The Linux Magazine 2007 Holiday Shopping Guide
The holidays are fast approaching, and that means it's swag time, and this year there's plenty of tech goodies and geekish gifts to put on your list or buy for your friends and family. From inexpensive, but nifty, gadgets to high-dollar top-of-the-line tech, we've got a shopping list that will satisfy the most discriminating shopper.
Your Console Just Got Served
Let’s face it, it’s not really gaming unless you’re pounding on the controller full-force, but those wimpy console controllers aren’t up to the challenge.
The X-Arcade, on the other hand, is a full-sized arcade joystick deck complete with full size trackball and arcade sized pushbuttons. Halo 3 not your speed? Relive the pimply-faced arcade days of your youth with XMame for Linux, or your favorite 3D shooter. USB interface for PC, with XBOX, PlayStation, and Wii adapters available. Depending on which model you choose, you’ll get one or two controllers built onto the base.
If you’re feeling particularly spendy, you can invest in the X-Arcade Machine 3.0, which comes as a full-sized, 7-foot tall, gaming cabinet. It comes with the X-Arcade controller and 190 classic games for your gaming pleasure. Order the cabinet in a hurry if you want it in time for the holidays, though. The cabinet requires three weeks lead time to deliver, and will set you back $2,199 plus shipping.
What your mouse wants to be when it grows up: The X-Arcade controller
Travel In Style
Fitting all your gear into a standard issue suitcase or backpack can be a royal pain, but the TravelPro Wall Street VIP Deluxe is the last one you’ll ever need. Our senior Technology Editor Jason Perlow swears by it, and not at it, which is a sure sign it’s up to the task.
Big enough to accommodate even the biggest 17-inch laptops, but small enough to fit in a jet liner’s overhead compartment, the Wall Streeter (which is made of heavy-duty Duragard ballistic nylon) is lightweight and water resistant, with roller wheels and a pull-out handle for dragging thru the airport. Manufactured by the same company that makes bags for airline attendants and pilots, it has plenty of pocket space for gadgets, cables, power supplies, chargers, and has a folder organizer for your important documents.
The TravelPro has a MSRP of $120, which is well worth it if you do a lot of business travel. Also has room for clothes, which is great for short trips, or a backup set of clothes for when the airline loses your main luggage.