Techie Gift Guide

Before you buy, see our great selection of holiday gift suggestions.

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If you're like us, you've been way too busy in your 24/7/365 job to shop for holiday gifts. You probably don't even have time to search your favorite e-commerce-enabled site for ideas--you're too busy looking for the technical information needed to keep those sites running. Good news: The EarthWeb staff is going to help you out by listing some of the coolest gifts for the technical elite that we've seen this year. They're categorized by price so you can quickly sort out what you need and what's good enough for the boss. And, of course, all these gifts are available online.

Less than $50

OpenDVD T-Shirt
Available from Copyleft

Copyleft's T-Shirt is more than a garmentit's a way of life. The front of the shirt has a big No DVD CCA symbol, and the back sports all the source code to css_descramble.c.

In case you don't have time to work on the OpenDVD project yourself, buying this shirt will still help the forces of freedom: $4 of every purchase is donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Key Chain with Memo Recorder and Light
Available from Brookstone

Isn't it amazing that as soon as you stumble out of the office, your mind becomes uncluttered and you can actually start solving problems? That's where this little digital voice recorder comes in handy. You can record up to 20 seconds of notes, which will be saved even if the batteries run out. Twin LED lights mounted in the unit help you read your favorite tech manual in any lighting situation.

Liquid Light Projector
Available at Yahoo

Deadlines have you stressed? All-nighters making you punchy? Need something to center your Chi? Find an empty office or broom closet, or crawl under your desk and flip on the Liquid Light Projector. Its spinning oil wheel will cast mesmerizing organic patterns on the wall and have you humming old Jefferson Airplane tunes in no time. You can even insert your own 35mm slides for a more personal trip.

This article was originally published on Dec 19, 2000
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