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  • peterburk 3:24 am on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Mains 8 F to Kettle Mains M

    Mains 8 F to Kettle Mains M

    When in China, I used this to power up my roommate’s rice cooker in order to boil pasta.

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  • peterburk 3:16 am on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Personal Size NLT Student's Life Application Bible 

    Personal Size NLT Student's Life Application Bible

    Personal Size NLT Student’s Life Application Bible

    My first Bible was the same one, but hard-cover. I bought the Personal Size one in 2007 to make my bag lighter. I still read it every single day, and God often uses it to speak helpful words of guidance into my life, just when I need to hear them!

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  • peterburk 1:41 am on January 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    MacBook Pro 15" 2012 

    MacBook Pro 15 2012

    MacBook Pro 15″2012

    AppleCare is the best tech support ever! When I went to university in 2007, my parents bought me a MacBook Pro. It was slightly cheaper than normal thanks to an educational discount at the campus bookstore, and they also insisted that I get a 3 year warranty. That is the best advice I’ve ever been given.

    That first laptop needed to go in for repairs 7 times over its life span of 3 years. The motherboard was replaced, top case, battery, display (though it wasn’t cracked)… many different problems came up. None of them were intentional damage, I promise! I do use my laptop all day every day though.

    2 months before the warranty expired in 2010, I took it in for another repair, and asked the Genius Bar staff in Manchester if they’d consider making an exception in this case, due to the significant repair history. They told me to wait, so I went off for dinner. Halfway through, they phoned me. “Would you like a matte screen or glossy?” Suddenly I had double the RAM to 2GB, double the hard drive space to 320GB, and a brand-new unibody MacBook Pro!

    Fast-forward 2 more years to 2012, and the same type of problem happened again. This time I only had 6 repairs from different stores, in Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland – all over the world. I still had 6 months left before the warranty was expiring, but I was leaving the UK again shortly after. Sure enough, Apple was willing to replace my computer again! Now I have 4GB of RAM and 500GB of hard drive space.

    So for the cost of 2 warranties, I’ve had 2 laptop upgrades from Apple. By contrast, my previous iBook G3 dual USB from 2001 lasted very well until 2007 without a problem. The AppleCare Extended warranty is still worth buying, even though most Macs are very reliable!

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  • peterburk 3:51 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Plastic Bags

    Plastic Bags

    These keep my chopsticks clean, and keep water away from metal screwdrivers and the multimeter to prevent rust or rain damage.

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  • peterburk 3:29 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    USB Lighter USB Lighter 1 USB Lighter 2

    USB Lighter

    I don’t smoke, but I do like birthday cake. This is excellent for lighting candles! It was needed at Christmas in Geneva, when nobody in the church service had a lighter. The AICandle app on my iPhone doesn’t generate heat, although it does look pretty. With a PowerPot, this USB lighter completes the cycle of electronic survival kit!

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  • peterburk 3:14 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Headphones 3.5mm M to Ears M, Remote

    Headphones 3.5mm M to Ears M, Remote

    If you click the volume up button on the headset while the Camera app is open, it will take a photo! This can be very useful if you stand the phone on a counter, and want to take a group photo.

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  • peterburk 1:26 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Eye shades

    Eye shades

    My dad likes to wear these with a head torch.

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  • peterburk 12:22 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Raspberry Pi

    Raspberry Pi

    This is necessary for mounting SD cards from cameras, USB cameras, or USB phones to share their photos over a local WiFi network to my iPhone without a laptop or internet access.

    See the following blog for links to Raspberry Pi Forum posts explaining the process of version 1. The first one was pickpocketed from me on a Hainan Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Beijing. While in China, I built version 2 with a built-in battery!

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  • peterburk 12:13 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Sony Microphone, Remote to Bluetooth, Bluetooth to Headphone 3.5mm F, MiniUSB F to Battery

    Sony Microphone, Remote to Bluetooth, Bluetooth to Headphone 3.5mm F, MiniUSB F to Battery

    I want to make an app to use this as a wireless microphone. I could clip this to my shirt, plug my phone into some speakers, and amplify my voice! AudioGraph is a start, but it doesn’t support Bluetooth streams yet.

    http://zerokidz.com/audiograph/Home.html

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  • peterburk 11:57 am on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Apple In-Ear Headphones

    Apple In-Ear Headphones

    This original model, M8394G/C, is much more comfortable in my ears than the later revisions. The sound isolation is good, and the shape means that they are comfortable even if I lie with my ear against the pillow while wearing them. No other earbuds satisfied me with that!

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