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Geek Gadgets

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 11/26/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

If you find yourself in a serious, all-business kind of mood, then this might not be the letter for you because I'm going to talk about toys. (On second thought, this might be the perfect letter for you :)

Here's the set-up:

I remember a while back when some of the book people at O'Reilly were amazed by our intense sales at Macworld San Francisco and New York. They'd comment, "But Macworld is a *consumer* show; who there would be interested in O'Reilly books?"

I'm thinking, "You don't think developers like to play with toys, especially Mac developers?" We go to Macworld to see all the new stuff on the tradeshow floor. You don't think we're there for the classes do you? (Now before you flame me, I'll be teaching at Macworld, so I can say that.)

This is also why we make sure we cover gadgets on the Mac DevCenter. And what a perfect time of year to discuss some of our favorite goodies.

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Now the payoff:

Terrie Miller has been testing techno toys for the last month, and has just published her favorites in, "Gifts for Geeks on the Cheap." She shows you all sorts of digital hub enhancements to please just about any Mac nerd--all for under $50. Plus, if others are asking you for hints, you can cut and paste your favorites from this article and send it to them.

I also want to draw your attention to the new O'Reilly Store on the Think Geek Web site:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/oreilly/

There's a variety of O'Reilly animal T-shirts, plus a tarsier coffee mug, open source beer coasters, and the just-completed 25th anniversary 2003 calendar.

So if you find yourself with a little free time, come on over and have some fun with us.

Until next time,
Derrick
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Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com

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