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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

High Tech Wish Lists

Now that the holiday shopping season is in full swing (and down to the wire for those celebrating Hanukkah), everybody is issuing their lists of must-have tech gifts. I thought about writing my own, but there are so many excellent ones, I thought it'd make more sense to point to those instead.

Wired, of course, has its list of geeky tools for 2004, ranging from historical artifacts (such as a 1951 UNIVAC 1 tape) to high-tech apparel to cool items under $30. I4U has a similar shopping guide, as does the New York Times' "Circuits" section. In a related vein, C|Net and Yahoo! both have articles offering advice on high-tech holiday gift-giving.

Are you planning to ask Mom and Dad for an iPod, yet fear they won't have any idea what you're talking about? Or has someone asked you for a gadget you've never heard of, and you don't know where to begin looking for it? Creativegood.com has published a PDF guide to help bring the non-technical up to speed.

Finally, if you'd rather give than receive this holiday season, visit WhatGoesAround.org to create a "givelist" that allows others to give to charities in your name. Or, use SecretSanta.org to look up toy drives in your area.

Source: Boing Boing