In my job as a computer technician, there are quite a few times I've needed a cable here, or a new hard drive there, and it's difficult to sort through the noise. So, I created a list here of products and tools that I've vetted and used in my daily work that seem to be solid. Hopefully, this will make it quicker to decide on a product instead of sifting through review after review online.

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Adapters and Cables

Until the tech world decides to standardize on a single cable and port, we're going to be living the adapter life. Of course, standardization will never happen, so we might as well buckle in and purchase a fleet of adapters. DVI to VGA, HDMI to VGA, Displayport to DVI, Mini-displayport to DVI or Displayport or HDMI....it's best not to get caught without an option, especially when there are a variety of monitors, projectors, and televisions that you'll need to be connecting to.

Displayport to DVI adapter:

https://amzn.to/2KElqOF

Zetaguard 4 port HDMI display switch box:

https://amzn.to/2NM0Ca1

Displayport to HDMI cable:

10ft: https://amzn.to/2oIwstH

3ft: https://amzn.to/2NPhUTZ

 

Cable converters and Hard Drive readers

USB to Sata cable:

https://amzn.to/2AWhklk

 WEme Dual Drive External Hard Drive Docking Station:

https://amzn.to/2OXCCSw

Sabrent M.2 SSD to 2.5-Inch SATA III Aluminum Enclosure Adapter

https://amzn.to/2NBpIeW

Hard Drives and Memory

Whether you have a hard drive that has failed, you're trying to get some extra speed, or you need portable storage for your files, there are a lot of options out there. If you have a spinning disk drive, or "hard disk drive" (HDD), your computer slowness is most likely bottlenecked by your write/read speed. Forget new processors or upgrading memory - converting to a solid state drive (SSD) is going to give you the most bang for your buck. It will almost feel like your computer is brand new!

If you don't need an upgrade to your hard drive, perhaps you just need some extra storage. There are a few great external hard drives that work as portable file storage, or backup drives for your main computer. Even USB drives are becoming a viable option for backups and large file storage as hardware continues to increase space availability and decrease price. Below are my go-to options in this category.

Samsung 860 Pro 512 Solid State Drive:

https://amzn.to/2MgMF6K

WD Elements Portable External Drive:

https://amzn.to/2OXrPI2

Sandisk Ultra 64GB Flash Drive:

https://amzn.to/2KFrHtp

 

Home Infrastructure

TP-Link AC1750 Wi-Fi Range Extender:

https://amzn.to/2wIslRQ

 

Cases and Skins

Otterbox Commuter Case:

iPhone 7 and 8: https://amzn.to/2oDVtWN

 

Education and Resources

Powershell:

Powershell In a Month of Lunches: https://amzn.to/2oHkxfF

Powershell Toolmaking in a Month of Lunches: https://amzn.to/2NgrzG1

Powershell Scripting in a Month of Lunches: https://amzn.to/2NQ5dZ2

Windows Powershell Cookbook: https://amzn.to/2Q7Ibys

 

Inventory Management

Barcode Scanners:

NADAMOO 2D Wireless Barcode Scanner: https://amzn.to/2oXKQ0Y