A few people have asked what I want/what they should give to nerds they love for the holidays, so here are a few ideas off the top: a DonorsChoose.org gift card (your recipient will get handwritten thank-you letters from the students it benefits, too); a Fitbit ($99, been loving the charts and insights from mine); 23andme DNA analysis ($400 off holiday discount right now); an Angry Bird (throw in a slingshot for extra fun); The Complete Android Guide (disclosure: Kevin’s my pal but it’s also a really good book); anything cool on Kickstarter or Etsy (like the LunaTik iPod nano watch kit or this awesome MacBook decal); a pro subscription to a great webapp, like LastPass, Netflix, Flickr, Pandora One, TripIt Pro, or Dropbox. Also, the item that will be on every single tech gift guide and wishlist: the Kinect, which makes me forget I’m sweating and flailing at all, and sore in places I didn’t know I had musculature. What are you wanting/buying/recommending for the holidays? Do tell in the comments. Note: nobody paid me to mention anything listed here. It’s all stuff I either own and love or want myself.
A MacBook Air with an 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a year’s worth of Carbonite and Dropbox.
Sometimes, it’s a tough choice between a regular Macbook (white, unibody) and a MacBook Air. The former more than doubles the latter in terms of system resources with a 2″ larger display, additional ports (including Gigabit Ethernet) and optical media drive. The latter is simply one of the most beautiful designs I’ve ever seen and – given I do most of my work while logged into a remote Unix system via SSH 3DES – my client system requirements are miniscule. I hope you and all you love and care for have a safe and happy holiday season. Yours from the ba$h shell, Robert.