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We came up with a holiday tech gadget gift guide that we believe DevOps Engineers and SREs would love. See what gadgets made the cut in our internal poll!

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    Holiday season is the perfect time to spoil not just your family, friends but your employees as well with gifts. In this blog post, we cover some geeky and not so geeky gifts that Devops Engineers and SREs would love. Here is your chance to play Santa for your hard working “elfs” who work throughout the year keeping your systems running smoothly!

    The list of gifts covered here are from an internal poll we had at Squadcast. We asked our engineers tech gadgets/gifts they would love to get their hands on. Not surprisingly, the resulting list has a good mix of geeky stuff. It contains new gadgets to ooh and ahh and damnnn over, from the outlandish high-concept ones to the downright handy.

    Best-case scenario, they are the kinds of gadgets that will make your lives more efficient, more entertaining, along with making your homes look cooler. Worst-case scenario, reading this article, will quell your boredom of being perpetually stuck at home in front of your monitor with only Alexa/Siri and an outdated gaming console for company (just kidding! or, are we?)

    On a brighter note, as 2020 ends, we hope this list cheers you up, and leaves you with something to look forward to in the coming year.

    In no particular order:

    1. DJI Mini 2

    Unsurprisingly this mini drone proved to be very  popular in our internal poll. With over 6 miles of remote range, 4k recording and ultralight weight, this is a perfect gift for all techies who love photography.

    Whether you are shooting a panoramic view or a timelapse ,the Mini 2 does not disappoint. Mixing the worlds of high-tech and art, a mini drone will always be appreciated.

    2. Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector

    The second most popular gift is an innovative mini-projector that is  perfect for movie nights. This gadget is great for viewing movies in your backyard or on camping trips with friends. Some features include a 200 ANSI Lumen lamp with Wi-Fi, a 8W Speaker, and support for a 100” image.

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    3. PS5 gaming console

    Sony’s latest gaming console is a must have for all serious gamers. With 4k support, an ultra fast SSD and a controller with haptic feedback, the PS5 makes running heavy-duty games look effortless. Understandably, it's hard to get your hands on one right now as it got sold out within seconds but it's well worth the wait.

    4. Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip

    The MacBook Air with M1 chip is the fastest version of the product range yet. Letting you mix play and work, the M1 chip performs extraordinarily well for both daily tasks and computation intensive work.

    5. Raspberry Pi 400

    This is perhaps the most portable computer ever made. An innovative take on the Raspberry Pi computer - this kit features a fully functional computer contained within the keyboard. You just need an external monitor and speakers to get started.

    6. XBox Series X and Series S

    To those who were unable to get their hands on the PS5 there is always the XBox. Boasting of 4K support, an ultra fast SSD and a monthly game pass subscription, both versions of the XBox are great entries into experiencing nextgen gaming.

    7. DRAGON'S LAIR X REPLICADE (Mini Arcade machine)

    Probably the king of all desk toys is this fully-functional mini arcade machine. After a hard day's  work of coding and fixing bugs, this is the perfect distraction. This unique gadget is a 1/6th scale replica of the original 1983 Dragon’s Lair arcade machine. It also supports an external USB controller.

    8. Nanoleaf Shapes: Hexagon Smarter Kit

    Bright, colourful  and interactive, three words to describe this unique home decoration. These programmable lights are great at creating an atmosphere whether it's a gaming or movie night at your home.

    9. DJi Osmo Pocket

    The best way to capture those timeless moments and adventures - the Osmo pocket is the  smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera made by DJI. Further features include the option to capture video footage in 4k 60 fps.

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    10. Arc Soundbar from Sonos

    Bring booming sound to your home with this compact soundbar from Sonos. With support for Dolby Atmos and compatible with major home entertainment systems, this soundbar perfectly complements the portable projectors our colleagues love.

    Our holiday gift list has something that everyone will love. Hobby electronics, entertainment products and high tech photography tools. ‘Tis the season to be merry and the season to give. And if you are an on-call engineer, go ahead and treat yourself this holiday season.

    Though this is not an exhaustive list, we hope some of your favourites are here. Meanwhile, we’d love to hear from you on the gadgets that you feel should make this list! Leave a comment or reach out over a DM via Twitter and let us know your thoughts.

    Wishing all our friends a safe and happy holiday season!

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    Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Tech Gadgets DevOps Engineers & SREs would love!

    Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Tech Gadgets DevOps Engineers & SREs would love!
    Dec 17, 2020
    Last Updated:
    Dec 17, 2020

    We came up with a holiday tech gadget gift guide that we believe DevOps Engineers and SREs would love. See what gadgets made the cut in our internal poll!

    Holiday season is the perfect time to spoil not just your family, friends but your employees as well with gifts. In this blog post, we cover some geeky and not so geeky gifts that Devops Engineers and SREs would love. Here is your chance to play Santa for your hard working “elfs” who work throughout the year keeping your systems running smoothly!

    The list of gifts covered here are from an internal poll we had at Squadcast. We asked our engineers tech gadgets/gifts they would love to get their hands on. Not surprisingly, the resulting list has a good mix of geeky stuff. It contains new gadgets to ooh and ahh and damnnn over, from the outlandish high-concept ones to the downright handy.

    Best-case scenario, they are the kinds of gadgets that will make your lives more efficient, more entertaining, along with making your homes look cooler. Worst-case scenario, reading this article, will quell your boredom of being perpetually stuck at home in front of your monitor with only Alexa/Siri and an outdated gaming console for company (just kidding! or, are we?)

    On a brighter note, as 2020 ends, we hope this list cheers you up, and leaves you with something to look forward to in the coming year.

