for a drop in 10D prices, or just buying them a used D60.
      • by laird ( 2705 ) < minus math_god> on Monday December 15, 2003 @04:43PM (#7727962) Journal
        If buy the Digital Rebel and find that you really get into photography, you will soon buy lenses, tripds, lights, etc., that will exceed the cost of the camera body in value. Then you can upgrade your camera body to the 10D and sell the used 300D, at no real cost penalty.

        I'll stick with Steve's take: "The first thing we need to point out is that there are now three distinct categories of digital SLR cameras: Amateur, Enthusiast and Professional. Canon's new EOS Digital Rebel (also sold as EOS 300D and EOS Kiss Digital outside of the U.S.) falls into the newly created Amateur dSLR category. At the moment only Canon's Digital Rebel is in this category but we imagine that Nikon and others will follow suit with their own under-$1000 dSLRs in the near future. In the meantime, I feel comfortable in predicting that Canon will sell Digital Rebels as fast as they can make them, it's sure to be the #1 dSLR this holiday season.

        The EOS Digital Rebel is a somewhat de-featured EOS 10D, using a similar (but different) 6.3-megapixel CMOS imager and Canon's DIGIC processor. It lacks features such as the ability to select the metering mode, less control over focus modes, no Custom Settings Menu and no external flash PC connector. The Digital Rebel has a polycarbonate (high-impact plastic) body whereas the 10D has a cast magnesium (metal) body. This is like the car manufacturers that offer deluxe high-powered models and "stripped down" economy models. Both cars get you where you want to go and believe me, the EOS Digital Rebel is as capable of taking a great picture as the 10D. By offering an interchangeable lens SLR camera for under $900 (body only price) Canon opens up the world of advanced digital photography to a much larger base of consumers. If you need the more advanced features of the 10D then you need to spend more money, it's your choice. The Digital Rebel will more than fill the needs of non-professional users who tired of dealing with the limitations of consumer digicams."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:34PM (#7725373)
    How about donations to "geek" charities such as the EFF [] or EPIC []? I'm sure other worthwhile OpenSource projects such as GNOME [] can also use a gift. Donations are environmentally friendly, don't require batteries, never break, and won't clutter your apartment or add more confusion to your life.
  • Wishlist (Score:4, Funny)

    by Walterk ( 124748 ) <dublet@ac[ ]rg ['m.o' in gap]> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:39PM (#7725442) Homepage Journal
    Dear family and friends,

    here is my small and very humble wishlist.

    I do sincerely hope you will show up at the Christmas party with these items. If so required I shall designate certain items to certain people to avoid getting double presents. Those who do not bring a present in my wishlist may not have any of the food, nor will you be invited again next year. I thank you all.

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    • Re:Wishlist (Score:4, Interesting)

      by ngoy ( 551435 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @02:02PM (#7726305)
      At first I thought, "Hey, that isn't that bad of a list" when I read the first item, but then I read the second, and the third, and then decided to price out your wish list for you.

      Canon BG for 300D - $110
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM - $300
      Canon EF35mm 1.4L USM - $1119.95
      Canon EF 35-350mm 3.5-5.6 L USM - $1479.95
      Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - $399.95
      Canon EF 180 mm f/3.5L Macro USM - $1239.95
      Canon TS-E 45 mm f/2.8 - $1074.95
      4GB CF - $1229.95
      SGI Origin 3900 - $2,937,696.00 with 128 processors and 64GB of memory
      Sun Fire 15k - starts at $861,330.00
      Juniper T-Series - between $400,000 and $500,000

      I think I will cook my own Christmas dinner thank you.


  • by Artifex ( 18308 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:39PM (#7725444) Journal
    They have most of it covered, here [].
  • by IWantMoreSpamPlease ( 571972 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:49PM (#7725529) Homepage Journal
    world domination! (and no, I'm not bill gates)
  • lego! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by bandy ( 99800 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:52PM (#7725552) Homepage Journal
    Lego Technic is just the thing, perhaps a MindStorms kit. Use it to make a robotic typist.
  • by Alcimedes ( 398213 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:52PM (#7725554)
    From this [] place.

    My god, it is so amazing. And at only a little over $100k, you know your friends will all have one.

  • BSG (Score:3, Funny)

    by Chanc_Gorkon ( 94133 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:52PM (#7725561)
    Battlestar Galactica Box Set

    Only way it couuld look cooler is if the Cylon head's light actually scanned back and forth.

  • Apple (Score:3, Informative)

    by isa-kuruption ( 317695 ) <> on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:52PM (#7725563) Homepage
    Apple [] has all kinds of keen stuff for holiday gifts. I just bought for myself a 15" G4 Powerbook. Other ideas include an iPod (w/ engraving for that personalized touch), new 20" eMac, or even a DP G5.

    Of course, you may not like Apple stuff, that's too bad, but if you do not, you can try Best Buy or Thinkgeek for some cool stuff.
  • DVDs... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Fulkkari ( 603331 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:55PM (#7725589)

    DVDs are always something you can buy unless you come up with something else. Indiana Jones [] remastered movies could be a good choice for you who haven't got that already. Personally I watch much rather a high quality DVD than som crappy version from the net.

