Gadgets in Korea (May 2015)

Here’s my tech gadgets as of present (Apr 2015):

Computers
Lenovo Thinkpad X240

The Thinkpad X240 is my ultraportable/business/everyday use laptop when I need to study or travel. 20 hours of battery life. MIL-STD spec tested, spill resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, 4G LTE capable, etc its the ultimate portable notebook.

Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14

This is my gaming and entertainment laptop now. A dedicated graphics card, convertible, weighs only 4lbs, docks with a one link dock connector, and mostly importantly its the only convertible/hybrid laptop (as of March 2015) with a dedicated graphics card, which means I can use it for gaming and watching movies in 4 different modes with a wireless controller and wireless speakers. Why don’t more hybrid laptops come with a dedicated card?

Tablets/Phones
iPad Air

The iPad Air is my go to tablet for surfing, gaming, music or reading.

iPhone 5S

iPhone5S Gold
2013 iPhone5S Gold

The iPhone 5S is my main camera and video recorder. No other smartphones (except the iPhone 6/6+) can beat its camera.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony Xperia Z3C
Sony Xperia Z3C

The Sony Xperia Z3C is my main Korea phone, mp3 player and messenger device.

Blackberry Passport

The Blackberry Passport is the phone I use in Canada/US and its a great phone for web browsing/surfing, and document editing as well.

Meta M1

The Meta M1 is my go to smartwatch now. It displays everything I need, Stocks, Weather, Time Zones, Music Player, Timer, Game Scores, Notifications. And it does so while being simple and having no app store, which I think is unnecessary for a watch.

Gaming

OpenPandora
For playing DOS games

New Nintendo 3DS

For playing Nintendo Games

Sony PS Vita

For playing JRPGs

Nvidia Shield

The Nvidia Shield is my emulator console and also doubles as a game stream capable tablet for my PC! Video here:

Music

Bose Quietcomfort 25

Bose QC 25
Bose QC 25

My travel/work/study headphones. Great sound and top of the class noise cancelling.

Bose Soundlink Mini

Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose SoundLink Mini

My go to speakers for playing anything around the house and pretty portable as well.

Cameras
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
Nikon D5100

My DSLR camera for serious video making. Works great with many lenses.

Sony Music Video Recorder

Sony music video recorder
Sony music video recorder

This camera is mainly used for casual recording video blogs, music videos and video reviews. Basically my youtube camera now.

other gadgets (not commonly used)
GoPro Hero3 Silver
Sennheiser Momentum
Mac Mini (2012)

Preserving my memories

Most people have regrets in their life about things they did. Me on the other hand, I have many regrets about the things I didn’t do rather than the things I did do. And most of these regrets is about preserving my memories. I cherish my memories a lot because someday when I’m older I want to remember the things that happened in my past. So a lot of my regrets revolve around not preserving my memories better.

I have a handful of pictures of myself and my friends from high school. I have pretty much no pictures with my friends in university. This is mostly because I didn’t have a smartphone back then, , and I only carried my digital camera on special occasions like trips. But even then, I had a 3.2mp cameraphone at the time, and an iPhone3G which could have taken pictures back then, so its more that I didn’t have the habit of taking pics with friends. So from 2006-2011, pretty much I didn’t take any pictures with my phone or smartphone, which means I have very few pictures aside from trips or vacations, which I regret.

From 2012, I got an iPhone 4S, so I started to take more pictures, but again I still didn’t have a habit of taking that many yet, so most of my pictures were from outdoor shots. I rarely ever took shots indoors with my friends, so I have no pics in 2012 or 2013 in clubs or parties or karaokes (even tho I went to those things alot). I have some pictures of food, but thats kind of useless for memories because I can’t remember who I was eating with when I can’t see people’s faces. And I rarely took video with my phone back then because I only had 16GB of storage which was filled with songs so it would run out of space if I took video. Also, unfortunately I have no video of myself either since I was always the one holding the camcorder on trips. So as a result, 2012-2013 I basically only have pics outdoors with my friends, which I regret.

In 2014, I got an iPhone 5S, so the pictures took alot faster, and better low light indoor pictures, and I bought the 32GB model so I could take some videos as well. So these last 2 years double as my most well-preserved years, so I don’t regret last year as much.

Another thing I like to do is to save chat logs with my friends so I can look back on what we said later. I used MSN Messenger from 2005-2010 so that period is fairly well preserved since MSN autosaves the chats onto your computer. Then from 2011 I started using Kakaotalk because most of my friends were Korean and I was meeting a lot of Koreans. Unfortunately, the period from 2011-2013 (which were my most exciting years) were not well preserved because the majority of my kakao chats were deleted accidentally when I changed phones to my 5S (I thought that Kakao stored all their chats on the server but they don’t). In addition, my external hard drive was accidentally reformatted in early 2014 as well (thanks Lenovo for your terrible warnings).

So regretfully the only chats I have from that period, which was an amazing time, are from Facebook, which keeps the chats on the Facebook server, unlike Kakao which keeps chats locally. It’s too bad that I used Kakao way more than facebook messenger tho. So if you ever lose your phone or delete your kakao app, say goodbye to your precious chats :( I learned the hard way. Again, from 2014 its fairly well-preserved since I didn’t change phones or lose my phone yet, but I wish I had all my chats from 2011/2012/2013 :(.

I know we shouldn’t dwell on the past too much, but I do like to preserve a lot of my memories, and unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job of it before 2014. I will definitely try to take more pics with friends and videos and backup chats going forward though. While I do cherish my old memories, I do want to create new ones as well.