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    Best Geek Gifts


    by Erik Eckel ·

    What are the best gifts for technology enthusiasts this year? Here’s my take on the five items that should be on each techie’s wish list:

    1. Apple PowerBook.
    2. 30GB iPod.
    3. Das Keyboard.
    4. Ambient Orb.
    5. Fisher Original AG7 Space Pen.

    What’s your top five list look like?

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    • #3131914

      Different Take

      by jdgretz ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      1. Canon 1Ds Mark II w/EF 17-44 USM and EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lenses

      2. Epson Stylus Pro 9800 Professional Edition printer

      3. Prepaid T-1 service

      4. MSA MILLENNIUM 12-String Steel Guitar

      5. XM Portable Radio


      • #3123644

        How about?

        by rstillman ·

        In reply to Different Take

        A Las Vegas Wedding, a mexican divorce, or…… a babys arm holding a bottle

        • #3121268

          Classic Tubes!

          by donsmau ·

          In reply to How about?

          You’re showing your age.

      • #3114006

        Gift Card

        by gsg ·

        In reply to Different Take

        When I ask for stuff, I get the blank deer-in-the-headlights look, then on Christmas morning, I get everything but what I asked for. This year, after listing my wants, I ended with, “You know… forget it, just get me gift cards to “. The relief in their faces tells me that I’ll probably get my gift cards.

        • #3128104

          Das Keyboard

          by nodnarb ·

          In reply to Gift Card

          Das Keyboard has to be the worst gift idea of the season. Really, you are paying $80 for an old IBM keyboard from the late 80s to early 90s that someone spray painted black. Whoever sells these just made a nice looking website and wrote some jargon to make them look cool. Go find one of these old keyboards lying in some closet somewhere and take a closer look. They are almost exactly the same. I have two that I’ll paint and sell you for $50 each. A real bargain! 😉

        • #3121433


          by innocent_bystander ·

          In reply to Das Keyboard


          I’m just starting to search for the ideal keyboard. We’ve got two MS bluetooth high-end keyboards and keys are starting to stick on both.

          I’m looking for the best feel, and it doesn’t have to be wireless. I don’t want to get an ergonomic keyboard because I don’t want to lose my standard keyboard chops.

          Also, anyone know if the new home/end/delete/page-up/page-down configuration is going to be the new standard?


        • #3121336

          RE: Recommendations

          by Erik Eckel ·

          In reply to Recommendations?

          I don’t know about the new standard (that’s a good question), but I purchased a matching Logitech keyboard mouse combo (MX 3000 Laser) earlier this year, and I’ve been very happy with it.

      • #3126763

        oh yeah XM!!!

        by geekchic ·

        In reply to Different Take

        I LOVE my XM radio!!!

    • #3131908


      by maecuff ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      For the male geeks in my department, I bought a little gun that shoots ninjas over cubible walls, a travel mug that says “no, I will not fix your computer” and an airzooka (which is the coolest toy EVER). For my geek son, I bought a hoodie that has what looks like a college emblem with the letters STFU on the front. And the female geeks in my department are getting knock off purses from Chinatown.

      • #3126840

        Why reinforce stereotypes?

        by ahm ·

        In reply to Well..

        Well, as a female geek, I’d MUCH rather have the travel mug or the ninja gun. I hate carrying a purse to begin with, and a purse is normally a personal selection. Sorry – go for the unisex gifts!

        • #3128133

          I hear you..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Why reinforce stereotypes?

          But I’ve worked with these people for a long time, we’re a close knit group. I’m pretty sure I’ve chosen wisely..

        • #3126586

          Condoms, thats a good idea

          by oz_media ·

          In reply to Why reinforce stereotypes?

          I think I’ll buy the girls in admin, boxes of condoms. Girls and guys can both enjoy them, both need them and should always use them, and you never know the hint just may work out well for me too.

        • #3126584

          But if we’re going to stick with stereotypes..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Condoms, thats a good idea

          Wouldn’t a gift of condoms be a little mean? What would they use them for? Makeshift pocket protectors? You’d have to forgo the lubricated ones, they’d just ruin their shirts..

      • #3127892

        ninja guns?!?

        by jamjar_42 ·

        In reply to Well..

        A little gun that shoots ninjas over cubicle walls? What a great idea!! Id be grateful if you’d tell me where i can get one of those, i can picture the fun now!

        • #3127891

          by myndkrime ·

          In reply to ninja guns?!?

          Check….They have it listed on their site.

        • #3128130

          That’s it..

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to

        • #3128126

          Love that site

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to

          And it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the heading for this discussion even before opening it.

          I ALWAYS get stuff from there, for gifts and otherwise.

