MacVoices #23291 – MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide #3 (1)

The MacVoices Holiday Gift Guide Panel #3 of Brett Terpstra, Mark Fuccio, and Patrice Brend’amour offer up some unusual picks that range from geeky to practical. (Part 1)

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Show Notes:


0:00:41 Introduction to MacVoices Gift Guide
0:07:28 Flume Smart Home Water Meter: Monitor and conserve water usage
0:10:53 A House for Sale: $249, No Plumbing or Wires
0:12:53 Choosing the right hard drives for your RAID setup
0:15:20 Considerations when selecting the appropriate drive size and model
0:20:33 Importance of Backing Up Data
0:21:37 The Versatility of the Stream Deck
0:23:57 Stream Deck: A Gateway to Automation
0:28:08 Kasa Smart Mini Plug – A Convenient Home Automation Solution
0:30:19 Samsung USB-C Flash Drive: Fast and Portable Storage
0:32:35 Potential Displacement and Portability Issues
0:33:40 Smart Home Picks: Nanoleaf Essential Light Strips
0:43:43 Compatibility and Software Challenges with Home Automation


Brett Terpstra’s Picks:

ShiftCam SnapGrip – Mobile Battery Grip with Wireless Shutter Button – Magnetic Mount Snaps on to Any Phone – Built in Powerbank with Qi Wireless Charging – Tabletop Dock

CapGrip II Smartphone Camera Grip Holder w Remote Control Shutter 1/4″ Tripod Mount Phone Clip

Kasa Smart Plug Mini 15A, Apple HomeKit Supported, Smart Outlet Works with Siri, Alexa & Google Home, UL Certified, App Control, Scheduling, Timer, 2.4G WiFi Only, 4-Pack

Elgato Stream Deck Pedal – Hands-Free Studio Controller, 3 macro footswitches, trigger actions in apps and software

Elgato USB-C Stream Deck +, Audio Mixer, Production Console and Studio Controller for Content Creators, Streaming, Gaming, with Customizable Touch Strip dials and LCD Keys


Mark Fuccio’s Picks:

Flume 2 Smart Home Water Monitor & Water Leak Detector: Detect Water Leaks Before They Cause Damage. Monitor Your Water Use to Reduce Waste & Save Money. Installs in Minutes, No Plumbing Required

SAMSUNG Type-C™ USB Flash Drive, 256GB, Transfers 4GB Files in 11 Secs w/Up to 400MB/s 3.13 Read Speeds, Compatible w/USB 3.0/2.0, Waterproof


Patrice Brend’amour’s Picks:

Western Digital 16TB WD Gold Enterprise Class Internal Hard Drive

Nanoleaf Essentials Matter Bluetooth & Thread Smart LED Lightstrip 200″ Smarter Kit (5m) – RGB & Whites, Controller, App & Voice Control (Works with Apple Home, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings)

Chuck Joiner’s Picks:

Elgato Stream Deck XL – Advanced Studio Controller, 32 macro keys, trigger actions in apps and software

Smart Light Bulb, meross Smart WiFi LED Bulbs Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and SmartThings, Dimmable E26 Multicolor 2700K-6500K RGBWW, 900 Lumens 60W Equivalent, 4 Pack

Flame King YSNPQ810CGA Propane Torch Weed Burner with Integrated Lighter

amFilm Easiest Installation OneTouch for iPhone 15 Pro Max [6.7 Inch] Screen Protector Tempered Glass + Camera Lens Protector, Auto-Alignment Tech, Bubble Free, Case Friendly, Anti-Scratch

amFilm (2 Pack for iPad Pro 12.9 (2022, 2021, 2020, 2018) Glass Screen Protector for iPad Pro 12.9 inch, Tempered Glass, Ultra Sensitive, Face ID and Apple Pencil Compatible



Patrice Brend’amour is the creator, advocate and Product Manager of a global healthcare software initiative, which is not only pushing the industry to provide user-centered solutions using the latest advances in UX and technology, but also advancing the sharing of medical information between healthcare providers across the world. She is also an avid podcaster, mainly in the technology space, as well as a maintainer and contributor to a number of open source projects. Everything she does can be linked to from The Patrice, You can follow her on Twitter, and engage with her on the podcast, Foodie Flashback.

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as a 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 Twitter, LinkedIn, or on Mastodon.

Brett Terpstra is a coder, writer and web developer. He works behind the scenes at blogs including Engadget, Joystiq and The Unofficial Apple Weblog. He also writes for The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and contributes to Macworld. Brett develops Marked for Mac and recently co-authored “60 Mountain Lion Tips” with David Sparks for the iBookstore. He discusses all things “nerd” on his podcasts, Systematic and Overtired.You can find Brett as “ttscoff” on Twitter, and at his website,


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