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Grab The Quora e-book that Answers over 100 Popular Questions

Grab The Quora e-book that Answers over 100 Popular Questions

The Quora team have created a thank-you gift for you to download. It’s a collection of over one hundred of the best answers from the top writers on Quora. You can grab the “Best of Quora 2010-2012” PDF for free from their website. Here are the complete list of questions contained in the book. Enjoy!

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Food

  • Yoav Perry’s answer to Food: Why is it safe to eat the mold in Bleu Cheese?
  • Brian Lee’s answer to Food Industry: How do supermarkets dispose of expired food?
  • Jonas M Luster’s answer to Cooking: If there were ten commandments in cooking what would they be?
  • Madeline Puckette’s answer to Wine: Why do American winemakers produce mostly varietals, while French winemakers produce blends?
  • Andrew Roberts’s answer to Food: Why are the chocolate chips in chocolate chip ice cream generally “chocolate-flavored chips”?

Education

  • Jae Won Joh’s answer to Medical School: What is one thing that you regret learning in medical school?
  • Joshua Engel’s answer to Education: Are general requirements in college a waste of time?
  • Melinda T. Owens’s answer to Choosing Colleges: How does a star engineering high school senior choose among MIT, Caltech, Stanford and Harvard?

International

  • Wael Al-Sallami’s answer to Iraq: Is Iraq a safer place now compared to what it was like during Saddam Hussein’s regime?
  • Anon User’s answer to Misogyny: Is Islam misogynistic?
  • Kaiser Kuo’s answer to Chinese Culture: Do the Chinese people currently consider Mao Zedong to be evil or a hero?
  • Mark Rowswell’s answer to Learning Chinese: Why do so many Chinese learners seem to hate Dashan (Mark Rowswell)?
  • Navin Kabra’s answer to Indian Diaspora: How do Indians feel when they go back to live in India after living in US for 5+ years?
  • Adrianna Tan’s answer to Travel and Tourism in India: Is it safe for a single American woman to travel in India?
  • Yair Livne’s answer to Investing: If developing countries are growing faster than developed countries, why wouldn’t you invest most of your money there?
  • Ryan Romanchuk’s answer to North Korea: What is it like to visit North Korea?
  • Domhnall O’Huigin’s answer to Irish People: What are some common stereotypes about Irish people that are largely untrue?
  • Patrick Collison’s answer to Irish People: Do Irish immigrants to the Bay Area feel guilty for living in such an amazing place?

Law

  • Ryan Lackey’s answer to 99 Problems (2004 song): How valid is the implied legal advice in Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”?
  • Ani Ravi’s answer to Iron Man (2008 movie): In the movie Iron Man, could investors sue Tony Stark for acting against the interest of the shareholders?
  • Ti Zhao’s answer to China: Is it true that in China, you can hire someone to serve your prison sentence?
  • Antone Johnson’s answer to Attorneys: Why are lawyers so expensive even with the excess supply of lawyers?

Life Advice

  • Lee Semel’s answer to Human Behavior: What are some stupid things that smart people do?
  • Kat Li’s answer to Dating and Relationships: What are the disadvantages of dating highly intelligent men?
  • Alison Stone’s answer to Love: How do you know if you’ve found “the one”?
  • Dave Cheng’s answer to Dating and Relationships: How do I convince my girlfriend (possibly future wife) that a diamond engagement ring is a waste of money?
  • Lex Cooke’s answer to Dating and Relationships: How do boys feel about girls who don’t expend much effort on appearances (e.g., clothes, makeup)?
  • Brandon Gregg’s answer to Security: What should you do if you suspect a car has been following you?
  • Alecia Li Morgan’s answer to Motherhood: What is some advice every new mother should know?
  • Jimmy Wales’s answer to Parenting: My kids (11 and 8) have started learning chess. Is it a good idea to let them beat me sometimes to encourage them?
  • Matt Dotson’s answer to Economics: How would you explain to a five-year-old that higher taxes on the rich don’t fix everything?
  • Andy Johns’s answer to Bereavement and Mourning: When should someone be finished grieving?
  • Matthew Manning’s answer to Tips and Hacks for Everyday Life: How can you overcome your envy of people who are your age but are far more successful than you?

