What Tech you got?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Onhell, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    One of my students saw me pull out my smartphone and said, "Teacher, you're rich." "Oh am I? How do you know if I'm rich?" "Because you have a smartphone." To which I said, "I recently bought it with my Christmas bonus, for the past 2 years I had a 'cacahuate' (peanut, slang for the most basic of cellphones). He just laughed. Then the conversation turned to consoles. I put a stop to their "you're rich you're poor" argument by stating that ANYONE with a smartphone/console or major piece of tech in Mexico is technically well off. That it isn't the case in the U.S. "Are they cheaper in the U.S?" they asked.

    I explained that they cost the same ($500 dollars to $10,000 pesos at an estimated 20 exchange rate.) but the earning power of your average consumer is different. If the middle income of the middle class is say... 2,000 dollars and your console is $500, yest it is a big expenditure, but it won't break the bank. When the middle income of the middle class in mexico is 20,000 pesos and your console is 10,000.... yeah... not the same.

    While I relish in my detachment from nearly everything (still can't live without electricity and a washing machine.) I realized I crafted a rather tech comfy existence. It has taken me years to build do to my relative low income, but now that it is finally in place it is rather sweet.

    So what tech have you filled your life with?

    As stated in the spoilers I recently bought a Huawei Y6 smartphone due to pressure from work. 99.9% of communication at work and life revolves around the fucking app Whats App. After two years of putting it off I finally caved. I loaded Whats App, NHL, Facebook and messenger. That's it. Can't really call it a phone, more like a small tablet with a phone app. But I still want it to perform mainly those basic functions, call, text/message via other messaging apps. NHL and Facebook are my "luxuries." I haven't filled it with music like I did my iPod, because I want it to work efficiently and quickly. I usually erase pictures as soon as I upload them. I recently lost my iPod in a cab (long story), and it still hurts. I have been using the FM radio app on my phone instead lol. It works as I don't use data and if I get a call while on the bus or walking to work I can just use the hands free.

    At home I have a 40" TV a friend gave me for Christmas two years ago, a surround sound system I bought on credit three years ago, an Xbox one I got two years ago on sale. Also hooked up to my TV is a recently purchased Lenovo Winows 10 laptop. 1TB hard drive, can't remember teh RAM, but they never come with enough, I'll upgrade that eventually. I have a 160GB external hard drive I bought 6 years ago and an external CD/DVD reader/burner I bought 4 years ago plugged into that. I loaded it with CCleaner and defraggler, open office, avast anti-virus, added an ad-blocker to chrome and have already uploaded most of my music collection to it. Since it is by the TV I connected a Bluetooth keyboard my mom got me for Christmas last year and a recently purchased wireless mouse.

    As you can tell from the timeline it has taken me literally years to put all of this together and I can't express how satisfying it is to finally have a vision come together, no matter how mundane.

    The reason I have the laptop hooked to the TV is the ad-blocker on the web browser. something I am not sure is possible on consoles. So now Youtube videos play uninterrumpted as do movies on pirated websites. On this last note, a friend of mine from the U.S groaned at my criminal activity. But there are no rental places anymore in Mexico. My options are overpriced theaters, by original blurays/dvds, Netflix (which I have) or... the internet. To be fair the movies don't come out on the websites until they've had their run in theaters. So by the time I see it they've made their money. Most people still like watching Avengers on the big screen.

    Why I still buy CDs is a little more complicated. In short I like supporting the record labels that in turn support the artists I like. But having physical media is still important to me. For example, My internet connection went out for 5 hours the other day. No Youtube, Netflix, etc. I still own CDs and DVDs so I still had media entertainment the old fashion way. As I also mentioned, I lost my iPod, had that music been "downloaded" and only downloaded it be gone forever. I've had laptops stolen as well. I rather rip my cd, put it back in it's case where it is safe and burn back ups which can be done with downloads as well. Highly recommend it.

    So What kinda tech you got or what is your favorite tech toy? Least favorite?

    My least favorite is my xbox one. I hate that I have to wait hours for games to download and they take up hard drive space. That wasn't the case with the 360.
     
  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Smartphones are extremely common around the world - they are ubiquitous in Africa, for example. People don't have laptops there, they organize themselves around smartphones.

    I currently have 3 TVs in my house, two in the main room - one on the wall by the game table and one in the viewing corner. I only use the latter TV when it's a viewing party and people want to sit on the couch, otherwise we sit at the game table and play games with the TV used for digital enhancements/music/movies etc. I have a retropie with thousands of games on it connected to the game table TV as well. I have my work laptop and I also have my gaming PC, which is now 5 years old but still runs well - Sandy Bridge i5 overclocked to 4.20 ghz (liquid cooled), 16gb of DDR3, GTX 1070 gpu, 360gb 550mbs SSD and an additional 6 tb of storage on 3 drives at 7200rpm and 3x 24x monitors. I have a 1000w 5.1 sound system that I barely use, because it's too powerful for my apartment.
     
