Category Archives: thrift

I Surrender…Sort Of…

I tried…Lord knows I tried. No one can say otherwise. I did not want to buy a new computer. I was perfectly happy with my second-hand, six-year-old MacBook, until its logic board bit the dust. Before that, I had been … Continue reading

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The Verdict Is In

I’m such a tease! My official excuse, and of course I have one, is that I would rather actually publish a series of short posts than not publish a nice, long one. That, and I have forgotten how to do … Continue reading

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Test Case, Part 2

We happened to have a spare tablet around the house, a Lenovo K1 left over from a hasty spring shopping trip. (Let us pause for a moment to reflect on a world where a low-income family can have a “spare” … Continue reading

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Thrift-tech: The DIY Version

Meanwhile, as I fume and rant about our shallow, materialistic society, I have to both address my family’s need for suitable technology and confront my own desire for shiny things. The latter is arguably more mutable, whereas there is only so … Continue reading

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Scared Straight

I suppose things have been building up to this point for a while, and it is time to face the music. We are stuff-a-holics, and need to go into recovery. It sneaks up on you, this condition; it can start … Continue reading

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Tech-Thrifting, Part 2

Having stated the case last week regarding the challenges of thrifty tech-shopping, I sat back and looked at the whole picture again. I realized I had neglected one important element of the equation. Thrift shopping is still shopping; “mindful” consumption … Continue reading

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Thrift Shopping…and Technology?

I’ve made much recently of the economic, environmental, and social benefits of thrift shopping, and I still firmly believe in all of them. However, as with any human endeavor, there is a downside: hidden costs, unintended consequences, and immutable constraints … Continue reading

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