I’ve been looking at all the cool tech toys available this year. My phone is a few years old… The VR headset I have needs a computer to work; and I’m just borrowing it… A nice laptop would help me do more on the go… I’d like to play certain games on my Xbox instead of my PC, considering my Xbox is connected to my 4k TV…
Speaking of that TV, it’s kind of a secret… but… it was a “broken” TV that was replaced. Since it was being thrown out I wanted to open it up and see whats inside. Turns out, there’s not much inside TVs these days. A screen, a power supply, and a PCB for housing the brains and inputs and connecting everything together. So, I bought a new power supply and PCB for about 30 bucks and I got myself a working 4K Roku smart TV.
But, I don’t have Xbox live anymore, which apparently means I can’t play anything I own online, nor can I play any of the “free” games I got through Games with Gold over the past 5 years.
I still have a Nintendo Switch, though, so I can play those games, I guess.
I did have my fairly nice PC hooked up to my TV, but I recently rearranged my room. Now, my PC is too far away from the TV to run a cable between them. Especially considering the cable would run along the floor past a doorway.
But now I have plenty of room to use that VR system I’m borrowing. So, thats cool.
You know, its funny how you think happiness is going to come from somewhere, something, or someone else. Yet, it literally rests inside you.
Those new phone purchases I was deliberating on… I’ve pretty much decided not to pursue it. No new phone for me. The phone I really want isn’t water proof, among other things. And the other phone I would want is really just an upgrade of the phone I have. And its not really that wonderful of an upgrade. There’s really only a few features it has that my current phone doesn’t. And they’re not deal breaking, gotta have, how did I live without it features.
So, I decided to reset my current phone. It was a similar process to buying a new phone: backup all my data, reset my old phone, setup my new phone which in this case is my old phone, and then reinstall all my apps, sign in to services, and start the customization; which includes trying out new backgrounds, new ring tones, and new homescreen layouts. For me, at least, this was very cathartic.
And it made me realize that its not a change in the device or toy that I have, but a change in my perception that is really responsible for my happiness.
P.S. – don’t get me wrong, I’m still paying attention to all the black Friday deals… because, you know, I like tech.