I've gone from reading ~10 books per year to reading ~80 books per year, just because I always carry that thing with me since it's so small and light.
I also save a ton of money since printed books are so expensive in Australia, and out-of-copyright books are free.
The formatting of technical non-fiction books for e-readers has come a long way, too.
I didn't want a kindle for the longest time, because the process of browsing and choosing books was part of the fun, along with the smell and feel of paper.
That said I've bought one, and acquired a lot of material, and I've grown to like it an awful lot more than I ever expected I would.
Currently I'm planning a holiday to Helsinki, and I know that I'll be taking it with me because it is so very small, and contains a whole bunch of material. But I'll hate myself a little for it.
Which reader do you recommend?
For software I use Calibre, I have never used Amazon's own thing. If I buy from Amazon I use the USB cable and Calibre to transfer it, the WLAN/whispernet is always off. That way battery lasts for about a month and I don't get any "unexpected surprises" from Amazon 
I have held the Kobo in store and it's pretty much identical in terms of dimensions/clarity/weight. Not sure about the rest.
 Like this one: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18ama...
 Here's one on ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amazon-Kindle-3rd-Generation-WI-FI-w...
It is Correctly Designed and a joy to use.
How hot is that pan? Is my oven thermometer accurate? I'm proofing yeast, is this water too warm? How cold is my freezer? Is my smoker ready? Is that caramel done?
I got a cheap $15 one and I use it nearly every day.
But my only concern is that I've cooked my whole life without worrying about temperature. I have now learned how something "cooked" looks, and how long it should take. So if I were to get a temperature reading I'd have no knowledge of what the correct result should be.
I guess what I'm saying is that it seems like I'd need to retrain my whole cooking experience, which doesn't seem like it would be worth it.
Some more examples: If you want to make sure the oil for frying the chicken is at the right temperature, which is something you may already do with a conventional thermometer, this will make that faster and easier.
Wine experts (of which I am NOT one) have a whole "optimum serving temperature" list. The infrared thermometer is an easy way to check that. Beer, too. http://www.bettertastingwine.com/temperature.html
I mentioned checking your oven thermometer (which are notoriously poorly calibrated), but another use is finding hot/cold spots in your oven.
I don't do anything with chocolate, but if I did, I'd check the temperature with this.
When I make coffee or tea, I bring water to boiling... but then you're supposed to let it cool a bit, somewhere in the 180-200 degree range.
Beyond that, I'd say the aeropress coffee maker: http://www.amazon.com/Aerobie-AeroPress-Coffee-Espresso-Make...
I've now switched to one of the many metal-filters, which makes me happier.
Additionally the filters cost £3.99 as "add ons" at Amazon.co.uk, or £6.99 when purchased alone.
So trade-off is clear one metal filter costs the same as two packets of papers.
(Yeah, tried to persuade my wife to recycle, but she preferred the simplicity of pushing out the puck into the bin, so that was a losing battle.)
I grew up using pencils and ballpoint pens. I swore off fountain pens after some frustrating, messy experiences. In hindsight, I think I still lacked the fine motor skills necessary to get the best out of a fountain pen.
I took an interest again when I started working on a website selling fancy $2000 models, but the one I bought was less then $10. In my downtime I retrained my hand, and learned traditional copperplate-style handwriting.
Now, the simple act of signing my name is a completely different experience -- it feels like an act of craftsmanship.
But do buy a CHEAP one first. If you're used to writing with a ballpoint you'll be putting far too much pressure on the paper, and you'll probably ruin a nib or two before you get used to it.
Next time you sign a check with your fountain pen, take a damp sponge and see how easy it is to wipe the ink away... ;)
They do lay down a lot of ink, though, which will bleed through thin paper. However, with a decent notebook, you won't have any issues. Moleskine, unfortunately, is not a decent notebook in this regard.
Bic has just started to release disposable fountain pens as well, and while the nib isn't as good as the Varsity, it's better than my $60 Schrade fountain pen's nib. It doesn't lay down as much ink as the Varsity.
