…And Greetings from the Beginning of 2022!

January 1, 2022

Yesterday was my first post at the end of 2021, and today is my second post at the beginning of 2022. Thus, this is my first post of the year. 😝

Anyway, enough nonsense. I thought I’d post something of interest (or at least I hope it is).

Sometime last year (or was it the year before 🤔), I received a PinePhone as a gift from a friend. It’s been a lot of fun tinkering with the PinePhone, but it hasn’t gotten much use in the last few months for various reasons. First, I already have a daily driver, my OnePlus 6T. Second, the battery life on it is quite poor compared to my OP6T, but that’s not too much of a concern since it’s not my daily driver. Third, I’ve borked the version of Mobian I had installed on it (it originally came with postmarketOS since this phone is the pmOS Edition), but isn’t that what this phone is all about? Tinkering and breaking things (though not physically, thank goodness)?

As a side note, I’ve been looking for a replacement to my Asus Eee PC 901 (I’ve blogged about it in the past, so you can check my previous posts here). While the Eee PC 901 still works quite well, it’s really showing its age at this point. I was looking at the HP EliteBook 2170p as a replacement, but I waited too long on getting it and the ones I’ve seen now are rather beat up, more than I’m willing to tolerate. Today, I came across this Mastodon toot from Pine64 about some accessories they now have available, and one of them is the new keyboard case that was manufactured last year. That keyboard case was something I’ve coveted since it was announced, and today was the day where I finally bit the bullet and got one. Besides, I was overdue for a birthday and Christmas present, neither of which I gave myself in 2021. 😅

While I’m still not convinced about using the PinePhone over my OnePlus 6T, I am convinced that it would work nicely as a replacement for my Eee PC 901, especially with this keyboard case. From what I’ve read, it comes with its own battery which is a nice addition, and it comes with a USB-C port that allows you to charge both the battery on the keyboard and the phone. I might go back to postmarketOS given some of the changes in the latest release, but I may opt for a traditional GUI (likely MATE or something lighter) this time around or even just a command line interface. It’s also easier to tote around compared to the Eee since I can likely just put it in my pocket when not in use, but I’ll have to see for sure once I get it.

Other than that, 2022 is looking good so far, and this two-week winter break I’ve had has been even better, so much so that I’m actually ready to go back to work on Monday.

Let’s see if I feel the same on Monday. 😬😂

Happy New Year! 😁

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