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.
- Lockpick Tool Set - I'm not giving you any suggestions for how this might come in handy.
- 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.
- Daisy MP3 Player Kit - It's Cracked Open before we crack it open!
- Giant penguin - I think this is self-explanatory.
- Star Theater 2 - Creates a home planetarium on your walls and ceiling. BABE MAGNET.
- 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.
- 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.
- Basic Black Tee - It's very slimming.
- 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.
- USB Mini Lava Lamp - It's a lava lamp -- and it plugs into your computer! Awesome.
Okay, it's your turn!
Selena has been at TechRepublic since 2002. She is currently a Senior Editor with a background in technical writing, editing, and research. She edits Data Center, Linux and Open Source, Apple in the Enterprise, The Enterprise Cloud, Web Designer, and IT Security blogs.