          My boys LOVE the shirts I have gotten them from there for Christmas last year. (killer coding ninja monkeys, and the “halfling and a dragaon”)

        • #3128124

          My son

          by maecuff ·

          In reply to Love that site

          Bought the little magnet men with the bendy arms and legs for me for my birthday last year. They’ve been a big hit with everyone. I can’t tell you how many times I get in my office and find that someone has arranged them in some sort of obscene position.

        • #3129633

          That and TR

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to

          are the only two sites I live by …. Oh and I need to check my email to be able to breathe too 😀

          A question, though, I am in the UK.Is there a UK site for this stuff?? As you might have guessed, I dont like the customs part 🙂


        • #3129522

          Silly girl

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to That and TR

          the only thing they have in the UK is rain and beer. Hope your getting more of the second than the first! :p

        • #3129509


          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to Silly girl


          They have ME too!!!



        • #3126764


          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Ahem!

          I wasn’t aware that so many “HAD” you? :O

          Oh my goodness……

        • #3126737


          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to Ahem!

          because after that remark, he [b] will [/b] be dead when I get my hands on him.

          I’ll tear him limb from limb; I’ll hang, draw and quarter him; I’ll rip him to shreds….


          Hang on.

          He’s bigger than me.

          Ok – I’ll bring myself to my full height and head butt you in the kneecaps…or other associated areas….

          You’re dead jd. I have decreed this.



        • #3126730

          Was I not

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Ahem!

          suppose to read directly into what you typed? ?:|

          At least when you said they “have ” you, you didn’t include “repeatedly” or “frequently”? :O

          Are you going to TRY to tell me that I took this wrong? I have re-read this multiple times, and no matter how many times I do, I feel the need to go to the bathroom and then take a nap? ]:)

          😡 😡 😡 😡 😡

        • #3129485

          You forget …

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to Silly girl

          We have Harry Potter too ….

          There never was a more wonderful tool to shut the kids up …


        • #3129463

          Aaargh! us_g!

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to You forget …

          rephrase that one – quick!

          don’t put phrases like “wonderful tool” into discussions involving JD, it get’s him over excited!



        • #3126793

          That explains …

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to You forget …

          why he is so busy that he isnt able to type :^O

          To jd : jd, it isnt a “wonderful tool”…It is “pretty hard” to shut the kids up without it :p


        • #3126750

          I can’t think of anything better

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to You forget …

          than to watch the two of you with this “wonderful tool”! ]:) Oh that is a visual! WOO WOO! A [b]HARD[/b] wonderful tool too! Better yet!

          Oh my, oh my.

          (Has Mambo run from the room yet? :8} )

        • #3126745

          The last I heard ..

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to You forget …

          he is blushing in a corner somewhere …

          We are on the lookout … People, Mambo is a species which is found underneath a red glow .. Kindly keep your eyes open …

          Whoever finds Mambo (also goes by the name of ‘Lamkin’) will be rewarded “wonderfully”


        • #3126334


          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to You forget …

          blushed, beamed, beaconed and gone!



        • #3124720

          Yeah, but ….

          by too old for it ·

          In reply to You forget …

          … I finally figured out the tepid beer:

          Lucas refrigeration.

      • #3126585

        Just one letter away

        by jamesrl ·

        In reply to Well..

        The former Prime Minister of Canada went to St. Francis Xaxier University or ST.FX U.


    • #3131899

      Plethora of stuff

      by gralfus ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      I like the stuff they have at Edmund Scientific:
      way too much to list here.

      Another great site full of gadgets and really cool science experiments (for the Mr. Wizard crowd):


      I did the pop-can crushing experiment at home. It is a really impressive demonstration of atmospheric pressure.

      And for the retro real Mr. Wizard, go to

      For geeks being harassed by aliens:
      Since I’ve worn mine, I haven’t been harassed by aliens, so it must work.

      • #3130812

        I can’t thank you enough since

        by puppybreath ·

        In reply to Plethora of stuff

        I saw your post regarding the helmets to stop alien abductions. I made mine immediately and I don’t hear the voices any more. I’m free! I’m free! Thanks so much for setting me free!

    • #3117281

      Zero Blaster

      by hillwalker ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      I’ve been dropping hints for a Zero Blaster smoke ring shooter for months!

    • #3122411

      for geek gifts, check out ComputerGear

      by daveslash ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Personally, for geek-oriented gifts, I like:

      (That’s where I acquired my “Will Code For Food” t-shirt.)

    • #3122403

      My choices

      by alangeek ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      1. After reading lots of poor reviews, I’m leery of buying one, but if someone were to give me a ColdHeat soldering device, I’d like to try it out. I suspect that it has limited uses, but for certain things it should work well, provided the user understands how it works and how to use it.

