Editor's note: From now through the end of December, various Crave experts will be sharing their top five (mostly) tech-related wishes for the holiday season. See what we crave, and maybe you'll get some ideas!
1. Cheap storage. I've run out of room for all the photos, music, audio books, and videos I've amassed. I don't need to stream wirelessly or transfer data quickly. I just need a place to throw all those episodes of Spain...On the Road Again that I paid for so might as well keep. For my simple needs, the
2. Compact camera. I'm in the opposite boat as
3. Donations to Room to Read. While I crave more room in my life for time to read books, others crave the books themselves. A former Microsoft executive left his Redmond life to do something about that. Room to Read is an education-focused charity that helps communities build libraries, schools, local language publishing firms for children's books, computer labs, and scholarship funds. You can choose which country and project you want your money to support.
According to Room to Read, 86 percent of your money goes straight to projects in need. The organization has also been a Motley Fool charity pick for its "long-term, sustainable goals, and transparent, sound finances."
4. To learn more languages. No, not computer languages, but human languages. One item frombecame the this year. But Garmin only gets you so far. It's time to improve the French and Spanish I learned in school and begin learning some others.
Expensive classes are not an option for me, so I'm going to try online language resources like Mango, and those that let you practice with other people, like Livemocha and Babbel. Any others you'd suggest?
5. 23andME. The genetic testing service named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes everyone has offers a combo ancestry and health analysis service for $399. They mail you a kit; you spit on it and mail it back. Within weeks they give you info on up to 90 genetic predispositions you may have or pass on to offspring, in addition to info on where you and your ancestors hail from.
I'm drawn to thisby personal curiosity, but also repelled at the notion that even my genetic information can now be recorded. Despite assurances of privacy, I'm still not sure I want my genetics analyzed and out there in the world.
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