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Top Ten Geek Wallets 223

twentyxtysix writes, "Productdose.com has a rundown of the the top ten wallets for geeks, including an RFID blocking wallet and a wallet made out of Tyvek designed to look like dot-matrix paper. Its an entertaining read that even includes a DIY illuminating wallet."
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Top Ten Geek Wallets

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    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by svanstrom ( 734343 )
      Why bother making yourself an ugly looking wallet, when you could just use a money clip:

      http://www.superiortitanium.com/ [superiortitanium.com]

      Sure, there's no room for all the rest of the junk you put into a wallet, but, then again, most of it is junk... and as a hardcore geek you've already got too much to carry around in your pockets, so you're better off without one. =)

      What about all the plastic which magically give us money from friendly ATMs and let us into our secret HQ (ie the server room) etc? Well, just put 'em all in y
  • I prefer... (Score:5, Funny)

    by NecroPuppy ( 222648 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @04:36AM (#16302393) Homepage
    My black leather wallet. It pisses off all my vegan friends.

    A nice sort of vengence for them always serving me rabbit food.
    • this is why slimjims easily fit in your pocket.

      (And other beef jerky, or beef jerky like products.)
    • Re:I prefer... (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Don_dumb ( 927108 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @05:15AM (#16302529)
      Just out of curiosity (off topic I know) - Do they really think that cattle would exist unharmed roaming the plains if we hadn't 'created' them over thousands of years of selective breeding? Do they really think that stone age man wore fur clothes because they were too cruel to grow cotton?

      I dont mind selective diets, but I am often amazed at many peoples reasons for doing so, so many people are so naive and uninformed as to the reasons livestock even exist.

      The old joke "If eating meat is cruel then why are animals made of meat?" is more insightful than some people realise.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by Qadesh ( 998988 )
        It doesn't really matter if the particular animals we eat were "created" or exist naturally - they are still living beings. If you think it is cruel to eat them and use them in other ways it doesn't matter why they live in the first place. In fact perhaps it is more cruel to raise an animal simply to kill it.
        • by Kesch ( 943326 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @05:41AM (#16302617)
          What if we were to create an animal that wants to be eaten? I think Douglas Adams had it right.
          • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

            Like humans. Why can't we eat humans? It's a natural resource that we don't use. Instead we take up more natural resources, like land, to keep their rotting bodies in. We could eat them, turn their skin to leather, and use their bounds for other great products. I would like a human skin wallet.
            • One word: Kuru [wikipedia.org].
            • by Ed Avis ( 5917 )
              Why can't we eat humans?
              I've heard that meat-eating animals don't taste good, only herbivores. So the only humans worth eating would be vegetarians.
              • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

                by Zephyros ( 966835 )
                So the only humans worth eating would be vegetarians.

                ...you say that like it's a bad thing.

            • Yeah...you first my friend. Animals that eat meat are anything but delicious. It's kind of like eating fish that live in a stagnant pond. You'll get sick fairly quickly if you eat much of it. That is if you can even manage to swallow the putrid meat.

              Oh you mean lets eat vegetarians? I'm lookin for the BBQ sauce right now!
              • Cows eat other cows and people think that taste great. Cows don't go out and kill other cows, but farmers feed cows meat to fatten them up. Vegetarians wouldn't be good to eat because they don't eat meat. There's no meat to fatten them up. I say stick to humans. Hunting them would be fun as well, but that's a different topic on its own.
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Zaatxe ( 939368 )
          If you think it is cruel to eat them and use them in other ways it doesn't matter why they live in the first place.

          Down with the lions!!! They chase, harass and kill the zebras! And the zebras deserve more than just be used as food.
          Remember kids, we weren't on the top of the food chain all the time! Some few million years ago we used to be eaten by smilodons.
      • Re:I prefer... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Threni ( 635302 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @05:51AM (#16302651)
        > Just out of curiosity (off topic I know) - Do they really think that cattle would exist unharmed
        > roaming the plains if we hadn't 'created' them over thousands of years of selective breeding?

        Americans used to breed slaves. Does using `created` slaves make it ok?

        • That's a very good point.
          I dont intend to disagree, however I dont think it is quite the same, the point here is about killing an animal for food NOT forced labour.
          But to clarify, slaves were not 'created', a slave in America or free man in Africa the human would have existed anyway (perhaps not that exact one DNAwise). American slaves were I believe Homo Sapiens even after a few generations they were still so. We use dogs as slaves so why is that right? Probably because they are a different species, a diff
          • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

            by Threni ( 635302 )
            > We use dogs as slaves so why is that right? Probably because they are a different species, a
            > different order even.

