I currently have a few devices used for my various computing needs. I have a 2009 Mac Mini running OSX 10.9 Mavericks and virtualizing Debian Wheezy, a 2005 Dell Inspiron 2200 Laptop running Debian Wheezy, and a 2012 Nexus 7 running Android 4.4.
These devices accomplish all I need them to, but not without complaint from me. The Mac Mini is my home desktop, the Dell I use at work, and the Nexus 7 is for when I’m on the move.
I use all of them for web browsing and media consumption, but I’m going to detail the more niche uses I have for each along with my main complaints and why I’m thinking about replacing this or that.
Mac Mini (2009)
Used for: Video Editing, Music Production
Complaints: OSX doesn’t work with EXT file systems.
Dell Inspiron 2200 (2005)
Used for: Word processing, Vector Graphics, Sound Editing
Complaints: Hardware is dated, Battery doesn’t charge, Occasionally shuts off with no warning
Nexus 7 (2012)Used for: Writing (novels), Tabletop RPG reference, PDF viewing, Showcasing Media, Sound Recording
Complaints: Using with a bluetooth keyboard is clunky, Android software leaves much to be desired.
I’m considering a few different ideas, though I can get by with what I have for a while longer, I will eventually need to address some of the issues I’m having.
- Buy a Chromebook: Cheap, many hours of battery life, potentially good as a portable typewriter for writing. Unfortunately I hear these things are terrible when not connected to the internet… If I could hack a regular Linux distro onto one…
- Buy an Ultrabook: Expensive, many hours of battery life, good multi-purpose machine to replace the aging Dell Laptop. Could also be used for writing.
- Buy a Desktop: Something that can do what the Mac Mini does but without the headaches of OSX and with a bigger hard drive… the Mini’s 500gbs go too quickly when working with HD video.