Virtual Gifts for your Geek in 2007

December 19, 2007

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


  • Custom Domain – US$10/yr
    • For the blogger of a 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
    • 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.

Holy Business Models Batman

August 28, 2006

These guys deserve a big push for what they’ve set up – this is one of the new music business models that just might work! Take a look!

At SellaBand you browse artist’s demo songs and if you really, really like one you can buy a ‘share’ in the production of an album. Once they’ve raised $50k (presumably in USD) then the album gets profesionally produced, and you get a limited edition CD. After that, the music is available free to download.

That’s the gist of it – I may have some details wrong but the idea is right. The idea is right. Really.

When suggestions go bad

February 10, 2006


Proper Bluetooth headphones!

January 5, 2006

Finally my dream of ‘proper’ Bluetooth headphones is coming true. Motorola are steppinng up to the plate with a new product called the Music Duo which is a Bluetooth adapter for your iPod that will not only talk to the stereo headphones over Bluetooth, but will also mute the iPod audio when a phone call comes in – also over Bluetooth!

When I dig out more of my older blog posts you’ll see that I’ve been after a product like this for a couple of years now.


[Update] Well it looks like there are ‘other’ products that do this already – or should I say that the Motorola looks like a re-badged product from TEN Technology called the Naviplay. Hmm. Pricey, costs nearly as much as the iPod itself!

Trying my first iTunes voucher/card

January 4, 2006

So I was lucky enough to be given some iTunes music cards for Christmas. Here I am trying them out for the first time … here in Australia it seems that the redemption code (aka PIN) is printed as a separate receipt that is printed at the service desk of the store (at least in this case.)

The receipt has good instructions on how to use, and informs me of a two-year expiration limit for the value stored under this code. Seems reasonable enough.

Well the process was a little bumpy, but worked out fine. I went to the store and clicked on ‘Redeem’ – from there I typed in the code in lower case. I also typed it with the spaces like on the receipt (just to test how it would be handled – the code is printed on the receipt in upper case only.)

The next page informed me that this looks like a gift certificate number and presents a dialog asking would I like to try to redeem it as a gift certificate? Interestingly, the code has been converted to upper case and without any spaces.

Once I assent to trying the code as a gift certificate, the next dialog says I am about to redeem this certificate for ‘Matthew’ – so this is another chance to abort, I suppose. I click yes and discover my account has been credited with the appropriate value.

Now for some shopping 🙂