Just days left before Christmas and Hanukkah starts tonight! I finally finished my holiday shopping YESTERDAY (thank goodness!). My husband is a total techie, and loves new gadgets to play with for the holidays. Let’s face it, I am a tech geek too and love playing with gadgets just as much!
Today I have a list of last minute gifts for the tech geek in your life, as well as a review of a cloud storage device Netgear recently sent me that has changed my life. I’m not exaggerating. It is something I never knew I needed, but now can’t imagine living without.
The day before my husband got his new work computer, he lost everything. (Lucky for him, we knew someone who was able to go all MacGyver on the expensive paperweight and salvage some of what was lost). We were not naive. We kept backups on external hard drives, but let’s face it, we would often forget to plug in and back up.
I had heard about some Internet-based cloud storage options, but the combination of the high yearly fees and the fact I would have to rely on someone else to keep my data safe made me nervous.
Then, by surprise, this beauty landed on my doorstep.
The NETGEAR ReadyNAS has different storage options – this one is a 1 Terabyte model with an open bay to add another drive if we would like to expand in the future. There is also a 4-drive model as well for homes or small-businesses with larger storage needs.
Set up on this drive was really easy. We plugged it in, followed the online installation option, and then started backing up our computers. It took about a day each to back up our computers, but we have tons of photos and other image-heavy work materials on them. I’ll be honest, my computer has been running hot lately, and I have been panicked that I might lose important information.
I can breathe again.
You see, now that I am set up with the ReadyNAS, it automatically does wireless backups of my computer (and all other devices in my house) several times a day. But the real kicker – wait for it –
I can now access my content remotely.
Yep! No need to have my computer with me to grab that file. I can access my computer content from any device, but I’m not paying the high fees or risking security breaches to do so.
I’m totally in love.
I think techies and teens alike will enjoy the Beats Pill Speaker. One issue we have at our house is that we like to entertain on our patio in the summer and would love to blare some music, BUT we haven’t found a bluetooth speaker we love. The ease of syncing your phone to the Beats speaker and the ease in which you can sync two Pills together makes this one of my top wishlist items.
3. Eye-Fi Card
Confession: I bought myself one of these and gave it to my husband to wrap up for Christmas. As a hobbyist photographer, I find that one of the most annoying parts of taking photos is downloading and sorting them later. The Eye-Fi card now will send my photos wirelessly to my computer. I am so excited!
A new age of cool is here. Have someone in your life that is an epic geek who also owns an Android phone? I have been testing out the Moto 360 and I think smart watches are the future of wearable technology. Its just so easy. Although I am focused on exploring the potential uses for these types of wearables in classroom settings, I also have been exploring some of the features that make the watch just “smart.”
How annoyed do you get when someone pulls out their phone to check the time or their messages while they are talking to you? Totally rude, right? Well the Moto 360 allows wearers to check those football scores on the sly. It is a good-looking watch, comfortable to wear, and combines your FitBit, Internet, and messaging all into one device. In addition, thy are relatively inexpensive, which is a bit surprising in itself.
Another perk? Since they haven’t really caught on yet, wearing one totally makes you appear to be some type of secret agent or something equally exotic.
Disclosure: As a NETGEAR brand ambassador, I was given a ReadyNAS cloud storage device for review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.