Net Xpress: Shop for your tech type

December 20, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

The holiday season is in full swing and I know there are a few of you still out there hunting for presents for your loved ones. If you have a tech-type person on your list but still haven't purchased the gift, there are plenty of online stores offering guaranteed shipping by Christmas Eve. CNET has made hunting these stores down an easy task - just point your browser to

Here in town, several stores have some inexpensive items that would make great stocking stuffers for the techie on your list. Items range from computer dust covers, USB hubs, optical mice and laptop lights. So, be sure to check out our local shops such as Spend A Buck, The Dollar Tree and Big Lots.

Wal-Mart has an inexpensive keyboard vacuum - it's even pre-wrapped! And don't forget to visit our local drugstores and hardware stores. You'd be surprised at the goodies you might discover in the strangest of places.


When you're looking for something extremely hard to find, head back to trusty spots such as eBay to find memories from the past.

If you need unique ideas for gifts from the heart, try the homemade Christmas and Hanukkah gift ideas from readers of The Dollar Stretcher. Its ideas range from things you can eat or drink to those you can display. You can also find some great homemade holiday gift ideas on the Life Network site.

For those of you who still haven't sent out cards, check out the Free E-cards Online site. They have cards for all seasons.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays to all!

Free online courses

CNET's will offer a "Build Your Own PC" class beginning Monday through Jan. 21. The free course will cover the main components needed to build a system, pros and cons of features, and manufacturers. It will help you decide how and where to buy components and how to test the system. Learn more or sign up.

CNET's will offer a "Digital Music Made Easy" class beginning Thursday through Jan. 21. This free course will teach you how to copy a CD, how to legally download music from the Internet, and it will address commonly asked questions regarding digital music. It will tell you what hardware and software is needed to get the job done and more. Learn more or sign up.

Net buzzz

Software602 recently sent out a notice that it has discontinued support for its 602Pro PC SUITE 2001 productivity product. The three-year-old version was replaced by the all-new 602PC SUITE 4.1 version back in September. Learn more about Software602 products.

OS updates

Last week, I mentioned Microsoft's security updates for December being quite small in comparison to previous updates. The one critical update for the flaw in its Internet Explorer browser was released early. On Black Tuesday - the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases a pack of updates - Microsoft added five more updates to the list. The additional were all rated as important. Learn more.


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