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.