      2. A QX5 microscope to replace the QX3 I have.

      3. Any of the brainteaser puzzles at Bits & Pieces, especially the metal ones.

    • #3126859

      Maybe for Easter

      by stomfi9 ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Four PS3s and a Tux robot with attitude

    • #3126802

      Better Geek Gifts

      by binarypc ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Ok, I can go with the Apple PowerBook, but here’s a few more I would add to my list.

      1. Acer Ferrari 4000
      2. Palm TX or Life Drive
      3. 1GB SD/USB Card
      4. 36″ LCD TV (w/ Media Center PC)
      5. 30GB iPod – Video
      6. USB Aquarium
      7. Oh yeah… Fantastic Four DVD 😉

    • #3128210

      My wish list

      by lori ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      1. iRobot Roomba Discovery
      2. iTech Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard
      3. 5.6″ LCD Digital Photo Frame
      4. More x10 light switches and cameras

    • #3128119

      Looking for MP3 players

      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Anyone know of a decent MP3 player, with at least 256M that isn’t overly expensive?

      As I have twins, I will have to buy TWO of them, so an Ipod is NOT what I am looking for.


    • #3129740

      My List

      by bfilmfan ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Being a movie fan, I think these are the coolest geek gifts for the holidays:

      The Lament Configuration replica (And I mean this is cool, plus it would be fun to leave in your office and then ask the person that visits and picks it up and plays with it do they know there will be Hell to pay…)

      12″ Leatherface doll!

      He Who Kills! (I mean EVERYONE that EVER saw Trilogy of Terror HAS to have this one!)

      And if you have have about $637,000 dollars (US) that you simply MUST use, might I recommend the ULTIMATE GEEK GIFT, The MACH 5!!!

      Also available, the Shooting Star, Racer X’s ride:

      Note if you get the Mach 5, every femme fatale geekette on TR, is gonna wanna go out to dinner….

      • #3129502

        cool just doesn’t even start…

        by jdclyde ·

        In reply to My List

        to describe.

        The Lament Configuration is so sweet! Just can’t see $125 for a non-working puzzle to he11? Someday!

        only 100 mach 5’s. Wonder what they will go for?

        did you see the new Monty Pyton box set is out?

    • #3129524


      by jdclyde ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Give them a nice polo (BLACK) with the Tech Republic logo on it or a nice Tech Republic coffee mug.

      Oops! I forgot. They won’t sell us that stuff! :O

      • #3129508


        by gadgetgirl ·

        In reply to THE BEST GEEK GIFTS

        and I was just going to ask you to get me one for Xmas, too!



        • #3126769

          Ah my dearest

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Dammit!

          that isn’t what Santa has planned for his naughty girl this year….. ]:) 😡

          But that does seem like a good idea. I wonder why no one has EVER asked them before about a TR shop? (cough cough) I KNOW LOTS of people that would dig this, (including me) but nooooooo. I think Erik is just keeping all of the goodies for himself!

        • #3126743

          I hope Santa got my wish-list…..

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to Ah my dearest

          Black Silk teddy
          Midnite blue basque with suspenders and matching thong
          Balconesque bra (no, I’m not putting the size on here!)
          Red and black crotchless nix
          Matching peephole bra
          Love cuffs
          Love balls
          Nurses outfit
          Chambermaids outfit

          well, if DM WAS here, he’s sure to have gone now!

          So the other item was a Rampant Rabbit, but I had to wait till he left, first, I didn’t want him doing his beacon impression again….



        • #3126735


          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to I hope Santa got my wish-list…..

          Did I mention “country girls” favorite Halloween costume is a french maid? ;\ Her mom doesn’t like it though. “It is too short!”

          Sounds good to me!

          And GG, I expect you to try each and every one of your presents on in front of that hidden web cam I installed in your bedroom! ]:)

        • #3126330

          well, what about….

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to :x

          my little school uniform? I think you’d like that. Now, where did you say the camera was? I’ve forgotten which post of the four poster bed you said you’d install it on……

          Don’t think the nuns outfit would do that much for you, (it’s not habit forming! haha!) even though there’s nothing worn underneath, it does tend to take a long time to remove…..especially the wimple…..

          😀 😡


        • #3126659


          by bfilmfan ·

          In reply to I hope Santa got my wish-list…..

          You ladies really scare me at times….

        • #3126262

          RE: Ah my dearest

          by Erik Eckel ·

          In reply to Ah my dearest

          Erik’s not holding out… TechRepublic items have become scarce.

          You may be in luck, though. I’m hearing rumor the “biggest TechRepublic tchotchke giveaway ever” (US only due to legal issues) is imminent.

