So that was 2015 then…

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That went quickly didn’t it?

I suppose I had better do the annual new-year wrap-up of the goings-on at Low Fidelity Towers over the past twelve months. Not that it’ll take that long this year, and it’s almost all on a single theme!

And that theme is… computers. 2015 saw me sell my iMac that I’ve had for the last five years, and replace it with a Mac Mini. I opted for the last-gen 2012 model rather than the brand new one, because of the advantage of user-replaceable parts, intending to pimp it out with some new components when I got the chance. Needless to say, it didn’t take long.

The month after the Mac Mini arrived, I took the plunge back into the world of the PC, building myself a very nice machine with a kick-ass graphics card, and promptly got back into the PC gaming scene. My PC component list is still available on PCPartPicker if you’re interested.

And just a few weeks on from the grand PC build, I’d got the Mac Mini in pieces and was upgrading that. I maxed out the RAM, and replaced the single 500GB hard drive with a 500GB SSD and 1TB WD Red drive, which I then turned into a Fusion Drive through the power of the command line. It was already a nice little media machine, but now it’s awesome and hand-in-hand with an external bluray drive, my NAS, Plex and Sonos, my whole house media needs are well met.

Of course, the other “big” tech arrival was the Wileyfox Storm smartphone, which has proved to be a really great handset for the money and I’m very happy with it. I might write a proper review when I get the chance, but suffice to say it’s definitely worth the fairly meagre asking price.

Other gadget arrivals were limited to replacing one Olympus camera with another, adding another Sonos Play:1 to the existing system and getting a 40″ TV to replace the aging 32″ in the lounge.

All in all, not too bad. Bring on 2016.

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