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Geek Candy
2008 Holiday Geek Gift Guide
by rob

It’s that time of year again... when geeks show their appreciation for other geeks and buy them something special. Whether you’re getting something for friends, family or that person that you’re always doing some tech support for, there’s a gadget for everyone. Here are eight gifts for your favorite geek (or for yourself!):

Digital Photography
Canon PowerShot G10 Canon PowerShot G10
Professional shots for an amateur price, the PowerShot G10 has an impressive 14.7 megapixel resolution, 5x zoom, face and motion detection, and the latest in imaging with the DIGIC 4 chip. This is for anyone that wants great photos without the cost of a DSLR.
PC Gaming
Hewlett Packard Blackbird 002 BB5140rp Hewlett Packard Blackbird 002 BB5140rp
The very definition of a gaming PC, the Blackbird 002 sports maintenance-free liquid cooling system, tool-free accessibility, and cable-free hard drive installation for easy upgrades.
  • Intel® Core 2 Quad Processor Q9450
  • 4GB DDR2-800 RAM
  • 500GB 7,200RPM Hard Drive
  • LightScribe SuperMulti Slim Slot Drive
  • 15-in-1 Memory Card Reader
  • Dual SLI NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit)
Console Gaming
Guitar Hero World Tour Guitar Hero World Tour
Not only does the latest Guitar Hero add a drummer, a bassist and vocalist, it has a huge playlist of some of the greatest rock tracks ever, and you can create new songs and share them online!

Game only PS3, 360, Wii, PS2
Game and band kit PS3, 360, Wii, PS2

Home Theater
Slingbox PRO-HD Slingbox PRO-HD
The newest in the line of Slingboxes streams high-definition video from your DVR, cable, satellite or DVD to your computer wherever you are in the world via the Internet.
Garmin Nuvi 765T Garmin Nuvi 765T
Never loose your way with Garmin’s Nuvi 765T GPS. The new display shows a driver’s view of the road with 3D navigation and lane assist. Bypass gridlock forever with lifetime traffic alerts without subscription fees.
Logitech Squeezebox Boom Logitech Squeezebox Boom
The Squeezebox Boom is a stand-alone radio that receives music from the Internet. It automatically finds available wireless networks, and since it doesn't need cables, you can put it anywhere.
Notebook PC
Asus Eee PC 1000

Asus Eee PC 1000
Little is big this year. For those people on your list who don’t need a powerhouse, the Eee PC delivers basic computer tasks in a small, ultra-portable package. With a 40GB solid state hard drive (no moving parts), 1GB of memory and 10” display, the Eee PC 1000 can get going right out of the box while weighing less than four pounds.

  • Intel® Atom Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 40GB Solid State Hard Drive
  • Intel UMA
  • 10/100 Network
  • 802.11b/g/n Wireless Network
  • 10" WSVGA Display
  • GNU Linux

Asus Eee PC HandbookBonus Pick:
Asus Eee PC Handbook
Get the most out of an Eee PC with this indispensable guide to the small wonder.

Stocking Stuffer
  When you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your list, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to your favorite computer and electronics store. I'm speaking of Micro Center, of course!

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