In order of usage:
I've oscillated between Android and iPhones. I'll get pissed off at one and jump to the other. I got pissed off at Android a while back because of janky software, crapware and poor update paths. I'm currently at the 90% level of pissed-offedness at iPhones and will probably get an Android phone in a couple years. I am to cheap to change more than every year or so.
The iPhone gets used for the obvious things. Email, both work and home. Texts, though mostly just to my wife and son. Primary apps are Spotify (which I use mostly on the train while reading) and the podcast app (which I use mostly while driving or walking to work.) There's a few games that get usage ("20", "Ballz") primarily when I am, er, occupied after my morning coffee. If I'm driving any distance, I use Waze. I use Routesy to find when the train is coming. There's a whole bunch of other crap that gets marginal usage.
If it vibrates to announce a call, I barely know what the fuck to do, because I don't do calls.
This is my "real" computer, and I am entirely happy with it. It is either at my desk, attached to a large Thunderbolt display or used as a laptop in the sitting room, or elsewhere. I run all the usual stuff (Chrome, email). I've got Steam for gaming, though these days I mostly use it to stream from another device. I've got Handbrake for time-shifting netflix DVDs, VNC for watching movies (though rarely real movies, mostly for checking DVD rips and home video) Slack for communicating with friends/work, Facetime for communicating with Mom.
I've got random dev tools, run brew to get tools, run jupyter locally, etc. MacVIm of course.
This is my primary gaming box. Since I don't really watch much TV, this is where I spend a lot of my entertainment time. It's attached to a 32" screen, as I am mostly at the desk, not far away.
I have an insane number of games. I've been a PlayStation+ member since that was a thing, so I get lots of free games that way, plus employee discounts get me many major titles for $10, leading to more impulse buys.
We set up the elliptical to face that same screen, so the PS4 also gets a lot of Netflix/Amazon Video/HBO time as video is the prime exercise motivator for my wife and I.
Alienware gaming box
Recently I decided it was time to have a Windows gaming machine so I bought an Alienware Alpha mini desktop as a reward with my company bonus. Years ago, I built my own Windows boxes, but I decided I was done with spending the time and energy when I can throw money at it. I've been pleasantly surprised by how turn-key it is and how little crap-ware there is on the device.
Plan A was to use it just for games, and so what got installed was Steam and Battle.net. A week or so ago, I realized it was kinda dumb to have my "media storage" external drive attached to my laptop setup when I now has a desktop, so that got moved and I through together a simple DLNA server. I also installed Spotify so I could stream music to the PS4. (Usually for in-game music.)
I also installed bash for Windows just to make trivial maintenance less annoying.
I've gotten two different ones, first a 6", then an 8" when they were on sale. I think I paid $80 for the big one. 95% of its usage is reading books. I do most of my reading on the device because it's rare to get a seat on the train, and it is easier to deal with than a physical book. Plus, I can have a whole library and impulse by. When I travel, I will generally copy a bunch of movies to it to watch on the plane and at the hotel. I've found it's a great device if you use it for simple stuff like I do.
This is the newest addition. I used to always travel with a laptop. In some cases two. (Work device, home device.) We've got a trip to Scotland planned, and while it is nice to have an Internet capable device with you for planning, between the current political bullshit in customs and the fears about having a device with basically all my financial info on it I decided it was time for something else.
The idea being that the Chromebook was cheap, so losing it would be less annoying, and better yet, could basically be factory reset at will without losing anything.
So yeah, what it has on it is Chrome and email. I'll probably only use it for travel. I know a lot of people would have turned it into an Ubuntu box, but I didn't see a reason to. I wanted something simple, and intend to share it with wife and son on the trip. I did turn on "developer mode" so I could get a real shell, mostly because in order to satisfy any more geeking interests, I set up up so I can shell into an AWS server, in particular, one running Jupyter. So I can basically screw around with code in my browser without having a "real" computer locally.
I bought this out of company loyalty, really. I used my own PlayStation Portable a lot, but like nearly everyone, I don't use my Vita much. It's sad. It's actually quite a good device. I just don't ever have a place to use it. On the train, I read. At home, I've got stand-alone consoles and PCs. In line and elsewhere, the phone is more present and has more 5-minute games. So really the only time I use it is on long flights and maybe at the hotel.
I have a crap-load of games for it. PlayStation+ gives 2-3 free Vita games a month. Of course most are second tier.
This sits on my desk. I got it because I felt I should have one. Set it up and then got distracted and haven't got around to doing anything further. It's purpose is "screw around with Linux and stuff".
That's what was on my desk. In the drawers there's actually an XBox 360 and an old Android Tablet, neither of which have been powered on for years.
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