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Turkey-Day Tech Shopping Tips

Once again, I've tried to pare down a year's worth of experience and insights into a day's worth of copy. This time around, that copy consists of today's column, summarizing my thoughts on the current state of computers, cameras and television, plus online-only extras on MP3 players and smartphones.

As I'd said I would do, these pieces focus on how to shop, not what to buy. I don't want to tell you what one model you should pick up; I do want to help you narrow your choices to five or 10 products that might fit your own needs.

(This is the same approach I took last year, except then we ran three shorter columns--one on flat-panel TVs, one on digital cameras, one on home computers--instead of one long one. Which approach do you prefer?)

My stories today, in turn, form part of washingtonpost.com's holiday gift guide, which features advice and suggestions from Post writers and other sources.

Don't forget to tune into our podcast for a special, almost-"Alice's Restaurant"-long edition. It features more of me yammering about how to shop for computers, plus a sneak preview of Mike Musgrove's @Play column from this Sunday--an account of his short, electronic life as a red-headed rock singer named Debbi.

We'll have more gadget guidance throughout the rest of the year. I'll be doing a chat every week through December 20, and I'll continue to use this space to answer your tech-shopping questions as they arise.

Are you going to brave the electronics-retail jungle tomorrow, or whenever you awaken from a typtophan-induced daze this weekend? The comments below are an open thread... please tell me how things went.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 22, 2007; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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