        • #3126230

          Not sure how to take that

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to RE: Ah my dearest

          I can deal with the idea of a giveaway, but the part of you calling me dearest has me kind of creeped out… :^O

          Oh, and I wasn’t looking for “givaways” but a store to purchase goodies. serious about that shirt Idea!

          Thanks for the update!

        • #3126172

          Not fair Not fair ….

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to RE: Ah my dearest

          I am going to be very corny and stomp my feet Erik …You have been warned

          You need to ship those goods outside US too … how about having a shop where we can buy stuff and pay for postage and duty …


        • #3130015

          Erik! I protest!

          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to RE: Ah my dearest

          (oh, and us_g – seconded!)

          you’re keeping us Brits out again! Not to mention your favourite Aussie (Col) and his mates.

          This is just toooooo much.

          All you Yanks get the goodies….I bet you even have a back door so the Canucks can get their goodies, too.



          For that, Erik, your Christmas card is NOT in the post.

          Unless, of course, you explain your legal issues to me, at once, immediately, if not sooner.

          (and don’t try to pull the wool – legal issues are a part of my daily life in here!)

          “I await your prompt reply” !!


        • #3129932

          You ladies are just jealous

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to Erik! I protest!

          that he called ME dearest and not you! :p

          Yanks get the goodies because we DESERVE them! Ask OZ! :^O

          And OZ is also a BIG fan of that back door….. (at least that is what I got out of his last exchange with MARK) 😀

        • #3129914


          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to You ladies are just jealous

          but not because he called you dearest (I’d really be worrying now if I were you!) but because yet again, the Pond is the “catch net” of “legal issues”

          I wonder what percentage of TR-ers are NOT from the US??

          It’s not really fair if 100% of your goodies are only able to be sent to 50% of your members!

          (sorry there were so many DE’s in there….it’s been one of those dodgy days!)

          I’d heard about Oz…..there are a few very worried people out there now….especially Mark!!



        • #3129889

          RE: Erik! I protest!

          by Erik Eckel ·

          In reply to Erik! I protest!

          The TR staff would go to jail if we violated international sweepstakes laws! Then we’d have to draft our content from prison cells. There’d be no more fresh fruit!

        • #3129881


          by gadgetgirl ·

          In reply to RE: Erik! I protest!

          So that’s your weak and feeble excuse, is it?

          So, how about setting up a TR office over here, then? Then you could do a UK sweepstake, without violating any laws…and if you did, we DO have fresh fruit in our prisons!

          Hmm. I was thinking of looking for a new job in the new year anyway….. :p

          oh, the things you have to do to get a TR freebie in this world…..



          (thanks for trying, anyway!)

        • #3129855

          Well …

          by stargazerr ·

          In reply to RE: Erik! I protest!

          Then like GG says…set up an office in the UK ..

          I am already fuming about thinkgeek not having an office in the UK …


        • #3124826


          by jaqui ·

          In reply to RE: Erik! I protest!

          the treaties between Canada and the us would let us Canucks be eligible!!

        • #3124681

          Doesn’t work like that Jaqui

          by jdclyde ·

          In reply to RE: Erik! I protest!

          I am pretty sure I read somewhere that you aren’t suppose to dilute the chances of Americans recieving free goodies for any reason whether it is legal or not!

          But don’t worry, I will send you a nice pic of me with my pile of loot! 😀

    • #3126597

      Only a few things on my family list this year

      by attackcomputerwhiz ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      I want a 60″ LCD HDTV with a VGA monitor input with the highest resolution I can get.

      My daughter wants the hoodie she saw in the “bullseye” store that has built-in headphones and a pocket to put her MP3 player. She also wants me to upgrade her PC again. I may just build her a new one and take the current one to refit as a media PC.

      (For the person asking about MP3 players, depending on how young the kids are, get a CD player that plays MP3s and WMAs and offer to convert all their regular CDs so they can have all their music on one CD. Works just fine for a 7- or 8-year old whose parents really might not want to spend all their time syncing Disney songs.)

    • #3126539

      I am a GEEK but there are other things

      by zlitocook ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      Like a 24 volt cordless drill I want and the compleat set of SG1 Atlantis, wait the second could be considered geeky.
      Ok heres the list
      1. 300 gig sata drive
      2. light scribe cd/dvd burner (it burns your label on the media)
      3. the new 40 gig ipod with the iboom box.
      4. 2.4 ghz wireless with night vision (portable, you can hide it in a button ect.)
      5. any thing that still lets my get my music and files for free.

    • #3135326

      My Dream

      by mrizvandi ·

      In reply to Best Geek Gifts

      My dream is 30GB iPod
      Oh my favorites

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