Literature

  • Cristina Hartmann’s answer to Attraction (interpersonal): What book should I read to make girls think I’m smart in a hot way?
  • Stephanie Vardavas’s answer to Jane Austen (author): Which Jane Austen heroine most embodies feminist principles?
  • Shan Kothari’s answer to Jane Austen (author): What is so great about Jane Austen?
  • Danielle Maurer’s answer to Harry Potter Book 5: Order of the Phoenix: Toward the end of Harry Potter Book 5: Order of the Phoenix, why don’t the kids just gang up on and overpower Umbridge?
  • Tyler Borchers’s answer to The Hunger Games (2008 book): Is The Hunger Games a pro-girl / pro-woman story, the way Brave is?
  • Monika Kothari’s answer to The Hunger Games (book trilogy & creative franchise): Does race or ethnicity play a role in The Hunger Games series? If so, how?

Music

  • Aaron Ellis’s answer to Jay-Z: What is so great about Jay-Z?
  • Josh Siegle’s answer to Music: Is it possible at this stage of human culture to create a new genre of music?
  • Mark Rogowsky’s answer to Mobile Phones: Why don’t cell phones work at music festivals?
  • Jess Lin’s answer to Violins: How do you know when to switch positions on the violin?
  • Daniel Rosenthal’s answer to U2 (band): Why is U2 so popular?

Professions & Careers

  • Michael Janke’s answer to Snipers: What is it like to be a sniper?
  • Tim Dees’s answer to Law Enforcement and the Police: What have you learned as a police officer about life and society that most people don’t know or underestimate?
  • Justin Freeman’s answer to Law Enforcement and the Police: What’s the best way to escape the police in a high-speed car chase?
  • Michael Shinzaki’s answer to Poker: What is it like to earn a living through poker?
  • Lou Davis’s answer to Doctors: Why does it seem most doctors are not compassionate?
  • Yank Rutherford’s answer to Aircraft Carriers: What is it like to be the commanding officer of an Aircraft Carrier?
  • Michael Forrest Jones’s answer to Hotels: How do good hotels always feel so clean and fresh?
  • Anon User’s answer to Venture Capital: What is the worst part of being a VC?
  • Anon User’s answer to Airlines: What are some things that airline pilots won’t tell you?
  • Anon User’s answer to Recreational Drugs: What’s it like to be a drug dealer?

Science

  • Matan Shelomi’s answer to Insects: If you injure a bug, should you kill it or let it live and not die?
  • Brad Porteus’s answer to Black Widow: What does it feel like to be bitten by a black widow spider?
  • Marc Srour’s answer to Spiders: How does a spider decide where to put up its web?
  • Jay Wacker’s answer to Higgs Boson Discovery and Announcement (July 2012): If I want to look smart, what do I need to know about the Higgs Boson discovery?
  • Alia Caldwell’s answer to The Universe: How has our understanding of the universe changed in the last 100 years?
  • Oliver Starr’s answer to Animal Behavior (Ethology): Would a lone adult wolf be able to take down an athletic adult human?
  • Nan Waldman’s answer to Mind Hacks: Does bouncing your leg improve cognition?
  • Bradley Voytek’s answer to Neuroscience: What is the neurological basis of curiosity?
  • Paul King’s answer to Life: Why do living things die?
  • Ben Golub’s answer to Economics: What are the economics of lying?
  • Anon User’s answer to Mathematics: What is it like to have an understanding of very advanced mathematics?

