Best Holiday Gift Ideas to Make Your DevOps Happy!

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With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to stop procrastinating and start thinking about what to get that peculiar officemate or friend who takes technology a little too seriously (as if such a thing is possible!)

In case the Star Wars R2D2 lunch kit isn’t good enough, or the Minecraft foam sword for that matter, here are a few things that are guaranteed to wipe the strange smirk off the face of your geek friend!

 

 

Online & Subscription Courses

 

Every geek loves to learn new stuff. So, why not an online course to add to their repertoire of abstract knowledge? There’s bound to be something here to tickle the fancy of any DevOps aficionado.

 

 

Introduction to DevOps on Udacity

 

When it comes to online technology learning Udacity is hard to beat. Since its inception in 2011, Udacity has covered everything from “Introduction to Programming” to “Deep Learning.” This free 3-week course will give your geek friend some much needed practical skills about the challenges that companies face today when deploying scalable software.

 

 

Docker for DevOps Course on Udemy

 

Udemy is another big name in online learning and this course will be sure to inspire your friend to new heights in DevOps. Specifically, this 7.5 hour course will teach them how to build and deploy web applications with Docker in an automated way.

 

 

Cloud Computing: The Cloud and DevOps

 

Lynda.com online classes are known for superior quality. This short course offers a business case for DevOps on the cloud and reviews some of the major solutions on the market like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

 

 

Funny Gadgets

 

Geeks love to collect stuff that the average person would find . . . well, frankly kind of useless. So here goes (don’t say we didn’t warn you!)

 

 

iBell iPhone Alarm Clock Cradle

 

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Geeks keep crazy hours and so may have trouble getting out of bed when the sun comes up. In a strange case of Saturday night “retrofit” fever, someone decided to take the bells of a traditional alarm clock and join them to a snug iPhone cradle. After downloading the free app, geeks the world over can now wake up feeling like it’s 1976.

 

 

Star Wars R2-D2 Hot Air Popcorn Popper

 

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While binge watching previous seasons of “Big Bang Theory” your geek friend is bound to get hungry. Now, with this contraption,  they can more easily make popcorn and be sure not to miss an episode.

 

 

Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Mug

 

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Drink hot chocolate from this while watching “Ghostbusters” – the epic nerd movie. When the Stay Puft Marshmallow man goes up in flames, go for a refill.

 

 

Bluetooth Handset Gloves

 

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Truly for the geek that has everything but needs an extra hand to talk to when it’s cold outside. This pair of gloves has a bluetooth headset built into the left glove and can work for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices.

 

 

Lockitron: Unlock Your Door Without Keys

 

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Bring “forgetting to lock the door” into the digital age with this fun hack. Now every geek far and wide will enjoy leaving the door unlocked when going to work just to have an excuse to play with this device for the next 8 hours.

 

 

Geekware

 

These clothing lines will make your geek friends the talk of the town!

 

The Librarian Party: Make America Read Again T Shirt

 

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It’s the T Shirt that started a revolution and for our geek friends in the U.S., the party has just begun.

 

 

Guitar Shirt

 

Yeah, that’s a shirt and someone is playing it. How cool is that?!

 

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I’d Rather Be Reading Pullover

 

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99.9% of the population would rather be doing something else than the present activity. For the more sensible minded introvert in your life, give them some way to communicate their true passion to the world. This Lightweight Pullover is 100% cotton and comes in a nice, sleek-looking Heathered Gray. It’s bound to knock the argyle socks off of your geek friend.

 

 

 

USB Enabled Thermoelectric Cooler

 

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Geeks tend to become easily absorbed (nay, all-consumed) with the tasks at hand. In cases where they simply can’t make it to the fridge for their favorite soda, why not bring the fridge to them with this fancy portable cooler. Once they plug it into the computer, no more lame excuses for stepping aside for a drink; they’re set for the next 18 hours!

 

 

DevOps Hacks

 

These are a few “cloud delights” that are sure to put your geek friend in 7th heaven. Minimally, the gifts here should keep them busy (and out of trouble) in 2017.

 

Attend the JAX DevOps Conference

 

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If your geek friend is into Continuous Delivery, Microservices, Docker & Cloud stuff, then they’ll want to be in London April 3-6, 2017. JAX is where it’s at when it comes to finding in-depth knowledge of the latest technologies and methodologies for lean businesses. Sign up for the early bird special by January 26 and fly on over to London the first week of April.

 

Sponsor a Project on Stelligent

 

Stelligent is a top provider of DevOps Automation in the AWS cloud and has been at this game since 2009, which is pretty much ancient history for the cloud. The company aims for “one-click deployment” and strives to make that process as easy and seamless as possible. Every DevOps geek will love Stelligent’s no nonsense approach to continuous delivery.

 

Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation

 

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Despite the digital reading revolution, geeks still like the hardcovers and the thicker, the better. This one has become a classic in the field.  Winner of the 2011 Jolt Excellence Award, Continuous Delivery is a resource that belongs on the shelf of every DevOps nerd. You won’t be able to wait to hear all the new insights your geek friend gains on how to enable rapid, incremental delivery of high quality, valuable new functionalities to end users.

 

 

Introduce Them to Monitis Performance Monitoring

 

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Geeks do worry at times and it’s safe to say that they also fret about the possibility of their favorite gaming website crashing. Why not give your friend some peace of mind this season? A subscription to Monitis will give them the assurance they need of 99.99% uptime at all times. No longer must they worry that GameMasterTips.com will crash unexpectedly.

 

 

Hard to Classify Stuff

 

Warning! This article writer does not take responsibility for the weirdness of these gifts.

 

Original, Authentic Floating Levitating Plant Pot for Air Plants

 

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For the green-thumb greek who has it all, this levitating plant pot will be sure to provide hours of amusement while contemplating how it defies the laws of gravity.

 

 

 

Fred & Friends Cheese Log Board and Knife Set

 

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Now your geek friends can channel their inner lumberjack with this brand new log ax and cutting board set. For geeks who take cheese-cutting very seriously, this is da bomb!

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