Christmast gifts

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Well Christmas was wonderful this year and as always, there are some great lessons. First the mundane. Some great gifts that aI saw moving through. Some expensive some not, the:
1. Parrot Ar.Drone. This was listed as the top gift in USA Today. And although pricey and not for kids, I have to say it is a pretty remarkable device. it is a four rotor remote control helicopter. You control it with your iPhone or iPad. It has a front facing camera and it really works. Easy to fly and very steady. For the little boy in all of us. And it has an open interface so there are a large variety of control applications and games coming out for it. It can even track objects so you can have a great time following people. It is its own wifi access point so you can fly 150 feet away. Pretty amazing.
2. Big Agnes 3-person tent. The lightest tent made and incredibly well made. Enough said. I just want one for myself.
3. X-Shot The brightest head lamp today. It is 180 lumens (bright as day) and runs on three batteries for hours.
4. $10 Blu-ray disks. Wow the prices have really crashed, now you fang get pretty much first run movies for $10 and with a $200 Blu-ray player (or better yet a PS3 for $300 so you can get games and Netflix too), it is really high quality video for the masses particularly when paired with a decent 42 inch flat screen. Target and Best Buy have some of these really cheap videos now. Or get a PS3 video game that instill amazing but maybe a year old. For instance get Black Ops now instead of MW3 and it is something like half the price. I find the used games to be really good values. Not as thought they really wear out. Gamestop has a good selection of these.
5. Kindle Touch. The user interface is still a bit weird compared with the iPad. But this $99 thing really is convenient. The book downloads really do work super well and there is Wifi everywhere for connection. The Nook actually has a better user interface, but I’m trapped in Kindle content. Might get a Nook anyway because the price is nominal and good to see how everything works. But in the end it will be nice to share content everywhere.
6. iTunes Match. A shameless plug in some ways as it is something where I know the developers. But give a $25 gift iTunes card and suddenly someone can have all of their existing music appear on any iPod, iPad or iPhone that they have. And any computer. Wow, I had not realized how wonderful it is never to have to sync again. Combine that with a good set of Airport Express with existing stereo or an Airplay compatible speaker set and you really have a really cheap and flexible home audio system.

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