All I don't want for Christmas

  @FortuneMagazine December 5, 2013: 7:00 AM ET
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Hey, Santa, it's me again, and I'm sorry, but this year I'm going to be a little harder to please than I have been in the past. I don't want a toy. I don't want a brand-new self-defining object. I want something different. What I want may be harder for you to deliver, although you'll be happy to hear you may require a smaller sleigh. With the price of reindeer feed being what it is, that has to be good news for you. So listen up.

Don't bring me anything made of plastic. I've had enough toys to last me a lifetime, and I'm actually at the point where I resent putting aside my old one more than I appreciate acquiring the new one. I liked my first-generation iPad. Then I got my second-generation iPad. Now I have a third-generation iPad. Or is it a fourth? I don't know. Whichever it is, it's about as superior to the prior generation as my kids' generation is to mine. And I don't need a new case for what I've got either. I like the one I have.

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