            It's only "right" if you think it is. But you're practicing Speciesism. Be aware that that's what you are doing and question whether or not it's justified under the circumstances of the situation you're focusing on.

            > A species that would not exist if we hadn't bred them to, for sheparding, fighting, companionship
            > etc. over dozens of millenia

            So after a few generations of slaves
            • As I said, slavery and slaughter are different things, I dont personally see the parallel. I was trying to explain why.

              It's only "right" if you think it is. But you're practicing Speciesism. Be aware that that's what you are doing and question whether or not it's justified under the circumstances of the situation you're focusing on.

              Practicing 'speciesism'? I give one, albeit bad, reason for why people may think it is ok for dogs to be enslaved and I am Speciesist? Up until now I did not know such a pheno

        • Yes, they're called robots.... I think car manufacturers use the odd one or two...
        • I think of it as more like using robots instead of slaves.

          But then, I draw a hard line between "humans", which are not appropriate for slave labor or oppression, and "animals", to which moral concepts like slavery and oppression do not apply.

          On the other hand, I think it's important for us humans to treat animals (and robots) humanely, because of the negative effects on us humans, who treat even animals inhumanely.

          Animals are food. Butcher 'em up. Animals are slaves. Put them to work. But in either case,
        • this is moded +5Insightful? Someone is comparing cattle to human slaves and gets a +5Insightful? Cool!

          Seriously though, this is stupid.
      • by Castar ( 67188 )
        If you're serious and you want a real, intelligent look at the ethical foundations of vegetarianism and animal rights, look at the writings of John Stuart Mill and Peter Singer.

        The basic argument is that an action is unethical if it causes suffering, and that many classes of animals can suffer (although generally not as much as humans). Therefore, it's unethical to cause the suffering of animals. Note that this doesn't necessarily preclude eating them or making clothes out of them.

        There's a lot more to it
        • The basic argument is that an action is unethical if it causes suffering, and that many classes of animals can suffer (although generally not as much as humans). Therefore, it's unethical to cause the suffering of animals.

          I entirely agree, but an animal that is on my dinner plate, and forms my wallet, is not (I hope) an animal that suffered.
          My original point was not that animals should be beaten for fun or anything like that, I strongly believe in animals having some rights. My point was that many people

    • by popo ( 107611 )
      Hell yes. Velcro/Nylon wallets are for amateurs.

      Check out www.jfold.com (the Loungemaster) or www.tumi.com (modernist)
  • Nice Touch (Score:3, Funny)

    by tygerstripes ( 832644 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @04:40AM (#16302409)
    The "Rawhide Trifold" is excellent - made from Tyvek, with a Real Leather symbol embossed inside encircled by the words "High Density Polyethylene".

    It's not often a wallet can be funny. Bravo.

  • by neomage86 ( 690331 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @04:43AM (#16302419)
    http://www.gizmag.com/linktous/6247/ [gizmag.com]

    Good timing on the article, btw. i'm looking into getting a new wallet now since my current leather one is starting to get torn up pretty badly.
  • Bad Mother (Score:5, Funny)

    by kermit1221 ( 75994 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @04:46AM (#16302425)
    I'm of the opinion that thinkgeek should carry a wallet that says "Bad Mother Fscker"
  • Airport (Score:3, Insightful)

    by lovebyte ( 81275 ) <lovebyte2000.gmail@com> on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @05:46AM (#16302633) Homepage
    Good luck with your ipod carrying wallet or metal wallet when you go through airport security. You might end up carrying your passport in a transparent plastic bag.
  • by aluminumcube ( 542280 ) <greg@nospaM.elysion.com> on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @05:51AM (#16302653)
    http://www.thejimi.com/wallet/demo.php [thejimi.com]

    I carry a Jimi and people ask me about it all the time.

  • Hows about a wallet that can actually hold more than a couple of coins? If you put coins in your pocket they just make holes and fall out.
    • I don't know what kind of jagged coins your country has, but I've never had problems with coins cutting holes in my pockets. I put coins in there because they don't fit well in a wallet. I had a change bag (no, it wasn't a purse, it was european) at one point. It worked a lot better than putting the change in my pocket or wallet. I misplaced it and never got another one.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Moofie ( 22272 )
        "no, it wasn't a purse, it was european"

        Oh yeah, that totally protected your masculinity. Good job, Hercules.
    • by mrbooze ( 49713 )
      I've used a Taxi Wallet for years. (I prefer keeping my wallet in a front pocket.)

      http://www.magellans.com/store/Games___Gifts___Gif ts_Under__50SV200?Args= [magellans.com]
  • Money clip (Score:3, Informative)

    by Illusion ( 1309 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @06:08AM (#16302705) Homepage
    I've carried the Storus Smart MoneyClip [aperfectwallet.com] for maybe 5 years now, and I'd recommend it to anyone seeking simplicity in a wallet. Its not especially geek-worthy except for being extremely utilitarian, in that it holds cash and 5 credit-card sized items and not much else. All my previous wallets kept collecting receipts, change, etc until they started taking over my pocket. That just isn't possible with this, and I consider that a feature.
    • All my previous wallets kept collecting receipts, change, etc until they started taking over my pocket.

