Buying for a geek? Stumped? Try this list of virtual gifts you can buy right up to the last seconds of the buying season!
- Flickr Pro US$25
- Flickr is one of the most commonly held photo sites and the subscription just keeps coming around
- eMusic Gift Subscriptions range from US$30/3 mths to US$96/12 mths
- eMusic offers 30 downloads of high quality DRM-free MP3s per month. Instant winner. Will play in any MP3 player, iPod, computer or just about anything else your geek has that makes noises.
- SimpleSavings AU$47/yr
- Site full of tips for reducing your daily expenditure – just tell them it is about hacking your finances and they’ll love it
Backups – even the geek is not immune to computer disasters, and everyone can use a little extra help in the backup department. Here are some choice services :
- Jungle Disk – US$20 – Mac, Linux, Windows
- Carbonite – US$49.95/yr – Windows only
- Mozy – US$4.95/mth – Mac, Windows
- BackJack – US$17.50/mth – Gold Standard for Mac
- WordPress.com Custom Domain – US$10/yr
- For the blogger of a WordPress.com blog – give them the ability to apply their own domain name to the blog
- World of Warcraft subscription card
- This one you will have to buy in the Real World – a scary place for the W0W geek to go, so brave the world on their behalf.
- GoToMyPC – 11.99 pounds/mth – Windows
- For emergency use to access your Windows PC from any web browser – be the hero to your geek with this service.
- Sharpcast Photos – US$5.99/mth or US$64.99/yr
- Sure this could be either a subscription or backup service, but I needed to flesh the others out. Sharpcast allows easy uploading and archiving of digital photos.
- Moo is a wonderful printing service (so not completely virtual) that takes images from just about anywhere and creates a range of excellent formats for your prints. There’s no gift or subscription here, but Moo is all the rage this year so spring for an order and show you know what’s cool this year
Addendum: [last updated 00:19 21 Dec 07]
- Luminosity subscription – US$24.95/3 mths, US$79.95/1 yr
- Luminosity is a website of scientific brain games and exercises designed to improve processing speed, attention and, umm, oh yes – memory.