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.

Comments on "The Linux Magazine 2007 Holiday Shopping Guide"

wunderwood

Magnetic closures on the pockets… isn’t that bad for credit cards and other stuff…

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bryanjrichard

I’m kind of digging the Skeletool.

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jzb

The Skeletool is definitely at the top of my wishlist.

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bryanjrichard

I’m sorry, but… a Slanket? What would the card say that you included with this gift to someone?

“Because we respect that you’re too lazy to put on a sweater.”

or

“Being bedridden just got a little bit easier.”

or, truthfully,

“It was cheaper than the Skeletool.”

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jzb

“What would the card say that you included with this gift to someone?”

It would say, ‘put this on and stop cranking the heat up, the electric bill is bad enough as it is.’

Seriously, though, they’re awesome. At least, they are if you live somewhere it actually gets cold. Not so useful in Florida.

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bryanjrichard

Are you saying you own one of these wonders of the modern era? Photos? Convince me.

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jasonperlow

I totally want a Skeletool. AND a Slanket.

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bryanjrichard

Now Perlow? This is quickly becoming a movement.

I’m loathe to do it but I am compelled to quote Seinfeld:

JERRY: (to George) Again with the sweat pants?

GEORGE: What? I’m comfortable.

JERRY: You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweat pants? You’re telling the world: “I give up. I can’t compete in normal society. I’m miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.” (George is baffled)

###

And with one slight adjustment,

:1,$s/sweat pants/Slanket/g

You can begin to see where I’m coming from. :-)

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cklammer

Slanket ? That used to be called a poncho ….

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cklammer

> 1,$s/sweat pants/Slanket/g

> You can begin to see where I’m coming from. :-)

Yeah – from vi beginner’s group:

%s/sweat pants/Slanket/g

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jasonperlow

Laugh all you want about the Slanket. They’re all sold out.

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bryanjrichard

@Christian, oddly enough I find it kind of refreshing that I don’t carry all of that vi command line crap in my head any more.

And I do hope that crown doesn’t sit too heavyily on thy brow my (vi) King. :-)

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bryanjrichard

> Laugh all you want about the Slanket. They’re all sold out.

You’re siding with the court of public opinion on this one? That’s a little out of character for you.

I refused to be moved on this one. Perhaps if it came with a Clapper I’d get one.

For my Grandma.

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jasonperlow

It’s really pissing me off that I can’t get a Slanket, at any price point. I’m guessing you cornered the market on them, Bryan.

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grndrush

“…up to 2048×1536 resolution (we don’t know how they got that either…)”

For the mathematically distressed at Yahoo!, 2048 = 2K, and 1536 = 1.5 K (1k = 2^10 = 1024). 2048:1536 = 4:3, i.e., the same aspect ratio as 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1600×1200. Simple enough for the yahoos at Yahoo! NOW???

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