      I had that problem. Instead of buying a new wallet, I beat the old one into submission and said, "Bad Wallet!" until it stopped collecting receipts and change.

  • Geek you say? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by JonasH ( 183422 )
    My favourite:

    An old QIC-80 tape case. It fits a credit card perfectly, protects them well and can hold other stuff also. Only downside is that it doesn't fit your back pocket well, but you can't have it all I suppose.
  • The classic geek wallet. Inexpensive and pratical and comes in a variet of colors (from black to safety orange). It's got velco so it won't flop open if you drop it. It's made of canvas and is machine washable (which is nice to be able to wash it if it starts to get kind of smelly from money and sweat). They are usually under $5 as well, so you have money left to put in your wallet. the canvas wallets tend to last a bit longer than the leather ones, unless you get a really cheap one where the velcro gets al
  • Lame (Score:5, Funny)

    by suv4x4 ( 956391 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @06:32AM (#16302797)
    Dude this is not for a real geeks! Real geeks don't drool at matrix paper-like materials.

    I'm a geek.

    I want a wallet with built in clock, mp3 player, camera, radio and cellphone abilities. (screw iPod! I'm a friggin geek, I have neither OSX nor Windows, I use IRC on a command line and browse in a text browser!)

    I want it to store securely my passwords and info if I identify properly.

    Identification should be done on several levels:

    - iris detectiom fingerprint detection and dna-o-matic instant DNA analyzer.
    - voice detection, and voice recognition so it can understand my password

    If I don't identify properly, it should communicate my location to a sattelite in orbit and it should beam a deadly laser beam right at me.

  • I've got a wallet, but only carry it when I need my driver's license (and associated stuff like auto club card, etc).
    Normally, I carry a single debit card (in a plastic sleeve), plus a credit-card sized leather pouch (i.e. just large enough to hold a few folded bills and some coins). No single point of failure (theft, loss), and minimal volume needed.
  • Fits 2 creditcard, national identificationcard, company key card, company identification card

    nothing else needed.
  • A money clip might be useful. Maybe. It would be a nuscience, but maybe not as much as unfolding the mangled messes that are my money after a few days.

    Right now I just stick bills, coins, and cards into one pocket.

    It's usually fairly easy to simply pull out the cards as one stack, then flip through them as if they were playing cards. None of these wallets, or the more interesting Flash demos people have linked to, have given me a reason to want something to put these cards in other than my pocket.

    And tha
  • Duct Tape (Score:2, Interesting)

    by spx ( 855431 )
    My guy works as the IT Director of a company that makes custom films (plastics). Maybe only I find this geeky.... http://www.ducttapefashion.com/products/prod01.htm [ducttapefashion.com]
  • I do, but thought I was a throwback- most of my friends don't use wallets at all, they just grab their ID, credit card, and maybe a few bills and head out the door.
  • Even now, nothing gets attention like a duct tape wallet. Make sure you build and design it yourself, because every hot checkout clerk is gonna ask you if you built and designed it yourself. Good times!
  • by kpharmer ( 452893 ) on Wednesday October 04, 2006 @08:38AM (#16303505)
    All these gadgets are fine, until my wife throws the pants & wallet together into the wash.

    note, in case my wife reads this: not complaining that someone else in the house does my wash, just need to not waste money on a wallet that can't survive the handling.

    I'm thinking about neoprene
    • One of the Tyvek wallets would be better than Neoprene. Neoprene tears easily and would wear out in no time, especially at the thickness you would want for a wallet. Regular old leather works good too assuming it has good stitching.

      I have lost many things more important than a wallet though (cell phone, watch, etc.). My solution is just to never wash my pants.
  • A co-worker showed me his new wallet, and I'm envious. Room for nothing but several credit cards, stylish leather, folds up tiny.

    So, if we live in the digital age, why do we need to carry money made of paper, and coins made of metal? I don't, and oddly feel freer for it. My old stupid wallet (a true geek hangs onto them until they rot), is mostly cow leather, with very little actual content. Stupid, stupid, stupid...