    In no particular order:

    1. DJI Mini 2

    Unsurprisingly this mini drone proved to be very  popular in our internal poll. With over 6 miles of remote range, 4k recording and ultralight weight, this is a perfect gift for all techies who love photography.

    Whether you are shooting a panoramic view or a timelapse ,the Mini 2 does not disappoint. Mixing the worlds of high-tech and art, a mini drone will always be appreciated.

    2. Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector

    The second most popular gift is an innovative mini-projector that is  perfect for movie nights. This gadget is great for viewing movies in your backyard or on camping trips with friends. Some features include a 200 ANSI Lumen lamp with Wi-Fi, a 8W Speaker, and support for a 100” image.

    Unified Incident Response Platform
    Try for free
    Seamlessly integrate On-Call Management, Incident Response and SRE Workflows for efficient operations.
    Automate Incident Response, minimize downtime and enhance your tech teams' productivity with our Unified Platform.
    Manage incidents anytime, anywhere with our native iOS and Android mobile apps.
    Try for free

    3. PS5 gaming console

    Sony’s latest gaming console is a must have for all serious gamers. With 4k support, an ultra fast SSD and a controller with haptic feedback, the PS5 makes running heavy-duty games look effortless. Understandably, it's hard to get your hands on one right now as it got sold out within seconds but it's well worth the wait.

    4. Apple MacBook Air with M1 chip

    The MacBook Air with M1 chip is the fastest version of the product range yet. Letting you mix play and work, the M1 chip performs extraordinarily well for both daily tasks and computation intensive work.

    5. Raspberry Pi 400

    This is perhaps the most portable computer ever made. An innovative take on the Raspberry Pi computer - this kit features a fully functional computer contained within the keyboard. You just need an external monitor and speakers to get started.

    6. XBox Series X and Series S

    To those who were unable to get their hands on the PS5 there is always the XBox. Boasting of 4K support, an ultra fast SSD and a monthly game pass subscription, both versions of the XBox are great entries into experiencing nextgen gaming.

    7. DRAGON'S LAIR X REPLICADE (Mini Arcade machine)

    Probably the king of all desk toys is this fully-functional mini arcade machine. After a hard day's  work of coding and fixing bugs, this is the perfect distraction. This unique gadget is a 1/6th scale replica of the original 1983 Dragon’s Lair arcade machine. It also supports an external USB controller.

    8. Nanoleaf Shapes: Hexagon Smarter Kit

    Bright, colourful  and interactive, three words to describe this unique home decoration. These programmable lights are great at creating an atmosphere whether it's a gaming or movie night at your home.

    9. DJi Osmo Pocket

    The best way to capture those timeless moments and adventures - the Osmo pocket is the  smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera made by DJI. Further features include the option to capture video footage in 4k 60 fps.

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    Platform
    PagerDuty
    FireHydrant
    Squadcast
    Incident Retrospectives
    APM, Monitoring, ITSM,Ticketing Integrations
    Incident
    Notes
    On Call Rotations
    Built-In Public and Private Status Page
    Advanced Error Budget Tracking
    Try For free
    Platform
    Incident Retrospectives
    APM, Monitoring, ITSM,Ticketing Integrations
    Incident
    Notes
    On Call Rotations
    Built-In Public and Private Status Page
    Advanced Error Budget Tracking
    PagerDuty
    FireHydrant
    Squadcast
    Try For free

    10. Arc Soundbar from Sonos

    Bring booming sound to your home with this compact soundbar from Sonos. With support for Dolby Atmos and compatible with major home entertainment systems, this soundbar perfectly complements the portable projectors our colleagues love.

    Our holiday gift list has something that everyone will love. Hobby electronics, entertainment products and high tech photography tools. ‘Tis the season to be merry and the season to give. And if you are an on-call engineer, go ahead and treat yourself this holiday season.

    Though this is not an exhaustive list, we hope some of your favourites are here. Meanwhile, we’d love to hear from you on the gadgets that you feel should make this list! Leave a comment or reach out over a DM via Twitter and let us know your thoughts.

    Wishing all our friends a safe and happy holiday season!

    Squadcast is an incident management tool that’s purpose-built for SRE. Your team can get rid of unwanted alerts, receive relevant notifications, work in collaboration using the virtual incident war rooms, and use automated tools like runbooks to eliminate toil.

    squadcast
    What you should do now
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Schedule a demo with Squadcast to learn about the platform, answer your questions, and evaluate if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    • Curious about how Squadcast can assist you in implementing SRE best practices? Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    • Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    • Get a walkthrough of our platform through this Interactive Demo and see how it can solve your specific challenges.
    • See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management
    • Share this blog post with someone you think will find it useful. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Reddit
    What you should do now?
    Here are 3 ways you can continue your journey to learn more about Unified Incident Management
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    See how Charter Leveraged Squadcast to Drive Client Success With Robust Incident Management.
    Share the article
    Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or LinkedIn.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    See Redis' Journey to Efficient Incident Management through alert noise reduction With Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Compare Squadcast & PagerDuty / Opsgenie
    Compare and see if Squadcast is the right fit for your needs.
    Compare our plans and find the perfect fit for your business.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Learn how Scoro created a solid foundation for better on-call practices with Squadcast.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Discover the platform's capabilities through our Interactive Demo.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
    We’ll show you how Squadcast works and help you figure out if Squadcast is the right fit for you.
    Experience the benefits of Squadcast's Incident Management and On-Call solutions firsthand.
    Enjoyed the article? Explore further insights on the best SRE practices.
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