I have had some issues with drying times, but the ink is typically dry within a minute for my thickest ink blots.
In short, there are some good quality, cheap and disposable fountain pens on the market right now.
I use one now, but don't write stuff by hand very much on a daily basis. Which is kind of sad, because I agree- it is a an act of craftsmanship.
To start with, I'd recommend buying one of the cheaper Lamy Safari pens with a Fine nib, a plunger (not refills) and some Noodlers black ink.
Now, I work for a company which has a lot of music buffs. So I may actually upgrade to something that is a whole new level in music quality. But a part of me will really really cherish these earphones.
(P.S: I don't work for Shure. The only damn product that I have ever written a review for Shure. :|)
Granted, this is well out of the $100 ballpark, but they're still fantastic.
If you're looking for reference quality sound at under $100, look into the Etymotic in-ear headphones. Ridiculously good, though they are a bit weak on the low end of the spectrum (not enough that you won't feel bass on real punchy songs, but enough that they don't sound like any other headphone on the market).
I do see that the Westone's offer 4 drivers to the 535's two drivers, but unfortunately Headroom doesn't have the frequency response graphs for them yet. Otherwise, they seem very similar for features & specs (they both appear to use the same ear tips, which is good for finding the one that fits the best).
Of course, I'm lucky enough to live in Headroom's home town, so that helps these kinds of purchases immensely.
With 50mm drivers, they're the best sounding headphones I've ever used, and they're a steal at $32.
That said, the UM2s and Shures are around in case I misplace a pair or for going on rides/etc. where I am concerned about sweat.
Ideally, a whole block of them, but all you really need is one, and that'll run you less than $100.
No more laboriously sawing through an onion with that flimsy dull serrated piece of worthlessness. A good sharp knife should glide right through anything you care to stick between it and the board. Onions, tomatoes (without squishing), probably even your thumb a few times until you learn how to use it right.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels are my choice. Not overly expensive. Overly good at chopping things in half. Sorted.
My local butcher uses it so much it turns into a boning knife.
I would also add some personal opinion and say that all you need is a paring knife and chef's knife. Maybe a sharpening block. And Zwilling is my choice too.
A tournament chess set (vinyl board, plastic weighted pieces). Chess is an amazing game and a portable set will let you play more often and with more people.
Not even that expensive considering you can use less per shave because of the quality. The two best I have ever used are both fairly affordable and don't even need a bowl/brush:
men-u Shaving Cream:
Kiehl's Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream:
1936 Gillette DE FTW.
The improvement in productivity is well worth the $100.
Yes, I know, not $100. Sorry for breaking the rules. I don't know any "good" $100 monitors.
That author has some interesting thoughts on 4k in general as well as the Seiki brand.
I found the 50" version a little too large for my purposes I have my monitor wall mounted about 3ft in front of my face and 50" would create the Wimbledon effect.
Withings Pulse has a data export function too: https://withings.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/201488977-How...
Don't get me wrong, there are some downsides. The app can be a bit clunky and buggy on occasion. Some parts of it could be significantly improved. It also requires some dedication to your goals. There have been times where I accidentally ate a bit too much that day and have to go for a walk at 10pm at night.
The main benefit of it overall in my opinion is that it takes (most of) the guesswork out of getting to & maintaining your desired weight.
I've been learning bass for the last month and a bit, and it has made a big difference to how I feel about myself and my confidence that I can pick up an entirely new skill from scratch, and that I can make music.
With things like LMMS and Hydrogen available, and lots of royalty-free free sample packs available, it is entirely possible to write and perform music on the cheap.
And if you're still not convinced? The tech industry seems to want us to be 'rockstar' developers, devops, admins, growth hackers, etc... so why not literally become one too? ;)
but the great mechanical keyboards are over $100...should be able to get a second hand one for cheap.
I have had Zalman ZM-K500 mechanical keyboard since September and I can honestly say that I love it. It is also substantially less than $100 (£37) . The quality is not quite as nice as some of the more expensive mech keyboards out (the labels on my meta keys are rubbing off extraordinarily quickly...) there but it is leagues ahead of any of the membrane based keyboards I have tried.