    So, for an article posted to /., why didn't they show any wallets not designed to hold c
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Howserx ( 955320 )
      I carry cash (when I have any) because I don't want the banks and other spying agencies to know where and when I spend my money. All they need to know is that at Date X I withdrew Y dollars. I know that all I buy is groceries and the occasional fast food meal so it's nothing worth hiding, but It's the point that counts. if the marketers that the banks sell my info to get no data then the smugness I feel warms me better then any furnace.
      • by Khyber ( 864651 )
        You know, you could always rig up a little site, like a Lawyer in Florida did, and have the legal ability to bill anyone for the use of your personal information. It's one of the greatest legal schemes ever devised, and it's been proven legally binding if you have a terms of use policy posted right underneath your personal info. $500 bucks everytime some company you've never dealt with sends you email, or calls you, or snail-mails you something? Shit, what better way is there to get paid?
      • Agreed. However, digital cash seems like the solution for the Digital Age. Doesn't it seem funny to anyone else that we still carry money made out of linen? No digitally secure signature, nothing I can e-mail or beam, nothing but ink and plants.
        • That would require the government coming up with a truly secure system for handling transactions digitally. Our stupid government can't even settle on a secure, verifiable, and trustworthy electronic voting system; what makes you think they could handle a transaction system? Sure, Mastercard and Visa have been doing it for years, but they charge a hefty fee for the privelege; cash costs nothing to handle.
    • Do you never go to places that only accept cash? There are still a few of them, you know.

      Also, many, many people operate cash businesses: they're paid in cash, and they spend their money in cash. This makes it rather easy to "forget" to report all your income for the year to the IRS. I'm not defending this practice, but it is a big part of our economy (it's the way most tradespeople work--plumbers, roofers, etc.), and they're certainly not going to start carrying a minimalist wallet with no cash and a fe
  • I loathe wallets, they are bloody huge, and they tend to get fatter and fatter as their life goes on. Now, I have always hated the massive size of your average wallet as I do not like to carry around anything too bulky. Keys, cash and cards, and phone (a truely small one).

    So, my geek wallet? A hair tie, I wear my hair pulled back most days, when the hair ties get strentched out, assuming they don't break first, they get promoted to wallet status. A roll of cash, and credit cards wrapped with a hair tie make
  • How topical! I recently went through the whole "What to do about my Constanza wallet" issue. I think the best way to deal with it is to get something you CAN'T stuff to the hilt.

    http://koyono.com/products/view_slimmy/description .html [koyono.com]

    Any true geek who understands tight code should understand that slim is good! FAT bad!
  • My brother would get a new wallet ever month from his wife. Turns out her BC pills came in a tyvek pouch the same size as credit cards.
  • Sorry folks, but when I buy a wallet I'm looking for three things: durable, functional and THIN. I sit on my wallet all day long, and I don't want to develop a permanant list to port from sitting on a thick wedge of garbage all day long. I also want something that can stand up to years of abuse, and organizes the contents well. No flash, no glitz, no style points.

    My current wallet (which I've had for nearly ten years) is made of "eelskin" (if memory serves, that's a nice marketing moniker for hagfish h

    • by boarder ( 41071 )
      You might want to try the All-Ett wallet. It's ultra-thin and can hold assloads of stuff. It's also very durable. I used the same wallet from them for 5 years (and still have it in my briefcase just in case I ever need to carry more stuff). When I say ultra-thin, I mean that even with literally 128 credit cards/IDs AND 20 business cards it is only 1/2" thick.

      If you don't have 80 things shoved in your wallet, you might also like the stuff from Freitag. They aren't as thin, but they look cool and are dur
  • Hey -- how about mine [umbra.com] After all, most of what we keep in the fool things is plastic, so why not have a wallet that is optimized for cards?
  • IMHO the geekiest wallet is what I carry; no wallet at all.
    I ride my bike to work, so I don't need ID. I carry my lunch and do all my shopping online so I don't need money or a credit card. Every couple of weeks I go to a store for one thing or another, and then I have to remember to take an ATM card with me but that's it.
  • I have a bi-fold wallet made of Carbon Fiber that I bought at a Formula One race. It is still kind of stiff 5 years later, but looks brand new. Most people don't notice it, but when they do I get "nice wallet".
  • I want a wallet that looks like a tiny mattress. It will come in handy when the banks collapse and people start hiding their money in mattresses again--my money will already be in the mattress!
  • I don't know about you all but as far as I'm concerned there's only one place to look: http://www.jfold.com/ [jfold.com]
  • How about some geek purses?

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