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Claudia Imhoff

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A thought leader, visionary, and practitioner, Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the architectures to support these initiatives. Dr. Imhoff has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles (totaling more than 150) for technical and business magazines.

She is also the Founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a consortium of independent analysts and consultants (www.BBBT.us). You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT

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OK -- I know it is only November 6 but I am already starting to panic about what gifts to get my family and friends. For some reason, both groups tend to be tech-lovers -- they just have to have the latest gizmo or widget.

Here's where you come in. I need your help in sniffing out the coolest techno-gadgets and still remain solvent.To get you started, I have listed a few ideas that I have come up with...

Ah -- the holidays. Time of good cheer, egg nog, mistletoe, and the trauma of finding just the right gift for the technologically savvy person on your holiday list. Man, I hate this time of year...

If you are like me, you end up tearing your hair out around December 23 because you just can't find THE gift -- the one that everyone would just die to get. You begin to hyperventilate and buy something -- ANYTHING -- just to get it over with!

OK -- here are some suggestions (IMHO). I am depending on you to come up with the rest of the list of "must-haves" this holiday -- PLEASE!

1. First on my list has got to be the latest from Apple Computer. Yes, they have done it again with the iPod -- this time it is the ultra-small iPod Shuffle. Here is what Apple has to say about the newest member of the family: "The world’s smallest digital music player and just $79, the 1GB iPod shuffle lets you wear up to 240 songs on your sleeve. Or your lapel. Or your belt. Clip on iPod shuffle and wear it as a badge of musical devotion." I visited my local Apple store this weekend to see the shuffle first hand. I have to say, it pegs my "cool meter" -- only 1.62 inches long, about half an ounce -- and you can listen to music for up to 12 continuous hours.

2. Powers of 2 Clock - $24.50. A gift for the programmer-type geek. The Powers of 2 clock tells time using binary code -- yes, binary code. You have just got to see it to understand it. Granted, it not for the non-programmer like me but I have friends that would love it. I found the silver and blue version quite fetching.

3. Now here's one for the times -- The USB Missile Launcher (you may know it as the USB Rocket Launcher, USB Air Dart, or USB Powered Air Darts). This little gem is a "state-of-the-art deterrent against those bored and aggravating individuals that loiter around your desk when there’s nothing better for them to do." I am not making this up. The Missile Launcher holds three foam missiles -- which the manufacturer keeps reminding us are completely harmless. You adjust the direction and angle of the launch by either moving the arrows on your keyboard or moving the cursor of your mouse. They also suggest that you crank up the volume on your computer-- apparently the sound effects are pretty impressive... Once you have located your target (e.g., the guy that wants your job), the Missile Launcher fires the three foam missiles one after another when you hit the 'Fire' button! All this fun for just $55.

4. And for those of you that really want to go to the extreme (I am not making this up either) - For a mere $3,899, the James Bond 007 TX Spy Gear bundle VGN-TXN007. Sony's tribute to James Bond can be used to "Gather intelligence on your next assignment with the limited edition, serialized James Bond 007 TX Spy Gear bundle". The bundle consists of (according to the web site): a sleek, portable Vaio TX, a Cybershot DSC-T50 camera, an aluminum carrying case and display privacy filters. Just to top it off, it also comes with a unique welcome letter and serialized glass photo certificate that corresponds with the Vaio notebook. Now all you need is the spy coat and sunglasses...

OK -- now your turn -- what's on your list this holiday season? Cameras, video games (Halo 3 won't be out until next year), computers, PDAs? All are fair game and I need help!

Yours in BI and gift-giving success.


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Posted November 6, 2006 10:27 AM
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I am looking forward to Nintendo WII though I don't know if it will be out before Christmas. I have young kids and when they started playing our Game Cube they used to wave the controllers from left to right to get cars to stay on the road or make characters walk in a certain direction. I think the WII wand will make a huge difference.

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