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In 2016 I bought a little used RCA windows tablet. I bought it mainly to write on. It was small enough to be portable for me and not so expensive I’d freak out in public if someone touched it.
Well, lil buddy is pretty much only good for games now. It served well and the keyboard took my beastlike pounding pretty well.
So now, I am on the hunt for a new thing.
Folks keep recommending things like the Lenovo Yoga tablet. Or of course a Windows Surface. Both sexy little things that give me a nerd boner. Words like ultraportable make me feel a lil something in the pants.
But, if I go that route I’m going to have to wait until at least next May and I’d rather not do that.
The thing with the RCA tablet is that even at peak, it just wasn’t quite powerful enough for my needs. I need to be able to run my word processing, probably have an internet window or four open for other research and not have it lag out or crap out. I am honestly too paranoid to carry my big ass laptop so, new tablet it is.
I’m thinking I will probably get a Kindle 10. Multiuse gives me wood although most of the cases with keyboards I’ve found have looked a little wee tiny for me to get used to.
I do wish that Kindle, Android and microsoft would stop pissing on each other so a body could use shit they pay for like Office365 across more devices without bullshit. I am a little leery that I won’t be able to use word online the way I like with a kindle 10.
If I get the kindle 10, I’m going to have to do a work around.
What I really want is laptop capability, with real windows 10 and tablet size.
Most of the office related apps I’ve tried are shit for working on and Google Docs has dry fucked me one too many times.
This little thing here is about as close to ideal as I think I’m going to get.
Presuming I can sell two or four more essays I can probably get one in Decemberish.
I don’t want to be reliant on apps. Microsoft apps just don’t work in a way that makes them very usable for me. And you can’t use online Word with mobile devices. I am also really reluctant to depend on wifi as well.
Sometimes trying to get tech shit figured out as it intersects with economic shit is bullshit.
Other than that, things are fairly okay. Laptop at home is working nicely.
As things stand right now. Here is what my side hustle/patreon money budget looks like.
Bear in mind these are my personal bills currently. This doesn’t count family budget. Not rent and shit. Being that Sept-October have both been financially crazed and I’m trying to save up from my side hustle money to move…well.
In a perfect world, this budget would leave me about 85$ to use to tuck into my moving savings. I make a tiny bit over 200$ a month on Patreon but I account for folks lowering pledges and declines.
Logically/rationally I will not buy any new tech/anything that costs more than 10$ for a while. My entertainment budget is pretty much 0$. After this week I’m giving up my morning coffee/calm/poetry time. I’m taking a slightly later bus so I can walk to the transit center so I don’t have to walk around downtown for an hour before work, neither is great but the later bus is the slightly safer option.
This morning I tweeted a little about my current situation and two people kindly checked in and a couple sent me emails to lecture me about how to budget.
I hate doing this.
But y’all ready for the poor people dance?
HERE IT GO.
I work a full time actual real job. It is almost barely enough to cover household bills. I’m talking my partner’s care/medications, rent, lights, phone/internets. Our household entertainment budget is 15$.
So the house budget is pretty much on lock and every red fucking cent I make in my day job is just for staying alive.
So as I’ve talked about fucking constantly, writing money and patreon are for literally everything else.
After the last couple of months shit has been rough.