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Paul Gettler is the third Maccentral newsletter subscriber to win an iPod in our monthly product drawing. The next winner will be chosen on January 2.
Perhaps you’re familiar with The Simpsons episode wherein Homer gives Marge a bowling ball for her birthday? With his name on it. Marge, of course, doesn’t bowl. Hilarity ensues — if your idea of hilarity is a mad-as-heck spouse using your gift in spite and falling for a ten-pin gigolo.
My wife doesn’t bowl and, while she loves her aged TiBook, she isn’t really into the minutiae of Macs-and-related-products (MARP) lust. Which works out fine, because I don’t bowl either and I’ve got enough MARP lust for both of us.
And the editors of Macworld magazine are overflowing with it. Just in time for those last-minute holiday buying needs, they’ve graced us with two invaluable shopping resources for the Mac lovers on our lists. Their
Editors’ Choice Awards for 2003
recognize the year’s top hardware and software products for their utility, innovation, and elegance; and the January issue (on newsstands next week), features “Ultimate Mac Savings,” and showcases the best places and ways to save when exercising your MARP lust.
The Awards, known far and wide as the Eddys, are nineteen years old, which means Macworld has been handing them out as long as there have been Macs. Once again, Apple is well-represented on the list, and while you probably won’t be sending 12-inch PowerBook G4s or copies of Final Cut Pro 4 to everyone on your list, iChat AV for non-Panther users costs only $30 and a gift certificate for the Tunes Music Store is a hot little stocking-stuffer.
A host of reasonably-priced products from other Award-winning developers are also sure to please. MacSoft’s
will grab the gamers, Michael Tsai’s
will ease e-mail trauma, and Weber Ventures’
will help someone keep themselves and their files on-time when they travel. My favorite on the list is Granted Software’s
ReVision, which enables me to quickly create cool soundtracks for my QuickTime movies with Propellerhead Software’s Reason music tool.
The “Shop Smart” article in the January issue of Macworld is a treasure-trove of tips for saving money on MARP, and it includes a Santa-sized list of software titles, ranging in price from free to $30. And, if you roll it up, the issue conveniently fits in a big red sock, too.
So now that I’ve shared my gift-buying secrets, I’d like to wish all of you the best of the season, and good health to you and yours. I’m grateful for your responses to some of the more thought-provoking columns, and I look forward to exploring some new ground in the new year.
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