What to ask for my Birthday?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Texas04, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Texas04 macrumors 6502a

    Texas04

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    Ahh, so my birthday is coming up and my family is asking me, what do I want for my birthday? And truth be told... I DONT KNOW! I would love something for my Mac, but I am not sure what. The only thing I can think of is a good external HD, my 200GB is getting full and I only have 23GB on my MBP.

    A little background on me, I do a lot of Computer Science work as well as Video editing, prosumer level, and I have recently been working with NASA and have a few science projects, so the usual papers and presentations are needed.

    Currently the software I have is iLife 06' and iWork 06' as well as FCE. I have a monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse for my MBP when it is at my desk, and I have "okay" speakers that are from like '98.

    Any ideas of good, I suppose, "Geek Products"?
     
  2. Luis macrumors 65816

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    I think an external HD will really get some use with you.... if not more RAM maybe?
     
  3. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

    mr_matalino

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    Slingbox Pro
    EyeTV Hybrid
    Apple TV
    iPhone

    You can be more creative...(assuming whoever is buying you the gift has $$ :))
     
  4. Texas04 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Texas04

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    Ahh.. well I asked for an iPhone today and I was reminded how much it was from my family and got a quick NO! So sadly it is out of the question... :rolleyes:. I don't have a TV that is compatible with the Apple TV, and I am looking to cancel cable so I dont know about the EveTv or Slingbox, even though I would love to have them!!!
    More Ram or an External HD does still sound good though!!


    Any more ideas out there!! Cmon Mac Geeks! :)
     
  5. WillJS macrumors 65816

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    -Maybe iWork '08? (someone had to say it :p)

    -Maybe upgrade the internal HD for more storage on-the-go (or a small portable external)

    -Maybe some new clothes to present those presentations in

    -There's the thing you can't go wrong with, money! :D
     
  6. hurricanekate2 macrumors newbie

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    Some nice headphones? Like Etymotic or Shure in-canal phones, or Sennheiser or Grado cans or something.
     
  7. SheriffParker macrumors 6502a

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    You need 2 gigs of RAM in your MBP. So at least start with that and then see what else sounds good.
     
  8. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    if you don't know what you want, i'd ask your parents if you could take a rain check on a gift until you figure out what you want. it could be that external hard drive or maybe a new ipod when they're finally updated. if you don't know now, don't force yourself to choose a gift if you don't have to. if you're forced to choose, i'd take cash if i could. happy birthday, btw.
     
  9. booksacool1 macrumors 6502

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    2gb RAM
    External Drive
    iPod
    TV Tuner
    Bluetooth mouse (if you don't have one)
    High quality speakers
    Another battery if you're one the go

    Stuff like that
     
  10. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    Happy Birthday. :D

    I'm in the same boat. My B-day is this weekend and everyone's asking me what I need. My answer is it's not a question about what I need (which I can manage myself) but what I want. And I told them I want a Mac Pro with two monitors. So family and friends pooled money and got me a...

    I'll let you know after I find out this weekend. :)
     
  11. Texas04 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Texas04

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    ALL THAT ANTICIPATION AND YOU LEFT ME HANGING!!! AHH!!! lol

    But please let me know!! :)

    booksacool1, I like your list.. hmm *goes and checks options*

    Thanks for all the input yall!!!

    And Happy Birthday to you to vicious7!
     
  12. Schnebar macrumors 6502

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    or iLife '08.

    Or a promise to get leopard when it comes out/promise for new iPod when it comes out.

    It is always better to get things the day it comes out.
     
  13. sblasl macrumors 6502a

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    How about having your family donating the money they were going to spend on you to a local organization that has people in real need?
     
  14. furious macrumors 65816

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    My family does not celebrate gift giving days/holidays. Instead we give gifts when we feel like it. To put it bluntly.

    Basically it works like this. I discover that my brother needs a nice shirt for going out in. What I is buy one for him. BAM! I have given him a gift he needs and will use with out having to rush out and buy a gift for him because it is his birthday. My brother might find I need new shoes so he buys them for me. My mother might need a new fancy vase I buy one for her. My dad might need a new Hand saw I buy one for him. Simple effective and no one misses out on that one thing they wanted but were embarrassed to ask for because they buy it themselves. Practical gift giving is what the system works one.
     
  15. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

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    ok

    ask for a macpro

    * Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    * 16GB (8 x 2GB)
    * Mac Pro RAID Card
    * 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * 750GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    * NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI)
    * Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    * Apple Cinema HD Display (30" flat panel)
    * Two 16x SuperDrives
    * Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    * Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse - U.S. English
    * Mac OS X - U.S. English
    * Final Cut Express HD preinstalled

    Only $20,191.00 cnd? why not?
     
  16. Texas04 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    For that much Id have to weigh it against a new car!!! :D:p
     
  17. steamboat26 macrumors 65816

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    CUBE!!! :D
    But a bigger external HD or an eyetv hybrid are probably better options
     
  18. letswastetime macrumors regular

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    it seems all year long there is always something on my mind that i want, but for some weird reason when my birthday rolls around i cant think of anything....:confused:
     
  19. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    ok

    Apple Stor giftcard!!! for anything apple?
     
  20. SonicChronicler macrumors member

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    I read that as....

    "My dad might need a new Hand so I buy one for him.:D
     

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