Want to grill up some yummy food but don’t have an actual grill? The George Foreman Grill is a great substitute! Grill up burgers, chicken, bacon and more! They come in many different prices and sizes with one of the smallest ones being only $20 on Amazon (you can even use your Amazon Prime free two-day shipping!). Definitely is a staple for all college students!
This is a great computer program that has many benefits. F.lux is software that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. At night it tints your computer’s screen to a shade of orange to be easier on your eyes, preventing you from being blinded when you open your laptop at night and helping you get to sleep easier. This is another FREE product that you can use and I would definitely recommend it to all night owls!
One of the best things you can do when you first get new technology is download Prey. Prey lets you keep track of your laptop, phone, and tablet whenever they get lost or stolen. All you have to do is download the program onto your device and the best part is that it’s free! It allows you to remotely gather information regarding the device’s location, hardware and network status, and optionally trigger specific actions (such as taking pictures) on it. Luckily I’ve never had to use it but I have heard great reviews about it and there are countless great recovery stories.
Having your own laptop is just about the most convenient product you can have. The only problem is that they can be pretty expensive… Luckily there are still some options! The recently released Google Chromebook retails for just $249 and it gives you all the basic features you need in a computer. The only difference between a regular laptop and the Chromebook is that the Chromebook stores anything saved on it to the cloud, meaning you will need internet to access it. Overall though, it’s a great basic laptop and would be useful for any college student who wants their own computer.
Too lazy to spend a long time cooking? A slow cooker is the simplest way to make big, delicious meals! Just throw in some ingredients in at the beginning of the day and about 8 hours later you have some delicious food. It’s also great because there are tons of great websites to find recipes for slow cookers:
Some slow cookers can run on the more expensive side but some can be as cheap as $30 on Amazon. If you get a chance, be sure to invest in a slow cooker!
If you live within a reasonable distance to campus, a good bicycle is the best investment you can make. Not only can you save a lot of money on public transit and gas, it’s great exercise if you can’t make it to the gym. If you really want a good new bike, they’re going to run you at least $300 or so. However, you can find decent cheap ones on Craigslist for a variety of low prices. Be sure to do your research though because you don’t want to end up with a mediocre bike that you’ll have to spend hundreds on for maintenance. Burn off your freshman 15 the fun way by biking to school!
The Apple iPad and Microsoft Surface are two of the top advertised tablets on the market right now. How is their social media presence though?
- No official social media accounts
- 9,167,552 likes on unoffficial Facebook page
- 389,685 likes on Facebook
- 182,780 followers on Twitter
- Engaging content, consistently asking opinions from fans
- Failed endorsement from Oprah
I never even heard of IFTTT until today. After playing around with it for a bit, I realized it’s actually a really incredible tool! I added my Twitter, GMail, and YouTube accounts to the available channels and created two recipes: one that sends one of my friends an e-mail when I post a YouTube video and one that automatically posts my new YouTube videos to Twitter. I made these recipes because it allows my close friends to see exactly when I post a new video. It’s essentially an automated form of advertising my new videos, which is extremely convenient because it cuts down on the time it takes to distribute them.