  • by Exocet ( 3998 ) * on Monday December 15, 2003 @12:56PM (#7725599) Homepage Journal
    One of the first DSLR's under $1k that's actually worth buying! It'll take EF (and a new type, EF-S) lenses so finally we photography geeks have a chance to get a sub-$1k DSLR. Except for the Sigma SD9 (with Foveon's X3 sensor), which was Sigma's first digital camera, the 300D is the only other decent camera in this class.

    I've been *really* good this year, I swear.
  • by gregwbrooks ( 512319 ) * <gregb@west-thir d . c om> on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:03PM (#7725663)
    If you can spare $500-300, pick up an old PC, an installer CD for your favorite Linux or BSD distro and a two-port KVM box.

    If your gift recipient is an ubergeek, he/she will appreciate having some test-bed hardware to knock around on; if he/she is new to geekdom, then you've given them a way to explore without trashing their XP box.

  • by EvilTwinSkippy ( 112490 ) <[yoda] [at] []> on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:17PM (#7725828) Homepage Journal

    Peace on Earth

    A personal army of robots to conquer the placeted people with

  • by supabeast! ( 84658 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:18PM (#7725835)
    I made a lot of money in 2003. I used it to buy just about anything I wanted and had time/space for; the same holds true for material desires down the road. Christmas drives me nuts, because it means that my friends and family will be wasting money buying me more stuff that will likely end up in a closet or at the salvation army. My only really memorable gift from xmas 2002 was a Barnes&Noble gift card, and I still haven't had time to read the damned books I bought with it!

    So how about everyone just does me a favor and gives the money away? Following are my favourite charities:

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation []

    The Human Rights Campaign []

    The Sierra Club []

    Amnesty International []

    Greenpeace []

    I'm sure, in fact I know, that I have left a lot of worth organizations out. But seriously, my christmas wish is that people would stop wasting money buying cheap asian trinkets and spend it on something useful. Christmas doesn't have to be a load of crap. Make it worthwhile.

    Unless, of course, you want to get me gift certificates at the Apple store.
  • My shopping list (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ellen Spertus ( 31819 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:23PM (#7725890) Homepage

    I considered a USB coffee cup warmer [] for my husband until I read that it only keeps coffee lukewarm []. I also considered the WFS-1 wifi detector, which is far superior to the Kensington model [], but I nixed that because it doesn't distinguish between open and closed networks [].

    If we were filling stockings for grown-ups, I'd have gotten a bunch of Cyberguy Power Strip Liberators [], which double your outlet access and are only $2.39 each. I have some and love them.

    I was going to get my puzzle-loving brother-in-law a Shmuzzle Puzzle [], but the U.S. rerelease, which had been scheduled for Dec. 3 on QVC [] has been postponed indefinitely []. Canadians can buy them over the counter [].

    Some of the geekier presents I ordered for my nieces and nephews, all of whom are of course brilliant:

    Slightly less geeky gifts:

  • by cribcage ( 205308 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @01:50PM (#7726178) Homepage Journal

    Check out the ultimate guys' company: C.C. Filson []. They've began making outdoor gear during the Gold Rush in 1897, and have continued to produce according to their slogan, "Might as well have the best." Their stuff ain't cheap, and it ain't stylish...but it's tough and it's warm. You can't beat Filson quality.

    I own the Outfitter [] coat, with a moleskin liner. My friends have a lot of fun with the fact that I look like a logger, but damned if it isn't the warmest coat I've ever owned. In a year or two, I'll buy the Double Mackinaw Cruiser [] for a bit of variety. I also own a pair of Filson gloves [], and a hat [] (which gets me more grief than the jacket).

    They also sell a terrific laptop bag []. Paired with a sleevecase from Waterfield Designs [], Filson's bag is the perfect transport and protection for my 12" PowerBook. It's a beautiful thing.

    My Christmas list this year includes a Filson blanket []. Again, the price is high, but it's matched by the quality and the craftsmanship. This is a winter blanket that can be handed down from one generation to the next -- and in my family's case, it will.

    I love Filson, so this is a great opportunity for a plug. Buy their stuff. And order their free catalog. It's the most masculine mail-order catalog you'll find. It's filled with stories like, "Your coat protected me from a bear attack," and, "I was wearing your pants when I fell through the ice, fishing in Alaska, otherwise I'd be dead." Great stuff.


  • by mblase ( 200735 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @02:39PM (#7726681)
    I didn't even know they existed until I saw a few at a hobby shop this past weekend. What could be more distinctive in a geek's cubicle than an assembled 3-D puzzle of Hobbiton, Minas Tirith, or Edoras []?
  • by gurps_npc ( 621217 ) on Monday December 15, 2003 @03:19PM (#7727098) Homepage
    Sure it is expensive. But who wouldn't pay $15,000 to be able to get away from Bif's son? And it comes with power so you can cross water!!!

    Link to Hover "scotter". []

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