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…It’s the 2009 DYH Holiday Gift Guide?

There are plenty of Gift Guides out there for just about anyone on your list, but they’re often filled with the same old boring crap that every other Gift Guide is featuring, so this year I decided to make my own Gift Guide and fill it with ideas for things to get that special someone when you want to surprise them with something they haven’t already seen a million times before:

Gingerbread Man Anatomy Holiday Cards

Jason Freeny Holiday Cards

Jason Freeny is no stranger to DYH, but this year, he’s taken his special kind of art and created a holiday card out of the gingerbread man’s anatomy. It might not come pre-filled with warm and fuzzies, but you can guarantee Halmark’s got nothing on the uniqueness of this card!



It’s made of carbon fiber, it connects to your cell phone via Bluetooth to warn you if it gets stolen, and it can only be accessed with your fingerprint via a built-in biometric scanner. If anyone needs more security than that, then maybe it’s time to stop going outside.

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Glasses

NVIDIA GeForce 3D Glasses

Gaming in 2D is so 2009. In 2010, it’s time to take gaming to the next level with the GeForce 3D Glasses from NVIDIA. Using a special monitor and an IR receiver to tell distance, these glasses will allow you to see into and through the game in front of you, giving you a whole new way to experience your virtual world like never before.

La Crosse Technology Battery Charger

La Crosse Technology Battery Charger

With four individual displays to indicate the status of up to four batteries that can each be set to one of four different modes, the La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger may be a bit overkill, but that’s also what makes it a must have for any gadget geek on your list.

iMo Pivot Touch

iMo Pivot Touch

What can you do with a 7” USB powered touchscreen monitor? Better question: What can’t you do with a 7” USB powered touchscreen monitor?



Sure, the Chumby One was released this year, and it’s cheaper and has better specs and is more gadget like, but nothing can compare to the original computer in a bean bag known as the Chumby.

Thermaltake Level 10

Thermaltake Level 10

It doesn’t look like any computer case that I’ve ever seen, but that’s what makes the Level 10 from Thermaltake so unique. Plus, for just $2,500 more, you can get it filled with all the latest guts from IBUYPOWER.

Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse

Having used one for more than a month, I can definitely vouch for the claim that this thing works like magic. If you’ve got a Mac head, design fan, or button-phobic person on your list, then give the gift that keeps on clicking.

Eye-Fi Memory Card


With the Eye-Fi Explore SD card, any camera can automatically geotag and upload photos and videos on the go using any available wi-fi network. If that doesn’t turn your gift recipient into a buzzing social media over-sharer, then nothing will.

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker

Bialetti Hot Chocolate Maker

I’ve probably made about 100 gallons of hot chocolate since I got an automatic hot chocolate maker, so if you’ve never experienced the joy that a fresh, frothy cup of hot chocolate can bring, then it’s time to give one of these to someone that will let you borrow their kitchen from time to time when the temperature drops.

Lensbaby Composer

Lensbaby Composer

The Composer is designed to give the budding photographer in your life a new eye to the world with a lens that can be tilted and shifted to any desired angle for a crazy new effect that will surely unleash the creative talents they never knew they had. That, or they’ll just get frustrated trying to figure out why their pictures never turn out the way they want and then smash their camera over your head, but those are just the risks you’re going to have to take this holiday season.

Clocky Alarm Clock

Clocky Alarm Clock

It’s a clock with a face that rolls away from you every time you try to hit the snooze button. If that doesn’t get your special someone out of bed in the morning, nothing will.

Logitech Harmony One

Logitech Harmony One

It’ll control thousands of home entertainment devices with ease using a combination of buttons and a programmable touchscreen, and it’ll look good doing it too. With the Harmony One, you’ll never have to fumble with 18 remotes and a magical button dance just to watch a DVD again.

So that’s it. See something you liked? Then be a good Santa and stop procrastinating and start Visa’ing.

…It’s Things Thursday: Nimbus Cloud Computer?

Nimbus Cloud Computer

The Nimbus Cloud Computer “works like a PC” only it’s “better than a PC” because it’s free. Instead of paying for the Nimbus, you simply allow them to show you an ad while using the computer, and it pays for itself. If you don’t want the ad, you can also pay a monthly fee to use the Nimbus ad free, but where’s the fun in that?

    A Cloud Computer is a re-imagination of the idea of a computer. We think that an ordinary computer is too expensive, too complicated, and too much for what most people want to use a computer for. What we did is put all of the costly and complicated pieces of hardware and software into our data centers. You then use a smaller, simpler, much less expensive device that’s always connected to the internet to control your computer. We think this is a much better way for you to do just what you want with a computer.

The computer comes with a keyboard and mouse, and you simply provide a monitor and Internet access, and you’re on your way.

Is this the future of computing?

[Nimbus Cloud Computer]

[Via: Spark Plugging]

…It’s Movie Monday: Mobile Desktop?


Sure, Starbucks brings Wi-Fi to the masses, but most people who use it are either on a laptop or an iPhone.

What would happen then if Starbucks and their semi-public Wi-Fi had existed a few years ago?

Improv Everywhere wanted to find out, and decided to take a few old desktops complete with CRT monitors down to the local Starbucks and set up shop.

It’s a pretty funny idea, and the results are unexpected, so check out the Mobile Desktop:

[Improv Everywhere – Mobile Desktop]


…Your screen needs to Calibrize?


If you’re doing any kind of ‘for print’ creative work, it’s important to calibrate your monitor so that what you see on screen is what you see on paper.

Calibrize is a new freeware app that’s designed to help you “calibrate the colors of your monitor in three simple steps. Just download the software and follow the procedure to generate a reliable color ‘profile’ and adjust the colors of your monitor automatically.”

Are you ready to Calibrize?


[Via: The Red Ferret Journal]

…Facebook’s Beacon can be blocked?

Facebook Beacon

As Facebook continues to grow, it continues to need new ways of making money from each of its users.

One of those ways is Project Beacon, where Facebook builds a page for an advertiser, and then links to it from various profile pages.

How does it create those links?

By monitoring what sites you visit, and then phoning home after you visit an advertiser’s site.

As expected, many users are not exactly excited about Facebook’s ability to watch everything they do, and are looking for ways to stop the Beacon.

Luckily, it’s as easy as using a JavaScript blocking plug-in in Firefox, and blocking the specific URL that Beacon uses.

Facebook Beacon Block

The steps are as follows:

  1. Download and Install the BlockSite plugin for Firefox.
  2. After restarting Firefox select ‘Add-ons’ from the Tools menu.
  3. Click the ‘Options’ button on the BlockSite extension.
  4. Click the ‘Add’ button.
  5. Enter http://*facebook.com/beacon/* into the input box.
  6. Click ‘OK’.
  7. Click ‘OK’ again and you are good to go.

It’s good to know that there’s always someone looking out for the little guy.

[The Idea Shower – Block Facebook Beacon]

[Via: Mashable]