Arguably the best online destination for "life hacks", ranging from real world tips like, "How to Customize Your Apartment Without Pissing Off Your Landlord" to software solutions like bypassing Pandora's listening limit with an Android App, Lifehacker is a favourite daily read for many of us seeking both extremely simple and occasionally involved solutions to everyday problems. Lifehacker contributor, Whitson Gordon, describes himself as a "conflicted Mac and Linux geek" with a strange (if not brilliant) obsession with chopsticks. Confused? Read on and learn about how chopsticks changed this tech-lover's life, alongside 9 other items in his tech repertoire...
Custom-Built Hackintosh This is my main computer; a custom PC that I've tweaked to run Mac OS X. I do most of my work in OS X, but I also spend a good amount of time in Linux, and even Windows when I feel like busting out a late night gaming session. This thing is my baby--it's got some nice power behind it, two big monitors, and it's been customized down to the last pixel, so when I'm stuck using my MacBook or my Linux netbook it feels like I'm missing part of my arm.
HTC Thunderbolt I'm pretty impressed by the iPhone 4, but I don't think I could ever give up the freedom I have on Android. Being able to choose my own keyboard, get extra features through custom ROMs, and otherwise customize every inch of phone is about as good as it gets. My newest Android phone is the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon, and it's incredible. It's super fast, has a big beautiful screen, and the 4G connection just screams. I never leave home without it.
Custom-Built Home Theater PC My home theater PC, souped up with the open source XBMC media center software and hooked up to my TV, is a point of pride for me. I built this thing myself, and did everything the hard way, so it took forever to get up and running. Unintentionally, though, that gave me the freedom to do nearly anything I want with it: \not only do I have tons of Blu-Ray rips that I can watch on demand, but I've got old school video games that I can play with an Xbox controller, tons of streaming video from the web, and even support for the universal remote I already use for the rest of my home theater. It isn't my absolute favorite piece of tech, but it's the one I'm most proud of since it's the one I've put the most work into.
TiVo HD There was a period of time where I thought I could add a TV Tuner card to my home theater PC and use it as the center of my home theater, but no matter what I tried, nothing worked as seamlessly as the TiVo. It records shows from cable or an antenna (I've been cable-free for two months), streams Netflix like a dream, and generally is the best TV companion I've had yet. I've tried, but I just can't give it up.
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 Computer Speakers I pretty much start cranking the music as soon as I wake up in the morning, and don't stop until I fall asleep a night, so I love having good speakers at my workspace. These Klipsch computer speakers sound awesome, and have caused many an angry letter to be slipped under my door complaining about the noise. Needless to say, I've also invested in a pair of Sennheiser HD 202's for when my death metal-hating neighbors are trying to sleep.
Logitech MX Revolution Mouse I'll never use another mouse again after using the Logitech MX Revolution. I need a big mouse, despite my small hand, and its ergonomic shape fits them like a glove. It's got a few extra buttons that I can assign to functions on my computer, as well as a button that quickly switches between normal scrolling and hyper-fast smooth scrolling, which is perfect for those long web pages (or music libraries).
West Bend Egg McMuffin Maker It's a toaster, that also poaches eggs. And it can even do it after 10:30 AM. I don't need to tell you why this is awesome.
Nikon D90 DSLR I'm not an experienced photographer by any means, but I finally got my hands on a nice, high-quality camera for myself and I'm having a ball learning about it. It's great for taking photos to go along with my blog posts, or pursuing my own little photography endeavors just for fun.
Basic Tool Kit When I got this basic tool kit as a high school graduation gift, I didn't expect to use it much. How wrong I was. It's got screwdrivers of all sizes for taking apart my computers, tape measures and pliers for the days I'm overhauling my desk and workspace, and other tools that I always seem to find some offbeat use for. I end up pulling this out of the closet on a regular basis.
Chopsticks This is the one people laugh at me for the most, but the fact of the matter is my love for technology is only equaled by my love for potato chips, and I don't like to dirty up my tech with greasy fingers. One of our readers at Lifehacker suggested I start eating my potato chips with chopsticks, and it was one of the most genius things I've ever heard. No joke, I actually do this regularly.