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What You Said: What’s on Your Geeky Christmas List

Earlier this week we asked you to share what’s on your geeky Christmas list; you responded and we’re back to share your longed for tech goodies.

The most requested item was this year’s hot introduction to the project board market: the Raspberry Pi. Dave writes:

A Rapsberry Pi to tinker with, especially to see if I can get it up and running with OpenElec/Raspbmc and a torrent client for a low power media centre/htpc

We just finished setting up a batch of new 512MB Raspberry Pi systems running the newest release of Rasbmbc and can’t recommend it enough–new refinements in Raspbmc and the extra 256MB of RAM really improve the media center experience.

All John wants is a real keyboard so he can escape the torture of using a touch screen:

I want a wireless keyboard for my Blackberry Play Book ….

I’m not very good @ touch screens :(

We feel your pain John, we manage with touch screen keyboards OK but always find ourselves longing for a nice sturdy mechanical keyboard.

Finally, a geeky wish to finish the reader wishlist roundup: Urichhai wishes for:


There’s no finer way to indulge your love of Doctor Who and simultaneously declare your geekhood to your office mates.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/7/12

Comments (4)

  1. TheFu

    Within 1 week of purchasing a 10″ tablet, I had purchased a real, wire-connected, keyboard for it. It came with a protective case – sorta like a portfolio for a day-timer. I can’t imagine going back.

    I tried using a well-known, bluetooth keyboard with it first. Keys were always being dropped. Guess that BT bandwidth can’t keep up with a touch typist?

    Here’s wishing that everyone with a tablet gets a real keyboard this Xmas.

  2. Tim

    I would suggest a logitech K400 wireless keyboard if your tablet will take a usb dongle. Then you can have both. I too tried bluetooth keyboards and they just didn’t keep up as well as my K400 does. Indeed here is wishing that everyone with a tablet gets a real keyboard this Christmas.

  3. Antonio Saverio

    A Surface with Windows RT, a Nokia Lumia 920 unlocked and a home storage wireless NAS with 12TB.

  4. undercovervj

    a lumia 920 with nokia 360

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