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Whoopty
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11/25/2014 | 10:36:45 AM
Some good advice
Some good advice on some fronts, but Christmas recommendations based around morality or the "meaning" behind a gift seems a little redundant considering only the buyer and receiver will really understand any of that on the level that it matters.

Lot of sweeping generalisations here too. 
Laurianne
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11/25/2014 | 10:29:10 AM
Re: One Digital Frame Exception
@BearOmaha, interesting. who makes that frame? Also here's a plea: Don't tell grandparents your kids want a tech item for the holiday unless you are specific. The techies in your family will be called in for a consult. I am currently trying to convince someone NOT to buy cheap bluetooth headphones.
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/25/2014 | 10:21:39 AM
Re: What does this say about me?
That's a good investment, Doug. Sonos speakers rock.
D. Henschen
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11/25/2014 | 10:17:39 AM
Re: What does this say about me?
iHome is known for pretty good stuff. Maybe not top tier, but not junk, either. I have an old iHome dockable clock radio. Even though I have a couple of old iTouches, Apple upgraded the operating system and iTunes such that the iHome dock is no longer supported. Here's another example of why docks (a long-term hardware buy) don't make sense. They can't stay in sync with ever-changing/upgrading devices, operating systems and apps. Standards like Bluetooth will better stand the test of time.

Following my own "buy quality" advice, I just bought two Sonos 1 speakers and set them up in stereo mode. Perfect for my new Spotify adiction.
BearOmaha
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11/25/2014 | 10:08:28 AM
Re: Good advice, Doug
I agree completely.  I'm not a bumper-sticker-on-my-car type of person, but I thought about having one made that says something along the lines of "I refuse to shop on holidays, not for me, for the employees".
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/25/2014 | 10:05:48 AM
Re: What does this say about me?
Yeah I'm putting the Fitbit to the test, but I still think it can benefit those who are allergic to exercise. Just to get them moving. Yet there's no doubt people will toss them in the drawer after a few months. But they shouldn't!!

For the bluetooth speaker I got a little iHome device. About $50. It definitely ain't Bose, but the sound is adequate. An audiophile would probably scoff at it, but at least now I can fill up the room with Spotify music. Before I was, sadly, just listening to Spotify via my phone, tablet, or laptop.

But for a powerful wireless speaker experience, you need to spend some real money.
tjgkg
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11/25/2014 | 9:59:17 AM
Re: Good advice, Doug
Yes it would be nice if people did not patronize stores that opened on holidays such as Thanksgiving. It really defeats the purpose of the holiday. The message of the holiday is lost as is time spent with family. And i feel sorry for the workers who are forced to work on such days. It's one thing for essential services like hospitals and transit but not for Wal Mart and Starbucks.
tjgkg
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11/25/2014 | 9:55:52 AM
Re: What does this say about me?
I agree with you. My girlfriend is a fitness FANATIC. She goes through Fitbits like water. She finds them very useful so it would not be insulting if I got her one for Christmas. In fact her latest Fitbit has pretty much disintegrated and i probably will get her another one.
BearOmaha
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11/25/2014 | 9:51:44 AM
One Digital Frame Exception
Yes, digital frames came out during the Clinton Administration, but it wasn't until just recently that a network-capable AND remote-upload-capable frame hit the market (at least in my price-range).  I had been waiting for this for about 10 years and finally someone developed one.  I wanted something to take to my parents' house and put in place for them.  The only thing they need to do is turn it on.  When they do that, they see new pics that their kids and grandkids have sent to the frame from wherever they happen to be in the world.  I never purchased a digital frame until this nice addition was added.

One other thing.  One of my kids asked for a Fitbit.  So I'm in the clear on that one. :)

 
D. Henschen
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11/25/2014 | 9:40:50 AM
Re: What does this say about me?
Shane, I happen to know you're a big runner. If somebody is actually exercising and is passionate about fitness, that wearable will likely be used instead of relegated to the junk drawer. What brand of speaker did you get? Would you endorse?
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