Apparently I am hard to buy for so I decided to take a look at gift ideas and made this list of 3 presents I would like to receive if cost was no problem. The items aren’t the most expensive in the world or overly extravagant but they are things I would actually find a use for and would genuinely be pleased to receive.
The Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi has been mentioned several times in our blog with others who have one or have access to one but so far I do not and I must say I kinda want to get my hands on one. I love the idea and by the looks of the various bits of hardware that have been made for them it is possible to make all manner of cool gadgets using them. With the hardware out there you could, in theory, create a simplified version of the rigs used by gargoyles in the novel Snow Crash.
Portable monitors are getting cheaper for a decent size and this has made them even more tempting for those who work remotely or often have to work whilst they travel. These monitors are about the same size as a laptop except they are thinner. Generally speaking they are easily fitted in to a laptops bag and can be run from the laptops power. Although this will drain the battery fast and is not really viable when on a crowded train, it can be useful if visiting a client or attending a conference as you can take a dual monitor set up with ease, just make sure you are near a power socket.
Router with internal storage
This one is really only something I would like as I have multiple USB hard drives and memory sticks and will sometimes find my self having to search through several of them until I find the one I require. Having a drive attached to the router means that I will have access to all the files I require regardless to which computer I am working on and if I am in a different room with my laptop. This is really a small thing and easily remedied with other means but this is my preferred solution.
Now I will admit this is my own personal opinion of what I would like and find useful whilst others may have their own opinions or have even better ideas. So what would be on your list this year?
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