Stuff I've Used

The reality is that I don't care if you know what I use. There are things I keep looking up over and over (like the model number of my scratched nearly beyond legibility iPod) and that's not a smart way to live.

I do not have the tech bug, and if I could use the same two devices for the rest of my life and only need to periodically upgrade the storage and battery, I'd gladly do so.

1 Phones

1.1 Samsung Galaxy Z-Fold 2

  • Used : September 22, 2022 - PDPT
  • Color : Rose Gold

A gift from my Dad. His Z-Fold 2 had some fat cracks in it and he wanted to upgrade to the Z-Fold 4, so he bought himself a new phone and used insurance to get a refurbished one for me.

1.2 Samsung Galaxy S8+

  • Used :

Old and cracked, to use as a burner but once my S6 Edge started having a 4 hour battery life, I reluctantly switched to this phone for a while. I don't consider this having been one of my "phones"…

1.3 Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

  • Used : […], 2015

My third phone. Just before gradschool.

1.4 Samsung Alias 2

  • Used :

My second phone. Incidentally, the best phone in the history of phones. This lasted me from just before college into the deep convention years, and the screen finally met its end on the roof of the JW Marriott in downtown LA at Anime Expo 2015.
Maddie has the back of this phone case. It's a whole story. Maybe I'll tell it if you ask.

1.5 Samsung Juke

  • Used :
  • Color : Red

My phone senior year of highschool. It feels like I had this for years, but really it was only a year and some change. A fragile little thing in the end, but it was a great time. I blasted SOAD off of this thing constantly with Vo on walks to and from his house. He and his brother both got this phone after I did, but they got the other colors. (I think Vo's was blue and his brother's was black?)

2 Music Players

2.1 iPod Classic

  • HDD : 80 GB
  • Serial No. : 8k7470EFYMV
  • Model No. : A1238
  • Date introduced : September 2007

This was originally my sister's iPod; it sat in a drawer for a few years after she got an iPod Touch and was eventually given to me, sometime in the early 2010s. It currently (2021) runs Rockbox, and the battery doesn't hold much charge anymore.

2.1.1 Modding Notes (do not do this research again!)

For replacing the failing HDD with an SSD, this is one of the few models that does not support storage beyond 128 GB… if you stick with the original firmware. Using Rockbox, this is no longer a limitation. I went with the iFlash-Quad, which I can fill up with micro SD cards as I please.

Objectives Fall 2022 :

  • [ ] Install a new battery and SSD chassis in this iPod.
  • Get a cheap tool to open this as carefully as possible.
  • [ ] Can you fix the screen bubble? NB - The screen bubble might be an expanding battery. Replace ASAP.

2.1.2 Thoughts for later

If you ever do this again, grab a good condition 7th gen and one of the single micro-SD iFlash adapters. Put that into the 6th gen and the quad into the 7th.

2.2 iPod Nano 2nd Gen

  • Storage : 2 GB
  • Serial No. : 7K63600UVQ5
  • Model No. : A1199
  • Date introduced : September 2006

Senior year of highschool I took physics. I couldn't begin to tell you what lab we were doing, but we took a group trip out to the football field. Or was this 10th grade biology, when we took petri dishes about the school grounds to find bacteria cultures to grow? We were in the bleachers for whatever we were doing. Maybe it was physics. I will have to think about where I might have stood and where I would have taken the fat carrying case.
At any rate, I was accomplice to some dishonesty. A classmate I sometimes talked to found a newer generation Nano in the bleachers, with 4 GB storage. Only I saw him find it. We made a deal - I keep my mouth shut and get his old Nano, and he keeps this one. I accepted on the condition that I also got the foreign bill we found with the newer Nano. Sketchy behavior, me. But then again, I never would have narked.

2.2.1 29 September 2022 "Restoration"

A few years ago I noticed that the screen was shattered, and today I realized that actually, the battery is bulging. I opened and destroyed this iPod to make sure I didn't burn the house down.