Holiday Wish List – 2012

Ben Greiner -

We call it a "Wish List" but we must admit, we have nearly everything on the list. :)
In no particular order...

Apple TV

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The Apple TV makes a great addition to any boardroom or family room. All you need is an Internet connection (wired or wireless) and a modern TV with an HDMI connection. Combine this with OS X Mountain Lion on your Mac or iOS 6 on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and you can wirelessly mirror the device screen onto your TV. You'll need an HDMI cable if you don't already have one ($19).

 

27" iMac Workstation

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Unfortunately, these won't ship until December. We recommend the 3.2GHz model. We also recommend Brave (the Disney/Pixar movie) - $20 (HD Version). Available on iTunes.

 

Mac mini Server

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Apple newest Mac mini Server is deceptively powerful with it's small footprint. Pair it with a Promise Pegasus RAID System for storage at Thunderbolt speeds.

 

Up-To-Date Software

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Creative - Adobe CS6 - $2,139
Go Master Collection to get all the Adobe apps. Or move to the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Fonts - Extensis Suitcase Fusion - $100
If you're a professional designer who uses a lot of fonts then you'll enjoy working with a professional font management application like Suitcase Fusion. If you work with a team of 5 or more then you'll probably want Universal Type Server (UTS).

Office - Microsoft Office 2011 - $160 or iWork - $60
It's nearly 2013, so if you're not yet running Office 2011 then get up to date! Or use what we use ... Apple's iWork suite ($20 per app).

Utilities - Disk Warrior & 1Password
After all these years, Disk Warrior remains our favorite tool to quickly and easily set things right. Every office needs a copy. In addition, if you practice good password security then you need a password management tool like 1Password (for Mac and iOS).

 

Modern Thermostat

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Upgrade the look and functionality of your home thermostat with an intelligent thermostat from Nest. Save $20 with the older version (this is what we use and it works great).

 

Voice over IP (VoIP) Phone Service

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Service - $20/mo per line
We pay $20/mo per phone line to call anywhere in the world and talk as long as we want. If you're paying a lot more for your phone service then considering moving to Phonebooth. You will need new phones (see below).

Phone - $72
You can pay more for a brand you've heard of but why? These Yealink phones work great.

Headset - $175
Go wireless and mobile in your own office with the headset that works great with the Yealink phone recommended above.

 

More RAM

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Haven't yet maxed out the amount of memory in your Mac? RAM prices are low, so now is a great time to upgrade. We get our RAM from OWC. Not sure how much RAM your Mac can handle? Use Mactracker to find out.

 

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

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Remotely control this Quadricopter ($300) using your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Take photos and record video in high definition during flight. (iPad NOT included. :)

 

Sphero by Orbotix

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Sphero is a robotic ball ($130) and gaming device that you control with a tilt, touch, or swing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

 

Where to Buy

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We buy items most often from these locations...

 

 

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