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November 30, 2006

Christmas Ideas from

With Christmas just around the corner, I have begun to compile my online shopping list because I am not fond of last minute fighting for a parking place, fighting last minute crowds for diminishing merchandise, and waiting in long lines at the Post Office.

I wonder if it’s a coincidence that the majority of my family, friends, and associates are PDA packer types, which makes shopping easy and focused. One of the first places I visited in my effort to cross items off my list as quickly as possible was That’s because I consider to be the paramount purveyor of pocket peripherals for the perspicacious purchaser.

If you think of to be the case place, you would be correct. They have a wide selection of cases for just about any electronic device that fits in your pocket, hangs from a belt, or suspends from your neck. You can pick from leather, silicone, titanium, and aluminum.

I quickly crossed off two items in the case department: one for a friend with a Sansa e270 MP3 player and another for the e1730 Blackberry freak.

Speaking of Blackberries, if you are of that persuasion, Proporta has a whole new line of Blackberry accessories that you will want to check out.

For one particularly fastidious friend, I picked a bottle of screen cleaner. This guy is so germ conscious that I’ll bet a major part of his budget is allotted to disposable rubber gloves.

Some people have a difficult time going completely paperless and seem to be incapable of committing to a totally digital lifestyle and still feel compelled to makes notes on paper with a pen. For this kind of vacillating person, I recommend the attractive, new Proporta stylus pens in orange and blue—one of each color in a package. You can choose from a wide selection of multi-function styli designed to fit into your particular device silo.

One of the universal problems with portable devices is battery life. What a bummer when your battery dies in the middle of a phone call or in the middle of an important meeting or a presentation. Sure, you can buy expensive spare batteries for all your devices and pack them around with you for emergencies. Or you can purchase Proporta’s universal charger that comes with a variety of adapters to fit just about any device. You can charge the charger with a USB adapter that you can plug into your computer or car outlet.

Another accessory is the handy retractable USB cable. It’s great for when you’re on the move and want to charge and sync your PDA and not have to carry a bulky cradle.

Speaking of cables, Proporta has another innovative product called the Cable Tidy that keeps those pesky cable clipped together and organized. Until we can go completely wireless, I see this as a must have helper.

Every time I visit this site, I seem to find another creative offering. How about a credit card sized SD cardholder that accommodates three cards or caddies and fits in your wallet?

Now these are just the items I happened to use to reduce my Christmas shopping list. You will find a lot of other accessories and peripherals when you visit, which has been recently redesigned. When you visit the site, pick your device and you will find the accessories listed according to model type.

If you are wondering about shipping, all orders are just $4.95 anywhere in the world, and they arrive in just a few days. I also like Proporta’s no questions asked return policy, even if an elephant stepped on it, no problem. They also include complimentary tea bags with every order, which is a nice touch.

I have found these folks fun to deal with and highly efficient. I’m certain you will as well. Now get shopping. There aren’t that many days left before Christmas and here is a great source of innovative presents for the digital natives on your list.

Posted by tim at November 30, 2006 10:42 PM


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