Black Friday be damned!

Luria Petrucci 11.23.2016 7 comments

Okay, I’m about to piss some of you off. Are you ready? Every year I do a gift guide or 15 of ‘em.

It’s kinda been my thing, but I gotta be honest, this year I just couldn’t. Every time I sat down to try, I wanted to gag at the amount of “buy, buy, buy”. Shit you don’t need. But want ‘cause it’s cool. Cause it’s the latest and greatest? Cause it makes you look cool.

I can’t do it this year. I can’t sit here and tell you the stuff you should buy because I only want you to buy what you really NEED!

There are amazing gadgets out there! Technology that really can make a difference in your LIFE! But heck… how many piles do you have of gadgets that didn’t really get used that much before you moved on to the next thing?

David and I are about to go on a complete purge and get rid of everything that doesn’t bring us joy… or has some REASON to be in our lives. All the clutter and junk is driving me crazy!

So, this year, why don’t you try just buying the things that will mean something to you? Regardless of if it’s a good deal or not!

I’ll tell you what tech I have that I LOVE. That makes me happy. That adds value to my life. And I’d like to hear the same from you.

Starting with Sonos. We have a Sonos speaker in every room of our house. Music is constantly filling this house with sounds that make me happy. That move me. That calm me when I’m stressed. Or set the mood when needed. I’d say Sonos is the number one gadget in my life that I couldn’t live without.

Outside of my Macbook, that is! You know how I feel about the new Macs, so I’m still on on that’s considered ancient now!

Tied for third, for me, is Alexa. I love the usefulness, but I really think Google Home will become a more useful device for me as the software develops.

The other part to this tie is my iPad Pro and the Smart keyboard combo. I use it every day during our live streams for Live Streaming Pros. And I often take it on the go to keep being productive even when I have to jump in the car or on a plane! Don’t worry… David’s driving in that whole typing while on the move scenario!

My Acer HDMI monitor is vital to my daily work life. I HAVE to have a second screen!

And then there’s ….

I think that’s it. 5 devices. They’re not the newest and shiniest. But they make a difference in my life. And this is Geeks Life after all.

So… let’s hear your list! What are the things that you can’t live without? And this holiday season… instead of getting caught up in deals and presents and stuff that doesn’t matter… how about we focus on the people around us, making a difference in other’s lives in ways that are much longer lasting than any gadget?

Okay… now you can tell me how pissed off you are about my new take on the holidays… But I do want to hear YOUR list. So leave a comment!

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Your new take on the holidays is actually quite familiar to me. Gadgets and Oooh-Shiney gifts are nice, but not necessary.
I love my Kindle Fire, and if all my electronics were to be taken away, except for one, I’d choose my Kindle.
Because I still love to read. And since I got my first Kindle (plain ol’ pre-color reader), I’ve built up a nice library, and in times of information overload, it’s soothing to open up a book and escape.

Rick Yaeger
Rick Yaeger

My “favourite things…
1) Beats Solo2 Wireless
2) Adobe After Effects (software is tech too)
3) YouTube (so are websites)
4) iMac
5) iPhone

Paul Dixon
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Paul Dixon

Coming up with this list was more difficult than I expected….

1. iMac – This is where most of my work is done.
2. iPhone 6s – I expect a smartphone will be on most people’s lists.
3. Drobo mini – This has saved me a few times over the years when I’ve lost something or my iMac failed to boot.
4. Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones – For listening to music and podcasts.
5. Logitech M510 mouse – Not the most exciting gadget, but this week I bought a replacement for one I’ve been using for what must be close to 10 years smile

Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler

Luria…I’m really excited to see how your pairing down journey goes. In fact, I’m going to suggest my family consider doing the same thing…less stuff…more living for the new year. Here’s my top 5 to add to the discussion:

1. iPad (use everyday for reading, audio books and general media consumption)
2. iPhone (a must have for work and play)
3. MacBook Pro (I use this thing for work, managing finances, photo and video editing, ect…)
4. Bose noise cancelling headphones (I need something to tune out my co-workers)
5. Bose sound touch wireless speakers (we use them all over the house…similar to your sonos setup)

David Foster
David Foster

I like Turtles!

TW Wasson
TW Wasson

It’s tough to think about what gadgets I use every day. You could also just do the EDC gadgets or expand that to more general daily usage. I chose the latter.

1. My iPhone 6s Plus – it’s not the latest and greatest…but then again, I don’t think the iPhone 7 could necessarily be considered the latest and greatest either. I have a developer profile installed, so I get regular updates and that keeps the phone new and shiny enough for me.
2. My Bose SoundTrue around-ear headphones – They’re not noise canceling, but if I crank the tunes, they’re plenty loud enough to drown out annoying co-workers. Plus they sound nice.
3. My MacBook Pro 2015 edition – not much to say here: it’s a MacBook and it works real good-like.
4. My AppleTV 3rd gen – it’s not the latest and greatest with all of the fancy apps and whatnot, but I can stream the Netflix and the Hulu, so I’m happy.
5. My Logitech Harmony 650 – Definitely not Logitech’s fanciest offering, but it controls all of my home theater components and was super simple to set up. One of my favorite purchases of the last couple years and it was a perfect replacement for the ridiculously-designed AppleTV remote (seriously, is its sole purpose to get lost in the couch cushions?).


Late for the Thanks Giving holidays, but the sales are soon upon us again post Christmas. My essentials:

Iphone 6s Plus – That extra screen real estate is a must for me
Kindle Firestick – Working away from home all week and then getting back at the weekend – all my TV needs are covered in the FireStick.
Kindle paperwhite – because books
Apple earbuds/AirPods – the only shaped earphones I have ever found comfortable. This years has been an experiment with many different makes and models, but I always come back to these. Now I have the AirPods, I may have finally solved the issue of my dog slaying the wires.
MacBook Pro – Not the new one, but I can’t see an upgrade for another couple of years, don’t need it. – for the Yoga and workouts and other fitness advice.
Audible – again, because Books

All that in one bag when I travel. When home, just give me one end of the dining room table and I am set for work etc.