Top Techie Toys for the Holidays

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve already put together the list of presents I’d like to receive this year. First of all, I’d like peace on earth, and then maybe an end to world hunger…OK, OK, you got me. What I really want are a bunch of flashy gadgets, gizmos and other things to keep me amused throughout 2006. Santa, if you’re reading this, here’s a list of gifts that will make the holidays EXTRA-happy for me and the tech-centric readers of CertMag.

Xbox 360
These might be hard to come by, actually. Microsoft’s new gaming console has joined the ranks of the Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle-Me Elmo with regards to consumer anticipation for holiday gift-giving. Thousands of people thronged electronics retailers’ parking lots in the days preceding the “Zero Hour” of the Xbox 360’s release. Some of the specs of this product include a custom ATI graphics processor that runs at 500 MHz and three separate core processors that operate at 3.2 GHz apiece, which means it offers four times as many pixels per second as the original Xbox. Other features include wireless controllers and three multi-purpose USB ports.


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Dell XPS M170
Speaking of gaming, one of the best laptops for running video games—or just about any application, really—is the Dell XPS M170. It includes the Pentium M processor, which was developed specifically for mobile usage, and NVIDIA 256MB GeForce Go 7800 GTX and 6800 Ultra graphics cards. These and other features offer a great gaming experience, whether you’re online or on your own. Plus, the thing just looks so sweet.


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Office Space – Special Edition With Flair
This movie should be required viewing for anyone in an IT occupation (or a job in a sit-down chain restaurant, for that matter). Although it was made back in the pre-recession tech-boom days, its incisive depiction of life in a layoff-happy cubicle farm still rings true today. Luckily for us, Fox Home Entertainment recently released a new version of the DVD with additional features—or “flair,” a reference to a sight gag in the movie—such as deleted scenes and an interview with creator Mike Judge.


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