Once again the season is upon us, so here are some inexpensive technology gift suggestions that will jingle the bells of any geek in your life.

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Once again the season is upon us, so here are some inexpensive technology gift suggestions that will jingle the bells of any geek in your life.

Say it with a speaker: While we may have iPods, computer media centers and other devices that play our favorite songs, it’s for naught if the speakers or headsets don’t measure up.

Of course, there are the big-name speaker brands, but there are some really great speaker systems out there that will blow you away when you see and hear them.

Do yourself a favor and check out the offerings from The Speaker Company (www.thespeakercompany.com).

The company finds the best loudspeaker companies that manufacture the needed components. Then it tweaks the drivers and other electronic components, even designs the enclosures. The results yield high-end quality speakers at affordable prices.

Check out the TST1 High Performance Tower Speakers, for example. These 4-foot-tall speakers look like the ones costing thousands, sporting a beautiful black-ash vinyl finish with inlaid glass tops. They are magnetically shielded with tweeters, midrange cones and side-firing woofers. Only you will know you paid $199.98 for the pair.

Thumb your nose at hackers: There are lots of thumb drives you can get for next to nothing these days but if security is high on someone’s mind, check out the IronKey (www.thinkgeek.com). This impressive-looking flash-memory device, finished in brushed stainless steel, is available in 1 to 8 gigabytes of storage. It protects what’s in there with military-strength encryption via a hardware-encryption chip that scrambles the data so as to be completely unreadable without a password. And a hacker won’t get that either.

The built-in password manager application first locally encrypts with 256-bit AES using randomly generated keys encrypted with a SHA-256 hash of your device password, and then it’s doubly encrypted with 128-bit AES hardware encryption. After 10 incorrect password attempts, the encryption chip self destructs, making the contents of the flash drive totally unreadable.

And if a physical attempt is made to get inside, the unit is filled with epoxy so the internal chip would just be damaged, making it all worthless. It’s even electron-shielded so a scanning electron microscope can’t see inside the thing. In other words, your data inside are really safe. Works with Windows, Mac and Linux. $69.99 to $249.99.

Protect your lap: You have a laptop but your lap’s top may not be up to holding it. Check out Logitech’s Comfort Lapdesk for Notebooks (www.logitech.com). Its four-layer heat-shielding design protects your delicate lap from overheating so you can work and play with your portable computer in comfort and style.

The Comfort’s soft, air-mesh fabric underneath its rigid surface fits snugly and feels really good on your legs without slipping. And at $39.99, your wallet will feel great as well.