Being that we've lived most our lives in California or other temperate areas, we've never known the pain of scraping ice off our windshields when we set off for work in the morning. Here's a reminder for you poor bastards up in the northeast: this Eddie Bauer electric ice scraper is a pretty handy way to get your scraping done quickly.
The scraper has a 15-foot cord which plugs into your car, and produces a "gentle heat" to help melt away the ice. Pretty smart, and not at all expensive at $14.99. Grab one to last you through the next few months.