It’s a hard thing to do despite what should be such an easy concept: trim the excess, obtain and use only what you need, and find singular solutions to multiple problems. I was reading this grand article on Yahoo about finding happiness with a simpler, less cluttered life and already my mind was exploding with concepts like selling my current silverware set at a garage sale since I have a new unused set in a box under my kitchen cabinet. But the reality is that the little steps, although they add up, do not address larger issues and clusters of junk/stuff/conundrums I have to deal with everyday.
Which is why I decided to build another computer.
Looking across my “home office” (which some would say looks more like the crypt of Stan Lee and Boba Fett’s common ancestors), I saw some things lying around:
Extra keyboard (2 boxes, actually… but I think only 1 has a keyboard).
Extra DVD burner drive.
2 320 GB hard drives.
So I found this case over at Newegg.com for under $40 the other day and picked it up:
It’s a nice small APEX mini Tower that lays flat and has just enough space to make a media center PC or a budget model. So although I had been thinking about building a home server or a media center PC, I thought about simplifying. The goal: build and sell this bad boy.
I figure I have a few advantages in putting this together:
1) I have Newegg. This site has incredible deals, and the forums/reviews are chock full on information.
2)Free Parts. I have already saved some cash by using leftovers for the HD, disc drive, and peripherals.
3) Student discount. I have that good old Community College active status and might be able to swing a Windows 7 copy at an extreme discount.
So we’ll see. Worst comes to worst, I spend a little cash and don’t make my money back, but it will be a learning experience and a half. And fun. But selling this at break even or profit would be really nice.
So it may seem like a lot of steps to take, with some pain points, but the goal is to simplify. I hope this simple computer will become an Icon for how I hope to change my life towards simplicity.