I take breaks to get all apocalyptic about Tuesday, but mostly I’ve been shopping online as research for a Leisure Times article. Tomorrow I’ll leave the house to see what’s actually trickled down to the Third World. This is Deshan’s assignment:
re xmas tech gift article,can you structure so that giftys considered fall into the following price brackets – below Rs. 5,000, 5k-10k, 10k-15k, 15k and above? also, can you send me a list of things you’ll be considering? word limit per thing is approx 150. deadline 4nov. doable?
1 – 5,000 Rupees
This is a good San Cruzer 128MB Flash Disk that retails for about 2,500 Rs. Everybody should own one. The floppy is fast becoming antique – the napkin of data storage. If you want to be sure that your presentation will exist when you reach the office – and if you want to present something bigger than a text file – you need a Flash Drive. It plugs into the standard USB port and it can store a hundred or so of your files.
This isn’t the hottest or newest MP3 Player, it’s just the one that looks the least like a suppository. The Hyundai HY-206 has an average feature-set, but it looks good, like a pocketwatch. Deshan was wondering if tech gifts might appeal to girls, and this might. Girls like music and girls like pretty. FancyLogic has it for 7,500 – plus 1,500 shipping, so I think it squeaks in. I’m contacting them to see if they ship to SL, but these are just pre-leaving-the-house notes anyways.
For Poindexter this ugly Mini-Disc with built in voice recorder might be nice. I used my old minidisc to record lectures a few years ago and it was A-OK.
WiFi (or as it’s known in Sri Lanka – What?)
Airport Express is Apple’s WiFi router. I know it’s pointless to explain here, but for Sri Lanka, WiFi is wireless Internet. If you have a laptop or PC with a wireless card (as 95% of new laptops do) you can pick up Internet as easily as a cell phone picks up calls. Given, of course, a WiFi Router. Apple’s is the iPod of the WiFi routers – sexy and effective.
Something more appropriate to the SL market is the homely but functional WiFlyer . The Airport is great if you have broadband, but nobody here does. The WiFlyer plugs into Dial-Up as well, so it can bridge any connection to a bunch of laptops. Meaning you can sit on the couch or the toilet and check your email. Actually I can’t think of anybody who’d be excited to get a router for Christmas except me so I think I’ll drop this section altogether.
This is the Sony-Ericsson Z200. It’s not a camera, it’s not a Nintendo, and it’s not a computer. It doesn’t make video calls or butter toast. The Z200 makes phone calls. It stores your appointments. It looks good.
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Holy of Holies
This is the new Sony handheld – the PSP. They got Gran Turismo 4 on the portable and I’m still playing Gran Turismo 1 on the original Playstation. So it’s hot. If this thing was popular in SL my cousin Eran wouldn’t love me anymore, but neither Sri Lanka or America will have the PSP this season. Of course, you can always talk to your Japan connect: PlayAsia or Lik-Sang . You should really pre-order, and by pre-order I mean 10 days ago. It’s actually pretty cheap – 20,000 Rs or 27,000 Rs with games loaded.
Yes. Get your daughter an iPod. You bore me.