Stuff that makes me happy – Devices

iPac (named Xac)
I take this everywhere. It’s my diary, to-do list, address book and post-it pad. It’s old now and no longer available, but I’m waiting for HP to bring out a mobile PDA using Windows on a 3G network (Optus?) before I upgrade. I’ve added SPB Pocket Plus, which makes it look way pretty and allows one-handed navigation. I’ve also set it up for one-click to record audio memos (which, although a great idea, I never seem to do) and another to open a new note (which I do all the time – think I’ll do one now: another goal list, perhaps?). I feel like producto-Girl. Just need a geeky cape.

iPod (named Xiggy)
I have a black 30G video. I rarely use the video, but I’m pretty much at capacity with music and podcasts. I listen to podcasts whenever I’m doing brainless stuff – making the bed, brushing my teeth, loading/unloading the dishwasher, doing errands. I feel like I learn heaps without taking any time out of my day.

Laptop (named Xander)
I’ve had my XPS for about a year. It helped me write my thesis on happiness last year and it’s helping me turn that into a book this year. It’s like the perfect amanuensis – assisting me to plan, executive and review all my projects. Apart from Microsoft Office (love 2007), Word (so don’t love2007 – have they dummified it?) and OneNote, I use iTunes for music and podcasts, LeechGet for downloads, SPSS & AMOS for stats analysis and I have a mindmap program that I won’t mention because I think it’s overpriced and overfunctioned.

These are my 3 amigos. Just looking at them and thinking of all the good times we’ve shared makes me smile. Now where’s that cape?

By Michele Connolly

Choose to be happier – and you will be.


  1. Hi there,

    I couldn’t live without my devices. I have two laptops, a Dell D820 which I use if I need to write a lot of code, a Tablet PC which I use for everything else – and writing smaller amounts of code. A JasJar which I use as my music player, phone and for e-mail and other bits and pieces if I am on the run.

    Being connected is what makes me happy. The ability to reach out and take action when I need to, and these are the tools that let me do that. The music player ability is what gets me out of the apartment and to the office 🙂

    I usually listen to the same music each day 🙂

  2. Hi Michele,
    Great stuff, should be very helpful to loads of us…….
    M.Scott Peck said “to love someone” is a decision, and I think, so to is Happiness.
    Decide to be happy then start your journey to attain it.

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