Maybe your holiday shopping is done — but if you are like the other 95 percent of us, you still need to check off a few more shopping list items before you can relax with a glass of egg nog and watch “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Some of the hardest people to shop for are computer lovers. It seems there is nothing quite “cutting edge” enough to appease their tastes. We’ve taken the time to outline a few unique gifts that are sure to please even the “geekiest” friends and family on Santa’s nice list.
Everyone loves a good gadget, especially computer-philes. The trick is to get them a gadget that will make their life easier and/or make their co-workers jealous. On the practical side, consider a digital notepad. These notepads, like the Solidtek Digi Memo 692 (available at Target and newegg.com), is perfect for students and businesspeople alike. Notes from class/meetings can be stored digitally and transferred to your PC. The notepad also captures drawings, sketches, and flowcharts — anything you choose to write on paper.
For a non-practical gadget choice, consider a USB-controlled foam rocket launcher. That’s right, a rocket launcher that can be controlled from your very own computer. The DreamCheeky USB Launcher (available at dreamcheeky.com) offers this tagline: “Take control of the airspace in and around your cubicle.” If that doesn’t produce smiles on Christmas morning, I don’t know what will.
If there is one thing computer “specialists” love more than computer parts, it’s a good T-shirt. Comfort, quality, and fit are important features to consider, but none is more important than the T-shirt message. T-shirts donning phrases like “Video games ruined my life ... good thing I have two extra lives” and “Never question the programmer’s judgment” are surefire hits (and available at threadless.com).
For the more “refined” computer lover on your list, consider a USB- or binary code-themed necktie. For the ladies, choose a pair of stunning, processor shaped earrings (all available at computergear.com).
Books and Movies
There are only a few things that will pull a computer lover away from his/her computer. A good book or a mediocre movie will both do the trick. Here are a few options to help fill their stockings (all available at amazon.com):
“Quick Bytes: A Computer Lover’s Cookbook.” This book includes quick and easy recipes along with plenty of puns, cartoons, and general computer humor.
“Game Quest” by Leopold McGinnis. This work of fiction takes place in 1994 and follows a family who runs a video game business. A great read for computer lovers.
“Sneakers” (1992) starring Robert Redford. The best part of this movie? The blind computer genius, definitely.
“War Games” (1983) starring Matthew Broderick. Perhaps the first great “hacker” film. This retro classic is sure to be watched over and over again.
The gift of a worry-free computer system
Maybe the best thing you can give the computer genius in your life is the gift of not asking for help in fixing your computer this holiday season. Call Computer Problem Specialists at (928) 468-0000 for a free scan of your computer.
Let us make your computer run at peak efficiency ... let the computer guy or gal in your life enjoy the holidays.
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.