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Highly superior gifts for the Linux geek


Ah, the crassness of the commercialized holiday season is upon us, and I could curl my lip and refuse to participate, but no! Instead, I have scoured the Internet for holiday gifts that are geeky with an open source, stick-it-to-the-man slant. Now these are just my random, probably unsuitable selections, but you feel free to add your own ideas.

  1. Lockpick Tool Set - I'm not giving you any suggestions for how this might come in handy.
  2. Ubuntu with Support - If you're a true believer, and money is no object, you not only can give a copy of Ubuntu to friends or family, but spring $250 for a year's desktop support to completely win them over.
  3. Daisy MP3 Player Kit - It's Cracked Open before we crack it open!
  4. Giant penguin - I think this is self-explanatory.
  5. Star Theater 2 - Creates a home planetarium on your walls and ceiling. BABE MAGNET.
  6. Storm Hawk - PDA-based real-time weather forecasting and monitoring system that delivers weather info for your surrounding (250 miles) area. Expensive, but very handy -- it could even be a lifesaver -- and super-geeky.
  7. The Design of Future Things - Donald A. Norman, a Computer Science prof at Northwestern University has written this new book about what's wrong with the design of emerging products like "smart" cars.
  8. Basic Black Tee - It's very slimming.
  9. Screaming Monkey Slingshot - I like the looks of this little guy. It makes annoying sounds and is capable of flinging random objects at The Man...or maybe just your coworkers.
  10. USB Mini Lava Lamp - It's a lava lamp -- and it plugs into your computer! Awesome.

Okay, it's your turn!

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10 comments
seanferd
seanferd

I love the product description for this one. It is a gift all by itself. Thank you Selena and Jack. :^0

karen
karen

Just get me a big old gift card for newegg or emperorlinux. Mmmmm...happiness!

Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

I got issues okay, LOL! I think it would be great generating a cell phone dead zone in my apartment complex to keep people from walking back in forth of my apartment talking on their cell phones at night. The bullhorn would be a great gift to annoy my amorous exihibitionists neighbors who love letting the world know when their DOING IT!! Other than that I'm covered until the ROBOT INVASION in which I'll need several EMP bombs, a Maser rifle, clean underwear, rubber bands, and a pocket knife for those Macguyver situations. Oh, and some water and cookies.

jlwallen
jlwallen

i know it sounds crazy but an old Mac or something is always cool to toy around with. also: cases for devices (such as iphone cases or crackberry cases) thumbdrives blank CDs robots miniature RC helicopters that fight geek tees anything star trek subscription to wired magazine manga anime mountain dew (cases and cases) video games

seanferd
seanferd

Maser rifle. "If they try to take off, give 'em an a$$ full of maser."

brian.mills
brian.mills

No Mountain Dew for me, thanks. Bawls Guarana is much better. Otherwise it's a pretty decent list. As for my list, I just say visit ThinkGeek to find pretty much anything a geek would love.

doctordawg
doctordawg

If your wife/girlfriend is a geek - OhMiBod. Google it. 'Nuf said.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

"do a good job with this server and I'll buy you one of these for every day of the week" followed by a link to the wifi detector shirt. :D

brian.mills
brian.mills

My wife would smack me around if I got her that. But that's mainly because of the price tag, not the functionality... ;)