Movies

  • Mark Hughes’s answer to Superheroes: Given our current technology and with the proper training, would it be possible for someone to become Batman?
  • Mac Booker’s answer to The Dark Knight (2008 movie): In The Dark Knight, how did the Joker really get his scars?
  • Marcus Geduld’s answer to Actors and Actresses: How do actors’ spouses feel about love scenes in film and TV?
  • Oren Jacob’s answer to Pixar Animation Studios: Did Pixar accidentally delete Toy Story 2 during production?
  • JJ Abrams’s answer to Movie Making: How do directors conceive and think through monster and action scenes?
  • Richard Stern’s answer to The Godfather, Part II (1974 movie): Why does one of the goons trying to kill Frank Pentangelli in the bar say “Michael Corleone says hello”?
  • Neville Fogarty’s answer to Jeopardy! (TV game show): What is it like to be a contestant on Jeopardy?
  • Sean Hood’s answer to Screenwriting: How do screenwriters feel about bad reviews, in particular claims of formulaic writing?
  • Ashton Kutcher’s answer to Movie Making: What determines whether an actor is cast in a part in Hollywood?

Politics

  • Jennifer Miller’s answer to U.S. Presidential Elections: How early do politicians and presidential political campaigns begin quietly promising/planning cabinet seats and vice president positions?
  • Peter Marquez’s answer to Air Force One: What’s it like to fly on Air Force One?
  • David Hood’s answer to 1968 U.S. Presidential Election: What if Richard Nixon had won the 1960 Presidential election? How would history have been different?
  • Craig Montuori’s answer to U.S. Immigration: Should highly skilled international students (including Bachelors, Masters, Doctorate) be given Green Cards?
  • Paul Ryan’s answer to Economics: What are the chances of a debt crisis on the scale of Greece hitting the United States?

Prison Life

  • Tommy Winfrey’s answer to Murder: What does it feel like to murder someone?
  • James Houston’s answer to San Quentin State Prison: Do inmates in San Quentin have access to computers and the Internet? What kind of access?
  • Kenyatta Leal’s answer to Incarceration: What does the first day of a 5+ year prison sentence feel like?
  • David Monroe’s answer to Incarceration: Do you remember when the gavel dropped in court with the verdict and what that felt like at that moment? Flash forward to today looking back on that moment — how have you changed your life behind bars?

Sports

  • Peter Cipollone’s answer to Olympic Games: What is it like to be an Olympic athlete after winning (or not winning) the Olympics?
  • Carly Geehr’s answer to Olympic Games: Do Olympic or competitive swimmers ever pee in the pool?
  • Daryl Morey’s answer to 2012-13 NBA Season: Why is Jeremy Lin so turnover-prone and how can he fix this?
  • Drew Housman’s answer to Jeremy Lin: What’s it like to play on the same basketball team as Jeremy Lin?
  • Hung Lee’s answer to UEFA Euro 2012: What makes the Spanish national football team so dominant right now?
  • John DeMarchi’s answer to NFL: How effective would sumo wrestlers be as NFL linemen?
  • Anon User’s answer to Professional Wrestling: Is wrestling fake?

Technology

  • Paul DeJoe’s answer to Startups: What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?
  • Steve Case’s answer to 1995-2000 Dot-Com Bubble: What factors led to the bursting of the Internet bubble of the late 1990s?
  • Kevin Systrom’s answer to Instagram: What is the genesis of Instagram?
  • David Cole’s answer to Video Games: Am I missing out by not playing any video or console games?
  • Ramzi Amri’s answer to Steve Jobs: Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?
  • Tim Smith’s answer to Steve Jobs: What are the best stories about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs?
  • Peter Clark’s answer to Silicon Valley Company Culture: Which of the Hogwarts Houses does each of the Gang of Four companies correspond to?

Women

  • Anne K. Halsall’s answer to Physical Appearance: What does it feel like to be an unattractive woman?
  • Gayle Laakmann McDowell’s answer to Pick-Up Artists: Why are women so negative about the “picking up women” school of thought?
  • Shannon Larson’s answer to Attractiveness and Attractive People: As a young woman, how can I shake the feeling that being good-looking is the primary thing that males will acknowledge and praise my existence for?
  • Rebekah Cox’s answer to Women in Technology: What is it like to be a woman working in the tech industry?
  • Nora Mullaney’s answer to Women in Technology: What advice would seasoned women in tech give to younger girls deciding to make a tech career for themselves?

