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Essential Electronics For Expert Hubbers (And Ex Squids)

Updated on June 29, 2015

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The Squidoo Accolade Given To Giant Squids
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Why Essential Electronics For Expert Hubbers / Giant Squids?

Electronics have become so prevalent that some are becoming essential aspects of our everyday life. So far has this trend gone that even our cars are now electronically controlled. My Silverado truck self diagnoses and tells me when it is time to be serviced, this has gone so far that it checks every electronic circuit in the car before it will allow you to drive off!

Then the Imminent quest this week was about essential electronics so here are my ideas about the electronic devices that are essential for the average (if there are any! as all Experts / Giants are exceptional and unique) Expert Hubber / Giant Squid.

All photographs used here come from the affiliate programs that are providing these items for sale. The Giant Squid Logo is Squidoo's taken from my own awards page.

The Essential Electronics For A Giant Squid Or Expert Hubber

When I heard about this quest I realised immediately that to become and to maintain the status of Giant Squid or Expert Hubber actually requires a lot of electronic devices. These are just the ones that I use, and I am sure there are many more that others can add. Please add your ideas

These Are My Personal Essential Electronics

1. My trusty laptop computer (Pentium i7) to handle all the photographs and videos (graphics) comfortably.

2. Quality high speed WiFi router

3. High speed WiFi Network Hard Drive large capacity 1.5 GByte plus.

4. Quality Digital Camera to make great pictures to use on lenses (original is best).

5. WiFi Colour printer to reproduce pictures and articles I want to keep. Can be used from anywhere in the house. Network connected so can still use when on the road.

6. Micro Wave Oven to cook lunch on the fly (often re-heated leftovers!).

7. Stove with Timer to allow food to cook while we work.

8. Quality Coffee Machine to supply plenty of caffeine to stir creative juices.

9. Large Refrigerator so we do not have to interrupt writing to go buy food too often.

10. Large Freezer (see 9. Above).

11. Large Screen HD TV got to keep up on the News (hot topics) while working on laptop!

The list could go on and on but I am sure you get the picture.

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Good Quality Wi Fi Router

Th Wifi router is essential to allow you to carry your laptop with you and it allows you to write great Hubs (formerly lenses) from any room in the house.

Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
Cisco-Linksys E4200 Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

Dual Band Hi-speed Wireless Router the equivalent of the one I use. Fast and Reliable!


Large Capacity Network Storage Device

The large capacity storage device is an essential to ensure that you are able to make copies and keep your work backed up at all times, hence the need for it to be on the network and preferably wifi too or like this one available over the web cloud.

Seagate Central 2TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS STCG2000100
Seagate Central 2TB Personal Cloud Storage NAS STCG2000100

Centralised Shared Storage means no more hunting for the device with the picture you want on it. Always copy to here and any device can access them!


A Great Digital Camera To Capture Your Own Images

The Canon Digital Rebel is one of the best cameras on the market and the one I use. I actually have a separate video camera, but these days you might want one of these that shoots video too. The time is upon us however where the latest smart phones may actually replace the camera and video camera to a large degree as many of the newer ones shooy to almost the same standard as specialist equipment, which I still prefer.

Canon Rebel XTi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon Rebel XTi DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (OLD MODEL)

A great Camera so that you can make all your own original shots.


A Photographic Quality Color Printer

A great color printer with photographic and networking (preferably wifi) capability is a must to be able to check the shots that you want to use and to allow you to keep your own personal albums. Some may now prefer to do this with digital frames and SD cards or USB link ups.

A Good Micro Wave Oven

Most of us writers are so busy writing we have little time left to eat so a micro wave to re-heat last nights leftover pizza etc. is a must!

Stainless Steel Kenmore 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave & Pizza Oven
Stainless Steel Kenmore 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave & Pizza Oven

Got to love this a micro wave oven with pizza oven built in!


A Great Electric Oven

I find that I often setup my stove to cook a meal I prepare in advance. For this reason and due to the risk of explosion with gas I prefer to cook electric. The electric ovens are more even in temperature, especially if you get the convection oven option.

Amana 4.8 cu. ft. Self-Cleaning Electric Range, AER5523XAB, Black
Amana 4.8 cu. ft. Self-Cleaning Electric Range, AER5523XAB, Black

This one is one is good value and is also self cleaning. I personally use a glass top stove, but that option is more expensive. However I do find the glass (or ceramic?) surface is easier to clean that a red ring or burner stove, as the entire surface is flat and much easier to scrub grease etc. off. Just ensure you follow the manufacturers recommendations as far as cleaners go, as some can damage the surface and you do not want to have to replace an entire stove top!


A Great Coffee Maker

If you want to be an Expert Hubber (formerly Giant Squid to me) you need to keep yourself going and if you are like me that means you need your Joe! I use a Cuisinart Keurig brewer when I want fast great coffee, or a filter and grinder for fresh beans when I have more time. Either way a great coffee maker is essential.

Fridge Freezer Combination

You will need a fridge and freezer so that you can make meals in advance and keep them fresh for your meal breaks on the fly.

High Quality Small TV

The advantage of a high quality small tv is that you can put it in your kitchen or office so that you can watch current events, sports and the news so that you are always being primed with new inspirations for topics on which to write. You should keep a notebook handy so you never forget those great ideas.

Samsung UN22D5003 22-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) [2011 MODEL]
Samsung UN22D5003 22-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) [2011 MODEL]

This is a small but extremely economical TV with amazing resolution.


This Is The Absolute Essential First Step Item - From Amazon

A really Fast Large Capacity Laptop With Great Sound, Graphics, and storage built in. I use an Asus personally and love it. They make great value laptops.

Choose Your Favorite Of The Items Listed

Which Item Do You Find The Most Indispensable?

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  • Dressage Husband profile imageAUTHOR

    Stephen J Parkin 

    4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Agreed, I think a good camera is essential for any Internet writer as either great photos or good video are the way to really attract visitors.

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    stella vadakin 

    4 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Great tips for working on the Hubs. I think the camera is the best,

    I do not want lousy pictures.

  • Dressage Husband profile imageAUTHOR

    Stephen J Parkin 

    4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    You made me laugh with the comment about viscous sludge! I am afraid that I prefer coffee made at the ideal temperature now. However I am spoiled by having such a good machine! Prior to getting the Keurig I really didn't care either. It's odd how a great maker changes your viewpoint. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

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    Mel Carriere 

    4 years ago from San Diego California

    I think the technology is mostly overrated and potentially distracting, except for the laptop and the coffee maker, which doesn't have to be all that good. Any semi-viscous sludge containing caffeine is enough to kick start the brain. I think you missed the smart phone, which I now find indispensable for checking notifications. Great hub!

  • Dressage Husband profile imageAUTHOR

    Stephen J Parkin 

    4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I absolutely love the Canon Digital Rebel series SLR cameras. For A full size camera they are really light with excellent all round performance. Nikon are a close second, I find their colours a little too intense. I still have my original Canon analogue body and it still works after 47 years. My current camera still uses its lenses and it is 10 now. The large hard drive is a must for any writer photographer. I love the lacquer ware.

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    Mary Norton 

    4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Now that I am taking pictures for publication, I feel more strongly about a camera that takes good pictures. Also, a storage hard drive with huge capacity. Your suggestions are well chosen.


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