The Raspberry Pi is perfect if your programmer is an electronics hobbyist. How do you know your programmer is an electronics hobbyist? They’re easy to spot in their natural habitat. Look for these 4 signs:
- Lying around the work station is a collection of tiny wires and electronics that look like computer parts.
- Likely has a saudering gun.
- Likes to try and control things (lights, robots, other computers) using devices they’ve built. Often failing and damaging house-hold electronics.
- Asks for help connecting tiny little wires because their fingers are too large. This probably isn’t a problem if the programmer is a female.
The Raspberry Pi is an amazing low-cost micro-computer. It’s basically a full-blown computer but it’s the size of credit card.
It can run various flavors of Linux/Unix, act as a Media Center, and even moonlight as a Microcontroller, which is great for developers who are looking to learn how to hack.
What the heck is an Arduino and why would my Programmer want one?
Good question, let me explain why your programmer (even if they aren’t an electronics hobbyist) would want an Arduino.
Arduino’s are microcontrollers that can run a single program at a time. You can program them to control other electronics (hence the name “micro-controller”.) They’re commonly used to control hobbyist robots and house-hold electronics.
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They’re very commonly used in University student projects.
These Computer Glasses were designed for those who stay in front of a monitor for a long time.
- Prevents your eyes from dryness.
- It’s cool to be nerdy in 2017. These glasses turn you into a nerdy-chic-magnet. Wait, that’s not politically correct. Correction: They turn you into a nerdy human magnet?
If you’re looking for a quiet keyboard, this is just about as quiet as they get. The “feel” of it is similar to an Apple keyboar.
The major features include:
- Bluetooth Connectivity
- Multi-Device Connectivity. Connect to:
- Apple iPads
- Android Tablets
This portable charger has a 20,000mAh capactity, which is a considerable amount. To give you some perspective, a 2017 Macbook Pro holds a 4,883mAh charge. So it could charge your laptop 4 times before it dies.
An iPhone 7 rougly holds a 2,000mAh charge. So you could charge it fully 8 – 10 times before the charger dies. This is a great choice for those who aren’t able to frequently charge their phone or forget to.
I own this Dell Ultra Wide Monitor and it’s incredible. It’s one of the first versions so it’s priced more reasonably than other Ultra Wide Monitors.
If you’re looking for a ultra-wide monitor and you want something that’s still going to perform, this should definitely go on your list.
This is a high-end laptop that’s great for gaming. I have the first version of this laptop and it’s definitely something I’d recommend.
This second installment and it advertises a huge improvement with the high-performance graphics card. As I stated before, this laptop is ideal for running games (I know there’s are A LOT of game developers here).
If you’re a “Mac Lover” and you have a few (ok, a lot of) dollars to spend, you can buy the latest version of the MacBook Pro, one of the most sought-after notebooks by developers who are not very fond of Microsoft.
This laptop has similar characteristics to the Surface II in that it’s a very high-end product. Mac Products are notoriously expensive but one reason is because they’re so reliable. A friend of mine still has his Macbook
from 2009 and it works the same as the day he bought it. If you purchase the Apple-care warranty for around $250, you basically get a “no questions asked” repair policy.
I couldn’t figure out why my camera kept cutting off when I was shooting video. Turns out my SD card wasn’t fast enough. This one is. Don’t make the same mistake I did.