This is my first blog post and let me just start by saying that a recurring theme throughout this blog will be my minimalist lifestyle and how it grounds me and keeps me very attached to the few things that I do own. In this post I share a few gadgets that I always have in my bag whether for when I go to work or to the university campus. They are far from fancy, but what I like about them is how functional and durable they are.
This is my favorite accessory for Macs that is not made by Apple. It has great multitouch functionality, so you can swipe between full screen applications or do App Expose just like the trackpad, but it’s also so tiny and light! It fits perfectly into one of the inside pockets of my backpack and I don’t have to worry about damaging it, since it’s so flat, it just hangs in there like a pad of post-its (I also always have post-its). And it’s wireless, which is pretty convenient for when I’m sitting at my desk.
MacBook Pro (Mid-2010) and charger
Big shoutout to my closest personal companion for the last seven years. This MacBook lasted me through all four years of undergrad, five internships, and grad school! Only in year six did I finally decide to replace the hard drive for a SSD and upgrade my RAM (which I easily did myself). Sure, all four of the black thingies at the bottom are torn and lost, and the machine is pretty bulky compared to newer models, but still never worse for the wear. Ideally, this will last me at least until I stop moving around and buy an apartment and a desktop.
If you have a MacBook from 2012 or earlier and you haven’t already, you can add more RAM and replace your HD for a SSD with these easy tutorials.
Bose AE2 Headphones
As you may have noticed by now I’m stilling using really old products, including these Bose AE2 Headphones from 2011. They were donated to me by my best friend only very recently. In fact, they were his first pair. Now they’re my first pair! Isn’t that the sweetest thing? What’s neat about these headphones is that you can detach the jack (#DetachTheJack) and store the cord separately. I just need to replace the ear cushions though because they start hurting after a couple of hours of use…
- Reusable shopping bag in case I spontaneously decide to go shopping (it happens),
- portable phone charger,
- USB flash drive,
- and a highlighter because you know I always gotta highlight.
By the way, my laptop bag is from Jansport and I bought it in 2015! (This post is not sponsored by anyone. I’m just doing it for free.)
Anyways, I hope this was an interesting or informative read for you. Leave a comment and share some of your favorite personal gadgets or what’s in your laptop bag. Also follow me on Twitter for some more #JainSplaining.