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Text of Tuesday's Money Talk$ web chat on tech gifts
Unfortunately, most techno-savvy types tend to want to be first-adopters and show off the latest thing to their friends. ("Look I have the new FILL IN THE BLANK and you don't. You still have that old, tired FILL IN THE BLANK.") And, just as you say, two months later, it looks like a Ford Pinto. My guess is that your husband is probably very particular about his gadgets and won't even be happy for two months unless you know for sure he wants something in particular. And when he has iPad 3- or iPhone 5-envy he could even end up blaming you, especially if it's a device that locks him (or you) into a two-year service contract like the iPhone 4S, which is great now, and will still be cool six or seven months from now, but will be awful when the iPhone 5 comes out.
His friends will be mocking him and he'll be lying awake at night gnashing his teeth. It could end in divorce. I know this is horribly boring to you as a gift-giver, but your best bet is to take him out and let him pick out his own present. Unless he's dropping very clear hints that he wants something in particular.
;">Do you think Microsoft has any chance to gain any momentum in the tablet or mobile market?
No. Absolutely not.
;">What gaming system would you suggest for my grandkids--Xbox or Wii? Or a different one?
Depends. Do your kids like to shoot people on the battlefield? Then the Xbox 360. Do they like to play video game sports? Wii. Are graphics important? Xbox 360. Not so much? Wii.
;">I want to get a big-screen TV but am torn between LCD, plasma and LED. Which is the best choice?
Plasma is most durable and delivers a great picture.
;">Is the iPhone 4S REALLY that big of an advantage over the 4?
Yes it is. Siri, the talking personal assistant, is wonderful. That alone makes it light-years better. Also, the AT&T version is much faster than the 4S.
Howard Owen: 540/374-5539