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I'll keep this short and sweet, I usually get myself one big gift at Christmas.
I have done some counting and stuff and realized this year I have about 600 bucks left over after all my other gift purchases for myself (more then usual this year! woo!). This money has been accounted for and was deducted out of my paychecks and such so its not a question of needing to save it.
This year I am at a cross road between one of those new fangled Netbooks, or an Xbox360 (I have zero interest in a PS3). I have a Mac Powerbook but....its dated, running OS X 10.3, yet it does all I need it to do: take notes, store music, and surf the web as needed.
Heres what I would use each for:
Netbook: I am going back to school in the spring and fear my laptops battery might be semi-shot from years of use, so the netbook would be a cost effective way to replace it, as well as be a new techie toy to play with, it would be used entirely for notes, papers, and so on. Nothing technical at all or anything to push the hardware (might install a game or two for down time, but nothing serious). Never the less this would be a useful tool, but a simple battery replacement/diagnostic (to see if its really broke) might solve the Powerbooks problem, plus an OS upgrade.
Xbox360: I have been a devoted PC gamer for a very, very long time. But...I feel like I have entered a point where I just want to pick up a game, play for a bit, and put it back down. No longer do I sit for 12 hours and play the same game. Plus I migrated over to Linux to start learning some coding and such (I find the Linux environment much more conditional to this) and that has put a little damper on my "new" game...gaming. I have this suspicion that a console would be pretty damn fun to replace this. On top of that, gaming culture seems (just seems, not is) to be moving more toward consoles and away from PC's. Plus I play things like FFXI, and any FPS game exclusively, which....Xbox has FFXI, and some of the best FPS game series, that PC does not, and will not get.