MacVoices #17211: The MacVoices 2017 Holiday Gift Guide #1

The holiday shopping season is closing in on us fast. To help get you started and take some pressure off, the first of our Holiday gift guide shows is here! The suggestions range from Apple products to things not related at all to Apple, geeky to mainstream, and services to software. The panel of Jeff Butts, Mark Fuccio, Kelly Guimont and host Chuck Joiner covers it all, along with some money-saving tips that are good year-round.

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Chuck Joiner is the producer and host of MacVoices. You can catch up with what he’s doing on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Kelly Guimont is a longtime Apple geek, sitting down (on a telephone book) in front of an Apple IIe in 1983. She can still hear the ticking of the ImageWriter. Thanks to the miracle of the adjustable leg desk, she no longer needs the phonebook. Kelly writes for The Mac Observer, is co-host of The Aftershow, makes regular appearances on the Daily Observations Podcast and the British Tech Network and yet still has more to say which she saves for Twitter

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as an marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through his web site or through Twitter.

Jeff Butts was a nerd long before they got their revenge. He’s been voiding warranties since the early 1980s, when he took apart his uncle’s 286 to try coaxing a bit more power out of the Hercules graphics controller. Either by luck or skill (or both), nobody ever knows he’s voided their warranty because Jeff knows and lives by the most important rule: don’t get caught. These days, when Jeff’s not voiding warranties, he’s writing about voiding warranties. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.


Kelly Guimont’s Picks and Mentions:

Orox Cord Minder


MiniDrive Nifty Air Micro SD Card Adaptor up to 200GB Storage Expansion for MacBook 

Samsung 256GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter

humangear Gotubb 3-Pack

Tom Bihn Synapse 19 backpack 

App Camp 4 Girls Kickstarter/Fundraiser (tax deductible)

MacVoices #17203: Kelly Guimont Provides An App Camp for Girls Update

Wirecutter Deals



Mark Fuccio’s Picks and Mentions:

Red Cross donation

Giant Microbe Pillows

Lapse It Pro

 – iTunes Direct Link

Ricoh Theta V 360 Spherical Camera


Amazon Trade-In


Jeff Butts’ Picks and Mentions: 

Elegoo UNO Project Smart Robot Car Kit v3

MOD-t (2nd Gen) 3D Printer

Ecovacs Deebot R95

The Arduino Inventor’s Guide

Chuck Joiner’s Picks and Mentions

Apple’s AirPods

eero wireless mesh network routers (use code “macvoices” to get free overnight shipping)

eero wireless mesh network routers (Amazon link) for domains and email accounts. (Get $2 off your first order with this link)

iTunes Gift Cards (discounted)