Bonding With My Hardware

In which those who understand their digital hardware is sacred…

I’m a firm believer that my technology works best when I have established a personal bond with it. Some pagans have their blessed wand with their energy charged crystal attached to the tip. I have my Android mobile device with all of the apps I need to interact with and effect change in my world.

The personalization of tech is important. It’s joining your personality with the hardware’s functionality. I have personalized icons, my favorite live wallpapers, selected notification sounds and ringtones, and a custom launcher so that my interactions with my device feel very much configured to me.

I have 128GB of external storage and I make sure every bit of data that I can move to it resides there (it not only ensures I have enough internal storage for data that cannot be moved, but it also makes it easier for me to migrate data to another device if mine dies).

My primary laptop is an old re-purposed Dell Latitude with an Intel Core i7 and 4GB of RAM. I found it for cheap online. When it arrived, I immediately wiped the drive and loaded up the latest build of Linux Mint (I use several different distros on my various laptops).

But bonding with my hardware is about more than just aesthetics and functionality. It’s about how I feel about it. These are sensitive electronics. Feeling connected to them is a positive energy exchange. When I feel positive about my hardware, I find that my experience working with it is better. It’s more than a tool. It’s a partner, a member of my team.

This isn’t even a fringe concept. Pilots during the world wars would often name their planes and maintain them with delicate, one could even say loving, attention. People have been creating emotional bonds with their technology throughout history. I have no doubt that some knights in the middle ages named their swords and felt awkward using any other.

So I bond with my hardware. They are my personal talismans in my pagan practice as well as my daily tools for work and play. I take care of them. I spend time learning about them, about how they operate.

To modify a well know saying from the Marine Rifleman’s Creed:

There are many like it, but this one is mine. My laptop/tablet/phone is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.”

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