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Gift ideas for dads and grads

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Stumped for a gift for the geek dad or grad on your list? Never fear, we’ve got some great ideas for the geek in the family in a variety of price ranges. In no particular order of preference, consider some of our favorites:A jump drive is a handy gift idea on its own, but combine it with a Swiss Army Knife, and you’ve got an even better idea. This little gem incorporates a high-performance USB data storage device with other practical gadgets. The USB memory stick is easily removable for convenience or safekeeping. iPods are definitely still on the hot list, one of the coolest choices being the new improved version with 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos and 150 hours of video. If your geek already has an iPod though, you may want to consider an iPod accessory. Choose from docking stations, armbands, cool skins, earbuds and much, much more. The Griffin iTrip FM transmitter for the iPod can play music through any FM radio in your geek’s car, at a party, or wherever the mood strikes him or her. And best of all, it requires no batteries! Another option is The Griffin iFM Radio, Remote and Recorder which allows users to switch seamlessly between controlling their music library and listening to their favorite FM radio programming. We couldn’t compile a list of cool tech gifts and not include Bluetooth gadgets. With a variety of wide gift ideas ranging from wireless headsets and head phones to gear for the home and office, your geek can virtually eliminate cords and wires from his or her life. Among our favorites are the wireless headphones for MP3 players. No longer will your geek fumble with wires while listening to tunes. Also, the wireless headsets for cell phones are sure to make anyone happy and cord free.Another cool idea is the Fly Pentop Computer, winner of the 2005 Toy of the Year award. This nifty device is a pen with an onboard computer capable of recognizing what it writes. In addition to reading what the user writes out loud, it can also compute math problems. Using special paper, users simply draw a calculator, and then tap out the commands needed for a specific problem. That’s not all it can do, though. Draw a keyboard or drum set and your geek can actually record a tune. Oh, and it can speak Spanish too. Check out the cool Fly Pentop website at http://www.flypentop.com.Still searching for that perfect gift? Consider Sony’s new PSP. This Playstation Portable Console does a lot more than just play games; users can also watch movies, listen to music, display digital photos and browse the Internet. So much more than a handheld game console, the PSP will entertain geeks and their friends for hours.And finally, an unusual idea for the true geek is Slingbox. Slingbox enables users to watch TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected PC into a personal TV. The SlingRemote lets users change channels, view recorded content, fast-forward and more.E-mail Click and Hack at clickandhack@friscocomputerstore.com.


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