- A reference to the Pentium processor from the nineties
- A loose allusion to "It's All About the Benjamins", the Puff Daddy song from 1997
- An homage to the perpetually underrated Weird Al song, "It's All About the Pentiums"
It is increasingly less important to upgrade hardware.
You should exploit what you have.
Maximizing productivity is the single most important feature of devices. If you have a wonderful workflow that works great - then don't abandon it in the hopes of improving your workflow even more. It doesn't work like that; new does not equal better. It's like those post-apocalyptic movies. The boat in Waterworld was not new, but boy was it optimized for Kevin Costner's character. It was utilitarian - every nook and cranny of that boat served a purpose. And so should your technology.
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sweet pic from one of the finest movies ever!
I have nine computers. Most of them are for very specific purposes. Before you scoff, realize that my job is educational technology. But for ninety percent of my computing, I use one device - my Chromebook. I have a $249 Samsung Chromebook, which is probably my least expensive device. It certainly isn't as beefy as my MacBook Pro. Yet I use it the most because it does everything I need it to on a daily basis (I use my MacBook and my PC desktop for heavy lifting in specialized software). And I am universally more productive with my Chromebook than any of my other fancier devices. It has a keyboard (immediately promoting it ahead of my Nexus 7 and iPad 2 in the realm of productivity). It is extremely portable, has an amazing battery life, and because I rely on the cloud for so much of what I do, it is the perfect choice. And because it is cheap, I don't mind if it gets beat up (or even lost!). I actually think that one of the strengths of the Chromebook (or any cloud device) is that losing the device - while it may hurt the wallet - makes it extraordinarily easy to retrieve all your documents.
The new iPad Air, somehow, did not make the list (although I'm sure the line for the iPad Air will be unnecessarily long).