Stop Looking Down When You Work

More and more people are working in coffee shops, co-working spaces, in parks, in their cars, in caves?, at the gym, at home, and WHEREVER all on a small laptop. And they’re all looking down at their screens. Seriously, we’re going to start looking less upright soon, and more like gelatinous hunched over blobs if we keep it up. Blob stuff aside, there is a cheap way to curb the downward curvature from solidifying, and that’s by getting a laptop stand. Yes, there are some that are ridiculously expensive, but we’ve found one for $28 on Amazon. Yep, for realz. It’s awesome. Now, you will need to have an extra wired or wireless keyboard and mouse/trackpad, but you can also find those on the cheap. Here’s a link to the amazing laptop stand:   By the way, are you looking for a new job? Hired just may be able to help with that. Take our custom-made Hired quiz and find out if they can work for you today!   Hired Quiz!...

Wake Up Without Hitting the Snooze Button

I’ve struggled off and on with waking up when I intended to wake up. Inevitably I hit the snooze button between 3-10 times before waking up fully (or at least dragging myself out of bed and moving). Sometimes I even sleep through all the ridiculous alarms setup for myself. I’ve tried a number of things: Set 3 different alarms: iPad, iPhone, and traditional alarm clock Set multiple alarms on devices with different annoying tones Set multiple alarms on devices with music that I like Set traditional alarm clock with annoying buzzer or to a station that sucks, which is most of them. Leave inspirational notes on the dresser Leave very heavily worded notes on the dresser Have a large posterboard with text in red with visual prompts to get the fuck up Tell myself the night before that I simply must get up None of this shit worked. My semi-conscious self would always sabotage me and dreamland would win out over and over again. It was this weird cycle, and it had to end. How would I do it? Would I hire someone to come and pour hot coconut oil on my forehead? That wasn’t going to work and sounded way too expensive. What about using one of those apps where I have to pay money when I don’t wake up on time. That too sounded expensive. Then I found it, the holy fucking grail of alarm clock apps. This may be old news to a lot of you out there, but I’ve just discovered it so I’m sharing it. Mathe Alarm Clock – By Jarig Richter-Peill    ...

How to Replace Optical Drive, Install SSD, Keep Original HD in Macbook

Written by Jeremy Nickel I’m typing up this step-by-step in the midnight hour as a followup to my previous post about the Optibay/Fenvi alternative I found on Amazon. (See the post here). I must give credit where credit is due right off the bat.  Various articles helped me complete the process in its entirety, though I hope to explain most steps right here. The major helpers for me were: Lifehacker and the Mac Observer Without further adieu, here we go…. 1) Ordering the Hardware and Tools Order the hardware, including the must have Solid State Drive, replacement enclosure, and #00 screwdriver.  This step-by-step is for a Macbook unibody late 2008 model.  If you have another model I’d check out the Apple specs on it and make sure you get the right tools (I’ve included a link to go directly to Mac tool sets on Amazon). An optional item is an enclosure for your ‘soon to be removed’ superdrive. It’s totally up to you where you go and get your gear at, and Newegg often has some great deals, so you may want to check them out (Newegg.com).  However, I’ve put together some Amazon links for you, where you can buy all the items you need for the task. Solid State Drives on Amazon Hard Drive Caddy Tray for Apple Unibody MacBook / MacBook Pro 13 15 17 SuperDrive (Replacement Only) Mac Tool Kits White USB2.0 Slim DVD / CD RW Burner External Enclosure Caddy Case with SATA Connetor For Laptop Notebook burner [ Case only!! Drive is not included !!] 2) Download Carbon Copy Cloner (free download at: http://www.bombich.com/)...

Optical Drive Replacement Enclosure – A Cheap Optibay & Fenvi Alternative

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of money to be throwing around.  As I type this I’m using a late 2008 Macbook, and it works great…..for day to day things like blogging, watching videos, etc.  But if I want to use high-end applications like Final Cut or Logic, I know I could use a boost. If I had a lot of cash to throw around, I’d just get a new Macbook Pro with all the bells and whistles, including a Solid State Drive.  Because I don’t, I thought I’d go ahead and take a friend’s word of advice and look into getting the now famous (at least in geek culture) Optibay Drive from MCE, so that I could throw in a nice solid state drive to run my system/applications from.  From what I hear (and see on Youtube videos) it boosts application and boot speeds tremendously. Ok, so it turns out that I want to save even more money… The thing is, I thought to myself….$100 is a lot to pay for an enclosure, there has to be something cheaper out there.  I’m sure I had the thought to myself that maybe something could be derived from household items and held together with duct tape.  Knowing full well (from experience mind you), that this would end in failure, I took to the great web. This time, it went well (I didn’t have to sift through countless irrelevant sites that inexplicably ended up on the first page from a Google search). I found a product that is much cheaper and appeared to provide the same...

Apple EarPods Review – pretty damn stealthy

If you’ve ever owned a pair of (and actually used) original ear buds that shipped with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, then you know they aren’t exactly outstanding. Sure, they’re alright if you need some sound to drown out a noisy cube mate, or to simply hear WORDS, but ultimately the buds are lackluster. Apple has finally upped the ante with the new Earpods, and they’re not exorbitantly priced, which is a nice surprise for the majority of us out there in the “wow I really don’t make much cash at all, even compared to the middle class entry-level code-monkey engineer.” Why you may ask, are they so exceptional? 1) Sturdiness These bitches are sturdy. I know this isn’t a standard way to start a review, talking about how sturdy something is when the main concern is audio quality, but I had to do it. The reason I had to do it is because of the following very real and very recent occurrence. Recently I was on a flight home using the hell out of my Earpods. When the plane landed I quickly zipped them up in my jacket pocket (for what reason I don’t know, it always takes me forever to get out of there cuz I’m always in coach somewhere near the back). I promptly forgot I had done so, and while still not remembering that I had placed them there, I decided to wash the jacket. After the jacket had gone through a full wash and dry cycle with other clothing friends, I then remembered that my recently purchased Earpods were left for warping. I generally...