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All posts tagged "christmas"


Friday, December 31, 2010

What The Geeky Got for Gifts

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 PM

http://mashable.com/2010/12/31/ipad...-mashable-poll/

"If you got an iPad as a gift during the holidays, you certainly weren't alone. In a recent poll of holiday gift recipients, iPads accounted for a full 22.7% of all gadget or hardware gifts, making iPads the single largest category in our gift poll, outstripping the nearest runner-up by nearly 14% of votes. That runner-up was Amazon's Kindle - not surprising considering that the Kindle is the best-selling product in Amazon's history."

It's a relatively small sampling size - less than 2400 votes, and only from people who read Mashable - but among the geek-set, there are a couple of stand-out points: the iPad was the #1 gift, more people got Macs (60%) than Windows machines (40%), Android phones let the way in the smartphone category with a hefty 50.3% figure (iPhones were 30%), but Windows Phone 7 devices at 10.3% just eeked out Blackberry devices (9.4%). Not bad for a brand new platform that most people still haven't heard about! Lastly, the Xbox/Kinect one-two punch clobbered the PS3 with a 54.3% figure versus only 11.9% for the PS3. The Kinect really is driving the Xbox 360 to new heights of popularity!


Sunday, December 26, 2010

So How Was Everyone's Christmas?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Status Updates" @ 10:00 AM

...and we're back! It's a tradition here at Thoughts Media that we kick off the post-Christmas break by asking our community what they got for Christmas - specifically, any gizmos or gadgets. Or did you gift a loved one with some new piece of technology? Got any great tech support stories to share? I don't know about you, but whenever I'm over at a family member's house for Christmas, I inevitably end up sitting in front of their computer fixing/tweaking something. I don't mind though - I find it fun, and I like to help.

Speaking for myself, my tech stuff was pretty light this holiday - as it is every year - because if there's something tech that I need, I tend to buy it for myself when I need it, not when a holiday/birthday rolls around. I got a Kindle this Christmas from my wife, but, you guessed it, I bought it (with the help of a friend in the US) and gave it to her to give to me. Such is the life of a professional geek! ;-)

What about you? What did you do over Christmas, and did it involve technology in some way?


Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 03:00 PM

Hi everyone! I need your help to win an unboxing contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook, and it’s for a good cause. Since I do a lot of those, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we’re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense – so I’ve publicly committed to donating half of the prize ($1250) to kids involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada. My mother works for that organization, and I’ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it’s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I’ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).

I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!

Here’s how you can help me, and the kids, win – oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!

  1. Log into Facebook, and visit the Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site. Click Allow when the app asks for your permission. I’ve noticed there’s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.
  2. Find my Samsung Focus video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You’ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.
  3. Return to that contest site every day to vote – you can vote once every day up until December 31st.

The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I’ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii’s I purchase.

(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).


Saturday, December 26, 2009

What Did You Get For Christmas This Year?

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 06:00 AM

So, what did the big man in red bring you this year? My gifts came this year a bit early in the form of a brace of Harley Davidsons for me and the misses (after the break). The kids got some new gadgets though, some of which haven't been unwrapped yet, so I'll hold off on the details for now. So tell us what you got! Read more...

Tags: christmas, santa

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to all Thoughts Media Readers!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 05:00 PM

I want to wish you a very merry Christmas on behalf of all the staff here at Thoughts Media! If you celebrate Hanukka, Kwanzaa, or any other special event related to this time of year, may it be a special time for you and your family. I wish you all a time of peace and happiness over the next couple of days (and beyond that too of course!). We won't be posting news on the 25th, but will resume things on the 26th. Merry Christmas to you all!


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

So How Was Everyone's Christmas?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 11:10 PM

If you celebrated Christmas, how was it for you? Did you get any fun electronic goodies, or anything special? Or did you do anything special? My Christmas was nice: we spent a lot of time together as a family, visiting and talking. I didn't get much in the way of electronics (the expensive stuff I tend to buy myself), but I did get a lot of DVDs, books, graphic novels, clothes, food, and an assortment of interesting things like custom-framed classic Marvel Comic covers (reproduced in postcard form), a cool multi-photo frame, and an Amazon.ca gift certificate that I gleefully spent today on more books, CDs, and DVDs. I also spent a lot of time working on things related to our new server, which hopefully I'll announce tomorrow...

Tags: christmas

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 06:00 PM



For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. For those of you who do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you happy holidays. We'll return to our regularly scheduled news posting on the 26th. I hope everyone has a great couple of days!

Tags: christmas

Friday, December 29, 2006

One Person's Zune Thoughts: It's a Keeper

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Talk" @ 10:45 AM

"I got an MS Zune for Xmas, debating if I should return it for an iPod. I opened the box anyway since I'd very little first hand knowledge of the product it would give me a chance to do some first hand research."

It's always great to take a break from major reviews and instead divert attention to the average consumer and what his/her thoughts on the Zune are. Jill England received a Zune for Christmas, and naturally, she was skeptical at first, but decided to take the plunge, anyway. Three days later, the Zune is a device she loves and a device she wants to keep. The drawing points? The large screen, the eye-catching UI, and even the FM radio tuner. For those of you who received a Zune for Christmas, are you in the same boat? Is it a device you're happy with?


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What Was Under Your Tree Yesterday?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 06:00 AM

So what gifts did yesterday bring? It doesn't even have to be Zune related, or technology related! Of course, I know not everyone celebrates Christmas, so share the festivities and gifts (mostly gifts!) you enjoyed on your particular holiday. Or did you give someone else a particularly special gift? Stories welcome!


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