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.