  3. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    Same thing here. Why buy a 6,000-20,000 peso laptop/desktop when you can buy a 2,000 peso smartphone that you can take anywhere and is way more practical? I have the lap top for work, that way I don't have to fight other teachers for the department laptops. Many of my students use the lab computers or literally write their papers on their smartphones. Some status obssessed people do by the 20,000 peso iPhone, of course, but most go for the cheapest functional ones which are from 2 to 3,000 pesos. Divide by 20 for a conservative estimate in U.S dollars.

    That is some sweet tech. I had a second tv, used to be the ex's but she left it to me. a multipurpose 20" that still has VGA entrance lol. I gave it to my brother since his 20" started to malfunction. He told me he might get a new laptop as his old laptop is 19 years old, his desktop is 15 and his tablet is about 10. All dinosaurs in the tech world. Most of their problems outside of viruses are due to the aging components, so I agree with him it is time to upgrade. I'll get a second TV eventually to have downstairs where there is more space for parties and most Wii games.
     
  4. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    I've got a computer (workstation, case about 2000e in 2015, i7), and a ton of peripherals (some of them expensive, like fiber optic equipment) and shit ton (*) of computer equipment/spares, couple of tablets, an older laptop of 2014ish vintage, smartphone. Wii (hacked, shitton of games on it), two GC pads with it. I have my music gear which should be couple of processors some rack some not, two amps, cab, pedals and stuff, one electric guitar. Good 80W RMS stereo audio system. I also have some electronics-related equipment like scope and multimeters. In the Guggenheim department you will find one Atari ST and my first computer, Olivetti M19.

    (*) and that's a brutto ton. I had to throw a lot of stuff recently, still have a ton. I had at least one cable for every imaginable purpose you could find.

    And Onhell, to answer your question, I don't consider myself wealthy for buying this because I never bought a car. Those are my priorities. The computer stuff generates money. Some of it isn't essential like tablets. The music is a hobby. I don't really see this as any kind of wasting money, things are bought for a function and they are used until they hit end-of-life.

    P.S. The phone is Galaxy S9, purchased summer 2018. I could've saved there. I decided I won't because my previous purchase was Galaxy S in late 2010. That one still works.
     
  5. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Laptop: Asus UX410UQ. A tiny laptop I recently purchased for work. Does its job well. Can't play games on it but I'm not a gamer anyway.
    Phone: Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra. Long time Sony user, mainly because of their physical reliability. With how often I drop my phone, I'd be shafted if I used an iPhone or a Samsung.
    Headphones: SteelSeries 3Hv2. Broke them on the day of purchase, I tie a bandana on top of it to hold the two sides together. Good sound, lousy design and material quality.
    Loudspeakers: Q Acoustics Q3010. Recently purchased on a discount, don't have an amplifier to go along with it yet.

    Instruments: Cort EVL-X4, Sire Marcus Miller V7 and Ibanez SR300. Electric ones count as tech, right? Want to buy a new electric guitar but can't afford it right now.
    Amplifiers: Marshall MB15 and Roland Micro Cube. The Cube's speakers are blown out. Friend of mine has the same model, I'll get his via trade.
    Audio Interface: Steinberg UR22 mkII
    Microphone: Shure SM57
    Recorder: Zoom H1. I'll trade this one in exchange for the amp.

    Parents are in charge of home appliances, so can't recall what we have at the house.
     
  6. Zare

    Zare sorry Zed

    ^ I have both micro cube and 60W model. I gave micro to my brother together with one dubious Jackson Dinky years ago, when he went to learn electric guitar. To tell you truthfully I liked micro better. No volume but good sound when in quiet room, especially the marshall "classic" preset. The big combo one has decent volume but the sound is very very meh.
     
  7. Onhell

    Onhell Infinite Dreamer

    I don't have one yet. Public transportation works for now. I will get one only because of the brutal rainy season we have here. I had to get one in the U.S because Western states were designed with the car in mind, not with public transport/pedestrians. I've bitched about Tucson's buses enough elsewhere. But yes, not having a vehicle opens up the wallet for other things. I save for certain items, take advantage of birthdays and holidays, etc. Like I said. It has taken me over 5 years to complete a decent set-up lol.

    When I was a young adult (18-23ish) I spent most of my disposable income on CDs. Now I spend it on food and bills... it sucks being an "adult," lol, priorities definitely change with time.
     

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