A Jamaican Techie’s Wish List


By Mpande (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Mpande (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0],
via Wikimedia Commons

I think I am slowly but surely getting left behind in the tech revolution. As I get older, I’m finding it harder and harder to find tech gadgets that I would consider must-haves. I remember persuading my mother back in the day to get me a super fast 9600 bps modem, throwing as much tech lingo as I could into an empty justification because of a burning desire to have the latest tech. That fire has been replaced by warm embers, and I’m not exactly sure why. That being said, if Santa feels like being nice to a misbehaving Jamaican, here are a few ideas for him. . . .

Solid-State Drive
Nothing improves boot times and system performance like throwing one of these puppies into your laptop or PC. After seeing one of these bad boys in action, it reminded me of the first time I discovered the turbo button on my 8086XT computer. Whoa . . . mind blown! For those of you inclined to hear tech curse words, solid-state drives benefit from higher transfer rates and no moving parts, making them quieter and faster than their Hard Disk Drive predecessors. Though, as with new technology, they cost significantly more, they also are also less prone to catastrophic failure, are cooler and consume less power.

Fit Bit
As you get up in age, you become more cognizant of your health concerns. All of a sudden, jogging, dieting, calorie consumption and burn rate matter to you. Enter the activity trackers, which promise to revolutionize the way we look at our caloric burn and exercise statistics. At first I thought it would be a passing fad, but after a closer look at the offerings I think they are crucial to an exercise self-help program.

Smart Watch
They’re a fairly recent addition to the tech gadgetry list, but smart watches seem to be all the rage right now. Though I’m not usually into trends, I think I want one of these because nothing would make me happier than diversifying the portfolio of my watch. From ever since I can remember, I have been into multifunction watches — my sister even points this out as one of my fatal fashion flaws. Calculator watches of yore, radio watches, databanks, etc., have all seen time on my wrist. This would serve as another iteration, as I think coupling my everyday wear with my everyday tool (my phone) would be an amazing step forward in my technology integration.

Motorized Bicycle Wheel
I’ve always been of the opinion that the best mode of transportation was something much lighter than a car. Motorbikes were my favourite until I saw this contraption. It’s making me seriously contemplate getting one as a means of quickly getting to and from work. Just take your regular bicycle, swap out the front wheel with one of these, and instantly you can motor your way around town with the backup convenience of being able to pedal when it suits you. Recharging is a breeze from any wall socket using a portable wall wart. Just seems like a win-win to me. Save the trees!

In an effort to be reasonable, Santa should note that the list is not particularly long. I’ve pegged it back to the bare essentials. Let’s see if we can get the negotiation process going with the North Polers in time for December.

What are your thoughts on the list? What do you want from Santa this year?


A lot on the crazy side a little on the sane. Always willing to step up on the soap box and seemingly unwilling to get off. Yet still, I beg of you, don't judge me too harshly.