I should have added that I got mine for about $120, including shipping.
Works like a charm and make noise few people in my office hate :)
I recommend picking up an IBM Model M. There are plenty out there for around ~ $20 (PS/2, no Windows key). Toss in a PS/2 -> USB adapter and you have an extremely high quality keyboard for next to nothing.
Then, the price point is just great. $35 is a steal for what it does.
It is also very thought out. It is very small and was the first product that I can think of that is just an hdmi dongle. Also, if your TV allows it, Chromecast can turn on your TV and switch the input to itself. Way too easy.
I recommend the New Wave, though I also have a Charge TTi. I find myself using them all the time, and they last a really long time. I still have, and use regularly, the Leatherman Super Tool that I got in the mid 90's. I keep one in my office, one in my care, my girlfriends car, and one in the utility room. Really nice to have a solid multitool nearby whenever you need one.
It made me think about the bandwidth hog the corporate email was too, even for casually checking. So I removed that account from the phone. When I choose I can listen to internet radio or surf the web and if I use too much the annoying balance notification is a good indicator that I should be doing other things.
But these days it probably doesn't matter what phone I use, as I leave the thing at home as often as I take it with me. Now I'm no longer on-call, via SMS, I just don't need the distraction.
Then I go into the kitchen at work and see people getting coffee while checking their email. wat.
A lot of secondhand bikes go really cheap and only need a little attention and your on your way to cheap and healthy transportation.
These aren't the ones I own personally but they seem similar enough. Basically a compression sleve that covers your lower leg.
I was running up to 10 miles when I started having shin pain for even less then a mile. Since getting them I'm comfortably back up to usual distances for 10+ miles. I even ran a marathon wearing them.
Other then that I have support running shoes (some asics) and orange super feet insoles. Unfortunately combined this probably worked out to 200 but I just went to shorts chalet and bought it all, didn't really look out for the best prices. I run on the road so I think it's pretty hard on my knees but with these three things combined I've had no problems over 6 months of a least 20 total miles a week (normally a 10 and two 5s).
Paired with some Dr. Scholl's sports gel inserts and a very slow rate of increase in distance and I was able to get to the 5K level.
I always denounced expensive shoes as heavily marked up brand mongering, but at least for athletic performance you really get what you pay for. I would recommend hitting up a real shoe store and getting fitted with the right shoes by a pro.
I'm trying to get into some sort of physical shape, but running is challenging to get into for me.
I actually started getting in shape with the basic cardio routine from Power 90. It's really easy to do anywhere and does a pretty good job of working up a sweat.
Stick with it and hopefully you'll find something that works for you!
Yes, I know most smart phones can do that, but not everyone owns a smart phone, and I prefer not to drain the battery on my phone
Measuring all of your flour, sugar, etc in grams will improve your baking a 100 fold. (It now assumes your recipes are based in ratios and metric though).
As a long time lurker, this news item feels too reddity for what was originally a software vc community. I understand that HN is getting more popular, and it's attracting broader content. However, Reddit has subreddits, so I can filter out the banal. Please don't let hacker news become digg.
Infrared thermometer for cooking is a fantastic example of using industrial-aimed tech for culinary perfection...
Trust me... just happen tonight.
Unfortunately only Spyderco makes these and they are priced right but looks too ugly for my taste. I think i might adjust my taste to shapes as my taste to steels is too rigid :)
- Pilot GTEC-C4 pens (great paired with Moleskine notebooks)
- An external USB battery pack
- A headphone splitter cable
- Hearos earplugs (the blue ones)
It makes making thick stews out of cheaper cuts of meat or beans really quick and easy. My cooking got a lot healthier after I got one.
6 smallish potatos
>Slice them all up into inch cubes
1kg stewing beef (cheap)
4 beef stock cubes in a teacup of boiling water
*2 cans of guiness
(10 min prep)
Put the lot in a slow cooker. Turn it on before you head to work. Take it off when you get home 10 hours later.
You now have 4 dinners worth of healthy stew!