The United States

  • Ashton Lee’s answer to 9/11: What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?
  • Marq Hwang’s answer to Asian Americans: What does it mean to be Asian American?
  • Matt Schiavenza’s answer to New York City: Why is NYC so great?
  • Max Cohen’s answer to Travel and Visiting in New York City: What are good tips for hailing a taxi in Manhattan?
  • Laszlo B. Tamas’s answer to Lincoln Assassination: How likely would Abraham Lincoln be to survive his wounds today?
  • Chris O’Regan’s answer to RMS Titanic (ship): How could the sinking of the Titanic have been prevented?
  • Anon User’s answer to Hipsters: What do hipsters know that I don’t know?
  • Ben Newman’s answer to Burning Man: What facts about Burning Man do virgin burners not believe until they go?
  • Gary Teal’s answer to American Culture: Why does the USA insist on doing things differently than the majority of other developed nations?

Work Advice

  • Ambra Nykol Benjamin’s answer to Recruiting: What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?
  • Ian McAllister’s answer to Product Management: What distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?
  • Kah Keng Tay’s answer to Productivity: How can you increase your productivity on side projects at the end of the day when you’re tired from work/college?
  • Michael O. Church’s answer to Management: How do you fire an employee that just isn’t good enough?
  • Michael Wolfe’s answer to Business: What are telltale signs that you’re working at a “sinking ship” company?
  • Edmond Lau’s answer to Career Advice: How do you know when it’s time to leave your current company and move on?

Personal Experience

  • Faisal Abid’s answer to Trains (transportation service): What is it like to be in a train crash?
  • Flemming Funch’s answer to Scientology: What is it like to leave the Church of Scientology?
  • Anon User’s answer to Kidnapping and Ransom: What is it like to be kidnapped?
  • Dan Holliday’s answer to Drug Addiction: What does it feel like to be addicted to drugs?
  • Karen Opas’s answer to Alcoholism: What is it like to be an alcoholic?
  • Alex K. Chen’s answer to Asperger Syndrome: What does it feel like to have Asperger’s Syndrome?
  • Laura Copeland’s answer to Asperger Syndrome: What is it like to be in a relationship with someone who has Asperger’s?
  • John Clover’s answer to Family and Families: What does it feel like to have your sibling die?
  • John H. Hillman, V’s answer to Wealthy People and Families: What’s it like to come from a billion-dollar family?
  • Anon User’s answer to Intelligence: What does it feel like to be stupid?
  • Anon User’s answer to What Does It Feel Like to X?: What does it feel like to be both very physically beautiful and very academically intelligent?
  • Anon User’s answer to Attraction (interpersonal): What does it feel like to be unattractive and desired by none?
  • Anon User’s answer to Sex: What’s it like to pay for sex on a regular basis?
  • Anon User’s answer to Weddings: What does it feel like to cancel your wedding?
  • Drew Young Shin’s answer to Heroism: What is the most heroic thing you have ever done?

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Published on November 19, 2020

15 Great Macbook Accessories To Improve Productivity

15 Great Macbook Accessories To Improve Productivity

When looking to improve your workflow, you need to have a proper computer. And one of the most appealing computers out there is macbooks. These sleek transportable computers allow you to work anywhere at any time and provide a lot of functionality to their users.

But sometimes, that’s not enough. In so many cases, you’re looking for more.

While you could go for some productivity apps, there are actually a lot of macbook accessories available that will make your life easier in many ways. These extra accessories will allow your macbook to charge faster, hold more data, or keep it safe and protected while you travel around.

Beyond that, there is a wide variety of accessories to pick from as many companies have jumped onto the bandwagon of supply to macbook users. Below we’ve listed off some of the greatest macbook accessories that’ll benefit your computer.

