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Poll: Are you giving someone a new computer for the holidays?

The TechRepublic Windows Blog member poll question of the week: Are you gifting someone a new computer for the holidays?

When I was growing up, there was one special gift that I wanted more than anything in the world, a Schwinn Stingray Bicycle. Like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, it was the gift from my childhood that defines Christmas for me to this day. I suspect in 2010, there are many young people pining for a new computer, or possibly a mobile computing device, that could be that special holiday gift.

Helping to produce the TechRepublic Geek Gift Guide for 2010, I saw many of these potential gifts and was astounded by how much computing power one can get for so little these days. Certainly a good number of TechRepublic members must be considering computers as potential gifts for their families.

So, the poll questions this week: Are you buying a computer as a gift, and if you are, what computer are you buying? Do you think a computer can be that "one special gift" like my Stingray muscle bike or Ralphie's "Official Red Ryder 200 shot carbine-action range-model air rifle"?

Editor's note: The grammar police have pursued me endlessly for creating a fun word that made the title of this little blog post stand out, so I have relented and changed it to the "real" word -- giving. The grammar police leech the fun out of writing; I hope they are happy.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

27 comments
Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

You try to be a little clever and have a little fun and the grammar police come and smack you down. Fine, I changed it to the more proper "giving" - now the world is safe again.

potsntrees
potsntrees

I'm not "gifting" anything to anyone. What a horrendous word!!

EricHenry
EricHenry

I will be getting a Win7 netbook for my brother, but I will gladly put Ubuntu on it for him

deICERAY
deICERAY

Food, rent, gas; too damn busy trying to pay for these to even think about gifting laptops for others. The unemployed qualify as a ligament minority now that there are so many out of work, out of support, out of time and out of money and options. Oh, the rest of you - enjoy your new PCs...

ITOdeed
ITOdeed

I gave someone a new laptop last Christmas, ordered it from Toshiba Direct. It arrived from Toshiba Direct at the person's house with a broken keyboard, and Toshiba refused to fix it or replace it. This gift caused me a lot of grief, and I'll never do it again. Buyer beware. Toshiba does not honor its warranty agreement.

jimmeq
jimmeq

I had a technician (me) go over the new laptop for my daughter. Took several hours with all the OS and software updates. I let it "burn-in" for 48 hours. So far, so good. Placed it back in the box all charged and ready to go for Christmas day. Gave myself enough lead time to return it in case there was a problem.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

to spending that kind of money on anyone for Christmas. All it does is reinforce consumerism. Which is a non-sustainable lifestyle.

don.howard
don.howard

My daughter is getting a laptop, but it is really for Christmas, B-day (Feb) and graduation combined.

macduff
macduff

Cant afford to give anybody anything. Im keeping the coal to heat my house even.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

No, and I'm not GIVING anyone a new computer either.

john3347
john3347

According to WordWeb (nobody uses a paper dictionary any more do they?), "gifting" is a form of the verb "gift". The definition is: "Give as a present; make a gift of". Of course "gift" may also be a noun, depending on how it is used. Give these authors a break, they're geeks, they can't use ordinary "common people" language. (smiley goes here)

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

my kid is going to wrap the box and put a bow on it. I was still running a P4 with 512M; it was overdue for an upgrade. Best wishes everyone.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

This is not the one I'm submitting to the Pulitzer committee so how about cutting me some slack.

santeewelding
santeewelding

For the same reason you mention. Having seen you, now, with your mention, I would add my mentions of two more. First, he daren't -- himself -- say, "Christmas". Second, what the hell is, "pinning"? I realize that the piece is a throwaway. Still,.. Merry Christmas, Mark.

Lazarus439
Lazarus439

Someone who reads and writes the language properly!!! (and saved me from raising the same point!)

Proudman
Proudman

A computer is just a tool for me, but it's a very personalized tool. I don't buy anyone clothing either.

Slayer_
Slayer_

The problem is, they were all way way way too expensive. They would love a tablet for browsing the web while in front of the TV and controlling the "TV Computer" from their lap in the tablet.

rclark
rclark

Best tablet on the Market this year. About 3000.00 will buy you the best of both digitizer and multitouch made, in a rugged case that will actually hold up. My daughter is an artist. So she needs the digitizer. But with everyone coming out with tablets soon, I really want to wait. She really needs a laptop, ok, she doesn't need a laptop, just wants one. But I dont feel tha $3000 is really a good price for this functionality when you can get a non touch laptop for 500.00 and an ipad for 800. I'm thinking a regular laptop with a USB digitizer tablet would be better. But boy would I like a J3500 in my stocking.....

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Are you giving someone a computer, which one is it?

syork
syork

what's wrong with traditional english? when did "gift" become a verb?

Scalloway1
Scalloway1

Gifted is used as a verb in British English, going back to the 17th century.

jimmeq
jimmeq

Good writing died with the advent of the Internet.