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$79 Kindle great gift for a granny
Text of Tuesday's Money Talk$ web chat on tech gifts

Date published: 12/8/2011

BY HOWARD OWEN

Tuesday's Money Talk$ Web chat was about tech gifts for the holidays.

Our guest was Mike Zitz, the Tech Toys columnist and occasional reporter at The Free Lance-Star, where he worked full time for many years. Zitz is director of media and community relations at Germanna Community College and author of "Giving It All Away: The Doris Buffett Story."

Below are some of the questions and answers from Tuesday's session. The full text of the chat is archived on fredericksburg.com. Zitz also answered any questions he didn't get around to on Tuesday on his blog on fredericksburg.com.

;"> I'm thinking about getting my 80-year-old mom some kind of e-book reader. What's the best thing I can get for someone who is not very tech-savvy?

My stepmother just asked me that question about a gift for my dad, who's 78. Oops! I wasn't supposed to say that. I'd recommend the basic Kindle at $79. Very easy to read and she can adjust the print size to grannynormous, so she doesn't need her reading glasses. The Kindle is pretty easy to use, but you may want to give her a walk-through on Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa morning. Otherwise, it'll probably end up collecting dust on a shelf, next to all the other gifts you've given her since preschool.

Doesn't she know how much that kind of rejection hurts?! My mom used to open my gifts and say "Is this supposed to be funny?" Anyway, since I'm not very tech savvy myself and even I can use a Kindle, I'm fairly confident it's a good choice for your mom. However, if you're jockeying for position with siblings to get the house in the will, I'd advise an iPad 2 and a Chippendale to train her to use it.

;"> My honey is a gadget guy. What's the latest hot gadget under $50 that I can put under the tree for him?

Is this my wife, Lisa, throwing me a softball? My girlfriend??? HA-HA-HA-HA. That's a joke, Lisa. Heh heh. Mmm Heh. Oh, boy. I'd suggest the Roku LT. It streams Web content including Netflix and Amazon Prime movies to your TV. Only $49.99.

;">What Kindle would you recommend for a 15-year-old boy who loves reading?


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