What Makes For Great Macbook Accessories?

Before getting into the list, we wanted to go over the criteria for what makes for great macbook accessories. The items that we’ve picked from this list will have the following criteria:

  • Reasonably priced – Accessories themselves shouldn’t break the bank compared to the large initial investment of a macbook.
  • Usability – All these accessories are practical in various situations, however, they also have extra features that make them useful in a few situations beyond their obvious functions.
  • Compact – Workflow is also about space in most circumstances. As such, anything that’s too bulky doesn’t help much. These accessories are either large on purpose – for storage of other items – or are nice and compact so they won’t get in the way.

A USB Drive To Store Files Quickly Without Accessing The Cloud

    While you can always access the Cloud at any time, sometimes accessibility can be cumbersome or it takes time. Instead of trying to access files that way, getting a USB flash drive can save you plenty of time. Especially if your work entails providing presentations.

    The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive is great as it offers USB-C and USB-A connectors allowing you to plug into virtually any device and transfer files and more between computers. Also, USB drives boast several hundred gigabytes these days making them solid storage devices.

    Buy SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive here.

    Compact Charger That Does More Than Charge

      Your default charger that comes with your MacBook is a good option for a charger, but these days chargers can offer so much more. This can help you speed up your workflow as you can be charging other devices or using the charger for other uses beyond charging.

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      In the case of the Anker PowerPort charger, it is more compact than the default charger. It also offers another USB-C connector allowing you to rapidly charge another gadget with it.

      Buy Anker PowerPort charger here.

      Port Adapter For Those With Multiple Devices

        One of the hard restrictions with a macbook is that it only has two USB-C ports. This is manageable for people with fewer gadgets but if you’re the kind who has several, it can interrupt your workflow if you need a particular device and you can’t charge it or access it.

        In this situation, a port adapter from Satechi can help. It offers multiple USB-C ports allowing you to use multiple devices. This can also help in organizing cords which we know can disrupt work. If the USB-C ports aren’t enough, it also comes with an SD card reader and ethernet cable port too.

        Buy Satechi Multi-Port Adapter here.

        A USB Cable That Isn’t As Intrusive Or Cumbersome To Use

        The USB-C cable that comes with Macbooks is small and is used to hook to an external monitor. By adding more length to them, you can have better cable management. One option that we found to be ideal was the Nomad Kevlar cable which offers enough length to do what you want while giving you more space to work with.

        Buy Nomad Kevlar USB-C Cable here.

        Screen Cleaning Your Laptop To See What You’re Doing

        Dust, particles and splotches are to be expected on laptop screens after a while. While you can work around these, sometimes they can obscure your vision at times. The same can apply to all devices these days.

        The only problem with many solutions on the market is that they can damage screens. Fortunately, we found a screen cleaning solution that doesn’t harm screens. ScreenDr Professional screen cleaning kit comes with a spray that’s safe for screens and an antimicrobial microfiber cloth to ensure you make the most of the spray.

        Buy ScreenDr Professional Screen Cleaning Kit here.

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        Card Reader That Speeds Up Photo Transfer Time

          If you’re looking for a standalone card reader for your work, getting a device designed for photo transferring and reading is essential. One of the best macbook accessories in this category we found was the Vanja card reader.

          This one is able to read SD and MicroSD cards while also transferring the pictures to a computer with ease thanks to its USB-C and USB 2.0 port options. It’s also small making it easy to carry around and is cheap to buy making it a great choice to pick up if you deal with plenty of pictures.

          Buy Vanja Card Reader here.

          Protective Sleeves To Protect Your Laptop From Harm

          For those who are travelling the last thing that you want is your laptop to get damaged for whatever reason. Even though you’re not likely to drop it as frequently as your phone, having a sleeve for a laptop to be in can save you time.

