Tech accessories to be thankful for
We sweat the large purchases, the Macs and iPhones and iPads and Apple Watches, however our technology-using lives would fall aside (or no less than be so much much less satisfying) with out accessories. There’s no longer regularly a lot glamour in being the glue that holds in combination a workflow, the spackle that smooths over an another way unpleasant transition. So this Thanksgiving season I believed I’d shine a focus on one of the crucial accessories that I depend on.
I’ve attempted a host of iPad stands, however my favourite continues to be the Viozon iPad Pro Stand, which turns your iPad right into a miniature iMac. The clamps are robust sufficient to hang my iPad securely and the hinge we could me place it both horizontally or vertically. I write 1000’s of phrases each week on an iPad clipped right into a Viozon stand.
Once you’ve caught your iPad in a stand, you’ll want one thing to sort on. Keyboards are an issue of private selection, however at this time I’m utilizing a Keychron K2 with brown switches. It works with Mac, Windows, iOS and Android, by means of USB or Bluetooth. I additionally just like the Vortex Race three, any other compact mechanical USB keyboard.
To hook up a USB keyboard to an iPad Pro, you need to use the USB cable integrated within the field, together with a USB A-to-USB C adapter. But why take a seat and lament the dongle way of life when you’ll be able to purchase new cables? I infrequently ever use an adapter anymore, as a result of I’ve were given USB-C cables for Mini USB, Micro USB, or even USB-B. Replace the ones cables for your iPad or Mac that you just stay connecting to adapters with local USB-C cables and don’t glance again.
Speaking of USB, now and again it’s handy to have it within reach, both for energy or to attach exterior units. I latterly were given a new table, and learned I sought after to get a complete bunch of USB cables off the highest of the table. I purchased a reasonable USB hub from Amazon, velcroed it to the ground of my table, and hooked up a number of USB peripherals there—and now handiest want a unmarried visual USB cable to run to my iMac.
(Speaking of which, in the event you’re taking a look for tactics to unclutter your workspace: purchase a roll of Velcro and stick stuff to the bottom and again facet of furnishings.)
Sticking to the uncluttering theme for a second, it’s all the time great to have energy—but additionally have it out of the best way. I’ve purchased a few APC surge protectors, which can be gentle sufficient to velcro below a table. The battery in my uninterruptible energy provide makes it method too arduous to put any place however the flooring, so I concealed it in a nook, purchased some quick extension cords, and concealed them below a twine duvet velcroed to my place of work carpet.
I’ve were given a couple of units—a flooring lamp and a dehumidifer to identify two—that I’d like to be ready to keep watch over remotely by means of HomePackage. The units themselves are dumb, however now they act sensible as a result of they’re plugged into WeMo Mini Smart Plugs, unobtrusive little units that may be remotely managed to flip energy on or off to a person outlet. I’ve were given my flooring lamp hooked up to a battery-less Philips Hue Tap Switch, whilst my dehumidifier is a part of a number of Home Automations in Shortcuts for iOS.
External knowledge garage
I spent this summer season checking out the early beta variations of macOS Catalina no longer by way of putting in it on my interior power, however by way of booting my iMac off a Samsung exterior SSD. An exterior SSD is rapid, tiny, and silent. You may just velcro it to the again of your iMac and deal with it as a 2d “internal” power and no person would be the wiser.
I ended utilizing a bedside alarm clock a couple of years in the past, changing it with Night Stand mode on my Apple Watch. I dock my Apple Watch on this Classic Mac-shaped Elago stand at night time, however in the event you don’t love the unique Mac design that a lot you’ll be able to pass with fundamental black.
While my Apple Watch fees at the little Mac stand in a single day, my iPad Pro is plugged in to this Anker USB-C Charger, which sits on my nightstand and likewise fees my Kindle and some other USB units I’ve were given round. (I unplug this charger and produce it with me once I go back and forth, too.)
Finally, once I’m operating at my table I’m generally listening to track by means of a really nice set of exterior audio system, hooked up by means of my iMac’s headphone jack. Unfortunately, those audio system are an adjunct you’ll be able to not purchase—it’s the iPod Hi-Fi, a discontinued Apple product circa 2006. Thirteen years later, it nonetheless sounds nice—and whilst its compatibility with iPods ceased handiest a few years after its unlock, thank you to its integrated auxiliary audio jack, it’s an adjunct that’s nonetheless operating greater than a decade later. Let’s see the place the HomePod is in 2032.