Am I Worth My Tools?

Posted On: November 10 2023

  • fountain pens
  • thoughts
  • Written by Julian Lopez

    I lack access to the best tools, which I have learned to accept and adapt to. I have a certain friend who does the opposite, and simply buys the best tools for his needs.

    I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t exactly have access to the best tools for my projects. The laptop I used to use has a crappy Intel Pentium processor with 4 GB of RAM, but I often use an 8th gen iPad now for most of my Tech needs. That said, I view this as less of a detriment but more of an opportunity to learn how to maximize the tools at my disposal. If I had a full fat laptop with all the power/storage/memory I could ever want I wouldn’t have learned certain skills that I’ve picked up. For instance, there are plenty of things that you simply cannot do on an iPad. In order to get around this, I’ve set up virtual machines (Windows 10 / Endeavor OS) on my home server that I can remote into with Anydesk. Now I can do anything that can be done on a desktop from a thin and mobile iPad! I turned this weakness into an opportunity to learn and grow my personal skill set, which can help me in my future career.

    That said, I have a certain friend with the opposite mindset of mine. What he does is go out and purchase the best equipment possible for whatever it is he is working on. For his Adobe Lightroom projects he doesn’t bat an eye at blowing huge amounts of cash on laptops with 64 GB of RAM and multiple terabytes of NVMe storage. A more… extreme example of his mindset was his decision to purchase $1000 fountain pen. In order to write well he should only use the best writing tools!

    In a way, I suppose my personal belief on this topic can be explained by a concern of worth. “Am I worth this amazing new gadget?” in the case of my home server(her name is Izumi), I initially didn’t feel this way. However, this concern faded away as I slowly pushed her more and more to her limits. Now, as I have multiple VMs / Docker containers / a GitLab instance / media sharing via Jellyfin / and a bunch more, I no longer feel these concerns of worth. Instead, I am now concerned by how to upgrade and expand my horizons further!

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