[OT] Personal Finances: Was The perfect MP3 player
smorrey at gmail.com
Mon Sep 19 01:39:23 MDT 2005
Shane Hathaway wrote:
> Ross Werner wrote:
>> I personally think it's a great plan so long as you're still having a
>> good time while you're waiting for that dream-filled day when you pay
>> off the house/retire/whatever. Like I said before, if you're living
>> your life in misery because you're saving so much money so you can
>> have a debt-free future, then (at least in my opinion) that's not
>> worth it.
>> Of course, it doesn't sound like you're miserable at all :-) I
>> imagine you have your own hobbies and you spend your spare time doing
>> things that you enjoy doing, like posting to the plug list or
>> whatever. It certainly doesn't have to be blowing hundreds on mp3
>> players every couple of years. (That wouldn't make me happy, anyway.)
> Between the ages of 8 and 15, I only had about $10. I spent a lot of
> time figuring out exactly how to spend it. That $10 was worth so much
> to me that I didn't dare spend it on anything less than spectacular.
> Not surprisingly, I never found the right thing to spend it on.
> However, my research to find the Spectacular Ten Dollar Thing became a
> great hobby. I got into electronics and software. I loved the free
> catalogs from All Electronics and other distributors. My parents gave
> me a Radio Shack 200-in-1 kit for Christmas once and I played with it
> so much that I wore out all the springs. People gave me worn out
> electronic devices and I did dangerously fun things with the innards.
> Now that I have money to spend on a hobby, I've bought a few of the
> gadgets I always wanted--but I haven't used them much. It turns out
> that I really liked building stuff; playing with a finished, polished
> product often isn't very interesting. While it's unfortunate that I
> spent a bunch of money on things of low value to me, at least I
> learned the lesson before I lost money on some silly music player. :-)
> Anyway... now I'm thinking about reviving the electronics hobby, but
> this time with the help of some money: getting a real soldering iron,
> a multimeter, maybe an oscilloscope, new components instead of
> recycled resistors, some kind of computer control module, etc. And
> I'm going to have a lot of fun researching exactly what I want to buy.
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> Don't fear the penguin.
Since you like building things so much, how much would you charge me to
make an MP3 player out of an Altoids can?
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