The other day I was sitting at my desk, pouring over some code. I had on my Gunnar glasses with amber lenses. I always use computer glasses at work, to protect my vision, keep my sleep schedule in check, and prevent eye strain (all about how that works below). The frames aren’t too bad looking, but the lenses are an obviously yellow color, and it definitely stands out in a bad way. A friend walked by and said “Hey, Danielle, heading to shop class?” It took me a moment before I remembered the yellow tinted goggles of shop class and laughed. These yellow computer glasses do look a little silly, and have a reputation for only being worn by huge nerds. Facebook advertisements for Felix Gray computer eyewear caught my eye. These are glasses that promise all the benefits of other computer glasses such as Gunnars, but without looking silly. They have no obvious yellow tint to them, but you can tell they filter out blue light. To look at them, they look just like normal glasses. You can even get a pair without magnification of any kind, unlike some other brands, which means you can wear them all the time. I wanted glasses that could protect my vision, keep me from getting headaches, and look stylish enough to look like any other pair of glasses so I could wear them anytime I was looking at a screen. Felix Gray seemed to have the perfect solution for me, so I bought a pair.
I’ve since spent every day over the past week using them whenever I’ve been looking at a screen, which is quite some time. As a computer programmer by day, news junkie by night, NYC subway commuter, and as someone capable of binging an entire show in a few days, I spend a lot of time staring at screens. This is my third pair of computer glasses, the first two being two generations of the fantastic Gunnar lenses, and, if I’m being honest, these might be my favorite pair yet.
My crazy iPhone has been wearing a straightjacket for a few months now. That is, I’ve been using the Loop Straightjacket case on my iPhone for a few months. The case is great, one of my friends even bought one for her phone, but I did have some issues with cracking. It seems the Loop case suffers from the same problems that the SGP case has suffered from, thin plastic around the ports and switches. Case makers haven’t changed their designs since iPhones were much thicker, and, as such, the plastic that used to surround their ports has become very thin, causing it to crack when being placed on your device. I take my case off more often than most people, and often use my phone without a case. My Loop Straightjacket is still holding it together, just barely, but I may have to replace it very soon. I’m going to miss it. I use it to hold my metro card, and I haven’t found a similar case that could hold a thin card without adding bulk.
Apple’s going to keep making their phones thinner, so they’re going to have to consider using rubber around the ports and switches, so they’re far less fragile. Until then, I’ve learned my lesson. No more cases with thin plastic.
My iPhone, iPad, and Apple Remote are charged by a lightning cable. My portable battery packs are charged by a micro-USB cable, as are all of my Android devices and my Kindle. I’d love for there to be one cable to rule them all, but lightning is superior to micro USB, and Apple will never switch over. Android devices are starting to use USB-C, and Apple may eventually use it for their iPhones, as they’re already using it on their MacBooks, but it’s more likely that they’ll develop a thinner version of the lighting cable. Besides, USB-C hasn’t caught on with all new devices yet. If only there was a single cable that worked with both lightning and micro USB….
Oh, sorry, I forgot what this post was about for a moment there. This just so happens to be an article about a cable that has one connector that fits in both a lightning port and a micro USB port! I really should have noticed that sooner.
This (already fully funded) Kickstarter project is the answer to your deepest cable based desires, LMcable, the cable that works with both iPhones and Androids. It’s expected to launch this Spring for $20, but you can get it for $15 now. Share it with friends, and you can even get a second one for free.