IT people need love, too. Whether it’s your spouse, your employee, or a buddy who helps you out in a jam, your IT guy has been there for you all year round. He upgraded your system to Windows 7, recovered files from your damaged hard drive, and didn’t bat an eye when you brought in your malware-ridden home PC so he could have a “quick” look at it. This year, get the IT pros you know something special. Here are eight nerdy gift ideas for every budget.
The $450 4-bay Drobo Disk Array is an automated USB/Firewire800 disk array. Unlike most disk enclosures, the Drobo has an automated RAID controller built in, and it makes child’s play out of adding capacity when the array gets full. As long as at least two drives are installed, a single drive failure won’t destroy your data. It’s excellent for storing vast arrays of documents, music, video, and images.