          One sleeve that we found interesting was the Native Union sleeves. They are made of tear-resistant material with genuine leather accents. Its interior is soft as well preventing scratches from your laptop. It also offers a pocket area where you can store cables and other macbook accessories easily.

          Buy Native Union’s laptop sleeve here.

          Car Charger For Charging On The Go

            For the person always driving around, a car charger is always a helpful tool to have when you’re on the go. The one from Anker is particularly helpful in a number of ways. Not only can this charge your macbook, but it also has an additional port for you to charge your phone if needed.

            It’s not the fastest charger out there when compared to the Macbook Pro adapter but it’s the highest in the market with an output power of 30 watts. For comparison, the second-fastest charging connector offers an output of 18 watts. Aside from that the charger has an illuminated LED ring for you to see it and the connectors late at night. It also has a function that ensures devices don’t experience surges or overheating from the charger itself.

            Buy Anker PowerDrive car charger here.

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            USB-C to USB-A Adapter Grants Access To Older Models

            If your older macbook still works but has files you want that you didn’t back up that you want this makes it easier to access them. It also allows you to access devices that have USB-A slots only. This can save you a lot of time if you are moving between older and newer devices.

            Buy Thunderbolt Adapter here.

            A Hardshell Case For Added Protection

            A sleeve is good for travel, but when you’re using it, having an extra layer of protection can be nice. Beyond that this hardshell case can also serve as additional protection from scratches and bumps too.

            Buy Incase Textured Hardshell case here.

            Alternative Sleeve For Those With Tighter Budgets But Want Protection

              If you are looking for an appropriate laptop sleeve but aren’t looking to spend too much, AmazonBasics brands are a good alternative. Their sleeves are elegant and still offer good protection from scratches as well. It also has a few pockets for small essentials too.

              Buy AmazonBasics laptop sleeve here.

              A Hub That Accommodates Several Ports At Once

              We’ve already mentioned a port before being a huge time saver thanks to it having various ports for different devices. This one is a great alternative as while it doesn’t offer as many USB-C ports, it offers more variety. Paired up with the design being the same color as the MacBook Air, it offers two USB-C connectors, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and SD and microSD card readers.

              Buy Satechi Type C Pro Hub here.

              Earbuds To Deal With Fewer Headphone Cords

                Cords are a common problem when boosting productivity at the desk and one way to mitigate them is to go wireless. If you are thinking about that, one option to consider is the Soundcore earbuds. These are cheaper than the traditional AirPods from Apple which can save you money.

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                Furthermore, they deliver great sound and are connected via Bluetooth. The beauty of these earbuds is they can also cancel sound despite them being so compact. They also offer touch control allowing you to pause, play, skip music and answer calls.

                Buy Soundcore Wireless Earphones here.

                Desktop Stand To Save Desk Space

                  Desk space is another crucial part of productivity as things can get in the way and obstruct your work. In cases where you don’t need your laptop at the moment, having a stand where you can set it aside can be helpful.

                  In those situations, we recommend the Twelve South Book Arc. This neat Macbook accessor can save a tonne of space since it requires you to close your laptop in order to insert it into the stand. It also keeps it elevated from the surface which can protect it from spills

                  Buy Twelve South BookArc desktop stand here.

                  A Comfortable And Easy To Use Mouse For Faster Working Speed

                  The last of the macbook accessories we’ll talk about is a proper mouse. Logitech offers fantastic mouses and their Logitech MX Master 3 is one of the greatest wireless mouses out there. It’s ergonomic design, customizable buttons and insanely precise movement is fantastic. It also comes with a scrolling wheel for precise scrolling.

                  The battery power can last for months between charges and like all Logitech devices, it comes with a USB-C connector for charging.

                  Buy Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse here.

                  Bottom Line

                  There are many macbook accessories out there to improve your workflow. Taking the time to do research and invest in some of the best ones though will save you plenty of time, money and energy in the long term. At the same time, all of these accessories can help you with specific needs for whatever you are doing.

                  Featured photo credit: Viktor Ritsvall via unsplash.com

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