OK, everybody, it's time for my Xmas wish list. If you still don't know what to get that DBA or gadget buff in your life, then you'll want to see what I've got this year. Some items will be for DBAs only, because this is still a database blog, but most are generic enough for everybody.
I've reviewed every item in here, and these are all items I recommend. They range from the high end to the low end, so every budget should be able to manage something here.
So here they are, in no particular order:
1. ScottEVest Apparel – these are clothes made with technology in mind. They've not only got tons of pockets, but they've got a hidden cord system for your MP3 player or anything else you wear that has cords. Click here to read my review of the hidden cargo pants, ultimate hoodie microfleece, and travel jacket.
2. Bluetooth earpieces are really big this year. There are some new designs, and they're looking pretty good. I had a chance to play with the new Jawbone as well as three BlueAnt devices. Click here to see the review of the Jawbone, as well as the BlueAnt headset and hands-free reviews.
3. You know what else is really big? GPS devices. There really is no substitute for a good GPS. Whether you're going out of town and need to take it with you, or you're in town and just going to a doctor you've never been to before, you can't get around the need for these guys anymore. And they're so cheap these days. The ones I have for you start at just $140. I've got two TomToms and two Magellans. I tried to get some Garmins for you, but I guess they're not doing so well because they didn't seem to be able to afford to send devices. I can't think of many reasons why they'd miss out on a roundup with their two main competitors, though. To tell the truth here, you won't go wrong with any of these devices, but the TomToms were our favorite. Go here for the TomTom review.
4. Nothing says take me to a conference like the slim Casio Exilim EX-Z300. I love this camera. Sorry, I wanted to give you guys more to choose from, but after originally wanting to submit a camera, all of the other vendors backed out at the last minute when they found out I'd be doing durability testing. I don't know if they just can't afford to give a camera away or if they're afraid of the durability test. Anyway, the Exilim is a solid camera that takes excellent pics. Here's the review.