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5 Gifts For The Tech Lover in Your Life

5 Gifts For The Tech Lover in Your Life

Buying gifts is something that many people struggle to do. People often find that they are so different from their loved ones that surprising them with a gift they never thought of often results in disappointment instead of excitement.

Nowhere is this divide larger than when someone who is behind the times a bit is trying to buy a gift for the tech geek in their lives. Often by the time they realize the technology even exists, it is out of date. So here are some of the hot tech gifts that are trending now, and perhaps even in the future

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1. Nintendo NES (classic edition)

As surprising as it may seem, the classic Nintendo NES made a huge comeback this year with demand far outpacing supply. Sure, the original one is nearly 10 years old, but throw in a little nostalgia and gamers and tech geeks are going wild. This is the game that most gamers grew up playing. In fact, for many of them this was their first gaming system. Whether they are too ashamed to ask for a Nintendo or not, this is the perfect gift for gamers and tech lovers alike.

The best part about the Nintendo is that it is only $60. That may seem expensive, but when compared to the cost of most tech gifts this year it is a steal. You can find more information and even order from Nintendo’s site here.

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2. Hoverboard

There are two directions to go with this gift. One is the classic hoverboard that has been making waves on the internet for all the wrong reasons (bursting into flame being the main one). This is essentially a Segway without a handlebar to hold onto. It is still a sexy looking piece of tech and is useful as well. Many teenage tech lovers have shown an affluence to this.

If you have a little more money there is a better option, however. A few companies are now starting to produce real hoverboards. Some of these operate like skateboards, while others look more like bicycles. What they all have in common is the actual ability to hover in the air. This will surely be a huge trend in coming years. Here are real hoverboards that can actually be purchased this year. As a matter of warning – they don’t come cheap!

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3. Wireless projection keyboard

This is one of those gifts that people once thought would only appear on movies like Star Trek. Fortunately society is rapidly surpassing any technology that we see on Star Trek.

This keyboard is essentially a small box. It projects the keyboard onto the desk in front of a computer. This means there are no keys that need to be pushed down, and no bulky keyboard. The best part is that it works with Macs, PC’s, phones, and anything else that can connect to Bluetooth. Best Buy has some pretty good ones that you can see here.

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4. AirPods

Unless you truly have been living under a rock then you have likely heard of Apple. Apple continues to crush it in the innovation category, releasing some of the smallest Bluetooth headphones in existence this year.

The earbuds look exactly like the old Apple earphones, but with no cords whatsoever. They sold out online within a few hours of releasing, but they should be in stores early next week just in time for Christmas shoppers. The AirPods run at $150, which is a steep price tag to pay for headphones, but the demand clearly shows that tech lovers don’t care.

5. Roomba

Not only is the Roomba a great gift for tech lovers, it is a great gift for the entire household! Roomba is a robotic vacuum that can be set to vacuum, and even mop the entire home while the family is away. They are a little pricey, but when you put a price on the amount of time you save then many people are finding them worth it. Roombas are produced by iRobot and can be purchased on their site, or most eCommerce sites.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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