Monday, June 4, 2012

Father's day reflections: my father, the electronics enthusiast

With father's day around the corner, it's time once again to figure out what I'm going to get my dad. Like many men, he is an electronics enthusiast through and he is what companies like (or love) call a "pioneer"-someone who just can't wait to buy the latest gadget, the fastest computer, the largest HDTV and anything else you can think of. His obsession definitely has its benefits, though. My sister and I regularly go through your graveyard "Electronics" and get fully functional computers, DVD burners and all kinds of accessories.

But this gift from her to buy the latest electronics indicates that much harder to figure out what to get him for his birthday, father's day and Christmas. My sister and I are planning on buying a new digital camera for father's day, which features 7.0 megapixels, a 3 x optical zoom and a special setting for taking pictures on eBay. Dad is an avid eBay seller, and photos right can make the difference between selling an item at a decent price and at a great price. New digital cameras that have the special configuration would complement two of his passions eBay: eBay and electronics.

We are also thinking of buying him a GPS receiver. Global positioning system is a set of satellites in orbit high above the Earth, and a GPS receiver can tell you, in terms of latitude and longitude, exactly where you are. Some GPS receivers have internal mapping tools that include not only road maps, but which also show places of interest. Thus, for example, when father of trip and need to find a gas station, he can "ask" the GPS system where is the nearest petrol station and then receive instructions to him.

A GPS receiver is also perfect for a new "sport" that I became interested in and one that I think Dad would love it. Geocaching is a hobby that is a bit like a treasure hunt. People from all over the globe hide small containers containing trinkets and logbooks, verify the latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates of hideouts and post them online. You can go online and find the coordinates of caches close to where you live or travel, insert them into your GPS receiver and then try and find the cache. It is not as easy as it looks, but it sure is a lot of fun. After finding a cache, you can pick up a trinket, leave a trinket and sign the logbook. He expressed an interest in geocaching, and since he does a lot of traveling for work, my sister and I think a GPS receiver and a book about geocaching can make the perfect father's day gift.

In my heart, I know that our father will appreciate any gift that we can choose. Any kind of electronics will please your fancy, and I'm sure he'll enjoy a digital camera or a GPS system. The only thing we have to worry about is if he is going to go out and buy one for yourself before we get the chance to give your father's day gift!


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