Shiny Object Syndrome

So. I have a problem.

I want a lot of things I don’t need.

I want to buy new moleskine journals when my current journal is less than half filled.

I want to buy a kindle when I have a pile of books on my floor that could take more than a year to finish. This is ignoring the fact that I ordered 5 books from Amazon yesterday. It is very easy to rationalize something like this when a guy like Dave Ramsey requires everyone that joins his team read these books in their first couple months of working for him.

A couple of months ago, I was in my car heading to barnes and noble to pick up a sketch pad so that I’d have a big sprawling surface to outline out business ideas, but about half way towards the mall, I realized how needless this was, and I turned around.

The biggest hurdle for me as a guy who likes to build things on the web is my devices. I have a desktop computer, a laptop, an ipad mini, as well as an iPhone (which is having severe battery issues.)

Lately, my MacBook pro has been the latest on my hitlist. I want to get rid of it. I want to upgrade to something top of the line, to something fast, to something that will undoubtedly make me way more productive. After doing tax returns, I am in a similar spot to many Americans: I have more disposable income that I generally do, which generally leads to big ticket purchases. Even though I might make better use out of a piece of technology than the average person, the bottom line is that as long as my computer is still working, still able to connect to the internet, and still able to do the things I need to do to keep Five Espressos and ymLaunch going, I don’t really need an upgraded machine.

Now, it’s very possible that in the next few months, there will be a new models of both the MacBook air and the MacBook pros, each with the high definition retina display that makes a techy like me drool. Ultimately, as long as this old faithful is working, I should be using it!

My business partner is one of the most frugally minded people I know, which is NOT an insult in my book. He’s encouraging me to drive this laptop into the ground. I think he’s more right than wrong.

warning, tech talk ahead!

I decided that if I wasn’t going to be splurging on a new macbook pro, I would at least make a couple quality of life improvements to my personal laptop. I purchased a solid state hard drive to install into my Computer. This hard drive will drastically improve the startup speed of my computer, as well as the speed at which new processes and applications are started.

I will also be cleaning things up with a new backup drive and starting this computer from a new install of Mavericks.
I want to run this thing really lean, keep it going fast, and hopefully be as close to a new computer as I can.

Also, spending less than 200 is a lot better than dropping over fifteen hundred!

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